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Q&A Could a metal be indefinitely stained by human blood?

Say there's an in-universe weapon so odd looking that it is rumored to have been stained by the blood of a "holy" mortal, so much so that no amount of water can wash it away. Is there a chance hu...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Felix Icarus‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Felix Icarus‭

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Q&A Asteroid mining: Good for the environment?

What if there was a binding global resolution passed tomorrow mandating that all countries gradually close down their terrestrial resource extraction sites and instead source from asteroid mines? W...

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

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Q&A Can magnetic fauna and flora on magnetic world knows gravity?

Imagine an Earth sized planet consists of only ferrous metals, the creatures living on the planet move around like a maglev train basically they interact with the world and among each other electro...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Using Molten Metal as Mortar--Would it Work Today?

So I just got back from watching an episode of the Science Channel program Unearthed, a show focusing on archaeological discoveries. In the episode in question, the subject was on the Lighthouse o...

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

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Q&A Turning iron that is unusable by magic civilizations into an alloy usable by them

While my setting has magic, the material world acts the same way as ours. Only reason why I am mentioning magic in my question is because I'm explaining why I need to satisfy such an odd set of req...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Failus Maximus‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Failus Maximus‭

Question metals materials
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Q&A The Feasibility of Living Metal

Recently I have been playing a lot of stellaris, " a strategy game that allows you to control a alien species and advance your way through the galaxy". In the game there is something called "Living...

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

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Q&A Is there a material or method to allow "swimmable" coins?

I want to know whether there is a way to make coins that are "swimmable" in the fashion of Scrooge McDuck. My inquiry is based off this Family Guy meme from Pinterest The coins don't necessari...

15 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Li Jun‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Li Jun‭

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Q&A Iron based life

Lately I have been thinking about possible forms of life on planets that would have radically different experiences than here on Earth. I was wondering if life based on transition metals was possib...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by ShroomZed‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by ShroomZed‭

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Q&A How Likely is a Planet Made Almost Entirely of Metals?

For this question, the word 'metals' does not refer to elements heavier than hydrogen and helium. It instead refers to metals as defined by the periodic table of elements. After researching the ab...

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

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Q&A What metallic alloys would be used for weapons and armor in the XXI century knighthood games?

The year is 2035 and Channel 55-KYED decided on a new reality show. the XXI century knighthood games. It will be your basic renaissance faire re-enactment of medieval combat but since they are doi...

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

Question armors metals weapons
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Q&A Is it be possible for creatures to make use of other metals, besides or in conjunction with calcium or chitin, as part their endo or exo-skeleton?

Hypothetically there is a large-ish planet, which is extremely dense due to its high metal content. This planet has relatively high gravity as a result. The fauna and flora have adapted to the high...

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

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Q&A Metal that glows when near pieces of itself

First question! I'm excited to see if anyone can help me. Any missteps are unintentional, but feel free to tell me so that I may learn. So, I've recently started brainstorming over a possible st...

13 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by menecio‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by menecio‭

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Q&A Would it be possible to make an alloy of metal and amorphous solid?

I would like to know if there'd be any way to forge a metal with an amorphous natural glass such as opal or obsidian into an alloy. Could such a thing be crafted into tools? Would it be conchoidal ...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Chris F‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Chris F‭

Question metals tools
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Q&A Feasibility of extraterrestrial metals?

In a sci-fi universe where man has the capability to leave our solar system would metals or alloys above and beyond our own be possible? Or at least within the bounds of reasonable possibility? As ...

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

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Q&A Could lakes of mercury exist on an Earth-like planet?

I am working on a planet that has insignificant (almost 0 degrees) tilt, no moon, rotates twice as fast as Earth. I intend to create quite an exotic "biome", so to speak, in a subtropical desert z...

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

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Q&A Could a person replace half of their body with gold and still live? What technology would be needed in order to be successful?

My character is male and eighteen years of age. He has no health issues. 'Gold' can be replaced with any type of metal - silver, bronze, steel, iron, it doesn't really matter to me. The ideal type...

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

Question humans metals anatomy
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Q&A A planet made of iron

Our planet has a surface full of silicates and a core made of iron. It's due to this that Earth is the way it mostly is - most rocks and many minerals contain some form of silica. But what about a ...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Greenstack‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Greenstack‭

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Q&A Is there any reason to use tungsten crucibles?

So, in my setting, there are dwarves that make good steel. Shocker, I know. To refine the ore, they rely on the bloomery process like everyone else, using anthracite (when they can get it), charcoa...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Horik‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Horik‭

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Q&A Can you compress metal and what would be the consequences?

Following my mutant thread, I'd like some insight on one of them. I wrote this first generation highly powerful mutant whose ability revolves around metal. (Context, skippable if you're only here...

9 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Nyakouai‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Nyakouai‭

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Q&A Could genetic engineering enable humans to make use of titanium or some similar material instead of calcium for bone formation?

I'm planing to create "super powers" born out of genetic engineering, but I don't want magic miracle stuff like an x-man, I'm looking for a realistic approach, so overall can you modify the materia...

