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Q&A Could a high-pressure, low oxygen atmosphere reduce fire risk while still being breathable?

Years ago I read a letter in a magazine suggesting a method for reducing the fire risk in an enclosed environment such as a space shuttle. The idea was to reduce the oxygen concentration to the po...

1 answer  ·  posted 12mo ago by Pastychomper‭  ·  last activity 11mo ago by dsr‭

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Q&A How can I expand the definition and some specifics of pyrokinesis?

I'm writing a sci-fi world where, if you put it in simple words, a small percentage of population can manipulate the matter. I'm not going to dive into specifics, because I'm still working on WHY a...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by quarterEpsilon‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by quarterEpsilon‭

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Q&A Rifle and Bullet Technology

I'm currently working on something where breechloading rifles and cartridge shot are developed very quickly over matchlocks and flintlocks. What major technological hurdles need to be overcome for...

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

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Q&A How Would Victorian-Era Firearms Fare Against Dinosaurs?

In a world that takes place during the Victorian era (1837-1901), how effective would period-accurate firearms be against something similar to a dinosaur? As a brief aside, I will accept weaponry f...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Ely Miller‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Ely Miller‭

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Q&A Metallurgy in the Carboniferous- Just how much hotter are fires?

The present day atmosphere is roughly 21% oxygen. Historically high-levels might have been as much as 35%, over 66% higher. This made the carboniferous a period of giant bugs and constant devastati...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Doug Morgan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Doug Morgan‭

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Q&A Would people still be able to create firearms, machines and rockets as compact as modern-day firearms in a high-oxygen environment?

So me and my buddy are currently working on a story that takes place on a different earth-like planet similar to when dinosaurs like Brachiosaurus inhabit the landscape. A few differences is that t...

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

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Q&A Could a Flying Alien Species Develop Fire Usage?

I've got an intelligent, stone-age species that looks a bit like an Azhdarchid pterosaur. It is around the size of a large eagle. They have a proboscis and a finger on each wing used for manipulati...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by 299 Neandertal Variants ‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by 299 Neandertal Variants ‭

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Q&A How to prevent the baddies from using my stolen firearms?

So, in this generic fantasy setting, where magic is technology, I have trouble regarding adventurers. To avoid rolling up a new character every time, adventurers are rebuilt shortly after death at...

13 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A What are the harmful consequences of burning cigarette stubs in large quantities?

I have a pair of survivors living in a trailer (18-wheeler's trailer) and they have found about 3 pounds of cigarette butts and have decided to burn them for warmth. What would happen to these two?...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Joe P‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Joe P‭

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Q&A The best realistic spell to brick firearms

Okay, so, how does magic work? Magic, at the end of the day, is a swarm of tiny machines (hardly visible to the naked eye, but still within the 10-100 micrometer range) that carry out a task. Indi...

12 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A Are continent wide forest fires possible?

The setting I have in mind is an Earth-similar planet which has most of its landmass covered in forests. A civil conflict on this planet ingnites forests fires, which then spread. I was wondering i...

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

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Q&A How would a lack of smokeless propellant affect WW1?

Gunpowder, also known as black powder, is some nasty stuff. It's extremely corrosive, it produces large amounts of obstructive grit and fouling, and using it creates a cloud of obscuring smoke. So...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Catgut‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Catgut‭

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Q&A Could burning debris keep burning in space?

To have a fire you need three things: oxygen, heat and flammable material, therefore the cold vacuum of space is the last place you would expect something to burn. I was, however, wondering if a ve...

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

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Q&A Superhuman muscles that can stop bullets; would they look vastly different?

I've plans for somewhat 'realistic' (and that's already quite a stretch of the word) superhuman characters whose muscles have the strength, density, and tensile strength that can stop most low-powe...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Wind Helm‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Wind Helm‭

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Q&A How to make classical firearms effective on space habitats despite the coriolis effect?

The direction of the force will always be perpendicular to velocity and pointing to the opposite side of the rotation direction. In plain terms, any object traveling in the rotation plane: up (t...

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

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Q&A Fire Producing Organism

I was hypothesizing an organism that could create it's own fire with the use of a flamethrower-like organ. I was thinking that this animal has a oxygen-free organ that hold diethylzinc and when the...

