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Q&A Is surviving this (blood loss) scenario possible?

So my character (16 yr old girl) got a deep cut (inches across) from a dagger across her torso and is knocked unconscious. (She falls onto her back) She had just enough time to contact her friends ...

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

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Q&A Fantasy and the germ theory

When developing a medival fantasy realm, especially one with no known healing and restoration magic, one may need to develop the people's understanding of science and medicine. A unique example of ...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Austin Trigloff‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Austin Trigloff‭

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Q&A Happiness is Mandatory

Happiness is mandatory. Unhappiness is treason. Treason is punishable by summary execution. Are you happy, citizen? - Friend computer. Welcome to Beta Complex, the little brother of Alpha Comp...

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

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Q&A Substance that counteracts one poison but accelerates/exacerbates the effect of another?

Is there an example of substances interacting with each other in the following way? A is a lethal substance, killing within minutes to hours when orally ingested; anti-A is an antidote for A (or ...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by A Y Mullion‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by A Y Mullion‭

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Q&A The cure for all bacteria-caused diseases

Which minimal order of magnitude is required to simulate single cells and microorganisms in cyberspace? In an utopian future, people will be possibly able to rapidly design new cures, be their rea...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by J. Doe‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by J. Doe‭

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Q&A Modified stem cells as a resuscitation serum after death by cyanide poisoning?

In large doses, the body's ability to change cyanide into thiocyanate is overwhelmed. Large doses of cyanide prevent cells from using oxygen and eventually these cells die. The heart, respiratory s...

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

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Q&A Are there Drugs which Prevent Unconsciousness?

When torturing people or executing them in slow and painful ways, your victims sometimes fall unconscious, which ruins the point of the exercise. After all, if they aren't feeling the pain, then wh...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Richard Smith‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Richard Smith‭

Question medicine torture
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Q&A How long could a human survive completely without the immune system?

If the immune system of a healthy human just shut down completely and instantly (magic, nanotechnology, whatever), and after a certain time period it went back to normal, how much time without the ...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by vsz‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by vsz‭

Question medicine
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Q&A Can mithridatism be used to create immunity/anti-toxin for others?

Say there is a plant-based toxin that causes what is essentially a state of deep sedation but has no other real effects. In this world there is one animal that is immune to this toxin (the plant is...

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

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Q&A Preventing Blindness from Microgravity

According to a recent National Geographic article, astronauts returning home after longer missions suffer permanently impaired vision. This is a problem that must be addressed in hard-science world...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Zxyrra‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Zxyrra‭

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Q&A How would it be to be revived from voluntary death? (cryostasis)

Cryostasis, suspended animation, cryo-preservation or cryosleep (the marketing guy's prefer this last one as "Oh yeah, we gonna kill you in a manner we that will hopefully make it possible to reviv...

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

Question medicine cryogenics
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Q&A Why is transplanting a specific intact brain impossible if it is generally possible?

In the near future Science Fiction novel I am writing, the personality and memory of a person are transferred to an artificial brain after a fatal accident, creating an artificial intelligence with...

15 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where to place an artificial gland in the human body?

An artificial endocrine gland is cultured in the lab and is to be inserted in a person. This gland functions by secreting special substances in the blood stream. It needs to be placed in a positi...

8 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by SilverCookies‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by SilverCookies‭

Question medicine anatomy
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Q&A Injury to the lower jaw - what would be the consequences?

One of my characters suffers an injury where a spike pierced his lower jaw and severed his tongue. Ignoring the fact that he may not have survived this wound under normal circumstances (eldritch p...

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

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Q&A Mechanical/Cybernetic Replacement for Eye and Optic Nerve

My character has a prosthetic, or technically you could say a bionic or cybernetic, left eye. For one reason or another, the replacement eye couldn't be connected directly to the optic nerve. Inste...

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

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Q&A A deadly disease, 95% of the population dead, suppresses or alters memory in unpredictable ways

Whilst not strictly relevant to this question, the questions and answers may interest the curious: this is the 4th in a series of question here - 1, 2, 3. My population (in excess of 500,000) und...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Mr Bumble‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mr Bumble‭

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Q&A How long to recover from muscle atrophy?

For context, I'm currently working on a short story series centered on a young man living in a dystopian America. This U.S. government keeps its 'undesirables' in medically-induced comas (long stor...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Nathan Hopp‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Nathan Hopp‭

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Q&A Is muscle plasticity the same thing as when muscles regenerate from wear and tear?

