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Q&A Could Volcanism Provide a Large "Heat Oasis" in a Polar Desert?

So there is an Antarctic like continent in my setting; and just like Antarctica it is the largest and most inhospitable desert in the planet due to how absolutely cold it is. But what if there wa...

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

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Q&A Could I build a nuclear reactor based on Bernoulli's principle?

So I was recently inspired by the answers that I saw on this stack exchange to the following question: Feasibility of H.G. Wells' Continuously-Exploding Atomic Bombs And it occurred to me that you...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Stack Tracer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Stack Tracer‭

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Q&A How would aliens abduct an entire nation of millions from a planet?

I am looking for as hard science answers as possible, but I am willing to bend some rules for a good answer. Assume they need to move 10 million 100 million people off of a planet what technology...

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

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Q&A How to explain a planet with visible cosmos at daytime?

So I'm working on a fictional planet which would experience a daytime sky similar to this. This particular picture is from the movie Valerian: City of a Thousand Planets. Fictional alien atmosph...

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

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Q&A Inhabiting Mars versus going straight for a Dyson swarm

My question is as follows - let's assume our objective function is to have as many humans as possible living outside the confines of the Earth as soon as possible. For this, we need to provide thos...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Rohit Pandey‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Rohit Pandey‭

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Q&A Could you fly a Boeing 747 on Venus?

I have been making a future colonization scenario where people have vast colonies on Mars and cloud top bases on Venus. These things are unbelievably large. I've already thought of a way to travel ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Greenie E. - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Greenie E. - Reinstate Monica‭

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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 Could Megapodes be a Superior Food Source than Chicken?

The Megapodes are a family of birds in the galliformes order. They live primarily in Australia and are notable in being extremely precocial and laying more eggs than any other bird. They build larg...

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

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Q&A Evolutionary advantage for recurve fang in dragons

In medieval times, news of dragons attacking the outskirts of the villages is flooding in. The King is losing patience. According to witnesses, these dragons can lift cows and occasionally elephant...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Could an alien species from lower gravity survive on Earth?

I remember reading this thing somewhere about how humans born in zero gravity environments would likely be taller than Earth-bound humans but also more fragile and unable to handle Earth's gravity ...

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

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Q&A what are the signs and effects of two realities combined into one reality

I have posted a similar question where I asked how can two realities mix into one reality in which I received many helpful comments. I realise I should've expanded on the details I posted, so I wil...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Morrigan loftwyth‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Morrigan loftwyth‭

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Q&A Blue soil (aka dirt) in an earth-like planet?

How could blue soil exist, in a realistic earth-like world. The world may even be earth. First off is it even possible - could soil like this exist given the requirements below? (if not then why?)...

8 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by R. Smyth‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by R. Smyth‭

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Q&A How plausible is a 'tilted axis' planet with a "south pole" constantly facing toward its star?

The basic concept of this planet is that, the planet has a tilted axis (you probably guessed that already) which results in the South Pole constantly facing towards the sun. This would result in th...

14 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Sgtwolf00‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Sgtwolf00‭

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Q&A How fast does an antimatter bullet need to move to pierce rather than explode?

The environment is set in (ideal) space with no air for the bullet to interact with. It should encounter nothing until it reaches its target. The bullet is assumed to be a perfect sphere with a di...

9 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by John Zhau‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by John Zhau‭

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Q&A How would this alien sensory system function?

Now a change from dragon questions: Let's move onto aliens based on mythological creatures! Most land creatures on the planet of Antiquoloci have a strange sensory system in place of a nose, doing...

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

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Q&A Is this dragon anatomy viable?

The image is quite old so bear with me. This dragon is similar in shape and movement to a snake, with light-weight armor plating on its back. Flowers, which honestly look like antennae, blooming...

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

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Q&A Myelination in cephalopods

I am a complete amateur regarding biology, so please forgive me if this question is a little stupid. Could we ever create squids that have human-level intelligence and could serve as a replacement ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jonathan Böcker‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Jonathan Böcker‭

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Q&A Transporting radioactive fuels

Imagine a light spaceship capable of traveling at 0.999c is tasked to tow a radioactive cargo containing millions of tons of polonium and radium, however the container holding the radioactive mater...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A what makes a disease deadly?

I am writing a story, in which a mad scientist (based on Ted Kaczynski) wants to kill as many people as possible with an artificially created disease. The idea is, that more complex societies are ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jonathan Böcker‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Jonathan Böcker‭

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Q&A Pre industrial form of rapid mass transit over land

I have a world that isn't an exact analogue to medieval technology, closer to the late 1700s in terms of culture and agriculture/metallurgy, only without gunpowder. I have them ahead of real histor...

8 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Rick D‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Rick D‭

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Q&A Unpredictable reactors which like to explode by default

In my world, alien 'reactors' are discovered that are very efficient at creating power (around 1000x better than fission), as well as requiring little fuel, making them the perfect power source. H...

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

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Q&A Moonlight bright enough to see by

Is it possible for an Earth-like planet to exist where the light reflected by the moon is, not as powerful, but close in intensity to daylight? And if so, what would be necessary for it? A moon mu...

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

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Q&A How would an aquatic race of humanoids move as flawlessly as humans do on land?

Assuming the same rules for physics apply to this world as they do for our own, how would a humanoid race that lives at the bottom of the sea be able to walk around like humans do on land? What kin...

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

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Q&A Can we scale down humans to the size of a mouse?

Can we make a human brain and body the size of a mouse's while still retaining the same level, if not more intelligence? Like how tech has evolved to be smaller but more efficient or how cars are...

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

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Q&A Life on a planet orbiting a blue giant

Would it be possible for life to evolve on a planet orbiting a blue giant? If so, what kinds of life forms? Could some sort of humans evolve there? How long would it take?

