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How plausible is a civilization, or life, that perceives time in reverse?

Humanity, with modern science, has established that the Big Bang happened 13.8 billion years ago. The universe appeared in a low-entropy state, and for billions of years has been expanding and moving ...
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What poisons could have been hidden in food or drink used in the early 1700's?

I'm writing a character who has to kill her children by poisoning. I just need something they wouldn't have tasted. It doesn't matter if it kills them fast or slow (either will work). Back then ...
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What resources would be depleted during a “Medieval Stasis”?

Many fantasy worlds use a “Medieval Stasis” trope. What resources could we expect to become depleted during a stasis? Surely, since technology is stagnant, the people would mine all the materials they ...
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What are the long term effects of increased neurotransmitters?

In my story, one of the main characters (Joe) has been born with a somewhat superpower: Any person near him will have elevated neurotransmitter levels. If their brain is releasing happy ...
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What happens to ghosts? [on hold]

If a ghost is haunting a house and the house gets razed or burnt down, what happens to the ghost? Or let's say a ghost is haunting a graveyard, if the bodies are moved and the graveyard is turned ...
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How would 'Normal' people stop/confound/hinder my telepaths?

The telepaths can read the minds of anyone with less Teep power than they have. I.E. Weak Telepaths can have their minds read by stronger ones, and every non-telepath can read a 'normal' mind. The ...
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Campaign Warfare in Avian Species [on hold]

For this avian species, imagine a race of Hoatzin-like animals, with gripping appendages on their wings. The birds generally live in nest groups, building large communal nests. They are also larger ...
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How to make female breast armor viable?

It is known that armor with accentuated design for breast is a bad choice in an actual confrontation. What can be changed to make "breast armor" more effective? Like materials(fictional or not), ...
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Designing vehicles for different gravities

In my story, humans have colonized both a high-G and a low-G world in the same star system. How would surface vehicles have to be designed differently for practicality and economy on each of those ...
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How would an advanced civilization on a space station not be able to explore the planet they orbit without significant time between each expedition?

Extremely advanced civilization on a computerized space station orbiting a desolate uninhabited planet. There are no other known civilizations within this station's sphere of observation. Not many ...
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Would planting trees across an earth-like planet to reduce the CO2 and produce O2, be enough to keep it in balance?

An IPCC report of Oct 8, 2018 indicates - to keep the world temperature rise at or below 1.5 C, we need to reduce our CO2 emissions globally from the 2010 level by 45% by 2030, and a further 55% ...
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Can magnetism be what causes my flat Earth to accelerate?

It has been determined by observation of the stars that the gravity on Flat Earth is due to it accelerating upwards at 1G. This is what holds people and objects to the surface. It has also been ...
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Gravitational anomaly (Mascons) creating water-hills

A scenario in the far future -- The moon has been successfully terraformed. All problems have been worked-out, from flinging volatiles into collision course with the moon, up to creating and retaining ...
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Why are there keys for a magic seal? [on hold]

Ages ago, the Dark Lord Fylth made a powerful army full of demons and elementals to enslave the whole world. All the magicians in the world gathered and cast a really strong seal upon the Dark Lord ...
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Recreating the 10 Plagues of Egypt with SCIENCE! - Part 1: Rivers turn to blood! [on hold]

In the story I'm currently writing, Mankind has been enslaved for 200 years by an alien Empire. They've managed to create a Resistance cell network, as well as a version of the Underground Railroad, ...
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How would mankind respond to most of the population suddenly becoming allergic to sunlight? [on hold]

Okay, so a virus is created and the entire world population has been exposed. About a hundred million die off, but the rest survive. Of the survivors (adults and children), most (let's say 60-70 ...
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What if peregrine falcons, albatross, and hummingbirds were all human-sized? [duplicate]

If peregrine falcons, albatross, and hummingbirds were all human-sized, but possessing their current biologies, would each of them still be able to fly as they normally would?
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Medieval Aspergers? [on hold]

In my writing I have a few characters with aspergers. However, they live in the late 1100s. They are siblings, and their father is relatively wealthy, but not nobility. The three have moderate to ...
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Naturally maintaining an atmosphere being stripped by a brown dwarf‘s magnetosphere

In this scenario we have a brown dwarf with a powerful magnetic dynamo from metallic hydrogen. The magnetic field is modeled after Jupiter’s but just three orders of magnitude more powerful. ...
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Could it be feasible that a medieval fantasy city in the desert be carved into rock rather than made with lumber?

So I know that usually, ancient villages and cities are made mostly with wood, and rarely with stone, since stone is inherently more expensive. But, if there is very little lumber around but lots of ...
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How would I calculate the size and angle of this space station ring?

This is an idea for a space station on the surface of Eris (but could work on other celestial bodies), using rotating rings to simulate gravity. The idea is that these rings would sit horizontally on ...
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Could university accept a child without any formal education? [on hold]

My story revolves about a life of a girl that is profoundly gifted even among a family of profoundly gifted. Her father founded a multi-billion dollar company focused on IT security and cryptography ...
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Imprisoning people in frictionless bowls

The king's mages have made a discovery: they can create perfectly frictionless surfaces using a new spell. The king immediately suggests a use for this spell: Use it on areas of floor, to keep ...
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How can I explain a world where everything is working together to kill the protagonist?

