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Q&A Electricity from nuclear decay

Can electricity be generated directly from nuclear decay? It occurred to me that in alpha decay two protons fly off rapidly, leaving their associated electrons behind. If the alpha particle was ca...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by chris-barry‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by James McLellan‭

Question energy nuclear
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Q&A Nuclear energy storage

Could nuclear energy be a basis for energy storage with foreseeable technology? One approach would be to use excited nuclear states, but I suspect they would be too unstable to ever be useful. Al...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by chris-barry‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Q&A How would the Politburo respond to Project A119?

In 1958 the United States Air Force considered a mission to detonate a nuclear device on the surface of the Moon. The endeavour was framed as a booster to American public morale in the wake of the ...

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

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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 3y ago by Julia‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Julia‭

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Q&A Effect of an asteroid impact on a nuclear power plant?

I want to write a story about a thought experiment that I have on the other day : What kind of catastrophe will happen if an asteroid, let just say about 70 meters in diameter, penetrated Earth's a...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Mister OwO‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mister OwO‭

Question cataclysms nuclear
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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 3y ago by Strivs‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Strivs‭

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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 Good explanation for why aliens can't build nuclear engines?

"Aliens used uranium and plutonium to generate energy for thousands of years. However, by the time they got into space exploration, they've used up every last bit of it. That's why they'll have to ...

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

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Q&A Post- Nuclear Holocaust. Radioactive wastelands vs eco-system and chances of human survivability?

I'm attempting to flesh out the history to a sci-fi novel I'm currently writing, which is set in the future. Several hundred years prior to the beginning of the story, lack of resources lead to s...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Nicky Pritchard‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Nicky Pritchard‭

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Q&A What could cause a spike in the natural uranium depletion rate?

What is a possible event${^*}$ that would cause a spike in the speed of $^{235}$U fission and reduce its average concentration in ore worldwide? As I understand the physics of the process, it is i...

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

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Q&A How might an exoplanet have a highly radioactive atmosphere?

The exoplanet in question is Proxima Centauri b. How might the mid-to-upper-level atmosphere of that planet be dangerously radioactive and full of airborne nuclear reagents, without it being the do...

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

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Q&A What would be the dangers of creating matter from nothing

Dear top secret science network, Humanity was visited by visitors from another universe altogether (one which doesn't obey our laws of physics) - the D'jini. A diplomatic convoy of them apperead o...

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

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Q&A How much energy would a character need to disassemble and reassemble thier matter?

I wanted to have characters that can control energy and matter, so Dr Manhattan came to mind as a great example of a character that does that. Information on him says that he has complete awarenes...

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

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Q&A Could a futuristic group of people collect/farm nuclear pasta from neutron stars?

Would it even be feasible under science fiction logic? It would allow nuclear weapons to be mass produced if the nuclear pasta could actually be collected and contained safely.

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

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Q&A SFR Breeders on Small Mars Moon feasibility

Need help with a topic for a sci-fi book. Basic premise is 200yr in future, mining facility on small Mars moon of Phobos. Power source we would like is an Sodium Fast Reactor breeder as we think th...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Christopher Wojtan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Christopher Wojtan‭

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Q&A Powering a Nanobot Via Nuclear Fission of Its Material

First let me say that I know almost nothing but the basics about nuclear fission. I know more about nano robotics but I've got no degree in the matter, just a rather in depth curiosity and a lot of...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by James R.‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by James R.‭

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Q&A How could a creature derive energy from radioactive elements?

Have a creature that doesn't really need vitamins or minerals, it only requires energy which goes through a energy-matter conversion to build what it needs. Radioactive materials would be great sou...

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

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Q&A How would mountainous landscape look like after remodelling it with nuclear warheads?

As conclusion of this question it seems that under a dense atmosphere it would be a good idea to place the main city in mountains. Just there is the inconvenient issue that top of mountains lack fl...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Shadow1024‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Shadow1024‭

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Q&A What would cause a nuclear power plant to break down after 2000 years, but not sooner?

What would cause a nuclear power plant to break down after 2000 years, but not sooner? The setting is a society in a dark age. Their ancestors were considerably more advanced than earth currently...

