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Q&A How to Terraform a Dead Earth

In the foreseeable future, a scientific community has discovered an alternate universe in which the solar system centers around a binary system of G-type suns, unlike the one G-type that ours orbit...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Enfield‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Q&A Restricted Directions for an Alcubierre Drive?

It's my understanding that if an Alcubierre drive were to be constructed, it would be able to function as a time machine because there would be certain paths through you could take to get to a dest...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by FlyingLemmingSoup‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by lsusr‭

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Q&A 3D Printer / Replicator : Raw Materials and Distribution Cables

So let's say you have a starship like in Star Trek and you want a Replicator, but don't have the ability to convert matter to an energy form to pass their electrical cables. Basically you have an a...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Durakken‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by manassehkatz‭

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Q&A Cruelty Free Vampirism [closed]

Setting: "One Big Lie" Sci-fi RPG The lies in this setting are an extension of relativity with a couple of extra dimensions allowing for FTL/Backwards Time Travel, and Thaumons. Thaumons (Magic B...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Douglas‭  ·  closed 2y ago by HDE 226868‭

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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 long would a planet that losses its gravity take to break up?

In my setting, one of the fallouts due to interstellar war between civilisations is that a planet's gravity can be removed. This capability is part of the setting's hyperspace mechanics so the exac...

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

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Q&A What are the most likely effects of a human(oid) shape moving at Mach 50 to the surrounding environment?

For the purposes of my story, seen here someone who went through a similar procedure involving parallel dimensions (see here), becomes nearly indestructible , invulnerable to damage related to exce...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by ProjectApex‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by ProjectApex‭

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Q&A Cons of Antimatter Weaponry

In the story I'm creating, a major weapon type of humanity will be Antimatter based weaponry. This is a fairly new technology, as antimatter production facilities have just reached the size and cap...

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

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Q&A Could complex Precambrian life be possible?

I have a really good question. Could it be possible for complex life to have existed in the Precambrian? I'm aware that only the fossilized remains of bacteria have been discovered from that time p...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Daikyu Maryu‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Daikyu Maryu‭

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Q&A If the Earth would break apart, how likely would the large debris stay in orbit?

In the story I'm writing, Earth gets destroyed and the few million humans that survive go to live on another Earth-like planet. Since the destruction of the planet, the humans do visit their star...

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

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Q&A With as much scientific accuracy as possible, how would chemicals injected in one's body be removed?

I am currently writing the world, setting and characters for a project of mine called the ORION Project - a story set in a dystopian America in the near future of 2050, where the government has tak...

7 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by scriptyshake‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by scriptyshake‭

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Q&A Is this a reasonable way to enforce a ban on exotic weapons in an interstellar setting?

In the late 23rd century certain groups of mankind stared down the barrel of what may be possible in the future: cross galactic relativistic kill missile storms, gamma-ray Dyson Beams, Kugelblitz b...

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

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Q&A Would Alcubierre Drive Technology Allow for Artificial Event Horizons?

So, my understanding of how Alcubierre drives would theoretically work is not particularly complete. I know it involves compressing and expanding space, but I don't really have an intuitive grasp ...

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

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Q&A Cylindrical radiators on spacecraft?

Having your radiators tactically protected from enemy fire by the armor shape of your space warship is nice, but having a regular one or double-sided radiators is still a vulnerability. Other conce...

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

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Q&A Most Likely Way to Protect Against Infectious Disease When Visiting Other Planets?

In various science fiction works, we see our plucky heroes beaming down to, or flying down to planets other than their own. They meet with the inhabitants there, be they human or otherwise and then...

5 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Ralph Bolton‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Ralph Bolton‭

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Q&A A clothing material or other method to slow free-fall descent down walls

I'm working on a military sci-fi piece that involves a lot of exo-skeleton enhanced, well, parkour -- for lack of a better term -- and was wondering how to deal with descents from great heights. ...

23 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Delirium‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Delirium‭

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Q&A What adaptations would a tree need to survive an area with monthly fires?

