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Questions tagged [electricity]

For questions regarding the generation or flow of electrical charge.

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When were computer components 0,2 micrometer in size? [closed]

When setting a story in the future I always try to limit the technology available. It's less enjoyable and harder to identify yourself with droney the drone than with John and Jane Doe. Currently I ...
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Quaternionic electro-magnetism, world that it can exist in, and the appropriate equation system [closed]

The thing could not exist in real world; it is imaginary concept, expressed in a equations in a paper, that could run as a simulation on a PC. That could be interesting for people with some ...
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Feasibility of Thermoelectric Metabolism

Larry Niven's "Known Universe" (KU) features "The Outsiders" as one of its most prominent alien races. As per KU canon, the Outsiders evolved in a frigid moon (similar to Nereida) and they sustain ...
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Car headlights in a world without electricity

In a world like ours in the 1980s, but which for whatever reason does not use any form of electricity. (Either it does not exist or batteries and generators etc have not been invented.) For purposes ...
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Electrical, Internet and phone connections on an isolated part of a world?

In the world I am creating, a chunk of the USA, specifically in Northern Oregon, is teleported to another world. The teleported section has all infrastructure intact, including power generation in the ...
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Are handheld electric weapons realistic?

I want to use Teslapunk weapons in my semi-realistic science fantasy RPG that behave somewhat like flamethrowers, in the aspect that they fire out a branching arc of raw electricity. It would ...
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How damaging would a major solar flare induced EMP event really be?

With specific attention to national electricity power grids. Some pertinent details needed to answer the question might be. What parts of the power grid get damaged by such an event How do they get ...
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What's the most convenient time of year in the USA to end the world?

This is a question I've been wondering about for a while. If I wanted to give my characters the best possible chance of surviving my story's Armageddon, what time of year should I schedule it for? ...
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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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How to design an electrical grid for a flare star planet?

The most popular type of stars are red dwarves, which regrettably tend to be flare stars. Yes, I know that geomagnetic storms and power lines do not like each other. Technology level: More or less ...
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Weapons for Bio-Electric creatures

The Tzzin are a race of reptilian humanoids that have some resemblance to electric eels. They are capable of generating and discharging electric charges through their hands. With their Stone Age ...
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How might an astronaut in a vacuum create an electrical field sufficient to affect a cloud of particulates?

My protagonist is in a sticky situation: floating in space (fortunately in a spacesuit) and about to be attacked by an alien avatar made from smart matter; tiny specks of dust which share a ...
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What size EMP device would be necessary to wipe all data in a Google-sized server farm, without major physical damage?

I'm not sure if it's even feasible, but I have a server farm in my book, of a size that puts it on par with Google's. I want to wipe out all the data stored on the hard drives, without destroying the ...
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How much static electricity can balloons generate? [closed]

The question 'Could a city be built out of Balloons?' has an answer mentioning using the static charge generated by the city as a power source. Could a city built out of balloons generate enough ...
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How might a group (with an electrical engineer) restore downed power lines post-apocalypse?

In the scenario I'm envisioning, my group is in a city. They've got a source of hydroelectric power, but a few downed power lines/utility poles are making it difficult for them to transmit the ...
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Fantastic nervous systems and what powers them [closed]

Nearly all living creatures on this planet have one form or another of a nervous system that transmits sensory data to the creature's brain. What's really interesting to me is that this data is ...
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What happens to the human body when hit by a magic lightning and a frozen arrow at the same time? [closed]

What happens to the human body when hit by a magic lightning and a frozen arrow at the same time? The lightning power is strong enough to shock but not to kill. The point where the ''combined spell''...
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Alien Senses: Active electrolocation

In the course of designing fictional species I often find myself wishing to use exotic senses which we humans lack. This poses a unique and interesting challenge as without possessing the sense myself ...
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Would room phones work in a hotel during a blackout? [closed]

I'm writing a story about people being stuck in a large hotel. One character wants to call a loved one, but I'm trying to think of a reason that they can't. My initial thought was that the front desk ...
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How can you justify a steampunk society in which electricity exists and the understanding to use it (though rudimentary) is present?

In most modern steampunk settings you see rudimentary use of electricity (a good example is Dishonored) however, no one seems to be too interested in advancing electric technology beyond very crude ...
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What would it take for a plant to produce electric shocks?

I'm designing an alien plant soecies that has evolved to produce electric shocks, as a way to keep insects away from it. My question is, how would it produce electricity in the first place? Also, ...
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How much electricity could an iron core moon passing over a copper deposit on a planet generate?

Assuming the moon is the same size as ours and its core is generating a magnetic field, and the copper deposits are quite large, consisting of a tectonic plate containing huge deposits of native ...
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Fantastic gas, part 1: could a gas be 'polluted', 'rarified', or otherwise react negatively to electricity, excluding methane-like explosions?

I previously asked a broad enough question about designing a fictional gas but it was advised by two users to split it into smaller questions. So here I am. The main property I want this gas to have ...
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Electric power system connecting the Earth and the Moon

It’s year 2050 and within 10 years, all fossil fuels will be used up. All countries signed an agreement to approve an international construction, described as follows: A track will be built on the ...
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Storing 200TJ of Electricity for rapid discharge

Here's the problem I'm having. I need a solution for the following situation. I have a sci-fi starship drive that needs 140TJ of energy every 6 hours. I have a Fusion Reactor that can produce 200TJ ...
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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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Why would an electrokinetic be unable to create weapons made from electricity?

