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Q&A Is the Caspian Sea becoming smaller since the industrial revolution?

It might be that between year 0 to the industrial revolution (say 18th to common era), the Caspian sea significantly larger than it is today. If so, is there some graphical illustration as part of...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by deleted user  ·  edited 2y ago by deleted user

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Q&A Feasibility of a Super Crop

In my setting there is a civilization that has a decisive advantage in a fundamentally agrarian world; a crop of exceptional yield and nutritional value. Would it be feasible for a plant to have ...

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

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Q&A Feasibility of Giant Rodents as Food

In my setting there is a civilization that has a decisive advantage in a fundamentally agrarian world; it is consistently more efficient in its choices of crops and livestock. Rodents reproduce fa...

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

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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 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 4y ago by John Doe‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by John Doe‭

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Q&A What kind of engine could the 14-15th century world create?

If someone in the 14-15th century world had the knowledge required to build an engine for use in locomotives and ships, what kind of engine could be made using technology that already existed back ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Eric clifford‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Eric clifford‭

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Q&A How to create a sunny atmosphere without an actual sun?

I have a large underground fantasy world which is only accessible through the Mariana Trench. I'd like to do a day/night cycle and have have a bright, sunny atmosphere part of the time, but I'm not...

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

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Q&A Could a medieval planet industrialize/modernize if it was conquered by a more advanced culture for 19 years?

In my book series (link here), Aurea (a planet based on Byzantine Anatolia) is conquered by a group called the Tatians, who have access to technology that would not be out of place in Star Wars (fa...

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

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Q&A Cross-linked polymers available to pre-industrial people?

Cross-linked polymers are vitally important materials used all the time in modern life. For example, the resins used in composite materials are usually some type of cross-linked polymer. What typ...

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

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Q&A Alternative options to change sex-based characteristics in a non-modern world setting?

This question has received a major rewrite and restructuring but is still the same original question. Please see this meta-post, where I asked for advice on how to refocus this question. While I ...

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

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Q&A How could banks with multiple branches work in a world without quick communication?

If a bank wanted to operate branches in multiple cities, possibly separated by large distances, how would they prevent a fraudulent customer from double-dipping on a withdrawal? For example, if I ...

10 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Carl Hyde‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Carl Hyde‭

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Q&A Would post-traumatic stress disorder exist identically in a pre-industrial warfare setting?

I'm not into psychology, but I've heard a lot about veterans who have committed suicide, went crazy, became addicted or have their lives ruined in other ways because of the shock they lived through...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Zoltán Schmidt‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Zoltán Schmidt‭

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