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Rigorous Science

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Rigorous Science How do you find a mate when everyone looks amazing?

We have modern humans found in a near future, first world country on Earth. The primary technological advancements are in the form of extremely cheap and fast genome sequencing ($10USD/genome) and...

15 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Green‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by celtschk‭

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Rigorous Science Why buy tech from the future?

The Demonstration You're a rich, successful CEO/capitalist working in the electronics business. Your R&amp;D division is exceptional and routinely fabs state of the art processors at bleeding edg...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Green‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Jordan‭

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Rigorous Science "Life post-Singularity", or "How to survive without Instagram"

The Story The year is 2027, singularity happened. A powerful AI (let's call it Eve) was created. In a matter of days, it escaped the control of its creators and hacked all the computers of the wor...

14 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Babika Babaka‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by wizzwizz4‭

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Rigorous Science TotalRewind™ (brain chip)

In 2015 we can rewind the TV, our CCTV footage and, if we wear an action cam, our latest adventure. However if we walk down the street and something happens we didn't quite catch, the annoying fact...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by chasly from UK‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Canina‭

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Rigorous Science With as much scientific accuracy as possible, how would chemicals injected in one's body be removed?

I am currently writing the world, setting and characters for a project of mine called the ORION Project - a story set in a dystopian America in the near future of 2050, where the government has tak...

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

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Rigorous Science Finding ways to robots feel pleasure

Given a world where a human-like brain is synthetizable, I wonder: A human-like artificial brain would most likely crave sensorial overwhelm. Pleasure to humans is something deeply associated with...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Guilherme Vogt‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Guilherme Vogt‭

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Rigorous Science What average global temperature would optimize Earth for human habitability?

The year is 2100. While climate change has wrought serious damage to the biosphere, humanity has at last managed to become carbon neutral, and has even developed technology that can be used to redu...

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

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Rigorous Science How to monetize uploaded consciousness?

In 2039, our company was the first to bring a safe and reliable solution to upload someone's mind to the cloud. Although it was 10 years ago, you probably remember the news, don't you? We guarantee...

28 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Pavel Janicek‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Pavel Janicek‭

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Rigorous Science Hidden specks will blow up the world if overheated: how bad a thing is this?

I'd encourage you to take about 4 min to read the whole post. Multiple masses of parabanic acid appear at random around the world (but see Context and constraints), displacing any matter in their ...

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

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Rigorous Science How large would a space station have to be to hold one million people indefinitely?

A moon-sized asteroid approaches Earth in the near future, where space tourism has become normal. The Earth has a few satellite structures above Mars conducting research, as well as successful terr...

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

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Rigorous Science How long do you think advanced cybernetic implants would plausibly last?

I've been trying to answer this question for a premise involving a cyborg being out of touch with modern civilization for a prolonged period of time, and the roadblock I keep hitting is that counte...

11 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Z. Schroeder‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Z. Schroeder‭

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Rigorous Science Could we use telescopes and mirrors in space to see crime in the past via analog?

Could a perfect mirror/s be made to reflect one side of the Earth from the edge of the solar system and viewed with an optical or radio telescope that is in orbit? The targeting mirrors and telesc...

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

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Rigorous Science Constructing airtight, human suitable facilities in (near) vacuum (Moon, Mars etc)

So, we've reached The Moon/Mars. Our band of intrepid Colonists/Lunatics will almost certainly start by working out of prefabricated facilities (ship, habitat etc) but they will eventually run out...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user2702772‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user2702772‭

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Rigorous Science What would it take to make catapults a alternate way to travel?

I have an idea for a futuristic way to travel for my Story. People get into a capsule, and it launches itself extremely fast in the air. What would be needed to make this happen for real and what c...

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

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Rigorous Science What's the minimal space/mass required to feed a human indefinitely with advanced technology?

I know there are similar questions on here already, yet this is different because I don't care about traditional farming in this question. Environment This meant for food production on interplane...

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

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Rigorous Science In a 'Zootopia' situation who's in power, the Elephant or the Mouse?

Imagine a situation kind of like Zootopia with many different creatures all living in one environment, some significantly larger than others. These species aren't necessarily furries like in Zooto...

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

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Rigorous Science Low-tech inertial dampener options

As mentioned in this discussion: How to keep humans pilots instead of AI in sci-fi future? the ability to handle G forces is a limiting factor on what pilots can do. Some of my solutions to addres...