In my setting, there are these super-powered individuals that can draw upon an invisible energy source in order to enhance their physical abilities and use physics-defying abilities such as ...
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Could charged plasma be used as a working fluid to spin a magnetic turbine to generate electricity?

As the title suggests, this is a conceptual physics kinda question. What is the feasibility of using an electrically charged (as in not neutral) plasma as the working fluid in a turbine where the ...
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Would it be possible for a non-aquatic species to exhibit bioelectrogenesis?

This is my first post on these forums, sorry if I've accidentally overlooked any rules or etiquette. Please let me know if more detail is necessary or would be helpful. This question is about a ...
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What would the benefits be for augmenting a sword with electricity, lightning, or something of the like? [closed]

I’m mostly looking for if it would cut better, but anything helps.
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Why would we use direct current instead of alternating current?

What could be reasons to use direct current in the distribution of power? I know that it is more efficient to distribute current at high voltages to reduce heat loss and that it is easier to step up ...
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Can a society with no electricity develop modern weaponry?

If electricity didn't exist or behaved differently, would a society be able to develop and reliably produce modern-level guns and other weaponry, like assault rifles and missiles?
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How to Keep a Local Radio Station Broadcasting in an Apocalypse

I need to keep a radio station running after an Apocalypse. There is no power grid of course. Details of apocalypse are not entirely set in stone. The only rules to this question are those ...
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Can a biological creature detect and absorb electricity from power sources?

Is it possible (either through genetic engineering or evolution) for a biological creature to be able to detect and absorb electricity from power sources like batteries or other animals? I know that ...
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What's a plausible way prove the existence of the “electron” to the doubters? [closed]

So, at many colleges in the North American region, most famously the New Jerusalem University and Chicago Collegium, much old world, pre-apocalyptic information is often taught at schools, including ...
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Can electricity powers be used to simulate super strength and superspeed?

As I said above, in the novel I'm working on one of my characters has the ability to manipulate and control forms of electricity (or possibly electromagnetism? I'm no good with physics so I'm not sure)...
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Arctic City part 1: Electricity

Background Info So a humanoid species has been found in the arctic. Or rather, a humanoid subspecies. That subspecies is Humanoidus Keplerianus Arcticus. They have dense hair all over, sort of like a ...
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Recovery from destruction of power plants?

If all the power plants of an industrialized country like (Germany, France, Italy, Korea) are destroyed how long would it take for the country to rebuild its power grid and get back to normal ...
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Feasibility of electricity and interior lighting through early medieval technology, in my Medieval Fantasy universe? [duplicate]

QUESTIONS How could electricity be made feasible through early medieval technology? Could it capable of producing enough electricity to light a just a few rooms within a two-story building? Perhaps ...
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Could a blimp be powered using thunderstorms?

Could a untethered blimp be built strong enough to with stand a thunderstorm? Could wind generators be placed on it to transfer turbulence of shifting wind into wind power? Rain could be collected ...
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How do I explain a unicorn discharging powerful electricity at a distance?

I am thinking of copying the design of an electric eel to create the horn, however as air is not a good conductor of electricity it cannot discharge any electrical shock unless there is a physical ...
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Organic solar power generators [closed]

After watching a scene in the Matrix where they had humans hooked up to produce electricity I wandered if this could be done at any level with living plants in the soil? All the examples online has ...
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The Electric Dragon

The Volt Dragon is an incredibly dangerous beast that reeks havoc on any attempted air travel. This dragon generates many small but powerful magnetic fields whose strength can be varied voluntarily by ...
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Does my shipboard computer slow down as I approach light speed?

This question about time dilation got me thinking. The speed of an electron through copper is a whole heckofa lot slower than the speed of light, but if I understand the limits of relativity ...
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Electrical grid based on devices in series using constant currents, not devices in parallel using constant voltages

Mains power electrical systems on Earth supply a fixed standardized voltage to a number of devices, which are all wired in parallel with each other. However, on the planet I'm writng about, they do ...
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Electricity power (magic) and electronics [closed]

Assuming someone's able to create and manipulate any amount of electricity, what could be some modern uses of that in relation to electronics? Some main concerns: Would the person be able to charge ...
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How broken would my jPhone be if I traveled back in time 24 hours?

I have a character who ends up jumping backwards in time by 24 hours. Essentially nothing else changes, but the character has their jPhone in their pocket at the time of the jump. How functional ...
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Power Drain Beams

In much of sci-fi we find examples "Power Draining Beams" and such the like. How feasible are these weapons? The weapon should drain power from the enemy ships systems in order to disable or disrupt ...
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How could we produce electricity thanks to antimatter?

Imagine we had an easy way to produce antimatter, we could use it for interstellar travel, deadly weapons or more; but I've thought: How could we use it to produce electricity? As Antimatter ...
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macro level effects of a change in the value for epsilon naught

I'm developing a story set 4-5 centuries after the fall of a high-tech civilization. The fall of said civilization is indirectly related to a loss of electricity. i.e. in the chaos of their ...