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Feasibility of some Warhammer 40k Weapons

So, in Warhammer 40k comes many odd weapons used by the Imperium. Most of us know about the Bolter, which is mostly like a handheld Artillery Gun / Howitzer, and also the Chainsword, simply a mix of a ...
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What organised crime activities exist in a city-state that has a monopoly on their (mob's) usual rackets?

Imagine a city-state (let's call it Vegas) that has a monopoly on alcohol, narcotics, gambling, and human trafficking (forget for a moment that this would make it a pariah in the international ...
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How would a binary star system with a planet with 2 moons work? If possible

I am creating a solar system that has a binary star system. The system has 3 planets. The closest being like Mercury. The next being the planet that supports life and being slightly larger then earth....
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How can my 1.2 km long aircraft carrier catch ships like “Queen Anne's Revenge”?

Rod Reiss is the name of my fictional aircraft carrier. Based on the plans of project Habakkuk, it's a 1.2 km long, 180 meters wide and 90 meters high slab of metalic foam of an alloy of aluminum, ...
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What would powers based on the weak force look like

In other words, What physical law can X manipulate in order to control the weak force? And as for the abilities, I...don't have the greatest grasp of what someone can do with the weak force as their ...
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What to remove to make an ODM gear realistic?

I don't care! Once in a blue moon, anime did something that wasn't fanservice or the power of friendship, unless you think "Give up on your dream and die, lead the recruits straight into hell." is ...
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Why does FTL travel require a human who can survive in space? [closed]

Imagine ftl space travel that requires modifications to the human body enabling them to survive in space without a spacesuit, possibly even truly skyclad. What mechanism for ftl travel might require ...
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Why is dwarfism considered an advantage for jobs in space?

First, a clarification: Dwarfism is the umbrella term for 200+ medical conditions that result in short stature. Since this is Worldbuilding, my question refers to human beings with genetic dwarfism (...
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zora armor, and how it could actually be made to swim up water falls?

so in the game's legend of Zelda, there is the Zora armor. it helps you swim faster (which is shown by having flippers on the feet so obviously that would help, and it's skin-tight to fit whoever it ...
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Effect of non evolutionary origin on species [closed]

I have fantasy world (same like here), it's something about XVII/XVIII century in terms of technology and ideas (European). This world is of course populated by many typical races from fantasy worlds, ...
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What would be the benefit of various schools of magic when spells are interdisciplinary?

Orgone is the conduit through which the power of the cosmos flows, focused through a sorcerer's will. Ritual practitioners must draw on this reserve of power in their souls to make a magic spell work. ...
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Are Generation Ships inherently implausible?

So I've been thinking about the idea of a series that takes place on a small fleet of generation ships, traveling at around 10% of lightspeed to Proxima Centauri, which should take around a century. ...
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How to increase army size without modern farming/preservation inventions

i want to make renaissance era armies that are large in size and able to travel far( without plundering for resources) but I'm running into a problem regarding how to feed them since there is no ...
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Which of these technologies or sciences listed below would be hard for a scientist in Star Wars to do? [closed]

I apologize for the long list but I’m looking for something that still would not be in use by the end of the Sequel Trilogy. I’m trying to pick a technology for my Star Wars story. So basically pick ...
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What anatomy would a human-like character need in order to produce in its body and spit/spray from the mouth a variety of liquids?

I want a character to be able to spit/spray from the mouth many different liquids created within the body. Liquids would include a strong acid, flammable liquid, strong poison/nerve agent, a sticky ...
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Could a language based on absolute pitch develop music?

For those that are arguing that without vocabularly, it isn't considered a language: From Wikipedia: Language is a system that consists of the development, acquisition, maintenance and use of complex ...
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How much tech advancement could be made out of modern processor appearing in 1980s?

I rewatched terminator 2 and got intrigued by a particular quote: [microchip] scary stuff, radically advanced. I mean it was smashed, it didn't work, but it gave us ideas, took us in new ...
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Is there a material or method to allow “swimmable” coins?

I want to know whether there is a way to make coins that are "swimmable" in the fashion of Scrooge McDuck. My inquiry is based off this Family Guy meme from Pinterest The coins don't necessarily ...
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What would the effects be on a planet whose moon orbits at a speed just faster than a geosynchronous orbit, so there are more months than days?

Would anyone be able to check some math/ let me know if I'm thinking of this the correct way? I had an idea of the moon appearing basically stationary in the sky, but in fact it orbits just faster ...
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Why would two completely different species, who are newly adjacent to each other, not go to war?

Say portals randomly opened up on Earth that lead to an occupied alien planet, the denizens from one planet can survive on the other, and it's confirmed for both sides that the portals were not ...
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Lizardfolk are too OP, what weakness would make the most sense for them?

So, based on their abilities, lizardfolk (humanoid reptiles) should be a more prevalent race in my setting than they actually are. When I say they're overpowered, I mean they have everything to expand ...
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Can a planet's artificial ring always face the sun?

A habitat/space harbor ring encircles an ice giant crossing both poles (polar orbit) and rotating to create artificial gravity. Can the ring also precess in synchronization with the planet's year, so ...
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Book based on fictional characters traveling in a photon rocket? [closed]

I want to create a realistic future where humans travel near light speed beyond our solar system using a photon rocket. A crew of 100 combat the perils of space using self sustaining supply: (farms, ...
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Effectiveness of orbital railguns on ground or air-based targets?

For space-based warfare, would an orbiting satellite which was equipped with a railgun cannon be effective against a ground-based fort, or even an aeroplane, or another type of air transport? This is,...
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Can a liquid mercury pistol flamethrower exist?