8 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by dsollen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by dsollen‭

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Rigorous Science Could a city be built out of Balloons?

I would like to use this scenario in writing a book. Using only countless balloons that permanently hold hydrogen made from water could a city be built in the sky? Workers from the ground can rai...

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

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Rigorous Science Is it possible to have battery technology that can't be duplicated?

I'm creating a near future world where one faction is using high energy density batteries that enable their vehicles to outperform gasoline based technology. Like cold and silent aircraft and helic...

27 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Koras‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Koras‭

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Rigorous Science Practical (and Impractical) Clothing Styles For Microgravity

What might clothing designed to be worn, long-term, in microgravity look like? For the purpose of this question there are two categories. Practical, or everyday wear, and impractical or simply fanc...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by The Imperial‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by The Imperial‭

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Rigorous Science Is it possible to kill all life on Earth?

Edit: It has been suggested that my question is a duplicate of What could humans do to render the earth uninhabitable?. That question only asks what would be necessary to make human life impossibl...

21 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by JBH‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by JBH‭

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Rigorous Science How viable would an analog computing revolution be?

I am trying to write a sci-fi setting in a not so distant future in which analog signal (brainwaves, in this case) processing is one of the main points of the plot and pretty much required to expla...

11 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by a1901514‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by a1901514‭

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Rigorous Science Externally monitoring CPU/SSD activity without software access

A secret government organization created the largest and most advanced computer cluster ever. Ridiculous amounts of money went into it, and it is decades ahead of the competition. The goal of thi...

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

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Rigorous Science How do I increase air pressure for the planet Mars?

Introduction For more backstory, see here and here The 438th Harmonious Congress of the People of Mars was perhaps the most anticipated since the early years of the settlement. In a rare action, ...

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

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Rigorous Science What would be the ideal power source for a cybernetic eye?

After nearly a decade of development and public prototypes, the Mizaru company is ready to unveil the cybereye. A fully cybernetic eye that provides its user/host with high definition vision, enhan...

22 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭

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Rigorous Science Is it worth sending a manned mission to a black hole?

Suppose we detect a stellar black hole passing near the Solar system, and we have technology and time to send a manned mission to study it. Are there any experiments or observations that would hel...

11 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Just Larry‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Just Larry‭

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Rigorous Science Is there a hypothetical scenario that would make Earth uninhabitable for humans, but not for (the majority of) other animals?

I'm trying to think of a scientifically plausible reason for humanity to be forced to abandon earth that would leave animals and plants largely untouched. Is there any natural disaster that would h...

14 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Andrew Clark‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Andrew Clark‭

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Rigorous Science Death from old age has stopped, but fertility window is the same. What is the new population equlibrium?

I'm imagining a near-future world where a process can be undergone that will halt all future aging of the body, but the approach causes infertility. Those undergoing it will not have (biological) ...

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

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Rigorous Science Creating a gas/substance that prevents or inhibits aggression?

Deep within the labs of Nox (the company that brought Soma to the masses) a group of radicals lost in the company bureaucracy are trying to make a substance that either prevents or mitigates aggre...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭

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Rigorous Science Build a real life Flash - How to create the speedforce in real life?

In DC's TV-series (and comics), Barry Allen is The Flash: a superhero powered by the speed-force. This speed-force allows him to move incredibly fast, can be transferred to others, and there also e...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Frezzley‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Frezzley‭

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Rigorous Science "Landing" a small asteroid on Earth

I've been poking around similar posts, but none seem to contain the information I'm looking for. I'll try to keep it brief. In the year 20XX, some powerful organizations are trying to "land" an as...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by DMQ‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by DMQ‭

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Rigorous Science What mechanisms need to be in place for an advanced, peaceful society to retain high testosterone levels?

While by no means a smoking gun, there is still a reasonable amount of empirical evidence on the notion that socialization and testosterone are negatively correlated. Archaeological Evidence Fro...

10 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Arash Howaida‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Arash Howaida‭

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Rigorous Science What motivation would people have for mining planetary rings?

People have proposed mining the moon for Helium-3 and mining asteroids for gold, iridium, and other precious metals. Suppose we have the means to do so in an economically-viable manner. We've got f...

8 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by ckersch‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by ckersch‭

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Rigorous Science What's the highest population the Earth could possibly sustain?