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

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Q&A What element would make up a creature if it used the weak nuclear force during its metabolic processes?

I was doing some research on how to design a scientifically possible alien, when I came across an interesting section on metabolism. I found it very interesting and read about the weak force, as op...

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

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Q&A Best places to be on Earth when an all out nuclear World War III breaks out?

This is a world building question in a preventative context because those people or countries would be left fully functional while others gone and the safe areas is where the world building would b...

17 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Muze the good Troll.‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Muze the good Troll.‭

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Q&A Fusion powered aircraft methods

I am trying to design a single seat fighter capable of achieving (or getting close to) hypersonic velocities at high altitude. In this universe I am assuming compact fusion is a common technology. ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Bradley Knauer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Bradley Knauer‭

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Q&A Are there semi plausible scenarios where Nuclear Winter could last a thousand years or trigger an ice age?

Trying to develop a fictional scenario with a 'believable' theory as to how a Nuclear War and resulting Nuclear Winter could turn into a millennial scale ice age. By 'believable', I mean that it p...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by John D‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by John D‭

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Q&A How feasible is this gravity-altering exotic matter I've conceived? Would it have any unforseen consequences?

Ok so I was thinking about a way to hypothetically have undiscovered elements with bizarre properties (for unobtainium purposes). And an idea hit me: replace nucleons with heavier but stable counte...

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

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Q&A Why wouldn't my nuclear spaceships eject spent fuel?

In the year 2069AD, a spaceship is transporting hundreds of people in cryogenic sleep to a distant star. The spaceship engine is a nuclear fission reactor and its thruster is based on an ion drive ...

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

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Q&A Feasability of miniature nuclear reactors for humanoid cyborgs

The idea is to build a cybernetic body for a human. Only the brain and a few glands related to emotions, like adrenal glands, will be kept. The brain and the glands will be in a closed, plug-and-p...

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

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Q&A Will unattended nuclear power plants actually cause damage to their surroundings?

Scenario: Deadly virus wiped out 80 - 90% world population and it did it pretty quickly (in 2 months) Although it is plausible that among these 10 - 20% of survivors will be people who actually kn...

10 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by PavelBot‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by PavelBot‭

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Q&A Convert radioactivity directly into electricity: Possible or not?

Is it possible to directly convert radioactivity to turn it into electricity? If yes, then what is the conversion rate?

15 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by mico villena‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by mico villena‭

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Q&A What would the effects be if all power grids connected to nuclear reactors abruptly suffered catastrophic failure?

To be more specific, I mean what if every wire, every power cable and transformer on the connected grids to the nuclear power plants all ruptured at once. The transformers literally exploding, the ...

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

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Q&A Is it safe to grow and eat food on post-nuclear-war land?

Follow-up of Could the entire world have been destroyed by the existing nuclear arsenal in 1962? Is it safe to grow food on land that was hit by nuclear bombs? Or will such food kill/fatally s...

8 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Quwin‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Quwin‭

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Q&A What does the physiology and biochemistry of a vacuum adapted post-human look like? Part 4: Movement

I am a post-human adapted for permanent life in vacuum and micro-gravity. How might my physiology and biochemistry overcome the following challenges? Please note I have a strong cultural aversion ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Chairman Yang‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Chairman Yang‭

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Q&A Effect of nuclear fallout on glacial ice

I'm working on building a post nuclear war society in a nuclear winter where northern countries have risen to dominance through a combination of being non-primary targets in the nuclear war and hav...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Zoe D.‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Zoe D.‭

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Q&A Would it be safe to assume that solid core nuclear rocket technology advances?

Solid Core Nuclear Thermal rocketry has existed for a while and I was thinking about using it as the primary propulsion in my setting. Now most Solid Core rockets still have fairly long transit tim...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by The Imperial‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by The Imperial‭

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Q&A Heat regulation in an asteroid base powered by a small nuclear reactor

So, I'm writing about the siege of an asteroid base. This asteroid is near the outer edge an asteroid belt at the solar radiation equivalent of Saturn's orbit from its star (although the raw distan...

