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Q&A An alternative way to rotate or in this case rolltate

As far as we know Earth and every other planet in the solar system rotate around their axes. Whether it be Uranus which rotates on its side or Mercury which rotates perfectly straight, all planets ...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Nanoshadow‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Matthew‭

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Q&A Can a Slime run?

In my world slimes are intelligent creatures of various sizes which can take the shape of anything they like and change color to camouflage. A slime can camouflage as floor , as a box, a snake or...

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

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Q&A Distance from Jupiter to minimize destructive tidal forces

There is a video from "What If" that tells about (precisely) "What if Earth was a moon of Jupiter":What if the Earth Was a Moon of Jupiter And, in a short story I am writing in an alternate realit...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Carlos Zamora‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Carlos Zamora‭

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Q&A Would human civilization develop at a slower pace if Earth was 5.8x larger?

EDIT: Calculations were incorrect, the earth in my comic is not 5.8x larger, it is 2.4x larger. Its surface area is 5.8x larger but the diameter is 2.4x larger. Anyway I'm working on a comic tha...

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

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Q&A Why would men suffer from toxic masculinity?

Since the 1800s, the levels of testosterone has been steadily rising in males across the world. The increase in male testosterone has increased strength, speed, height, energy, and aggression. The ...

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

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Q&A Schwarzschild Metric in a universe with the same space time metric as that described in the orthogonal series, but with massive gravitons?

The universe described in the orthogonal series http://www.gregegan.net/ORTHOGONAL/00/PM.html is one, in which the minus sign in the space time interval is replaced with a plus sign. So this unive...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Anders Gustafson‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Anders Gustafson‭

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Q&A How could human-like aliens survive on Pluto?

I apologize if I continuously ask different questions about different concepts for stories. It's just that I can never make up my mind on what to write, and sometimes, my ideas change. But anyway...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Daikyu Maryu‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Daikyu Maryu‭

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Rigorous Science 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 4y ago by Morrigan loftwyth‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Morrigan loftwyth‭

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Rigorous Science How soon can the first stars form?

Introduction In our universe, the cosmic microwave background was formed approximately 400,000 years after the Big Bang. It was hot, but within a few million years after the Big Bang, it would no ...

0 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by HDE 226868‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by HDE 226868‭

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Q&A what essential material or ingredients in modern gunpowder that if changed to be expensive or rare, can ruin the evolution of advance/modern gun?

as the title, what materials or ingredients in modern gunpowder that if change to be expensive or rare to get, can ruin the evolution of advance gun or can turn modern gun obsolete or undesirable ?...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Li Jun‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Li Jun‭

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Q&A What would a life-form be like if it's antimatter-based

I've been thinking of the idea of creating and adding an alien species that's antimatter-based (being from a universe where antimatter became the majority instead of "normal matter"). However, I'm...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Caveknight32‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Caveknight32‭

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Q&A 'Air' in Space & Planetary Rotation

I recently heard that before anyone had begun to build practical aircraft of any kind, it was thought by some that once flight was achieved you would be able to simply fly to another planet. The d...

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

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Q&A What giant insects would fill the role of our domesticated cattle?

All our mammalian friends are replaced by domesticated giant insects! Man's best friend are now dog-sized hissing cockroaches, fireflies are lighting our houses and harvestmen are used for transpor...

8 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Pelle Lundkvist‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Pelle Lundkvist‭

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Q&A How long will it take to discover they live on a moon and not on a planet?

In my alternate reality, Earth is not a planet. It is a moon and orbits a gas giant (however it has all of Earth's characteristics, it is also full of humans and life as we know it). This is the on...

11 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Carlos Zamora‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Carlos Zamora‭

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Q&A What would a Superconductive Fluid do if drank/inhaled by a human?

Hypothetically speaking, if there was a substance you could drink/inhale (in an alternate reality) with superconducting properties, how would it influence the brain and the body? The superconduct...

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

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Q&A Electricity without electrons

The universe so far: If charged lepton fields are eliminated from the universe, charged pions become stable (having no decay path that preserves charge), replacing electrons to form bound "atomic"...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Logan R. Kearsley‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Logan R. Kearsley‭

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Q&A The Effect of Gas Diffusion on Life

Let's say world is completely flat (infinite flat world, think minecraft flatworlds) for the purposes of the question. The gasses of the world started out in a grid pattern, with each square being ...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Nepthys X‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Nepthys X‭

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Q&A How might star formation work in a universe similar to the one described in the orthogonal series?

In our universe, in order for a cloud of gas to collapse into a star it needs to release heat energy in the form of radiation, so that it can cool down enough to collapse into a star. I read what ...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Anders Gustafson‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Anders Gustafson‭

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Q&A How would the terrain of a snow-covered mountain deter a mechanized army?

My story is set in a fortress town built below a mountain, and revolves around the struggle between the witch who protects the mountain and the tyrant who seeks to plunder it for resources (think P...

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

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Q&A What geological and chemical changes to the earth's makeup could effectively limit technological advancement

Basically, I want to freeze the technology of earth at a level reminiscent of pre-Industrial Revolution Europe. I'm trying to figure out what substance or material would have to be absent from the...