Suppose that we pare down human consumption to a minimum survivable level across the Earth, and devote the entire surface of the planet (as well as the planet's interior, if needed) to support as m...

6 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by ckersch‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by ckersch‭

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Rigorous Science What would be a plausible speed for a 22nd century military ship?

No, I am not talking about space ships, I am talking about water-based ships sailing the oceans on planet Earth. What would be a plausible cruise speed and maximum speed for what would be the equi...

8 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Philipp‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Philipp‭

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Rigorous Science Brain-construct

I am currently reading an eternal golden braid, i've gotten as far as several lengthy chapters about the brain. He talks about neurons and symbols, what 'meaning' is and there is a lot of hypothe...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Adam‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Adam‭

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Rigorous Science How could carbon nanotubes help me build supertall skyscrapers?

It is the near-future. Breakthrough, mass produced carbon nanotubes have been invented and are relatively cheap. These nanotubes have the properties that we would expect, and are manufactured in 'r...

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

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Rigorous Science What torch-ship engine requires the least complex control system?

A side shot from my series on a computer-less future; see here, here, and here. Project Rho defines a torch-drive as an engine with both high acceleration and high exhaust velocity. A torch-ship i...

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

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Rigorous Science A clock for interplanetary travel

Introduction See background information here. 1000 years after darkness fell on Old Earth, humanity is scattered throughout the solar system. Apart from the Harmonious Republic of Mars, there are...

12 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by kingledion‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by kingledion‭

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Rigorous Science 3-Level Roadway Engineering

I'm the city designer for a new city we're calling Morrowville. Having some of the worlds top minds, flying cars have been invented, but can only fly a few feet (2-4) from the ground and not everyo...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Anoplexian - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Anoplexian - Reinstate Monica‭

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Rigorous Science Could an astronaut in a near-future space ship survive transit through our asteroid belt?

In the near future we may find cargo ships fleeing space pirates! Given that... It's a small cargo ship carrying 10 metric tons of wheat (cargo volume, approximately 13 m3). Total volume: 100 m...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by JBH‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by JBH‭

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Rigorous Science How to wipe out ALL life on Earth, but leave it habitable?

NB: This is not a duplicate of this question, because A) it only asks to wipe out humans, not any other life-form, and B) it insists that one person must survive. The survival of anything is not po...

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

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Rigorous Science Where on my spaceship can I justify more space for my humans?

Spaceships are a peculiar thing; as are the Humies - the hardy folks working and living inside these hunks of metal for weeks or months at a time. Ironically in space living-space is at a premium. ...

15 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by dot_Sp0T‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by dot_Sp0T‭

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Rigorous Science Trans-humans: neural chip implants and the Dunning-Kreuger effect

Premise The Dunning-Kruger effect is a sociological / psychological phenomenon whereby low-skilled individuals mistakenly think they are good at something. In other words, individuals lack the met...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Arash Howaida‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Arash Howaida‭

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Rigorous Science How does a self-cleaning kitchen put away the dishes?

The year: Sometime between 2025 and 2045. The place: A new high-end subdivision (or custom home showroom) near you. The sales pitch: This home is great for entertaining. It has a complete i...

17 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Jasper‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Jasper‭

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Rigorous Science Massive Meteor Net?

Premise Suppose a world has no other means to deal with a potentially devastating meteor impact than creating a net on the planet. Their hope is that the massive net will catch the meteor and slow...

9 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Arash Howaida‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Arash Howaida‭

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Rigorous Science Will social networking sites create fake people using AI?

After further development in AI, will social networking sites create fake accounts like humans using AI and make this AI's to talk/chat to real people? They might do this to get money through ads ...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Amruth A‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Amruth A‭

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Rigorous Science How do you power all the nanobots?

We have successfully put 37 trillion nanobots the size of a red blood cell into the experimental group test subjects' willing participants' bloodstream, but without a power source, the nanobots clo...

18 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Daniel M.‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Daniel M.‭

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Rigorous Science Smartphone camera resolution can image a human retina: can we save retina biometrics?

RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ "“ April 2, 2019 "“ Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced that the new, award-winning Galaxy S11 and Galaxy S11+, which have been recognized by smartphone reviewers worldw...

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

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Rigorous Science Is it possible that invention of quantum gravity to be practically useless?

I'm building a world where my protagonist invents a theory of quantum gravity. Since I don't want the world to be much changed than it is now. Is it possible that the theory wouldn't have any prac...

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

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