Information I am writing a fantasy sci-fi, that is almost the same as our reality, the only difference being humans in this world are capable of using drugs (serums in their world) to improve thei...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Erick Silveira‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Erick Silveira‭

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Q&A Need a suitable toxic chemical for a murder plot in my novel

I need ideas for a chemical or disease which kills the victim upon holding it in the palm for about 4 or 5 seconds. The death isn't necessarily immediate, as it might take days to kill the victim i...

8 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user63214‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user63214‭

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Q&A Are healing potions scientifically plausible?

As clarification we're talking about those common fantasy healing potions that recover health over time and their scientific plausibility. Here are some results from my research on the subject: Mo...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Wel Wyrmin‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Wel Wyrmin‭

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Q&A How long a human being could live with stem cells?

I once saw an experiment with mice, where they connected the bloodstream of a younger mouse to the bloodstream of an older mouse. And the older mouse became "younger", or at least healthier. If I ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Neto Ananias‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Neto Ananias‭

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Q&A Security against "truth serum" by means of a drug poisonous in combination with sodium thiopental

The secret police of my fictional country (unoriginally) uses sodium thiopental in medical interrogations, usually in combination with various forms of physical torture. An antagonist (a courier o...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by MedwedianPresident‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by MedwedianPresident‭

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Q&A How would industrial civilizations contacting each other for the first time protect themselves from diseases?

In a world big enough for human civilizations as knowledgeable about medicine as ours to develop without contacting each other, how could they initiate that contact without exposing each other to p...

8 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Gattaract‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Gattaract‭

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Q&A What would it take to create insulin in the post-apocalypse?

In post-apocalypse fiction, diabetics, if they are ever even mentioned, are typically portrayed as utterly, irrevocably screwed. In fact there was a pretty cynical example in Dies The Fire (a book ...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Jason Clyde‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Jason Clyde‭

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Q&A Potential causes for generational deafness in space colony

I'm working on a sci fi story which heavily integrates themes of varying alien configurations and how they shape society, culture and language. As part of this theme, I want to have some of the hum...

14 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by QWriter‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by QWriter‭

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Q&A Aliens performing successful medical procedure on humans at first contact?

So, humans have finally figured out how to build a solar-system crossing ship. On the way to the first exo-planet to be colonized, an accident happens, and a few people wind up floating through spa...

10 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Tanzanite Dragoness‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Tanzanite Dragoness‭

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Q&A How long would it take until we realise that suddenly nobody can conceive a child regularly?

Some time ago I asked: "How long would it take until we realise that people stopped dying from natural causes?" I today realized that similar but much more interesting (and more realistic...) ques...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by TGar‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by TGar‭

Question earth medicine life
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Q&A Alternative options to change sex-based characteristics in a non-modern world setting?

This question has received a major rewrite and restructuring but is still the same original question. Please see this meta-post, where I asked for advice on how to refocus this question. While I ...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by EveryBitHelps‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by EveryBitHelps‭

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Q&A Vaccines spreading as viruses

Sci-fi is full of examples of engineered diseases that spread as viruses and usually they are so powerful that they kill almost everyone, and the possible cure is always the slowest possible, vacci...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Boat‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Boat‭

Question medicine medical
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Q&A Can somebody live being carried a long distance by a flying, predatory creature?

In my story, I plan on having one of my main characters lifted off the ground by a dragon-like creature and carried a couple miles away. Of course the plan involves them surviving the encounter whe...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Sydney Gish‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Sydney Gish‭

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Q&A Is metal grafted straight under skin possible?

/Edit : so, I would like to create character which is supposed to have some metal grafted under his skin, but by under his skin I mean straight under, like a second layer. This is supposed to be li...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by user44272‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by user44272‭

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Q&A Mass disease prevention: The feasibility of airborne vaccines

The Scenario: A technologically advanced mother culture wants to manage mass outbreaks of virulent disease in its technologically regressed colonies, who are inclined to resist most of what the mot...

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

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Q&A Disease treatable by zero-G

Background story: In near future (max 10 years from now) mega-rich person suffers yet unknown disease. He obviously employs every doctor possible and spends loads from his fortune on researching, w...

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Pavel Janicek‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Pavel Janicek‭

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Q&A Without modern medicine, can somebody survive a third degree burn?

