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Two gods, one omniscient and one omnipotent. Who wins?

God Ziller is nearly omnipotent. He cannot change himself but he can do any miracle on anything that he can see. He doesn't have X-ray vision. God Aweful is omniscient. He has no physical superpowers ...
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Alternative to horses in a dry climate

I'm looking for an alternative for horses. Why not horses? the short answer is the gods didn't want to create them. The gods in my universe are dicks to humanity. Horses only seem to really benefit ...
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How long could humans survive on my planet?

I have created a planet which is a clone of Earth. Except I messed up where wasps, cobras and scorpions were concerned and they have turned out to be the size of elephants (everything in proportion). ...
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Hands-Free Methods of Firing Arrows for Flying Soldiers

There are flying warriors wear wing suits. Kind of like this but with wings extending past the arms that they control with their hands These warriors do not have the technology to make guns but ...
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How to make warriror type class stronger without relying on mana,qi or psionic related power [on hold]

How do you make warrior like class in fantasy strong as mage, wizard like those who can use magic to destroy all world or even reality warp to destroy universe etc. I can't think of any thing how to ...
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Age of empires way to terraform a planet? [on hold]

What would it take to send a group of machines to a planet/natural satellite to terraform it, so that they build structures for humans which we can go and reside on ? The group would consist a '...
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Is a more visual language possible using spoken words?

I once participated in a contest. People grouped in pairs. The two members of each pair sit back-to-back. They can neither see each other nor what the other is doing. I was the one who opens an ...
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Can artificial general intelligence live forever? [on hold]

Suppose some advanced civilization has created some AGI. AGI, i.e., strong ai, could successfully perform any intellectual task that a human being can and also carry massive knowledge databases. ...
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Mechanized infantry of the medieval age

Using resources already available at the time, could medieval age armies form their equivalent of a mechanized infantry and perhaps implement a sort of "blitzkrieg" strategy during battles? And if so ...
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Reality check; minimal axial tilt = minimal seasons/mild weather right?

Included is a picture of my climate map and several perspectives of a paper model I made of the planet. The ocean covers over half the planet, which is rather small. It has nearly no tilt, and 2 moons;...
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Effects of Red Dwarf CME (Flare) on Biological Life and Atmosphere

I have a planet circling an M-Class star (M3/M4). I'm trying to figure out what the effects of flaring on the planet's biosphere might be. Background: As some of you may know, M-class stars are ...
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How would a legal system deal with random groundhog day events? [on hold]

I have seen similar questions about groundhog day but they were about either a single unique groundhog day or a permanent one. In this case, each day may or may not repeat. There are no limits so ...
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Is it theoretically possible for the human body to not defecate?

Assume that I have some way to introduce nutrients into the body of a healthy human but I do not have any method of changing their biology. No surgical procedures nor special "drugs" that would affect ...
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What weapons would nanomachines use?

So, the strongest of my current characters is a happy little cloud, that's compromised of nanomachines (well, not exactly nano, it's well in the micro prefix, but individual parts obviously require ...
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How would a fantasy world respond to repeated near extinction events?

I am working on developing a campaign setting/world history for something akin to Dungeons and Dragons so medium/high fantasy magic with a medieval flavor. I am trying to get a grasp on expected ...
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How could a hive-mind without true individuals create technology?

Imagine a species in which the ego never developed. There is no self-direction. This species is always making noise, however, and it is through this noise that the society itself experiences the ...
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Fortifications capable of withstanding atmosphere-clearing blast

On the Atomic Rockets site, there is a series of handy tables, the first of which is aptly named "The Boom Table", providing examples for a wide range of energy releases (in both Joules and TNT ...
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Possibility of an alliance between Rome and China

For plot reasons, I need there to be global-ish peace by the 1700's. Obviously, the easiest and best way to do this, is union under the system of Pax Romana. However, at this particular time (about ...
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Is it possible to make Asteroid Concrete?

In the far future, man is trying to build a small colony in the asteroid belt - on one of the bigger asteroids. All the materials are to be mined from asteroids, and it is assumed the colony will have ...
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Could domesticated mammoths sustain a group of nomads

In a fantasy world I have planned, I wanted one of the nomadic groups to live on a frozen steppe. They would primarily subsist by herding and domesticating mammoths. Would mammoths be comparable to, ...
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The Worldkillers - Method I: Oceans

This series will focus on a Worldkillers: a group of interstellar outlaws who specialize in destroying worlds. Each question has the objective to explore a different way to kill a planet - a word ...
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Mathematics of monsters

Researching for a science fiction novel. My character loves math + I have dyscalculia = Problem. Therefore, I need your help. In my story, there are aliens we can see, but we can't hear or touch. ...
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What color should the snow be in this chlorine world?

