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Q&A Determining a Practical Bridge Design for a Wide River and Heavy Traffic

Hello everyone, I am thinking yet again about infrastructure. (my calendar project recently asked about... well, that's outside my expertise, I'll get back to that eventually) And I am thinking of...

2 answers  ·  posted 9mo ago by Bianca_Railway‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by dsr‭

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Q&A How can I prevent the invention of skyscrapers?

Introduction I want my story, set in the modern day, to have a unique architectural feel. Part of my strategy - no skyscrapers. Wikipedia: The term skyscraper was first applied to buildings o...

27 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by subdermatoglyphic‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by subdermatoglyphic‭

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Q&A How could an underground city hide its existence for potentially thousands of years?

After the fall of the lizard empire, most of the lizard people fled to Node to avoid genocide (This is in the Lovecraft universe, racism is mandatory). In short order, this former bomb shelter beca...

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

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Q&A Would there be any way to keep ice from melting underwater?

I've been thinking of having an underwater structure in a world with ice, but I would think water from currents would melt the ice. Would there be any way to keep it frozen and have an underwater ...

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

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Q&A What kind of transport infrastructure would there be in a new planetary colony?

Say humanity have the luxury to start anew. Colonizing a planet where speed of colonization is not an issue. Let's assume planet conditions and gravity pull similar to Earth. Technology relatively ...

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

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Q&A How to safely derail a train during transit?

Imagine a single, long, straight stretch of track. On the track there is a train heading in one direction at 100 km/h and a second train heading towards it at 200 km/h. The latter train is a specia...

22 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by A Lambent Eye‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by A Lambent Eye‭

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Q&A Infrastructure damage from sudden thickening of water

Deep in a laboratory far under the megacity of Exampleville, a scientist is experimenting on a new compound found in an alternate, magical universe. He accidentally knocks over a vial of Handwavium...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Redwolf Programs‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Redwolf Programs‭

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Q&A How damaging would a major solar flare induced EMP event really be?

With specific attention to national electricity power grids. Some pertinent details needed to answer the question might be. What parts of the power grid get damaged by such an event How do they...

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

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Q&A How to efficiently protect a city from constant snowstorms?

Sort of an extension of With minimal terraforming, what features/structures would need to be built to protect a 25mi radius city from wind? but with some more items to consider. For whatever re...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Jim Wu‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Jim Wu‭

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Q&A Would tunnel walls be stronger if built using cut granite block walls reinforced with carbon based cords?

I have been drafting the concept of a future world based on current research. I have been contemplating the long lasting transportation tunnels of the future. I am asking about the likelihood of th...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Dev Slocum‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Dev Slocum‭

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Q&A How to design an electrical grid for a flare star planet?

The most popular type of stars are red dwarves, which regrettably tend to be flare stars. Yes, I know that geomagnetic storms and power lines do not like each other. Technology level: More or less...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Shadow1024‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Shadow1024‭

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Q&A Reduced gravity on surface of planet

This is a simple question, hopefully not broad. My colonizing company wants to put little habitats on the surface of a planet with more gravity (2.0G) than earth. Is there a way to reduce gravit...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Aaron‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Aaron‭

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Q&A Batteries and resource restrictions

I've prefigured a specific setting as being middling in technological progress when compared with its neighbors. This setting does not have access to hydrocarbons, has severe cultural and politica...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by user49466‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by user49466‭

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Q&A Feasability of plasma based garbage recycling into pure constituent elements

Is it possible to build a garbage recycler that turns residues into its constituent elements using plasma and accelerating it through a magnetic field? The technology level is around that of the t...

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

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Q&A In a post-fossil fuel economy, what could natural gas pipelines be used for?

The United States (as well as many other countries) is covered in a vast network of tubes: These tubes vary greatly in diameter. Some could hardly fit a baseball, while others are large enough ...

14 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Pink Sweetener‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Pink Sweetener‭

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Rigorous Science Deep Space Communication Infrastructure

What kind of technology would be required for a space travelling civilization to have an effective communication system or network that is similar in speed to the telegram? How would it work? This ...

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

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Q&A Electrical grid based on devices in series using constant currents, not devices in parallel using constant voltages

Mains power electrical systems on Earth supply a fixed standardized voltage to a number of devices, which are all wired in parallel with each other. However, on the planet I'm writng about, they d...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by AJMansfield‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by AJMansfield‭

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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 6y ago by b.Lorenz‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by b.Lorenz‭

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Q&A How to calculate maximum altitude difference between metro stations?

For story purpose I am trying to design a mass transit system for a perfect city. Right ... maybe not so perfect, if you look carefully into the details, but actually the mass transit system is sup...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Shadow1024‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Shadow1024‭