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Oldest way to measure electrical conductivity [closed]

I'm writing a story on alternative history where some character invented a way of measuring electrical conductivity during the 1700s or 1800s or in whichever time, but I can't find primary sources on ...
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A smart way to ground yourself to help a person who is being shocked by electricity [closed]

:) I am currently planning a scene for my fantasy novel that involves electricity. I'm unsure if regular electricity with its properties known to us works in the context of my magical world or if I ...
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Would this method of lightning superpowers work?

In my previous question I mentioned a character with the ability to control electricity. I had an idea of them using Lorentz forces as a main method of offense but we found that this was extremely ...
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Using explosive flux charges as an electric cannon power source

Finding ways of powering electric cannons in a compact and lightweight manner has been a common source of interest to me. While looking through some articles and other answers I found out about ...
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Re-create electricity in a world where modern technlogy has been banned

We're in the future and all modern technology has been banned (consider "modern" = "from industrial revolution onwards"). This happened about 200 years ago. Now, a group of rebels ...
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Could a biological organism power itself with electricity like a smartphone (or something similar)?

Imagine an alien world where there are are shallow lakes where electricity generating beings (like electric eels or whatever) would power many of the land dwelling creatures, including the dominant ...
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Magic System Based on Electronics [closed]

Lets assume mana as electrons . We have current, voltage, and resistance of a mana. Current is the flow of mana in our body, voltage as the force to make mana flowing in our body, and resistance to ...
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(Do not try this at home!!) How to safely traverse High Voltage Power Lines? [closed]

So I am doing some creative writing. It's a trashy, urban demon hunter kind of vibe. Think "Shadow hunters", or "Blade", or pick your poison. So I find myself in a scene where my ...
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How could somebody become more resistant to electricity while still appearing to be a normal human

In my story characters get powers through implants for example people who control magnetism getting electromagnets as implants and people who control life getting nanotech that can morph into ...
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Best electricity generation from a magical conveyor

The setup I have a conveyor that is 10m long and 2m wide. The belt moves at 15,6m/s (56,16km/h).this is a magical belt that when placed, will never move from it's spot. If you remove the foundations, ...
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How much energy would this robot need?

Please forgive me if this isn't the right part of Stack Exchange or if my knowledge is poor. If you need to tell me about anything scientifically I encourage you to simplify it so me and other laymen ...
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Repairing a killer electron turbine for ordinary space ship electricity

I'm in the process of inventing a method of powering the onboard systems of a space ship. This excludes engines and maneuvering thrusters. The idea I'm working on involves killer electrons. High-...
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How could the Electrokinesis of this race I’ve created be enhanced by Pyrokinesis?

Ok, so in one of my stories, there’s an extraterrestrial species known as the Zareians, which possess a variety of superpowers. Much like humans, there are a variety of races of Zareians, each one ...
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Where should an electric organ go in a human

In my story with magic based around the manipulation of electromagnetism, I need the characters to have a hand-wave electric organ. This electric organ is about 10 cm per organ with the capacity to ...
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How to make an efficient heat to power converter for a Dyson Sphere?

Humans are moving out of the solar system. They are using a 1 million ton ship with 10,000 residents. It will be propelled by a solar sail. They need a Dyson sphere(wherever the Earth’s orbit does ...
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How to make electro kinetic immune to electricity

In my hard science world there is a character that can output electrons around 30000 volts and around 50,000 amps.The problem is that they would instantly die every time they use their ability. So I ...
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Minimal inductance vs Superconductors and Unintended Consequences

I have a setting with railguns. To make them more feasible I have some particles that can be applied to metals, wirings etc.. These particles can change the properties of the metals/objects or the ...
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Using Neutron Stars to Generate Electricity

Quick question In my world building project I have a civilization that lives on a planet that orbits a Neutron star. Neutron stars have an extremely powerful magnetic field so I was wondering if it ...
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Power grid on the Moon

Actually this is not an idea for a book, I thought about it after reading this article. The power grid they propose for the moon would require a lot of electric cables and robots that bring power ...
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Gas or Electric for a Zombie Apocalypse [closed]

This question is referring to tools, like chainsaws and weedwhackers. Gas would be easier to get, being a liquid form that can be stockpiled, but gas tools are loud and leave fumes. Meanwhile, ...
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How could the ability to produce a negative electric charge without a corresponding positive charge be used to power a basic portable circuit?

Relevant Information My magic system consists of a fluid (called aura) emitted from the body whose position can be telekinetically controlled (manipulation), whose physical properties can be altered (...
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Would a weapon made of a piezoelectric material be able to notably shock an opponent?

In my world, people are able to use magic to produce piezoelectric materials of a high strength, making it a viable material for use in weapons and armour. For the purpose of this question you can ...
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Could a subterranean river or aquifer generate enough continuous momentum to power a waterwheel for the purpose of producing electricity?

The imagined scenario is of a small city built inside of a chasm that draws most of its water from an aquifer or underground river. The place and time in which the scenario takes place is Earth and ...
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Is there any reason a society might use electric boilers and steam engines in their trains rather than electric motors?

In an area in my world, people have discovered how to turn their aural constructs (magic stuff) into electrical supercapacitors, allowing for relatively advanced electrical technology. Now that they ...
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Most effecient way to build a steam-electric bimodal locomotive?