This question is in the same context (the same world) proposed by Steven L. Gillett in his book: "World-building". And actually there have been some other questions about this same chlorinated world. ...
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What would define kingdoms in a fantasy setting? [on hold]

Preface: This is a very abstract question since it really would depend on the worldbuilder, and the type of setting they are trying to build. In Established Works In works such as Lord of the Rings, ...
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Life in the Northern Hemisphere if Beringia Never Drowned

When one hears the name "Beringia", we most often think the land bridge that formed as a result of a drop in sea levels during the Pleistocene, resulting in a connection between Alaska and Russia. But ...
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Stone-age air-force

Story-based background (not essential for question) The Helawi live at the top of a small plateau with steep cliffs all around. There is a carved stairway from top to bottom that allows only one ...
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Symbiotic Assassin Vines

I have an idea for an encounter in my world that goes like this... A weary group of adventurers are trekking through a great ancient forest. This forest is avoided by most due to strange tales of ...
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Origin of life on a waterworld

Take a planet like Gliese 1214 B, which has no land, an ocean 100s of kilometres deep and a seabed of Ice VII. For the purposes of the question, let's assume that the pressure and/or temperature near ...
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Evolution adapted to technology

...kill every protohuman who tries to leave the African continent. This comment made me think about one question. Suppose you have robot guards, like futuristic lasers, who just shoot at any landing ...
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Does crossing a wormhole happen instantaneously, or with the course of time?

I have seen many science fiction movies that depict traveling in space through wormholes. The appearance though, and the time it takes to cross a wormhole, tends to vary: • On one hand, we have the ...
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Dead on Mars: Surviving Bacteria

I'm interested in the introduction of bacteria on Mars. If a small base were set up with attempts to maintain some sort of sterilisation protocols, but all the humans died on that base a) what would ...
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Pulse jet helicopters [on hold]

Is it possible for these pulse jet helicopters to be made into the size of an apache or perhaps the chinook? And how long would they stay airborne?
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Worldbuilding Materials [on hold]

When you create a religion, organization, or any other object within your world, can related materials be useful for realizing the world? For example: If you create a religion, will an excerpt of a ...
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Can a black hole be turned into a white hole?

Following the Schwarzschild metric, we could consider that a white hole=black hole with no angular momentum (no spin?) or electric charge. Would be enough to slow down a black hole and somehow remove ...
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Bouncing Beads of Blood - Just how cold would it have to be?

My heroine has been stabbed - run through the abdomen by a foot-long dagger - and is bleeding to death. She is currently crawling toward her salvation through a very cold place. She is magically ...
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How do humans with electric organs prevent self-electrocution?

In my world, a small population on an isolated island were bitten by radioactive electric eels while fishing. I read that the eels can send out carefully timed signals through their nervous systems ...
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Everyday tasks on a space ship

There is a space ship, flying from planet to planet for multiple years. It is a science vessel, so, once they reach a planet, they do research. But what do they do if they are in transit between ...
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Carbon cycle in a sulphur-based biochemistry

I'm designing a world with advanced life forms that use a sulphur-based biochemistry (see this link for context). I would like to create a carbon cycle analogous to Earth, where: Photosynthesis ...
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Lying is illegal. How to make joking not an offence?

In the society I am building it is illegal for a government official to lie (this isn't a reaction to real world politics; I've been building this world for a while), while speaking/acting as ...
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Cooking using nuclear bombs [on hold]

This question is completely just for fun! :) So in one of my classes, some boys on an another table were debating whether you could toast a marshmallow for smores using a nuclear blast from a nuclear ...
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If the earth suddenly had a new axis of rotation, would the tendency be for it’s new axis to align itself perpendicularly to its orbit over time? [on hold]

If the earth suddenly had a new axis of rotation (due to catastrophic events - humor me), would the tendency be for it’s new axis to align itself perpendicularly to its orbital plane over time? For ...
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What would a Scientific based way of making a person Similar to Marvels “Spider-Man” [on hold]

The Question How would someone scientifically emulate Spider-Man powers without altering the human genes? The Limits No genetic engineering (except on spiders for their silk) Technology level is ...
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How vulnerable are the undersea internet cables to deliberate sabotage by one of the major powers (US, UK, Russia, etc)? [on hold]

Over 99% of the transcontinental internet traffic goes through a network of 280 sets of undersea cables. How vulnerable are these to deliberate sabotage by the major powers? I'd rather not focus ...
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Gadget: Insect wings

(Related to Human Dragonfly wings) Context The mutant thread is back. For more context, see my previous questions. One of my character is a "subtle" mutant (no outward sign) that has an affinity ...
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What are the economic effects of an electricity shutdown that lasts weeks in big city? [on hold]

How this affects the economy of the big tech industries like factories and the media like radio stations and television? What are the effects that this brings in the life of normal people?
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What are the best weapons and armour for fighting underground? [on hold]

First off assume that the technology is roughly that of the High Medieval age circa 1100 AD. The combatants are assumed to be humans in this case adapted to life underground after around 3000 yrs of ...
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Reducing atmospheric pressure on Snowball Earth

A Snowball Earth is a global condition (which may have occurred many times) in which the temperature everywhere on the surface was, for extended periods (up to tens of millions of years), below the ...
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Why bother programming facial expressions for artificial intelligence if humans are bad at recognising them?

Set in the near future, robots and mankind coexist amicably due to the great technological advancement in robotics and artificial intelligence. They are everywhere and some took a human form. All of ...
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Terraforming via rapidly growing organisms, is it a good idea?

Terraforming and maintaining a biosphere suitable for humans is tough, but no worries, Protogon is here! Collaborating with Providence, our scientists have created Hygiea, a series of rapidly growing ...
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How can genetic enchancements allow male and female sports leagues to intertwine with each other?

The human race is divided into two variants: male and female. The former is generally more dominant physically due to its size, making them bigger, stronger, and faster. They are predisposed to being ...

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