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Psychology of Long Life

I'm writing a novel about a (small) group of people with extraordinarily long lifespans. Now I am wondering on the psychological aspects of that, which has been a side-topic here and there in similar ...
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Regeneration slaves

When some humans, humanoids and mythical creatures have an incredibly powerful magical regeneration it seems quite obvious that in times of need and growth some countries would try to capture them and ...
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Given a liquid or gas environment, would radial symmetry be an advantage over bilateral?

Europa, Jupiter or small planets offer different environments and gravity for alien life to evolve. I see many advantages to life possessing radial symmetry in both lower and higher gravity ...
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What would be the impact on Titan, Saturn and the Solar system if aliens harvested as much hydrocarbons as possible from Saturn's moon?

The scenario Many science fiction novels are concerned with aliens visiting Earth, but what if aliens have no interest in Earth at all and yet they arrive at the Solar system for the sole purpose of ...
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What the federal government can do if a state or town became a dictatorship? [on hold]

What are the federal options when a town or a state becomes a dictatorship or adapt shariaa law instead of its laws? Let's suppose that the power take over was completely nonviolent and that the ...
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I need flying cities!

Writing about suspended cities within a planet's atmosphere! The story itself focuses on the air forces that fight for each of the hundreds of floating city states living in the sky, but that's here ...
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Is food a limiting factor for plants? [on hold]

Is food a limiting factor for plants? Why or why not? The answer doesn't have to be too detailed or a complete sentence, just please include why or why.
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Vacuum Rated Sharpie Or Dry Erase Marker/Board?

Would it be possible to make a sharpie or a dry-erase marker that would work in a vacuum? Would they already work? To that end could you make a dry erase board or some such?
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Why would we burn witches?

So, imagine a world where magic is a real, quantifiable energy. It has real, visible effects, and can be used by humans to mold reality as they see fit (with varying degrees of finesse). The beginning ...
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How could physical fitness and arcane magic be linked to each other if they operate differently?

Souls are made of chakra, which is the life force of all things. People are born with different levels of chakra that remain the same throughout life. Shamanism is a form of magic that uses your ...
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Safely exiting zero-tau capsule

Setting is 20 minutes into future - everything is as we know it, or as we can reasonably predict, except the zero-tau capsules. Capsule is a thin mesh of Unobtanium connected to a portable Handwavium ...
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How do I explain the compound eyes of my creatures?

Previous to this question, I made a post regarding many questions about the biology of the creature I had been designing. Looking back on it, I realized that I asked a LOT of questions for just one ...
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Energy beam pierces 200m thick steel wall. What happens next?

With a powered-by-phlebotinum (ergo very handy, very powerful) rifle, I am able to shoot high-energy beams which, in turn, can pulverize anything in their path in a considerable radius. The beams can ...
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Why should magical created sand-bugs never stop multiplying?

My world is a medieval-magical setting like in "The Dark Eye". An extinct, magical elves-race had a technique to raise "bugs" from sand, but other materials were possible too. Those bugs usually had a ...
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History without resource driven wars

Usually when a population overgrows it expands in search of new land and if the fields are virgin and empty they become farmland and cities, but if the fields are already occupied and the resources ...
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How long would it take for Earth to be eaten to its core? [on hold]

If the Earth was edible, and was the sole source of food for its inhabitents, how long would it take for people to eat themselves off the planet? Assuming a biblical creation story (a man and a woman)...
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biologic liquid weapon

Imagine human like creatures with glands inside their forearms that can quickly produce a liquid that when exposed to air turns to a solid has hard as bone. The liquid can be used to create and throw ...
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Could a species with a lifespan of 20 years achieve enough technological progress to reach space?

I'm current planning a story which includes a race of diminutive humanoid aliens, one of whom crash-lands on Earth. They're fully sentient, and have the same average intelligence level as humans. The ...
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Arrow proof medieval glass

In my world, I have ''classic'' knights but with helmets that have transparent visors which are strong enough to protect from arrows. So which material available in medieval times could withstand an ...
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Designing Resort with waterways [on hold]

I am starting out with a plot of land (54 acres or 218,530 sq meters) on top of a mountain. The land is relatively flat (slight slope over entire area), is hard red rock (laterite). I want to build a ...
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what exactly i̇s the gravi̇tati̇onal force? [on hold]

As I read in other web pages, gravitational force is the attraction force of 2 objects. But when I think about it, it seems like it is the force actiong upon us, like pushing us. On the other hand we ...
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What did shipping/storage crates look like in the Middle-Ages? [on hold]

If you search "medieval crate" on google you get 2 things: 3D crates that look suspiciously modern or you get real, chest-like boxes. I'm wondering if the latter is the norm for the time period?
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Historically Significant Materials [on hold]

So as part of the world I'm building, I need to decide on a set of materials (metal, woods and stones) that I need to implement. This is due to the magic system I am using and how certain materials ...
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If a space shuttle was going to crash during a botched landing back on earth, is there any way for crew to eject safely before impact? [on hold]

If a space shuttle is going to crash during a botched landing back on earth, is there any possible way (emergency vessel, etc.?) for crew to eject and land safely away from the shuttle?
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Genetically created centaur for combat purposes

In an effort to fight against a species of elementalists, humans resorted to genetic engineering to even the odds against this threat. Among various other projects, there is a subset of experiments ...
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How would a real modern day space shuttle operate without satellites or any kind of communications signals?

what role do satellites, communication towers, GPS, etc. play in the operation of, and specifically the landing of, a space shuttle? If those and any other human-made things suddenly disappeared, ...
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How to explain the presence of a dense debris field around Earth?