The backstory of one of my characters involves being lowered onto steadily rising, open flames back first. The story is set in a dystopic/post apocalyptic time where modern technology became unavai...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Sydney Gish‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Sydney Gish‭

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Q&A A world without bacteria

According to a recent paper from the university of Edinburgh, the ground of Mars contains a lot of perchlorate, which combined with the high level of ultraviolet radiation, makes a very bacteria ho...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Vincent Teyssier‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Vincent Teyssier‭

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Q&A Can a human be used as a living bee hive or ant hill?

My question is: Can a human be used as a living ant hill or bee hive, e.g. have insects living inside themselves under the premise that they (the human) are completely immobilized? "Living hill o...

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

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Q&A How to induce artificial gangrene?

A crazy dictator is once again bored of the most gruesome execution methods invented by the leading torturers and doctors of the country. He tasks the employees of his favorite torture center with ...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by MedwedianPresident‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by MedwedianPresident‭

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Q&A Can you get modern levels of health care, with no steam engines and no electricity?

Can you get modern levels of health care, with no electric technology and no steam technology? Both electricity and steam are possible. Physics is the same as real life. Like... No Cavities No ...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Malady‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Malady‭

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Q&A How could nanobots in the body be discovered via a routine blood/medical test?

I have a scenario where a person has nanorobots unknowingly injected into his bloodstream. I'd like his doctor to discover them through some kind of medical test, preferably a blood test. Of cour...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by nanoguy‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by nanoguy‭

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Q&A How long would it take until we realise that people stopped dying from natural causes?

This would only comprise death by natural causes, no accidents, suicides, homicides etc. As Wikipedia says: A death by natural causes is one that is primarily attributed to an illness or an ...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by TGar‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by TGar‭

Question earth death medicine
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Q&A Could someone survive if all the DNA inside his cells got damaged? For how long?

I did some quick research on DNA and I know it can be damaged by different sorts of mutagens. I also know that this kind of damage can lead to cancer. Though I'm not entirely sure of where exactly ...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Conrad Clark‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Conrad Clark‭

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Q&A How short can be time between subsequent generations in a human selective breeding program?

Current technological level. (in the setting there is an awful tech stagnation, so waiting for better DNA engineering technology is considered as waste of time) Possibility to use all contemporary ...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Shadow1024‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Shadow1024‭

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Q&A A pill to enable super/psychic powers?

A pharmaceutical company begins drug trials of a pill that they believe can activate a previously understudied and widely unknown region of the brain. The trial begins and when the first participan...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by skeletim‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by skeletim‭

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Q&A Is there a realistic path from antibiotic resistance to pandemic?

By using antibiotics too frequently, some argue, we're setting the world up for a pandemic that we cannot treat. Every time an antibiotic substance is used, the bacteria that survive reproduce. Ev...

7 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Zxyrra‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Zxyrra‭

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Q&A Poison which constantly needs to be treated by antidote to not get killed

Inspired by Frank Herbert's Dune: Action Joe is kept prisoner in Doctor Evil's prison. Doctor Evil knows that Joe's escape is inevitable. So he decides to introduce poison to Joe's body. Joe gets ...

29 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Pavel Janicek‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Pavel Janicek‭

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Q&A How do mermaids perform major surgical procedure underwater?

Suppose the mermaids share similar intelligent and technology with us, they also practise performing surgical operation like we do in hospital. Negate the issue of negligent during the operation th...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Makeshift wetsuit?

Might make more sense to ask this in a skin-diving discussion, but... would something like motorcycle leathers hold up to water well enough to function as a wet suit, trapping a layer of warm water...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by keshlam‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by keshlam‭

Question biology medicine
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Q&A How can I set up the environment so that my creatures don't get sick?

In a world I am working on, I have a wilderness-living, social, group-living species that for various reasons lacks access and ability to anything resembling modern medicine, including vaccinations...

8 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Canina‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A Medicine under water

In an answer to this question Cyrus suggested that pre-technology merpeople might use shrimp or prawns in lue of maggots to eat away rotting flesh. Similar to how plants and (in some cases) anima...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Uncle Tres‭

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Q&A Will this approach work for a time traveler to recreate penicillin?

This question is closely related to, but more specific, than the question/comment that inspired it: Could a modern times time traveler produce an antibiotic in medieval times?. Imagine a person is...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by dsollen‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by dsollen‭