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

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Q&A how plausible is this method of humans breathing fire?

My method of breathing fire involves humans stomachs producing ethane or methane and them holding a lit flame near their faces and just breathing out of burping . Fire breathing in this is mo...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by neo flare‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by neo flare‭

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Q&A Which modern firearm should a time traveler bring to be easily reproducible for a historic civilization?

Eureka! Our hero just discovered the secret of time travel, but what to do with it? "I know!", he says. "I will travel back in time as far as I can and hand them a modern firearm. They will learn h...

12 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by MechMK1‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by MechMK1‭

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Q&A Why limit to revolvers?

I am thinking about a game where people will shoot out in space, with different features. However, an integral part of the game is no spraying/spamming bullets. I don't want to have it in a fantasy...

19 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by he77789‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by he77789‭

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Q&A What would happen to air flow and fires in an O'Neill cylinder?

I was curious: Suppose we built an O'Neill cylinder with an air mixture similar to Earth's (not pure oxygen). Does the air also get "thrown" down towards the floor of an O'Neill cylinder? If I sta...

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

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Q&A Biology of a Firestarter

Biologically speaking, what would be the best real world explanation for a pyro, torch, fire-starter type mutation. Leeching heat energy from the environment might freeze dry your surroundings. G...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Quinnland23‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Quinnland23‭

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Q&A What's the useful range of atmospheric oxygen content for fire?

Fire is certainly high up on the top ten list of mankinds most useful inventions. It allows for a more efficient utilisation of nutriants, is the basis of chemistry and the material sciences, allow...

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

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Q&A How hot is my dragon?

Little side project on fantasy story with dragons (or wyverns to be exact, but they're equivalent for the purpose). I have dragons roaming the country side, laying waste and ruin in their wake. As...

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

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Q&A Forging with geothermal heat: Possible alternative to fire in alien species' technological progression?

A world idea I'm playing with for a sci-fi idea I'm working on has an atmosphere similar to the composition of Earth's atmosphere during the Carboniferous Period: Lots of oxygen, so while a human o...

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

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Q&A What happens when two flames meet from opposite sides?

What happens when two flames (whether from dragons or blowtorches) meet head on? Many films make it appears as a front where the two flames repel each other, but my intuition is that, in fact, the ...

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

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Q&A What is the biggest cartridge caliber that can be fired while standing?

I'm designing three guns here: a two-handed rifle, a two-handed shotgun, and a one-handed handgun. All of them are breechloader guns, so they can only shoot once before reloading. The goals I want...

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

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Q&A How do dragons not burn themselves?

If I were to build a world like Game of Thrones, how would the dragons not burn their own nostrils from the heat of flames?

14 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by rubixphys12‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by rubixphys12‭

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Q&A How could my humanoids have fire resistant hair and skin?

Explanations for fire setting are easier to come by than explanations for fire resistance. Being able to set fires with nothing more than their hands, my 'fire-setters' need protection from the fla...

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

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Q&A Fire from the sky

When the skies release a column of fire, the land around becomes a barren place... Can such phenomenon be explained with some rare, but "closely possible" circumstances? I don't think about ...

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

Question atmosphere fire
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Q&A Is it possible for an atmosphere to have gasoline mixed in it?

Is there such a thing as gasoline vapors, or some kind of gas that can be given off by gasoline? I'm trying to come up with a planet where the atmosphere is combustible and constantly catching on f...

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

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Q&A Burning Down Chicago

The year is 2100. Internet 3.0 has arrived, with an ubiquitous Internet of Things. Even your wedding band has a fingerprint scanner to make sure it doesn't get stolen. An evil AI has been developed...

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

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Q&A How could humanoids master forge fire without using vegetal materials?

I'm building a fantasy world with a humanoid species (basically, "elves") which refuses to use dead wood. Context They don't use dead wood because they don't want to. Consider that trees are sac...

8 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Daneel‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Daneel‭

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Q&A How to modify bee physiology to be able to produce firehoney given nectar that is (magically) flammable?

How would fire honey be useful and manageable to a beehive/bee colony? Info In this scenario, bees harvest nectar from a particular flower. The nectar is not only spicy from capsaicin, but litera...

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

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Q&A What are the scientific issues with this method of dragons breathing fire?