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

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Q&A How strong would a person need to be to cut cleanly through steel plate?

The problem is that I would like to know how strong the creature I have in mind will end up being and if that would be too strong. I know that 15th century plate armor was very good against slashin...

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

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Q&A Biological processes to convert metal into not-metal?

In my story, I'm trying to create a natural disaster of sorts that severely limits the amount of metal used in society. Are there any processes that would be biologically compatible that irreversi...

11 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by MCCG‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by MCCG‭

Question biology metals
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Q&A Can an earth-like world lack mineable iron?

This question is pretty straightforward. I would like to build an earth-like world in which humans don't have access to iron, or at least can't mine any prior to full scale industrialization. They ...

9 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Random‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Random‭

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Q&A What would be an ideal alloying metal for gold coinage?

This is something of a practical question more than anything else. Consider a setting in the modern world, where a large country e.g. the U.S. has collapsed and been replaced by a sort of modernize...

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

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Q&A If Earth's Core had ALL Of the Heavy Metals

Back home, Earth had gone through an impact-coalesce cycle only once. Since then, its core has been 84% iron, 6% nickel and the rest being labeled by The Encyclopedia of Earth: A Complete Visual ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by JohnWDailey‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by JohnWDailey‭

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Q&A How much metal could a humanoid safely have in its skin and bones and be functional?

Question definitions: "safely" - the metal would be strictly beneficial; there would be no health problems caused by it (perhaps at least for most, there may be "birth defects" which cause some of...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by user16196‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user16196‭

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Q&A Physics of a metal-poor world

I've read the other answers relating to this area (and discovered to my disappointment that my great ideas have been done before... hey ho). But I'd like to get the science right. I have a nation ...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by TheSpidermonkey‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by TheSpidermonkey‭

Question geology metals
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Q&A Non-Iron Skyscraper Framing

I'll confess that I have a real issue with iron--it rusts quickly. In fact, the History Channel program Life After People constantly states that, left to its own devices, the iron that makes up a ...

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

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Q&A Can a new volcano have metals inside?

If I were to use handwavium to raise a volcano in the middle of the sea, would it contain metals or ores large enough to be extracted by normal means, like mining with a pickaxe? Everything apart ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Nuloen The Seeker‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Nuloen The Seeker‭

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Q&A Would the early invention of the microscope naturally lead to better metallurgy or steel?

QUESTION It's been established that one could invent microscopes early with a magnification of up to 1500x. It occurred to me, though I really know nothing about this, that putting metals under a...

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

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Q&A Aluminium as body armor?

So, this question has been asked before, but I would like to make a few stipulations regarding the specifics of my question. Firstly, the aluminium in question is fabricated in modern times, and...

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

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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 How to increase the availability and quantity of Mercury on an Earth-like planet?

According to this list mercury only makes up 6.7×10-6 % of the Earth's crust (by mass, I believe; though even if it's by number of atoms it's still tiny). I'd like to make mercury sufficiently c...

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

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Q&A Realistic size for an atomic pure space body

Space bodies like planets, asteroids and comets are formed by the remaining materials of stars explosions. Therefore they are usually made up of several elements. There is the possibility that a p...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by L.Dutch - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by L.Dutch - Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A Possible explanations for a world with hard to access metal deposites?

The concept of a metal poor world is one that I find deeply fascinating. In part because I fell in love with the setting that first exposed me to the concept, Dark Sun. So I want incorporate a ver...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Trismegistus‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Trismegistus‭

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Q&A How concentrated would a metal ore need to be to be extractable by a suitable plant?

So there is a Minecraft mod that includes various oreberry bushes. One for gold, one for silver, etc. Now I know that various plants can extract specific minerals in higher quantities that what w...

7 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Brad‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Brad‭

Question flora metals
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Q&A Why might metals become unavailable on earth?

Is there a plausible reason that the world might not be able to get any sort of metal from Earth, short of what we already have? I was thinking it could begin in our sort of "modern" day and age, b...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by AJL‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by AJL‭

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Q&A Heavy metal planets in a globular cluster

Globular clusters are old, dense groups of stars that tend to have relatively few metals (in this case meaning any elements heavier than helium). Clusters near the galactic core tend to have more m...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by emo bob‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by emo bob‭

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Q&A What would the economic impact of the ability to transmute lead into gold?

Okay, my first trial run, How would humans and society react to a superhero existing and saving the earth?, of social sciences with hard-science is looking some what sickly at the moment (maybe som...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by PyRulez‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by PyRulez‭

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Q&A could different bloods of the same metal type mix?

Other blood colors The link about talks about other color's of blood that could be if made with either different metals or different oxygen carrier's. What I want to know is if you mixed iron bloo...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Rayne Thomas‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Rayne Thomas‭

Question oxygen metals blood
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Q&A Removing the metal from a star

What would happen if an extremely advanced race removed the metal (everything beyond H and He) from a star. Would the star still function? Would it change in appearance or properties at all?

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Sam Washburn‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by Sam Washburn‭

Question stars physics metals