Say an explorer lands on a previously undiscovered land, filled with humans, humanoids, wildlife, elementals, undead, demons... you name it. One would expect that these existing inhabitants would ...
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Digital communication in pre-transistor era

Recently I have read about radioteletype devices capable of sending text messages via radio waves already in the first half of 20th century. Unfortunately, these teletypes used Baudot code, which is ...
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Could an industrial and a post-industrial civilization exist at the same time?

One of the big issues I have run into while building the story I'm currently working on, is the fact that their are multiple nations that exist in an industrial state, while others are far past this ...
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Plausible? Mechanics of Floating Continents/Islands on Gas Giant (with sea) [on hold]

Just thought of how a gas giant would have the physics to entertain floating islands/gigantic landmasses + a floating sea of water. Pretty much just wrote down whatever i could think of. Basically, a ...
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Do these plants make sense in the way I want them to establish in my world?

(Beforehand I'll excuse myself for my english. If you didn't need to know that you can just ignore it) There's a network of root-like life forms in the top layers of my planet. They use some kind of ...
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Why would having more mages to conduct a spell not make it faster?

Orgone is the measure of a person's connection with the cosmos. It is the conduit through which the power of the cosmos flows, focused through a sorcerer's will. Ritual practicioners must draw on this ...
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How to use a certain technology to communicate with colonies but keep the how-to a secret?

I'm building a world for a role-playing game campaign using the Stars Without Number system. Some background information first: Stars Without Number Original Setting: In the original story ...
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can an army armed with smgs defeat an entire medieval army? [on hold]

Lets say in an alternate reality where technology developed quicker and mankind started using firearms, how effective would an army armed with submachine guns be against an army armed with smooth or ...
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How can one individual have two different biological signatures?

A detective is investigating a series of grisly murders in New York. The bodies of the victims seem to have been ripped apart by a inhumanly strong person. He has narrowed down the list of suspects to ...
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Time manipulation based on physics equations

I'm fairly new to the idea of writing.... anything, and I was asked to make a character to insert in a friend's world. I am trying to create a fictional character that has the power of manipulating ...
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Understanding Climate [on hold]

So climate is a pretty confusing subject, I've been searching for a very generalized map of climates. I wanna post it hear for some questions regarding this map http://www.geocurrents.info/place/...
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Imposing scientifically derived requirements for holding public office

Earth Here on Earth, who serves in public office depends a handful of factors -- some of which are unsettling. In the US there is the infamous Wall Street-Washington Corridor where financial ...
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Can I arrange my stars in a tetrahedron?

Inspired by this question: Consider a trinary star system, in which the three stars are arranged in an xy plane and all revolving the same direction, equidistant from each other. The inward pull of ...
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Spaceship Engineering & Infrastructure Challenges: Air Currents

I have a spherical spaceship that is about 2 kilometers in diameter with an outer clear, yet strong shell. This spaceship is largely made up of empty space occupied by air. Aside from this the ...
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Approaches that could be used to define a given bacterial strain as a new species [on hold]

I would like to know what are the possible approaches a scientist could use to identify a given bacterial strain as a new species.
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Artificial gravity of spinning sphere

I have a colonized asteroid that is roughly spherical and has been hollowed out. To create artificial gravity I spin the asteroid creating a strip of 1g gravity around the "equator". What would happen ...
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How big could a cannon be made [on hold]

what is the absolute upper bound on the size of gunpowder cannons, (not rail guns or similar) in terms of shell weight and bore diameter before some mechanical or material problem prevents it from ...
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Worms that create wormholes - can we find and track them underground?

In a future Earth it has been discovered that earthworms can actually create wormholes. There is a lot more to this and I will be asking other questions, however at this point I just want to know if ...
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Is a world with infinite resources possible? [on hold]

In my current fictional fantasy-ish endeavor, I have a world with a great war. This war is vast and encompasses all of the known land. Due to magical means, soldiers for the war are 'summoned' from ...
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Can satellites decrease global warming?

An island nation has a lot of coastal territory and has become gravely concerned about the threat of global warming. They've decided to fix this by launching reflective satellites into orbit -- ...
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Could a creature have a separate pouch to hold food until it is needed?

I am developing a species that gives birth to live young after a very brief pregnancy. The infants are somewhat underdeveloped due to this fact. The harsh environment of the mountains means that those ...
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Could an extremely highly evolved society still live in peace with nature? [on hold]

As I've been developing my stories, one major point that has remained constant is the state of the major international powers. One such powerful nation, sahats, is an extremely advanced society. They ...
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What kinds of metals will function as a blood base? [duplicate]

I've been working really hard for a while now on a race of creatures called Nordic mountain Valkyrie Dragons. They are large: around 7'ft tall, and 9'ft from nose to tail tip, and I'm trying to come ...
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What type of feet should semiarboreal humanoids have?

My semiarboreal humanoids have a build quite similar to humans, apart from some more specialized arboreal adaptations. They live in rainforests quite similar to the Amazon Rainforest. Though trees are ...
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How to mobilize army in country with no standing army?

In the modern day a isolated country with no standing army (and no military agreements with other countries with a military) is invaded. The country in question has similar characteristics to Iceland (...
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Why would someone be cursed in order to be forced to hunt monsters? [on hold]

This is an idea that I've been wondering about for awhile now, and I can't come up with a satisfying answer. Most of the reasons I've come up with are pretty petty, and considering that this would be ...
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How to prevent electronic advancement beyond the early cold war era?

Here are what I wants in my world: Early generation of computer with a bulky size and very limited capability, like the text-based computer in Fallout universe. Limited guidance and detection system. ...

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