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Questions tagged [electricity]

For questions regarding the generation or flow of electrical charge.

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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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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 ...
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Charging phone in medieval times

Let's say I somehow got transported to medieval times. I have my phone, laptop or other devices with rechargeable batteries, but I forgot to take my solar chargers. Luckily, my every device is powered ...
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How would an EMP affect a maglev train system?

I'm looking for a description of how an EMP might affect a magnetic levitation train system that is NOT connected to the local power grid. Specifically, if the maglev was active, would the train be ...
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Is there a possibility for electricity to go through a computer screen? [closed]

The picture below shows the main idea to my question. That is manipulated electricity makes an attempt to go through a monitor screen. The AI must have sent something tiny enough, like electrons or ...
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An idea for a society's unique electricity and how it works

Currently starting on a story I long had in my head and small text files. I had this idea for electrical equipment (anything, from power drills to cars) which is controlled by inserting user hands ...
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How to harness electricity from crystals?

One of the feature in my world is a crystal cave. The crystal is mined to be used as a source of electricity. I want this electricity to power up simple electric device, some sort of light bulb. I don'...
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What primitive electronics are possible using boiled potato power?

A boiled potato battery provides power at $9/kWh, at 1/6th the cost of kerosene, and 1/9th the cost of a D battery. One single boiled potato provides 5 volts of electricity. Pre-Columbian Americans ...
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Would sparks fly when a spaceship is attacked?

In TV and movies, when a spaceship is attacked, sparks fly in a control room filled only with people, LED lights, and iPad screens. It seems to me that sparks generally occur in high-voltage ...
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A fruit that electrically shocks you

I want my world to contain a fruit that electrically shocks you to the point where it's painful, whenever you bite into it. Now, there are many organisms in nature that produce sensations similar to ...
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How to power satellites without solar panels [closed]

Imagine a satellite orbiting around Jupiter. There isn't a lot of solar radiation out there, so it seems useless to try to power such a satellite with standard solar panels. I thought of powering ...
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What conditions would cause electricity to create carbon monoxide?

I've been mulling whether the local gaseous makeup of air is changed by electricity running along a wire. My previous question is on hold, and this one is different anyway. I couldn't find exactly ...
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What gases are made by a live, crackling, exposed electrical wire?

Are gases altered by live electricity, such as might be found along a humming electric fence? They could be formed directly or indirectly through effects on EM field, ionization, or hydrolysis - My ...
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How would a biolectrical plant work?

I was wondering... If only we could make a GMO plant that could produce electricty thanks to bioelectricty. How could that be done, how could it produce a lot of energy, Also, how could we ...
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Would solar cells last?

Post-apocalypse how well would photo-voltaic solar cells hold up? They are solid state so I expect they would do okay for a while, but would they remain functional for 100+ years. I know that dust ...
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What could substitute for electricity? [closed]

In the future what possible new and better sources of cable connection could there be? I mean what other new and better kinds of energy could be run through cables instead of electricity on short ...
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Is this a plausible progression of EMP-like effects?

Background: In a setting similar to Roadside Picnic, non-man-made objects termed 'emitters' produce a periodic 'zone effect' of induced current, similar in effect to an EMP. This zone effect falls ...
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Low Voltage Lightning and Alien Nitrogen

An alien world with a significant amount of tall metal trees allows lightning to occur at lower voltages than usual. How low could that voltage be pushed and still break apart Nitrogen molecules in ...
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Generate electricity using altitude and pipe

A present day society has had to relocate from their coastal community and have taken refuge at the top of a very high mountain roughly 10,000 feet above sea level. This mountain is the most prominent ...