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Q&A Electricity from nuclear decay

Can electricity be generated directly from nuclear decay? It occurred to me that in alpha decay two protons fly off rapidly, leaving their associated electrons behind. If the alpha particle was ca...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by chris-barry‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by James McLellan‭

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Q&A Nuclear energy storage

Could nuclear energy be a basis for energy storage with foreseeable technology? One approach would be to use excited nuclear states, but I suspect they would be too unstable to ever be useful. Al...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by chris-barry‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Q&A Multi-purpose Fictional Chemical Element Needed

I am looking for some guidance in creating a chemical element. I want to know if it is scientifically plausible for a single fictional element to do all the things I need it to, even if at a stretc...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Michael Faraday‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A How efficient can a Dyson sphere be?

The shell variant of a Dyson sphere consists of an artificially-made shell of material about 1 AU in radius encircling a star. The sphere captures most of the star's energy and stores it for future...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by HDE 226868‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by celtschk‭

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Q&A Could there be something like the Higgs field which gives particles their energy in a similar way to how the Higgs boson gives particles their mass?

First of all, in no way do I have advanced knowledge of particle physics, quantum mechanics, or any other necessary scientific concept for a full understanding of this question. Secondly, this is p...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Aeroan‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by HDE 226868‭

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Q&A How to discretely sustain a plasma life-form?

I have some plasma life forms that have evolved within the photosphere of a star and also capable of existing on a neutron star and the ergoshpere or accretion disk of a blackhole. This lifeform c...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by RandySavage‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by RandySavage‭

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Q&A Entropy, enthalpy, and energy through rapid mitosis

So I'm pretty new to chemistry and all this, but my world involves superpowers, which of course involves immense energy to have the characters use these powers. However, I want to stay consistent w...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Strivs‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Strivs‭

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Q&A How can a rogue planet get energy for plants to use?

This rogue planet is a cold rocky world where liquid methane replaces water, hydrogen is used in place of oxygen, and a large moon. I was thinking the large moon would have a large tidal pull that...

8 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Chickenpeep Chickenpeep‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Chickenpeep Chickenpeep‭

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Q&A Harnessing energy directly from the sun via quantum tunneling

In the universe of my story, the Earth is ridden with metahumans with uncanny powers that do all sorts of different things. Of course, to do all this, they would require a tremendous amount of ener...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Strivs‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Strivs‭

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Q&A Plausible propulsion methods given a virtually infinite electric power source

Humanity discovered a new energy source, virtually infinite, that can produce gigawatts of electric power using devices of few kilograms. Land and sea transport obviously will switch to electric m...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by if9y4d‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by if9y4d‭

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Q&A Antimatter filled buckyballs - The energy storage medium of the future

Antimatter gets used a lot in SciFi due to it's mind-bending energy density. If you can store it in a form that requires no power and is at least mildly idiot-proof then you've just solved half of ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Samwise‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Samwise‭

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Q&A Could power be generated using the temperature difference in venus's atmosphere?

On Venus the surface is around 467 degrees Celsius. At the top of the atmosphere it is much cooler, and at around 60 km above the surface the temperature is around 40 to 50 degrees Celsius. This is...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by meaninglessname‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by meaninglessname‭

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Q&A Options for biological high-density energy storage within the human body

I've got my wizards, who operate by vanilla human biological laws and metabolism. They've got an organ in the pelvis which has its own mechanism - not breaking the laws of physics - which stores en...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by KeizerHarm‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by KeizerHarm‭

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Q&A Who is likely to die because of a prolonged power outage? How long does it take?

My antagonist is going to cause a widespread blackout to flex on the protagonist, but the unexpected consequence is that some folks are going to die as a result. This will cause the protagonist to ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by David‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by David‭

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Q&A Could a more convenient form of energy transfer/storage than electricity be possible?

I was thinking about the progress that has been made in terms of energy usage for e.g. transport purposes and noticed how the prominent source of energy had changed over time: first muscle power, t...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by A Lambent Eye‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by A Lambent Eye‭

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Q&A How much energy do plants produce?

Consider a magic system that follows the Eragon model; "doing it by magic takes just as much (biological) energy as doing it the mundane way". In Eragon, magical energy can be drawn from other liv...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Matthew‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Matthew‭

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Q&A What is a feasible timeframe for a super-reactor to obsolete all other energy sources?

A super-reactor was created by SRE, Inc (Super Reactor Energy), and it can provide as much clean energy as needed. There's no way to copy it or make another. It operates without problem or fuel - t...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Mindwin‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mindwin‭

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Q&A Would a Dyson sphere be useful as a means of power generation?