I'm creating a sci-fi world similar to ours roughly 50 years in the future. Unobtanium, a futuristic metal and fuel source, was discovered in 2020. Its broad utility led to rapid advances across all ...
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Creating a layout of the city [on hold]

I want to create a layout for the city in my story(like streets, lakes, buildings etc..) or maybe we can call it town planning. I have the list of all the things that exist but I'm unable to keep them ...
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Derogatory Terms for Martian/Ceresian/Deimosian/etc [on hold]

What are some ideas, preferably based in clever word usage, puns, or some such, for derogatory terms or slurs (of varying intensity) for the inhabits of Mars/Ceres/Deimos/Venus/Jovian moons/other ...
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How can a person be kept alive while being periodically drained of blood?

I have invented a large machine that allows me to create monsters out of blood. These monsters are called golems and are very powerful. My plan is to produce a large number of them to include in my ...
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How would a colossal explosion affect an ocean-based planet?

In my book series, a space station called the T-Ray that is capable of causing explosions the size of the Chixculub impact explosion just fired at a planet that is completely covered by a massive ...
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Can a land-based organism get to be at least 100 ft. in length and still be plausible?

Basically, I'm trying to see if a land-based creature roughly between 50-100 ft. long could exist on Earth at the moment and still be scientifically plausible. I know that whales and other creatures ...
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Individual vs communal shuttle pods?

So in my story, a spaceship populated with about 250 people has reached its destination, an Earth-like planet. It's uninhabited, and consider the weather is just typical, sunny-day with a slight ...
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Modern implants minus painkillers

In my fantasy country, there is a tight government control over painkillers for reasons I can’t get into now. Their technology is the same as ours, if not a bit better. There are government mandated ...
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How can mana absorption by a warlock lead to less than 100% overall gain?

Johnann Gotticus is a warlock on a quest to create his own kingdom, whatever the cost. For this to work, he needs to seek power to destroy his enemies. There is a procedure that allows him to steal ...
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How possible would it be for a whole city (and smaller towns) to be built on water?

The world is flooded and some people have survived and managed to build small towns and even massive cities on the ocean that now covers the world. Is this possible hypothetically? How much of the ...
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Autumn/winter clothing for winged humanoids who try to stay out of sight

I looked for answers, but didn't see any solid answers for this particular question. Unlike the other questions my winged humanoids can have their wings disappear so they can pass for human, then have ...
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A kingdom brainwashing its aristocracy but not its citizens

So just for a quick "historical" context. This is a continent where numerous races other than humans exist as does somewhat weak magic. In the medieval era the humans attempted to genocide/enslave ...
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does calling the armor of War hounds Barding sound realistic? [on hold]

cause to my understanding Barding is just animal armor? I tried google and found nothing
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Why shouldn't a super powered population be segregated from the rest of society?

If they should be, why? This is one of the questions I have about my own world, where the premise is that 5% of mankind possess a power. Those that deal catastrophic damage are rare, where as the ...
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How much alteration would be needed for the Cuban Missile Crisis to go nuclear? [on hold]

My story takes place centuries in the future, in the year 2567. Over 600 years ago, during 1962, an all out nuclear war broke out. Most modern day historians believe it to have occurred in autumn, but ...
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Ice Age Cavalry

The history of horse domestication, according to recent research, starts somewhere on the plains of eastern Europe 6,000 years ago. Since then, cavalry had become a major turning point in Old World ...
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Why would mages not use mana they have stolen to permanently boost their power?

The soul of an individual is made up of two parts: The ghost, which is eternal and lives on after your death, and mana, which is the life energy that keeps your body functioning and your soul grounded ...
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Anatomically Correct Manananggal [duplicate]

If Manananggals existed and adapted into what they were in Folklore, how exactly would they? This is for a world i'm making, would this creature have been driven to extinction or could it possibly ...
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Switch men and women' social position? [on hold]

In my world, women always covered powerful roles since the beginning of the human species. They were warriors, politicians, leaders, and the head of a family. How should my world differ from ours to ...
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Is it feasible to have farmers live in a city and travel out to work on their plots?

Hello and thanks to everyone who answered my other question, it's been really enlightening reading them all (unfortunately as I posted as a guest it seems that account was lost to the void). I've been ...
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Could the TRAPPIST-1 planets have moons?

The TRAPPIST-1 planets are all very close to each other and thus are subjected to strong gravitational forces amongst each other and to the red dwarf they're orbiting. Would it be possible for them to ...
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Temperature on a bulls-eye planet planet orbiting a red dwarf star [on hold]

I recently attended a talk on current research into exoplanets and it got me thinking. I want to create a setting on a tidally locked eyeball planet for a futuristic sci-fi story. What I want to ...
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How might one go about safe amputations of wings in the Middle Ages?

I have a species that is born with small wings, that grow to be able to carry them by the magic of handwavium, but they are human in all other respects. It’s the Middle Ages, and the inquisition has ...
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How does the n-body-problem affect a star system around a red dwarf?

So my story is set in the TRAPPIST-1-system and a rogue planet enters the system. When it's still far off, a scientist discovers that one of the numbers is slightly off. (She has some tables that ...

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