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

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Q&A Could someone use a nuclear weapon to destroy the universe?

Bear with me. I have a villain who wants to get ahold of a nuke, except I'm not sure why exactly. I think he thinks he can create a singularity that would swallow up the entire universe (which beli...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Bobby Kittens‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Bobby Kittens‭

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Q&A Can liquid nuclear fuel be injected and ignited like petro from a fuel injector?

[![enter image description here][5]][5] Model Lightcraft under laser power While sadly the funding for this research has not been forthcoming, there have been proof of principle flights and ope...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Muze the good Troll.‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Muze the good Troll.‭

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Q&A Lead as a nuclear fuel

On a timescale of 1e11 years, all uranium and thorium will have decayed, but planets will still exist, orbiting red dwarf stars. Would it be possible to use lead as a nuclear fuel? In principle, t...

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

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Q&A A modern or near-future civilization without nuclear technology?

Would it be possible for a fully modern civilization (i.e. quite like our own, perhaps slightly more advanced, with near-future tech) to arise on an Earth-like planet devoid of uranium, plutonium, ...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by greatconcavity‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by greatconcavity‭

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Q&A Train-World: Storing RHUs for decades to centuries

...no, I mean, supposedly, I believe there is more about it than mere kans on our part. Installations like this one are found all along the spoorwegs, and yes, around some you should tread light...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by dot_Sp0T‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by dot_Sp0T‭

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Q&A Manipulating decaying positron-emitting isotopes for positron "mining"

In a previous question, it was established that antimatter could be "mined" through positron-emitting isotopes. By gathering positrons from decaying positron-emitting isotopes (potassium-40 and al...

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

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Q&A Train-World: Feasibility of radioisotope steam-electric engines

...It's paradox. They left us these technological marvels, yet with all their might and knowledge they failed to prevent their own doom... Excerpt from a lecture by the High Historian of Berli...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by dot_Sp0T‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by dot_Sp0T‭

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Q&A How could we produce electricity thanks to antimatter?

Imagine we had an easy way to produce antimatter, we could use it for interstellar travel, deadly weapons or more; but I've thought: How could we use it to produce electricity? As Antimatter annih...

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

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Q&A What would it take to make a modern(ish) nuclear reactor release fallout?

I'm trying (failing) to write a story set within the exclusion zone around a nuclear power plant incident set in the near future. The 'incident' that leads to the exclusion zone being set up isn't ...

8 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Nick‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Nick‭

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Q&A Spaceflight without transistors and nuclear power - how to bend the history of physics?

As stated in the topic: I would like to have Project Olympus-style space stations served by Apollo-like spacecraft in a world where neither nuclear power (and weapons) nor transistors were develope...

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

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Q&A Transmutation from thin air. Literally(ish)

There are many stories of converting one element into another (such as the story of the Philosopher's Stone), but to actually mutate one material into another (at least with our our current underst...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by David Archibald‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by David Archibald‭

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Q&A Why would Fission be used in a world where Fusion reactors exist?

In my world, all terrestrial bodies in the solar-system of over 900 km size have a significant human presence. Earth-moon Travel is as common as an interstate road trip, and Interplanetary travel i...

11 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Repurposing a reactor from space to surface

A colony ship is sent to Enceladus. It has a nuclear reactor to provide power to life support, electric engines etc... Upon arrival, the colonists also need a reactor to melt holes into the ice and...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by b.Lorenz‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by b.Lorenz‭

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Q&A How would nuclear fallout affect the oceans?

I'm trying to build a setting in which humankind would have no other choice than to live underwater to survive. Suppose there was a nuclear war in which a huge part of the human population died, ...

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

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Q&A How many people would survive the nuclear winter after a full-scale nuclear war, and where?

Could anyone could survive a nuclear war and all that follows? I have read many things saying they would, and read other science-based answers, but they all talked about a nuclear war that was re...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by TechPro19‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by TechPro19‭

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Q&A Is it possible for an organism to evolve to generate its own nuclear power?

Is it possible for an organism to evolve to biologically generate its own nuclear power? If so, how would this evolution occur?

6 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Jeff Caros‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Jeff Caros‭

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