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For questions that have to do with chemistry, chemical reactions be they biological or artificial, or the industrial processes of chemistry.

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Ammonia planet- atmosphere

On my previously asked question about the biochemistry of life on my ammonia. it leads me to my next question to ask. first things first, the life on this planet is boron based. they breathe methane ...
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Batteries and resource restrictions

I've prefigured a specific setting as being middling in technological progress when compared with its neighbors. This setting does not have access to hydrocarbons, has severe cultural and political ...
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Alternative to Glucose-Oxygen reaction [closed]

My alien life form needs some sort of energy carrier and I'd like it to work similar to ours because I don't want to rewrite a ton of biological reactions. What is a good alternative to Glucose? Is ...
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Ammonia planets

In an alien atmosphere, where methane is the main gas instead of oxygen and ammonia is the main solvent instead of water. Similar to how photosynthesis on earth plants work, by taking in carbon ...
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Is there any reason to use tungsten crucibles?

So, in my setting, there are dwarves that make good steel. Shocker, I know. To refine the ore, they rely on the bloomery process like everyone else, using anthracite (when they can get it), charcoal (...
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How can I dissolve metal hinges safely?

So, I've wound up in jail again (not my fault - I didn't start that fire, honest!) and I need to get out of here before the mayor has a chance to check his safe. Unfortunately, I left my lockpicks in ...
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Could Cobalt bind to nitrogen the same way iron would to oxygen in an alien respiratory system?

I'm making this whole other alien world and I made it an ammonia world, so there is a lot of nitrogen in the atmosphere. Would nitrogen be a good gas to breathe in an ammonia world and would Cobalt be ...
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A chemical other than alcohol that lowers inhibitions

I'm looking for an existing drug or chemical that most closely matches the following criteria, which will be listed from most to least important: lessening of social and moral inhibitions doesn't ...
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Regrowing body parts: What are the costs?

Everybody has seen superpowers like superstrength, flying, and regeneration. While flying and superstrength are quite straightforward regarding the energy cost, regeneration is not. In this question, ...
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Could there be a helium based life form somewhere in the universe?

I've been thinking, could there possibly be an organism that is based on the element of helium? If yes, what would it look like? (Images are welcome)
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Energy cost of creating body parts from nothing but energy

What amount of energy would you need to expend to create an arm out of nothing but energy? Of course we have $E = m c^2$ telling us the energy any amount of mass represents. Given the average of a ...
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Cross-linked polymers available to pre-industrial people?

Cross-linked polymers are vitally important materials used all the time in modern life. For example, the resins used in composite materials are usually some type of cross-linked polymer. What type ...
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Is the idea of being “fused” to/into a material as a result of a teleportation accident plausible?

Assuming it were possible to phase through matter/teleport, is it possible within the laws of physics/chemistry to end up stuck/fused to solid materials? Obviously we lack the real world ability to ...
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How might an advanced civilization separate astronomical amounts of Magnesium Ions from astronomical amounts Oxygen Ions?

An advanced civilization collects enough Magnesium and Oxygen, from all over the Galaxy, to equal the mass of a star, and then reacts the Magnesium and Oxygen to produce Magnesium Oxide. The ...
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What Would Beaches Look Like if Silicon Didn't Bond to Oxygen?

I was on a beach recently and was contemplating what it would look like if Silicon just didn't bind oxygen very well/at all, perhaps similar to gold. I'm not sure if something else would take the ...
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Chlorine Trifluoride-producing microorganisms

Quick Context Basically I need one of my charaters to produce a lot of chlorine trifluoride, but human biochemistry wont allow that, so I was going to get a micro-organism to do the job and produce ...
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Chemoautotrophs and human edible food? [closed]

Autotrophs are lifeforms that consume simpler molecules than the large protein, carbohydrate and lipid molecules that heterotrophs like humans ingest, these large molecules are made by autotrophs and ...
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Metallic oxygen as a possible future material?

I'm researching possible materials that maybe be used in the far future. I came across something called metallic oxygen. If oxygen is compressed to 10GPa, it turns into a dark red solid O8. If this is ...
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Making Gunpowder out of Corpses

Story Info On a fallen world that still has firearms. Society is still advanced in a way, but is more tribal/feudal in nature. There is an armed priesthood that preaches and deals in death. To the ...
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A world where underwater fire is possible [closed]

We perceive water as a fire extinguisher, based on observations related to the atmospheric conditions on our planet. However, Let's see if we can circumvent this limitation. Actually, water ...
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Can we produce Iodine element? [closed]

Can we produce Iodine element that is different from Iodine in salt? (The Iodine should be a new production and not made from separating other chemical compounds). If we can produce this element, is ...
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killer mechanism/organism similar to rust and virus

I need a mechanism/organism similar to rust and virus, that will both impair the ship's components AND will kill crew, so the only thing left are a few lucky survivors on a crippled ship. Presumably ...
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How do puffer lizards puff up into flight so quickly?

** * Xenobiology expedition 'Profundity': Log entry 634 * ** These things are remarkably tricky to study!! Puffer lizards live on the open salt pans of Arbslex IV (an incredibly Earthlike planet), ...
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What’s the longest amount of time that a can of soda could stay fresh? [closed]

In the fallout series, people are often seen drinking Nuka-Cola, a rip-off of Coke. The earliest fallout game is 80 years after the war, the latest was 210 years. So how the hell could soda last that ...
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How could I explain an alien species' non tool based plant manipulation without using magic?