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Liv Nilsen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Liv Nilsen‭

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Q&A Can a microorganism reproduce so fast that it can be used as weapon?

I've seen almost the same question here, but it was like Can a microorganism reproduce so fast, to be used as fuel?. Then, I was inspired and new question came up. Does some real microorganism in s...

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

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Q&A Venusian Adaptations

Recently I've been imagining living on a terraformed Venus in a distant future. I've a pretty good idea of how this can be done, having gone through many articles on how to terraform venus, so my q...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Benjamin Wandio‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Benjamin Wandio‭

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Q&A If we brought ancient germs to the present

If germs from the past was brought to the present/future on a person (or by some other means of transportation) and we have immunity to its descendants, like the modern germs for example, would we ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by yo76yo‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by yo76yo‭

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Q&A What happens when a person with some edited genetics (like say, eagle eyes) reproduces with a person with regular genetics?

If person A has had the genes dictating their sight/ the internal structure of their eyes, replaced by say, eagle eyes or cat eyes. What happens when they reproduce with person B who has regular h...

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

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Q&A Would using carbon dioxide as fuel work to reduce the greenhouse effect?

I'm trying to find a plausible way to reduce global warming in a world past the tipping point. I recently read this article : https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171127173225.htm. It su...

10 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Cherry‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Cherry‭

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Q&A Is it possible for theoretical particles such as tachyons to interact and/or bond with normal matter

I understand that particles such as tachyons don't really exist and are unlikely, but say for the sake of this question they do. Would these particles bond or interact with atoms? By interactions I...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jefferey Dawson‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Jefferey Dawson‭

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Q&A Evidence of spacetime anomaly in local geology?

My current project features a contemporary scientist who is convinced that some sort of spacetime anomaly occurred in a tiny rural Yorkshire, U.K. community circa-1850; he believes a dilapidated ol...

9 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by J.H. Cowel‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by J.H. Cowel‭

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Q&A Can an alien society believe that their star system is the universe?

Throughout history, humanity has made a few scientific blunders where a scientific principle held as fact for hundreds of even thousands of years is found to be completely or mostly false. Our s...

18 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Elessar‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Elessar‭

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Q&A How would a physicist explain this starship engine?

In my world, interstellar vessels use a drive whose design mankind learned from an extinct elder civilization. While construction of the drives is possible, the physical principles making them work...

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

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Q&A If quadruped mammals evolve to become bipedal will their breast or nipple change position?

As the title says, you know stuff like minotaur, lycanth or werewolf, cat or dog folk, etc especially for the female specimens. I want to know what happen if quadrupedal mammals which usually have...

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

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Q&A Why did Europeans not widely domesticate foxes?

So I've been thinking for a while about making a world where cats aren't as common and instead are more of a regional domesticated animal, replaced in (mostly Northwestern) Europe by foxes. How co...

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

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Q&A Can you forge iron from oxide dust?

I've been looking over the internet and on here to find some kind of evidence for this, but nothing conclusive, so I was hoping for people with a better understanding of smelting, chemistry and phy...

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

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Q&A Is there really no realistic way for a skeleton monster to move around without magic?

One of the solutions I think is making the muscle go inside the bone, something look like an exoskeleton creature. either mechanical or organic making the artificial muscle developed inside the mar...

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

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Q&A Is it logically or scientifically possible to artificially send energy to the body?

Is it possible to use a power plant-like machine to create small amounts of electrical (or other) energy directly inside the human body, making it such that the human has energy for activity withou...

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

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Q&A Emergency Spacesuits

I know a similar question was asked whether gas masks could be used to survive in space but it didn't quite focus on the parts I'm interested in. I'm building a world in which space travel is regu...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Jason Shawcross‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Jason Shawcross‭

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Q&A How much colder would that asteroid make my planet?

I've seen some posts here (for example this one) for the effects of certain sizes of impactors, but I'm not finding any definite answer and all my google and google scholar searches have not turned...

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

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Q&A What's a scientifically plausible method for cryopreservation?

I've been working on a project and I'm trying to make it as scientifically plausible as I can get it to be. Since space is large, and it's physically impossible in this universe to reach the speed ...

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

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Q&A Everyday tasks on a space ship

There is a space ship, flying from planet to planet for multiple years. It is a science vessel, so, once they reach a planet, they do research. But what do they do if they are in transit between pl...

11 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Alex‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Alex‭

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Q&A What could make a ship made of pumice seaworthy?

I'm designing the type of ships an amphibious race could use for long distance travel, like a floating house, following oceanic currents. I imagine it shaped like an iceberg, with more structure be...

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

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Q&A How can I turn diamond into graphene?

The goverment of Africa decided that it would no longer tolerate the diamond mafia, so the corporation of DeBeers was hunted down and disbanded, to put it lightly. Now, all the diamond mines have b...

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

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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 Is it possible to divert a 1km Asteroid from Earth?

I am writing a scenario for a game that I am a fan of. It involves an asteroid heading for impact with the Earth in 2027. This asteroid's initial diameter is about 1km, but it is slowly disintegrat...

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

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Q&A Potential system to system travel?

So one of the ideas I've come up with for system to system travel, in the early colony stage of my world, is using fuel boosters to start the journey and then to reach the required speed for the co...

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

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Q&A How can a wealthy and enlightened minority manage to create colonies on Mars and cheapen space mining in a world of mysticism?

Key setting elements and questions: In this scenario, A large majority of the population: Supports spending more money on religion than on the space colonization program. They are middle class:...

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

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Q&A How would endo-skeletal systems adapt to the atmospheric pressures given?

Surface gravity: 1G Info regarding of altitude, pressure, and atmospheric density: altitude pressure density (meters) (atm) (kg/m^3) 0 17 10 1000 15...

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