Imagine a plain made of tall grass that sways in a gentle breeze. Everything is a deep green and there is a riot of life sprouting from the black ground. A few days later, the grasses turn brown an...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by chase leffers‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by chase leffers‭

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Q&A Adopting a new calendar for a multi-generational space journey [Generations Novel]

This is a mixed physics and conceptual exercise: In my story, we are aboard a multi-generational mission to resettle Humanity on a new planet in our galaxy. In the internal life of the ship inhabi...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Noam Josephides‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Noam Josephides‭

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Q&A What is the best form of powered vehicular flight within a McKendree habitat?

Background A McKendree cylinder is a spinning space habitat in the style of an O'Neill cylinder (below), but orders of magnitude larger. McKendree habitats are hundreds of kilometres in diameter a...

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

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Q&A Space-based black hole weapon effects

For the fluff of my story one of the space-ships is equipped with what I hope is one of the biggest F-you weapons in ship-to-ship combat: a miniature black hole launcher. The launcher fires a whop...

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

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Q&A What would happen if the mass of air around earth doubled?

So the mass of air around the earth has doubled. How it doubled isn't part of the question, but for the curious let's say a space station floating around earth processed all the nitrogen, oxygen, c...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by chase leffers‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by chase leffers‭

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Q&A Weakspots of a Humanoid Iguana

Well. This is for a hard sci-fi fiction. The main protagonist, an Action Girl, has just met her sidekick: an humanoid Iguana (it makes sense and it is explained why Iguana-people people exist (has...

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

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Q&A How would one detect a black hole when there are no more light sources for it to refract?

The universe as we know it has ended. The concept of "natural" illumination ended when the last red dwarves and quasars died out. Now, only brown dwarves and blackholes dot the empty void that was ...

5 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by In the name of the story‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by In the name of the story‭

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Q&A Specific gravity change for my world

Ok, so this is a culmination of a few questions into one final question: am I doing this right? I am trying to figure out the gravitational difference from one end of a continent to another. There ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by NRJohnson‭

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Q&A What laws of physics would need to be broken in order to travel in space faster?

I have a spaceship which I want to have travel very quickly around a system like our own solar system -- let's say about 10 million miles per minute, which would go from Mars to Earth in ~15 minute...

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

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Q&A Do chemicals from nuclear reprocessing waste remain radioactive? Are they flammable?

I'm writing a story about a town whose residents all work at a nuclear reprocessing site. Some teenagers begin to hang out near a small body of water close to the site that they call "the swamp". T...

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

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Q&A a tribe of neanderthals survive on a tropical island off of the coast of india into the modern day. how might they evolve?

lets say this island is an exact copy of the climate and ecosystem of tropical India. how might Neanderthals evolve in order to survive this environment?

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

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Q&A Human labor required to setup automated mining outpost on faraway planet?

Glossing over the technological implications of interstellar travel, what sort of human labor might still be required in a future where we are capable of setting up nigh-fully automated endeavors o...

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

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Q&A What would happen if someone could remotely manipulate atoms?

Those of you who are familiar with the DC Comics hero Firestorm know that he can alter the chemical structure of any form of inorganic matter, provided he knows the chemical equation. In my story, ...

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

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Q&A What super-dense solid could be produced in large quantities using only Earth's atmosphere?

Assuming the power and tech existed to do so (addressing the requisite heat, pressure, etc), would it be possible to draw in atmosphere, condense and heat/cool the particles, and then produce a hig...

4 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by TIM FENNER‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by TIM FENNER‭

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Q&A Powertrain for mid-19th century mecha

I'm writing a steampunk/weird west story set in 1867 and I want to incorporate some form of armored battle "walkers" (aka mechs). Looking for ideas for powertrains that could conceivably run such a...

7 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Ryan Williamson‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Ryan Williamson‭

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Q&A Science of Green Lantern and solid light constructs

Many know that the Lantern Corps of DC Comics are capable of constructing objects of any shape or size out of hard light using their power ring fueled by their emotions. However, I'm wondering what...

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

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Q&A What FTL models are appropriate given my constraints?

I'd like to have faster-than-light travel (and communications) be an late-game option for a video game I am working on. The extent of the playable universe is approximately 4 million light years in...

