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Q&A Iron-age tools, is there a way to extract heavy metals out of a creature?

Assume a location which is heavily polluted with dust of several types of elemental metals (copper, silver, nickel, cobalt etc) or their respective oxides and salts (whatever is stable in humidity ...

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

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Q&A The North Star in the ancient world sky

Question: Would a modern-day teen, trained in using the north star for directions when camping/hiking, notice a difference in how the "north star" (Polaris) works when transported suddenly to 1350 ...

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

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Q&A Could the Tower of Babel actually stand?

As recorded in Genesis 11:1-9, the ancients allegedly built a tower to the skies in a valley in Babylon (near present-day Baghdad), and God scattered them across the Earth as a punishment. Accordin...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by DonielF‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A What items from the Roman-age tech-level could be used to deter all creatures from entering a small area?

Please assume the following: There is a item on the ground and I want nothing but bare earth touching it. I cannot move the item myself. The item is impervious to fire. I cannot afford to guar...

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

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Q&A Ancient Roman Pneumatic tube Postal Service

The Romans had pumps, aqueducts, water wheels (which were used to grind flour, saw wood &amp; stone etc), valves &amp; pipes (they are known to have used stone, clay, lead &amp; copper for pipes). ...

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

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Q&A How can I alter humans to allow them the ability to choose the sex of their child in the ancient world?

Research shows that some creatures in the animal kingdom manipulate the sex of their child in order to maximize the number of grandchildren. Parents in good condition, based on health, size, domina...

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

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Q&A Can a character raise a T-Rex from an egg and have it be tame?

So I'm writing a book series called The Weasel Sagas (link here if you want to know more about that). Anyway, there's this character named Santa Muerte (her birth name is Beth but that's a story fo...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭

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Q&A Is it possible for an ancient contraption to survive modern-day attempts of breaking in?

Some Context I watched a generic Da-Vinci-Code-like french movie that, in a certain point, featured a secret society trying to find an item of great value that was lost in a vault built centuries ...

10 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Magus‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Magus‭

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Q&A How far can civilization go without inventing the calendar?

While only counting seasons and years, but not weeks or months, how far can human civilization progress? Can they reach the middle ages? Or is the invention of the calendar such a cornerstone of ...

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

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Q&A Changing Earth's axis suddenly or gradually?

First post, if it isn't completely obvious. I've discovered this site by trying to "google" that question. Here's what I'm investigating: Long ago, pre-deluvian civilizations built ancient megalit...

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

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Q&A What could people notice about someone who is two times as dense as a regular person?

I've got a group of magical people living mostly incognito in an ancient society. They look and act exactly the same as regular people, but they are really magicians, and a side effect of having th...

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

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Q&A Could an ancient civilisation create plastic on Titan?

Could an ancient civilisation create plastics on Saturn's moon - Titan? Much like how we forged metals and glass here on Earth... To prevent it from being impossible from the start fire can be pr...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Merlin Rowlands‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Merlin Rowlands‭

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Q&A Armor increasing strength

Many games have various side bonuses on their armors other than just defense. These bonuses can often be active things like having a ghost thrall to protect you when wearing a special armor or mor...

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

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Q&A Ancient cryogenics

It's a few years from now, and an incredible breakthrough in medical science has occurred that allows doing an in-depth 3D analysis of a deceased person's body, allowing their brains and bodies to ...

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

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Q&A How to stop a massive canal system from silting up?

Based on the desert world from this question I need to transport around 500 cubic kilometres of water / year across a desert. Using this calculator. this can be achieved if the main feeder canal is...

12 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Slarty‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Slarty‭

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Q&A How fast a current can ancient water way travel overcome?

This question has similarities to this one but concerns canal travel in more ancient times and is aimed at finding an approximate speed of flow not variables. Background Assume an Earth-like world...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Slarty‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Slarty‭

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Q&A Roughly how much water would my desert civilization need every year?

In my desert canal world all water is supplied from the poles to the temperate zones via a canal network. I want to work out the amount of water that that is needed, so that I can work out the dime...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Slarty‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Slarty‭

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Q&A What methods might an ancient civilization take to extract fresh water from great depth?

I previously asked What measures might an ancient civilization take to protect itself from extreme heat? The answers gave some useful suggestions as to how cities could be adapted. For convenience...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Slarty‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Slarty‭

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Q&A Would a Roman civilization be willing and capable of building large scale sea defences against a serious but unrealised flood threat?

Scenario The straits of Gibraltar never quite opened and the entire Mediterranean basin is dry land apart from a few large salt water lakes at the lowest points ~5% by area. The Europe "“ Africa la...

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

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Q&A Could the Romans have colonised the New World?

The question of whether the Romans could have crossed the Atlantic in a storm has already been answered and the answer seems to be: yes but unlikely. Could the Romans have crossed the Atlantic in ...

8 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Slarty‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Slarty‭

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Q&A How would someone destroy a dam in a world without explosives?

I'm considering the mechanics of a "shock and awe" scene in my novel which could see an old dam being brought down. The era is equivalent to that of the middle Roman empire, so introducing explosiv...

20 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Brereton‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Brereton‭

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Q&A What is the longest something could hibernate?

I'm my previous question I asked about the longevity of caves, now I'd like to figure out the longevity of the cave dwellers. Specifically, I'd like to put some bounds on how long they can hibernat...

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

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Q&A The Rollercoasters of Ancient Egypt

Suppose that Khufu, pharaoh of Egypt and builder of the Great Pyramid of Giza, was introduced to the idea of an amusement park. More specifically, suppose that he was visited by a time traveler a...

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

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Q&A What is the oldest a cave could possibly be?

What is the oldest a still extant cave on Earth could be? What conditions could encourage the longevity of a cave? It seems that the oldest known caves, the Jenolan Caves in Australia, formed i...

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

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Q&A How to design puzzles for an ancient period in Earth history?

I'm writing a Earth history time travel story, and the main character needs to solve puzzles from each time period he visits. I'm going very far back in history and I'm concerned about being able t...

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

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Q&A How could 1BC Earth speed up communication across vast distances?

Tech level is early Rome, China, Ethiopia, etc. ~ first century BC. Unlike history, there's peace and cooperation among all the benign monarchies of the whole Earth. But it's hard to get daily co...

7 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Mikey‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Mikey‭

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Q&A What would we see of a devastating interstellar war between alien civilizations within 1000 Ly?

I have two interstellar civilizations, both of which are extremely advanced and within a few thousand light years of earth. They go to war and make some stars explode in the process. The Combatan...

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

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Q&A How would a person with modern knowledge of chemistry and medicine fare in Ancient times?

You were born in Rome, when the Roman Republic was still in power. Your father is an upper middle class merchant and you are (or will be) the sole inheritor of his wealth. One day, a m...

7 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Dider‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Dider‭