A somewhat significantly sized city is faced with a problem. It currently wants to reduce the smoke from the steam locomotives in the city & build more efficient & compact stations, however it ...
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How would the biological ability to generate electricity to fight work in terrestrial animals? [closed]

In a series I'm writing, there are seven categories of species of intelligent, human-like creatures with magical abilities that vary by species. One of them is a revamp of mermaids, or as I call them, ...
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Would lightning bolts be effective against modern military vehicles?

In my setting, wizards from a pre-industrial fantasy world come to real life. One of these wizards is a destruction mage recruited by the US military and tries out her talents against modern forces. ...
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At what price does a working Maxwell's Daemon Engine become uneconomic?

There is a TL:DR version below. Fluffy story version: The law that entropy always increases holds, I think, the supreme position among the laws of Nature. If someone points out to you that your pet ...
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Are nonconductive carbon nanotubes possible?

So, I am exploring the idea of carbon nanotubes being used as an alternative to plastics in this sci-if universe of mine. They are flexible yet strong, while being biodegradable and nontoxic and so ...
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Necessities for a handheld electron beam weapon

So, since practically every science fiction writer under the sun has imagined some manner of handheld laser beam, I have been exploring alternatives for energy/particle weapons, one of which is an ...
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How to store and release vast amounts of electricity for industrial processes?

What Is It For? (skip if desired) It's been less than a decades since the Ilus system was cut off at its interstellar phase-gate, a few short years after the keidran were created and a disaster forced ...
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Could Tesla coils be used for missile defense?

Some facts about the real world, Terra 2023: tensions between Russia, NATO, China, DPRK, India etc. are high. These powers keep trying to get the edge over each other to establish missile supremacy. ...
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How big of a RTG would you need to power a single home?

In the future, under a growing need to slow climate change while also needing to power the billions of homes on Earth, a plan to power every home is put in place. Each home will be installed with a ...
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Would a stationary railgun be possible utilizing 1910s electrical technology?

I am building a world in which gunpowder was not invented (chemistry is less advanced compared to other sciences), but other kinds of projectile weapons still dominate the battlefield (compressed air ...
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Amount of fuel needed for a long-running fusion reactor

Let’s say people (humans) arrive on a planet. Oh no, it’s too hot! Okay, we live underground in lava tubes. Oh no, it’s too dark! Okay, so illuminate the tubes with self-repairing fusion-reactors that ...
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How much electric power would instantly kill a person (volts, amps, etc.)?

Context: It is a near-future sci-fi and they adopted electrolasers as main weapons, because you wouldn't need to worry about propellant, ammo etc. "Just" battery and fuel. An electrolaser is ...
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Could a microbe draw in dust using electretic quartz?

The microbes reside in the rings around a gas giant, adhering to cosmic dust and feeding on sunlight and carbon minerals. While it seems there should be enough collisions to keep the microbes in ...
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What type of environmental phenomenon would impact computers but not low-level electrical applications?

An environmental phenomenon, cloud or mist of sorts, rolls into an area that greatly affects "thinking machines". Basically, any types of computers or logic instrument based on electrical ...
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Could robots live in Antarctica?

In my world, intelligent androids get invented. These robots have an appearance, mental attributes, and physical attributes very similar to humans. However, they are still ultimately robots. That ...
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Harvesting lightnings for energy...in real life Mordor!

I planned to have a region on my world that is similar to Mordor, as in a place with near constant thunderstorms and lightning strikes, about 30 times per minute at peak for at least 25 hours at night ...
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Would electric whips be good weapons in a medieval fantasy?

Whips are ancient tools that have been around for millennia. They were originally made to direct livestock and later on they were used to punish soldiers, slaves, and criminals. On the surface, a whip ...
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How would electric weapons used by mermaids function, if feasible? [closed]

Electric eels are animals that eat by stunning their prey with electricity before eating them. The amperage and voltage isn't usually high enough to kill humans but it can still hurt them. Assuming ...
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Would a human with electric powers be able to use them to strengthen their muscles?

I heard that electrical stimulation can lead to a similar effect to working out, so I was wondering if someone who can create and finely control electricity would be able to increase their physical ...
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Can a button cell battery power car cigarette lighter (in the shape of a ring)?

Is it possible to make a fake golden ring which can light a candle on the push of a button and power it with button cell battery (either coin cell or watch button size)? I have a fraud guy trying to ...
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What will be the best battery solution for keeping electrical power a tradable commodity in an industrialized star system?

On Earth, electricity became a tradable commodity thanks to Chile in the 1980s, it has since become a staple of international economic markets. One would assume the same outcome to happen on the ...
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Can a habitable world function like a Tesla Coil?

I am trying to come up with a fun planet with "advanced" but primitive tech. We all know Tesla missed some critical physics when envisioning his global transmission network for power. But ...
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How to make air more electrically conductive without making it unbreathable?

I need people to get zapped more often in my world. Zapping others with electricity must be a more viable option than it is in our world. Shooting cables at people to zap them? Nah....I prefer the ...
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How to create a proper electric enhancement for melee weapons?

It is not uncommon for some fantasy and RPG's with a modern setting to boost their melee weapons with electricity. However some people think that such modifications won't really improve the killing ...
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How much salt juice does my bioelectric pulsed field magnet need?

I'm making an organism which generates its own magnetic field - specifically, a magnetic field which pulses on and off repeatedly. Said organism uses said magnetic field to communicate with other such ...
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What material do I use to make a biological electromagnet?

This is rather simple: I want a biological electromagnet capable of producing a weak magnetic pulse when electrified. I recognize what an electromagnet is: a coil, spiral, or helix of conductive ...
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