I have heard people (quite possibly on this site) say that by the time a civilization is able to make Dyson sphere it will be useless to build one for power and energy needs. So, would a civilizati...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by meaninglessname‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by meaninglessname‭

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Q&A How would a Dyson Swarm transmit energy to the Earth?

The Dyson Swarm is common in sci fi as an energy source, and sometimes also as a powerful weapon. As it is commonly understood, it harnesses the energy of the sun, which stores a vast amount of ene...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by CYCLOPSCORE‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by CYCLOPSCORE‭

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Q&A Could a geothermal plant work for several millennia

Is possible to have a geothermal plant (not necessary a very powerful one) to work for several millennia without the place where it is built over running out of heat? I found a page (don't remembe...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Ender Look‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Ender Look‭

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Q&A Sea pumps to create rain using windmills to control weather?

I'd love some science advice and facts for this question: If they use wind power to bring up water from the ocean in the day time and spray it on prevailing winds going into land (i.e. 10-15 km fr...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by com.prehensible‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by com.prehensible‭

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Q&A Are Alpha and Beta-Voltaics the solution to the energy storage problem in Scifi?

In Scifi there is often the issue that all the fancy technology like Mechas and Lasguns need a lot of energy. Chemical sources are limited by volumetric and regular power density. Batteries and cap...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by TheDyingOfLight‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by TheDyingOfLight‭

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Q&A Consequences of an Earth-size object hitting the Sun?

Suppose an extra-solar object the size and mass of the Earth, travelling at a speed of $26\ \mathrm{km/s}$, the same of ʻOumuamua (the first known interstellar object crossing our solar system), h...

10 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Nicola Lepetit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Nicola Lepetit‭

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Q&A What is the most efficient way of mining energy from a flare star?

Set in the distant future, human is transitioning to a type 3 advanced civilization on a Kardashev scale in about a hundred years or two. We have nearly exhausted the energy from our Sun and severa...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A What would be the effect(s) of high-speed plasma impacting a planet?

As a follow-up to this question, what would be the effect(s) of a high-speed of super-heated plasma entering and impacting on a planet? The planet is about the size of 1.2x Earth(s), with a simila...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Hunt Castle‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Hunt Castle‭

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Q&A Can gamma radiation be used to generate electricity on earth?

Since gamma radiation consists of photons, just like visible light does, albeit on a different frequency, isn't there a plausible way that in, say, 200 years into the future, we could harness the p...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Hyfnae‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Hyfnae‭

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Q&A How can I achieve the results of Pompeii with divine energy?

Gods occasionally visit the mortal realm for particular reasons, such as certain festivals or to do battle against demonic forces in an invasion. In the case of the latter, a god has to be careful ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A How can i get around power limitations due to battery size?

My story has a few androids and some beings that can manipulate electricity with their bio battery electric organs and I want these characters to have the ability to shoot powerful lasers, plasma p...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by RandySavage‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by RandySavage‭

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Q&A Life without a bright star?

The main source of free energy that allowed life on Earth to develop was our sun. It bombards the planet's surface with photons of high energy, which provide activation energy for reactions necessa...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Franklin Pezzuti Dyer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Franklin Pezzuti Dyer‭

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Q&A Is it plausible to to cover a desert in self-replicating solar panels, using only the materials found in the desert?

Silicon is the main material used in both computers and solar panels. Sand is silicon. Deserts have a lot of sand and sun. This may be an oversimplified way of looking at things, but could we cr...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by IndigoFenix‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by IndigoFenix‭

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Q&A Will it possible to transform thermal energy into electrical energy some day?

Thermal energy is everywhere on earth. If it could be transferred into electrical energy it could serve as a great energy source. This idea is violating the laws of thermodynamics. But it's not ...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by somega‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by somega‭

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Q&A Anatomically correct Kryptonian, part 1

Part of the Anatomically Correct series of questions. Due to the nature of Superman having so many different powers, I wanted to focus specifically on one aspect of his character: the ability to...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by overlord - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by overlord - Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A What would be the most practical raw fuel for a hydrogen economy?

In a near-future world we have stopped directly fueling private, public, and mass transit and we have migrated to a hydrogen economy as the standard energy carrier. Consider the following factors:...

9 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Vogon Poet‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Vogon Poet‭

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Q&A Generation ship "stealing" resources without acceleration or deceleration

How could a generation ship "steal" energy or resources from star systems which it passed without changing velocity?