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

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Q&A How would a "reversed planet" be able to exist?

I want to write a novel situated in a "reversed planet": there are two stars orbiting each other, and there is a little spot exactly in the middle of the two that is suitable for life. A normal pla...

10 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by JackIta‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by JackIta‭

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Q&A Would a Moon made of water pose a threat to Earth during eclipses?

Is a moon made entirely of water possible? Could a planet made completely of water exist? I was inspired by the above questions to ask the following: Assume that our current Moon is replaced ins...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by chasly from UK‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by chasly from UK‭

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Q&A Biological bonding mechanism

I've been toying with the idea of a society with alternative forms of families or social structures. In one individuals of coming of age (socially imposed) or due to a biological necessity (biologi...

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

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Rigorous Science Astronomy in a universe with two "straight" dimensions plus a highly curved dimension

So for lack of a better term (I'm sure there is a better term) imagine a universe without curvature as being like a sheet of paper. You have left, right, forwards, backwards, up, and down. Now take...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by tox123‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by tox123‭

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Q&A Could humans wipe out all remaining wild vertebrates on Earth in one year, if no effort is spared in doing so?

Humans already exterminated more than 50 % of wild vertebrates individuals since 1970 1, 2. I was wondering if it is possible to wipe out the remaining 50 % in less than a year ? Note that, in t...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by user53220‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by user53220‭

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Q&A What is INSIDE a Wormhole?

IF they were real, would wormholes work in the way that they do in sci-fi (for all intents and purposes "teleportation", travel without movement, FTL, immediately "appearing" at the other location)...

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

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Q&A What examinations would a sentient non-human visitor receive if they came to Earth?

So, a visitor (whether they be from another planet or another reality) gets deposited on the face of the Earth. They find that the air's breathable, that water and suitable macronutrients are avai...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Shalvenay‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Shalvenay‭

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Q&A How can you have dualism in Hard SF?

Note that the distinction between science fiction and fantasy breaks down when you add rigorous rules. If you have dragons or hovercraft is beside the point, if the distinction of being "hard" is w...

17 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by JDługosz‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by JDługosz‭

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Q&A Solid ribcage humanoid

Can a humanoid that doesn't have ribs but instead has solid bone plates function properly ? Imagine plates starting from upper trapezius to the lower back and the obliques but leaving open the bell...

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

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Q&A How to design a super-earth that is 80,000 km in circumference?

My question is the following: How could I design and/or justify a habitable planet that is 80,000 km in circumference? The planet should: Be habitable Have a gravity similar to earth's Have act...

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

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Q&A Small-scale aviation without fossil fuels

In my setting, fossil fuels do not exist. I'm handwaving an alternative behavior of radioactive material, and alternative magnetism-like forces. These are explained below. My question now is: Can ...

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

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Q&A Biological transfer on a non-contact Rocheworld

I've been pondering for some time an alternate-history story where the Earth as we know it is replaced by a Rocheworld, of the canonical variety introduced in the eponymous Robert Forward novel whe...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Logan R. Kearsley‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Logan R. Kearsley‭

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Q&A Is there a working law of gravity in 2D?

I am constructing a two dimensional world, but ran into a problem with one of the fundamental forces, gravity. I first tried to see what would happen if I just used the normal law of gravity, $\fr...

10 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by SE - stop firing the good guys‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by SE - stop firing the good guys‭

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Q&A Could life on earth survive after the sun becomes a white dwarf?

It's my first time writing an original story and I have this idea, but I don't know if it could be scientifically feasible. My story would be medieval fantasy with magic, but I wanted to add a twis...

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

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Q&A The color of breathable planetary atmospheres

Is it plausible that a planet can be breathable despite the color of it's atmosphere? My story takes place in an alternate reality in which what people thought the Solar System was like in the 50s,...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Galactic5‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Galactic5‭

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Q&A Would humankind remain the dominant species in a world with twice as big animals?

So, a little bit of pseudo backstory first. Imagine mother nature would be some godly being, that actually exists. Somewhere. In spiritual form. Now imagine humankind would be a big thorn in her ...

10 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Stegax Khenacc‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Stegax Khenacc‭

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Q&A Would humankind be today's dominant species, if all animals turned twice as big 2000 years ago?

Okay, I just asked a question, in which mother nature transformed all animals (or brain containing living beings, if that fits better for you) into a being twice as big in order for them to kill of...

6 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Stegax Khenacc‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Stegax Khenacc‭

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Q&A Can the Earth become a desert?

Considering that much of the surface of the Earth is covered by water, what events have to happen to turn the Earth into a desert? What would happen to water that disappears from rivers and oceans?...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Giancarlo Ventura‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Giancarlo Ventura‭

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Q&A Advanced civilization in high oxygen atmosphere

There are 20 percent oxygen in our atmosphere, what if the oxygen is higher above 20 percent but instead was 35 percent oxygen. If so would an advanced civilization exist in this environment? Would...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by User2988‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by User2988‭

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Q&A Plausibility of fantasy setting

I'm really excited that this topic actually exists here. For the past weeks I've been thinking about creating my own fantasy world - because there are not quite enough yet. My primary aim is to mak...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by infinitezero‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by infinitezero‭