I am including some dragons in the universe I'm building. Now, I have already decided that only baby dragons will fly, but I am having some problems with breathing fire. My current design: Dragons...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Budhaditya Ghosh‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Budhaditya Ghosh‭

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Q&A Bio ChlorineTrifluoride Pyrogenesis

So Chlorine Trifluoride is a very dangerous chemical known to burn through things like concrete and asbestos. It's so bad that the Nazis, THE NAZIS, decided it was too dangerous to use. So I need a...

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

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Q&A How can a creature safely set their own fists on fire?

I have a creature (a cat person) that wants to set its own fists/claws on fire, because it attacks via its fists/claws, and is fighting enemies that are fairly flammable. What can this creature do...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Dragon‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Dragon‭

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Q&A To make a gas giant flammable

(Warning: do not try this at home-system) Preamble Hello humans, we need advice. Let's say we have just successfully defeated and killed a Horror From Beyond Reason who happened to be multiple t...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Hankrecords‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Hankrecords‭

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Q&A How do I quickly melt bronze, without magical means?

So I have this character, that has been interred in a bronze statue for a thousand or so years. I need to be able to quickly melt, or get rid of the bronze so he can be released in front of my main...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Caspar888‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Caspar888‭

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Q&A Fireproof Plants

Is it possible to have plants that wouldn't burn? Having the plant getting damaged by fire is fine, but I want the plant not to burn at all. It does not need to survive, it just must not catch fir...

11 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Jimmery‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Jimmery‭

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Q&A Fire Resistant Fauna

This question is connected to: Fire Resistant Flora I've been pondering a short story concept where a scientific expedition discovered a planet with a huge amount of both free hydrogen and oxygen ...

6 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Tim B‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Tim B‭

Question planets fauna fire
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Q&A How Long Could an "Eternal" Fire Last?

How Long could an "Eternal" Fire last? At some point there is a fire very spiritually important to a certain people - so important that they build a city around it, and begin developing an empire ...

15 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by mmur‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by mmur‭

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Q&A Where would wind blow away the smoke from a giant fire?

In a "mountains and valleys" type area, there is a very large fire (say, an acre or two) that generates a lot of smoke. Where would the wind be strong enough and constant enough in this type of ge...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by user36787‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by user36787‭

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Q&A Lifeform that perspires fire

Is an alien lifeform covering itself comfortably in flames as a defense mechanism to wane off predators possible? I've heard of microbes surviving the extreme condition of outer space in complete v...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A How could an organism with keratin fur/hair and feathers generate a spark of static electricity? How well would this spark start a fire?

My creature is a 'chimera', so it is a combination of a few different animals. As a defense (or an offense) mechanism, it can coat itself in a flammable oil and self ignite. I would prefer to refer...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Cas‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Cas‭

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Q&A If the world caught on fire how long would it take to burn?

If one forest fire couldn't be contained and it spread across the world how long do you think it would take for 90% of the world to catch on fire, burn, and then burn out? Also, while the world wa...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by M.McKean‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by M.McKean‭

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Q&A What alternatives for fire can an aquatic sentient species use?

Since fire doesn't burn under water aquatic alien sophonts will use alternative technologies. The question is, which alternatives to fire can they use? I am interested in all aspects of fire, (hea...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by LordKvasir‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by LordKvasir‭

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Q&A Fire on different oxygen density

I'm creating a world with different oxygen density, about 15%. When given same fuel and air pressure, how will the fire burn up in this 15% oxygen density atmosphere compared to our world? And the ...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Heart_L‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Heart_L‭

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Q&A Reasons to pack weapons on interstellar mission?

Question inspired by discussion under this answer: https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/a/70360/2071 Dear people of Proxima Centauri. Our planet is dying. Our suns are dying. As you all know. W...

15 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Pavel Janicek‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Pavel Janicek‭

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Q&A Why would a fire dragon still be afraid of torches?

I can understand that all animals would instinctively stay away from a fire, however for a fire breathing dragon to be warded off by torches seem puzzling to me. What could help explain such ironic...

18 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Can guns be rendered unusable by changing the atmosphere?

I have an idea for a story in a post-apocalyptic setting where guns and other explosive devices unusable or otherwise impractical. Is it possible to do this by changing the atmosphere (either by a...

22 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Beofett‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Beofett‭

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