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by TheSpidermonkey‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by TheSpidermonkey‭

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Q&A If Mars contains coal, will it become a dominant source of energy?

In the year 2099 A.D, humans made a major discovery. There is a rich source of fossil fuel buried beneath layers of Martian soil. It is estimated that the coal deposit that was discovered could fil...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A What would a life-form be like if it's antimatter-based

I've been thinking of the idea of creating and adding an alien species that's antimatter-based (being from a universe where antimatter became the majority instead of "normal matter"). However, I'm...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Caveknight32‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Caveknight32‭

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Q&A Viability of using temperature difference to generate energy on a tidally-locked planet

In Larry Niven's Ringworld, the Outsiders lie with one half of their body in the shade and one half of their body in direct sunlight and use the temperature difference to generate energy. Would thi...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Connor‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Connor‭

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Q&A Would that heat-engine provide power to the colony on Titan?

I have an idea for an energy source for a colony on a cold world with not enough solar power. Is my idea workable, or is it debunked as perpetual motion machine? Here is the set-up and my plan: Sc...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Christmas Snow‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Christmas Snow‭

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Q&A How much energy could be stored in an average human body using electric organs?

I have been playing with the ideas of electricity generating/attacks for my characters using either electric organs similar to electric eels or some sort of bio battery using bacteria that produce ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by RandySavage‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by RandySavage‭

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Q&A Energy manipulating superhero -- how would it work

I want to make a superhero that can control all forms of energy. From what I've heard you can do a lot like, manipulate time and space, open blackholes, teleport, shape shift, and manipulate matter...

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Aaron Tuturro‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Aaron Tuturro‭

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Q&A How much energy would a character need to disassemble and reassemble thier matter?

I wanted to have characters that can control energy and matter, so Dr Manhattan came to mind as a great example of a character that does that. Information on him says that he has complete awarenes...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by RandySavage‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by RandySavage‭

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Q&A Unpredictable reactors which like to explode by default

In my world, alien 'reactors' are discovered that are very efficient at creating power (around 1000x better than fission), as well as requiring little fuel, making them the perfect power source. H...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by mono‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by mono‭

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Q&A How powerful does a chainsaw engine need to be to cut cloth and bone?

Chainsaws in games and films are an epitome of gruesome dismemberment. In Zombie attacks they are used to cut through cloth and flesh while in games they can dismember if not cut from skull to groi...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Demigan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Demigan‭

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Q&A Transmitting energy from the upper part of a space fountain using the stream of rotating masses

Imagine we have a sufficiently tall space fountain positioned at either of the Earth's poles, such that the upper station is permanently within view of the sun. A large array of solar panels could ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by 666lumberjack‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by 666lumberjack‭

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Q&A Could two separate creatures' health, or life, be dependent on each other?

This is a question for an alien species. Is there anyway to scientifically justify having two separate beings/creatures that depend on each other for life? In other words, two separate bodies tha...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Cherry‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Cherry‭

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Q&A Drawbacks of my Catastrophe Inhibitor

Warning lots of text ahead. The fluff: The story uses a Catastrophe Inhibitor (CatIn) to stop nukes, orbital bombardment and other such weapons from being the go-to method of defeating everything...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Demigan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Demigan‭

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Q&A Does a life form not using a food-based metabolism still need to saturate its cells with respiratory gases?

I've quite a few alien species that utilize a non-food-based metabolism (one of them being nuclear power). Does a species that has a metabolism not based-on plants or meat (such as using nuclear ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Caveknight32‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Caveknight32‭

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Q&A What could be a plausible scientific explanation for a man who can transform different parts of his body into different parts of reptiles?

Laws that must not be broken and/or worked around: Conservation of energy Conservation of mass Square cube law Thermodynamics No FTL Essentially, I'm trying to make a character with similar abilit...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Strivs‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Strivs‭

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Q&A How to heat a windmill ? (Mechanical to thermal energy conversion)

Finally, I have done it. I have bought a large and beautiful four bladed windmill. A smock mill to be precise, really high and all functional. There is the whole ancient machinery in it, completely...

9 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by EngelOfChipolata‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by EngelOfChipolata‭

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Q&A Human colonies beyond Pluto (on a potential ninth planet)

To be able to colonize another world, there are some requirements; the harvesting of energy, enough recourses, handling of the environment (pressure, temperature and gravity and so on) and availabi...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Tim Hansen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Tim Hansen‭

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