5 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by John O‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by John O‭

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Q&A How do I explain the evolution of slug people?

I got motivated to write a novel after reading about ocean slugs that managed to evolve into fish. In my fictional world I'm writing how a few fish shaped slugs made their way on land and managed t...

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

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Q&A Solar expansion and habitability

Is there a feasible setup where the Sun has expanded enough to make the Earth uninhabitable, but some of the other rocky bodies in our solar system (past Earth) become more reasonable colonisation ...

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

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Q&A Is there a way for someone to be un-cloneable?

This story takes place about 300 years in the future and humanity has since come into contact with hundreds of alien races, you get the picture. Basically, I have this character who is half human a...

20 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Rhysing‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Rhysing‭

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Q&A Could yet unobserved baryons constitute useful building materials?

The setting is a science fiction story set roughly 500 years in the future. Looking at Wikipedia, I see a number of baryons that have so far never been observed. I'm interested in exploring this s...

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

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Q&A Planet with double the orbital period of Earth

I need a planetary system for my novel where an Earth-like warm habitable planet has an orbital period of about 650 to 730 days. I know that is similar to Mars and that Mars would be too cold. What...

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

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Q&A I'm formulating a planet that has silver dust on its surface, and ideally has rivers of mercury flowing on it, possible? Human survival not necessary

I'm new to this and my scientific knowledge is massively lacking in this area (so please take it easy on me!) I'm writing a historical science-fiction novel. Parts of it set in the past (1977) and ...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by RJ0001‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by RJ0001‭

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Q&A Can cherenkov effect be used for telling how fast FTL spaceship moves?

Imagine an alternate universe where FTL do happens, let's just say the inhabitants discovered a hypothetical particles that allows ordinary matter to temporarily be in superposition of any amount o...

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

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Q&A If Earth had a smaller second moon, what would the sky look like?

I am creating a fantasy world in which Earth has a second moon with an orbit between Earth and the current moon. The orbit of this new moon is faster because it's closer to earth. I'm not much co...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by RobotPQ30‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by RobotPQ30‭

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Q&A can spacecraft heat be 'vented' with entangled particles?

Basically, the title. Trying to figure out how reasonable stealth in space would function, and while I have mitigated it, I am looking for methods to improve it. But mainly, is creating a sort of h...

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

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Q&A What technologies could be made with the manipulation of quarks?

I'm trying to speculate on manipulating things on the level of quarks for a story. What could I do with that type of technology?

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

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Q&A Is it theoreticaly possible to phase shift between alternate universe and/or realities?

It's something that's been used several times as a plot device on Star Trek, notably in the TOS episode "The Tholian Web", and the TNG episodes "The Next Phase" and "The Pegasus". I'm certain it's ...

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

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Q&A In what conditions could whales fly?

I am wondering if it is possible for whales to fly. I'm considering two different cases. How could we alter earth conditions (thickness, gravity) so that whales could actively fly (without changi...

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

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Q&A Physiological changes necessary to scale an insect's size up while maintaining a catapult jumping mechanism and jump/body ratio?

I understand that one does not simply scale up the smallest of creatures to the size of megafauna without violating basic physiological constraints like the square/cube law, among others; so what w...

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

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Q&A What would be the maximum distance from which a space ship could physically see a planet?

A plot point of my novel is that the pilot accidentally finds a planet that is being purposefully hidden (i.e. been deleted from all star maps). It starts with him arriving at a location that is j...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Primordial‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Primordial‭

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Q&A How would normal colors be affected if a planet's atmosphere was green?

Good day everyone. I've recently finally gotten around to writing a sci fi novel but need help on some of the science of a few concepts I would like to incorporate in the novel. I'll start with ...

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

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Q&A A "time capsule" that can last for trillions of years?

The universe is dying because it has exhausted nearly all of its resources. Humans became the last species in the universe because of their resilience and sheer willpower. And yet, humanity still...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by In the name of the story‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by In the name of the story‭

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Q&A Relativity, Time Dilation and multiple reference frames

I am doing some hard sci-fi worldbuilding and really want to get as much correct as I can, but the effects of high sub-light speed travel on the travellers is doing my head in. I've pored literally...

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