The Cold War just got a whole lot hotter. Ordinary 20th century flamethrowers are, let's admit it, huge. Covert operations, especially in urban settings, would not stay covert for long, if our custom-...
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Space Combat Maneuvers, with multiply FTL technology [closed]

two species both with FTL, one using a star trek style warp drive, one using a jump drive. Who has the tactical advantage?
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How can resurrecting a person make them evil? [closed]

When a person dies, their soul leave the body and departs for the afterlife. There are ways for a person to be resurrected, however. The first involves calling the soul back into the mortal realm and ...
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How would a “zombie fungus” work on humans?

Short question: which hormones should high contagious fungi spores produce to make their human host spread the joy and infection (by hugging and kisses) on early stages of infection, and become ...
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do these mountains look to be in realistic locations?

I'm getting into mapmaking, which I enjoy, but some of the specifics of realism still elude me. I know generally how plate tectonics work, but I was hoping to get some help on a specific example. I ...
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Inverse orbital direction

Is it possible that a planet/moon will have inverse direction comparing to the rest orbiting material? For example Mars would go in counter direction comparing to other planets in solar system. If ...
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Small planet tidally locked to a red dwarf which is orbiting a main sequence star

I'm working on creating a planet that is tidally locked to a red dwarf, which is in turn orbiting a main sequence star which is much further away. My idea is that the tidally locked side of the planet ...
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What is better for a runner with superpowers, running in long bounding strides or continuous short strides?

A runner has superpowered legs, allowing him to run extremely fast (as in, each of his legs can "push" the ground very fast.) However, he has two different options for how he should run. Should he run ...
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What organs or modifications would be needed to have creature that can eat/digest hair?

as the title, What organs or modifications would be needed to have creature that can eat/digest hair without problem ? (preverably digested normal/quick enough, and they only eat hair) this include ...
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What is life of the Average American like? [closed]

I want to write a book on the life of the average American and their struggles. The main characters are parents in their late 30s (I used the median age instead of the average since the average is too ...
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What would metal-based electrical life forms be like? [closed]

Lifeforms made of metal that live on electricity that are NOT artificial robots. Not just a metal shell. More than just soft metals. Metals that look metal- stuff like iron, steel, titanium. Creatures ...
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Effect of brighter suns on eyes on a creature on a world orbiting a red dwarf

I know that red dwarf stars are dimmer than ours. But I also know that red dwarf stars emit a lot of infrared light, so creatures on a world orbiting it would have eyes that see infrared light. If a ...
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Life without a bright star?

The main source of free energy that allowed life on Earth to develop was our sun. It bombards the planet’s surface with photons of high energy, which provide activation energy for reactions necessary ...
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Permanent river of lava

Rivers of lava are a staple of fantasy. But in the real world, lava flows are usually very short-lived phenomenons caused by volcanic eruptions. Is there some plausible way on an otherwise earth-like ...
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Why don’t dragons fly low?

So, we have five floating islands in the southern sea. Their surfaces are mainly composed of fields of grass and fruit trees (weeds, non-profitable trees, etc. are disposed of) A dozen or so feet of ...
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Magic breaks the second law of thermodynamics. Why is the law still valid?

Around the twenty-first or twenty-second century, a scientific experiment finds that a certain ritual (they were trying to make cold fusion) causes a heat difference to appear in fluids. For instance, ...
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Geckos walking on two legs

I was thinking of a situation, in which there is a mass extinction that wipes out all large land animals, and after this mass extinction some of the descendants of modern geckos evolve to fill the ...
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Are two Pangeas possible?

As we know, the Earth had one super continent at one point in the history of our planet, which eventually broke apart to become what we have today. Assuming we're talking about a planet near ...
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How can i get around power limitations due to battery size?

My story has a few androids and some beings that can manipulate electricity with their bio battery electric organs and I want these characters to have the ability to shoot powerful lasers, plasma ...
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Can two moons have intersecting orbits yet be guaranteed not to collide?

Working on a D&D campaign. As a physics nerd, I'd like the orbital mechanics of the planet, its sun, and its moons, to follow standard Newtonian/Keplerian mechanics. I'm trying to come up with ...
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Two Structures Adrift In Space

There are 2 planet sized structures that are artificially made with no means of propulsion. Each structure has the approximate mass of Earth but are hollow inside. The inside area is where the people ...
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How would a Dyson Swarm affect the temperature and light reaching the earth?

So, I'm creating a world in a dystopia format and I'm curious on other peoples opinion about how they would think a fully enveloping Dyson Swarm would affect the earth's temperature. I want the swarm ...
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Asgard is the Führerbunker, how to make it inaccessible to mortals? [closed]

That's true, the place where the gods live is a 1:1 replica of the Führerbunker. It served us well when that lunatic, who used his family's ashes as body painting, tried to kill all of us. Regardless, ...
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How would a limit on the number of lies people can tell after age eleven change how lying is viewed? [closed]

This is a follow-up on one of my previous questions, which was closed down for being too broad. I'm designing a society where, at eleven years old (originally it was at birth, but everyone agreed ...
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For what reason would insects grow in size over a long evolutionary period?

What possible evolutionary reasons would there be for insects to increase their physical size over a long period? What benefits would be gained by an insect being larger? For example, say ants ...
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What will happen if there are only two countries left in the world? [closed]

I would like to know what will happen if there are only two countries left in the world. Lets say after 100 years, there are only America and China. Will they try to defeat each other to unit the ...

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