I'm trying to find a way to explain an alien species' ability to control plants, specifically plant growth for crops, without it being 'magic.' So they can ensure the health and size of the plants ...
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Life without excretion?

Is it possible with some chemicals as intake for humans to completely convert the food/chemical to energy to survive? This is similar to when we are talking about clean energy where water and some ...
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Projectile that crystallizes a target

Can arrow heads containing certain substances cause skin and flesh to crystallize, giving the impression of the target being frozen? Do such substances exist?
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Synthetic Opiate Based Chemical weapon

So the idea is for chemical weapons to come back into use because they are marketed/propagandized as humane. I got the idea from a documentary on how easy it is to overdose on Fentanyl. Basically the ...
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Realistic applications of alchemy?

The original dream of the alchemists was to turn base metals into gold, however it's quite obvious that after that becomes cheap and easy it becomes basically useless since much of gold's value comes ...
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Are fullerenes a capable/reliable “part” for my microorganism to work? [closed]

What I need the microorganisms for They collect and store chemicals, can be manipulated to do what a bigger life form wants. With enough of these microorgansisms and some knowledge of chemistry one ...
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Is my idea for a creatures natural armor plates realistic?

First of all: I don't think that diamond is a good material to use. It isn't even really resistant to pressure. So... it's a stylistic choice and of course I want to know if nature could be this crazy....
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Bio ChlorineTrifluoride Pyrogenesis

So Chlorine Trifluoride is a very dangerous chemical known to burn through things like concrete and asbestos. It's so bad that the Nazis, THE NAZIS, decided it was too dangerous to use. So I need an ...
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How could a country broadcast digital data through tap water (instead of radio waves)?

Background: I'm toying with the idea of an alternate Earth that never developed wireless technologies. Radio transmitters, Wi-Fi, etc... were never invented, meaning that light-speed communication is ...
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Azidoazide Azide Storage and Weaponization

AA (azidoazide azide) is a hyper-explosive 14 nitrogen molecule. My questions are: what are some theoretical ways to store it so it doesn't explode on you but on the enemy you throw it at, and what ...
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How to justify a scarcity of sulfur minerals, and the impact this might have on a fantasy world

I want to create a convincing world where gunpowder is a rare and expensive commodity, allowing swords and plate armour to still be used effectively despite the world having current level of ...
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Scavenging metal resources in post-apocalypse after 100 years

This is another question for a setting I mentioned in previous questions (currency, ammo). The setting is: It's happening in post-apocalyptic SE Europe (Balkans specifically), about 60-80 years from ...
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Any poisons that mimic Syphilis?

In my tabletop RPG story the wife of a rich noble killed her husband. Her story is that he cheated on her and when she told him that she knew, he tried to kill her and she only defended herself. ...
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Could N2O be a major constituent in an exo-planet's atmosphere?

Say there would be plants that release a lot of N2O (nitrous oxide or laughing gas). On Earth, N2O is a trace-gas and it is pretty stable. In our atmosphere it has a half-life of > 100 years, and as I ...
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The Least Interesting Substance

There are many interesting places, many interesting worlds. This world is not one of them. It has an argon atmosphere, and the planet itself is made of a very unreactive, insoluble, extremely ...
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What reasons could there be for cement not setting?

I'm writing a scene set on a construction site where the builders notice that the cement they pour is not setting: it just remains in its liquid state or it is taking a very long time to set. This is ...
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Ways to produce atmosperic aphrodisiacs [closed]

I am a big player of Stellaris and some of the planets have the modifier Atmospheric Aphrodisiac so I was wondering, how could we achieve a planet wide production of aphrodisiacs. The phenomenon ...
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Would crystal-asteroids filled with a gas like iodine be plausible to refract light into making a coloured sky?

So I would like a coloured sky in my world, but I want it to be plausible. I'm not so good at science and the like but I've been doing a lot of research. If crystal-like asteroids filled with ...
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Organic Thermoelectric Phase Change Material

So I was designing some aliens who exhale colder air that they take in and one person gave me a really great suggestion, using phase change materials in the creature's make up to absorb the heat from ...
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How can a starship be hardened against EM-based attacks

Lets assume i have a capital starship that needs to be made resistent to electro-magnetic attacks, either by a nuke' pulse or a by more direct way to "apply" EM (radiation) attacks - how could ...
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Understanding which materials can be found on planets

I am making a science fiction computer game where you can travel between planets. I would like the planets all to have some kind of differing materials. Now I have no idea about which kind of "...
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Could there be a plausible description for a kind of radioactive ore that can amplify the energy of a host or object, or potentially destroy it? [closed]

This kind of ore should be rare (maybe from meteorites?), dangerous (radioactive?), but potentially very useful in a world where people have augmented abilities, cybernetic attachments, that sort of ...
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How to replace a fictional element to the periodic table?

From what I know about the periodic table, in order to add a new element it would have to be above the current highest element. And up there this new element would be unstable. But could I just ...
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Could our biochemistries allow us to interact in any meaningful way with alien life that was based on other biochemistries?

This question assumes that there is complex, intelligent life on some other world other than the kind found on Earth. Carl Sagan allowed that silicon and germanium might replace carbon, and ammonia ...
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Could a microbe plausibly generate lift gas for manned balloon flight?

QUESTION I was thinking about ways of justifying practical balloon flight for a pre-industrial civilization, when I remembered that some microorganisms produce methane, and better yet, hydrogen. ...
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Viability of laughing gas as a weapon

How effective would it be? Presume that the nitrous oxide is freely available to the user (e.g. "magically" [hand-wave] produced) and that they are immune to any effects. How far would it really ...