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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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What is the earliest that a time-traveling electric vehicle of current era could be recharged?

Taking modern gas engines into the past is hard because the fuel isn’t refined enough and damages the engines. But electricity has been the same since time began, limited by human capacity to produce ...
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How does the stun fangs from a vampire works?

I am looking for a biological mechanism to explain how a vampire's fangs could incapacitate a person using electricity much similar to the effect of a stun gun, they can also stun their own kind with ...
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Thunderstruck and tesla beetles: Are they feasible?

I my game project, "The Von Neumann Project," you play as an android attempting to colonize a hostile alien world, and turn it into into a thriving factory planet. One of the many odd and ...
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How would one go about making a subdermal Faraday cage?

Exactly what it says on the tin: how would one go about making a subdermal (i.e. under the skin) Faraday cage? Specifically, are there any physical or biological principles that could be applied to do ...
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Are there any physical or biological principles that could be applied to electrically ground the human body?

Exactly what it says on the tin: are there any physical or biological principles that could be applied to electrically ground the human body? This could take the form of genetic alteration, surgery, ...
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Dealing with Arc Flash For Viji

I asked two questions (see here and here involving lightning for a species I created, called Viji. Viji are a race of metal-armored humanoids, and they live on mountains, so it seems obvious lightning ...
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What is the most effective way for a human to generate electricity using just their body?

A human with the ability to control electricity with their mind (electrokinesis I think?) would need electricity to manipulate I'm assuming. So if they were caught off guard without any available ...
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What are some biological electrical insulators that can be used as natural electricity-proof gloves?

I want to make a species that can grab and handle live electrical wires bare-handedly and be A-OK. What are some natural biological electrical insulators that can cover their hands thoroughly, ...
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Can we fulfill the world electricity production by nuclear power? [closed]

Nuclear energy is a form of energy released from the nucleus, the core of atoms, made up of protons and neutrons. In today's world has 450 commercial nuclear power reactors operable in 30 countries. ...
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How can a ghostly being who can't be remembered for longer than 60 seconds secure access to electricity?

I have a character in my story (set in 1998) who has been magically altered in three major ways: 1: She cannot be remembered for longer than 60 seconds without continuous exposure to her by one of the ...
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Viji Battery Defense

Viji are odd humanoids, clad in naturally occurring metal armor, that live on mountains. However, while their metal armor should protect them, Lightning striking full plate — what’s the damage to the ...
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How can my eco-hippies build a taser to down a polar bear?

I have some radical environmentalists as some of my characters. They don't want to kill any living thing, but they live in an area where the polar bear population is anomalously high, and attacks are ...
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What would the structure of a biological thermocouple be?

For reference: a thermocouple is a device that converts heat to electricity. What would an organic, naturally-evolved one that's part of a biological organism look like in terms of structure?
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How would a natural biological battery work?

Exactly what it says on the tin: what would be the structure and function of a naturally-evolved battery - i.e. a biological structure capable of storing electrical charge and powering an electrical ...
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Ideas for underwater electrocution weapon?

Are there any electronic devices that can be used to electrocute people in water, like, say, beach goers in the ocean? The weapon would need to be installed under the water in advance and then be ...
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Best shape and location of a piezoelectric plant?

Members of the electric bacteria (Shewanella) genus possess capabilities allowing the use of a variety of other electron acceptors for respiration. These include thiosulfate, sulfite, or elemental ...
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Whale-sized electric eel shock?

How does an electric eels shock change if it were the size of a whale? The problem I'm trying to elucidate is how a larger voltage from a much larger creature would change the range, power and ...
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What effects would discharge of high-voltage supercapacitor through one's hand cause?

I'm trying to figure out what effects would this have on hand. Let's assume that we touch contacts of said capacitor with thumb and index finger of the same (dry and pretty clean) hand (but I'm also ...
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What is the viability of mineral-infused seawater as an effective conductor for an aquatic species' electrical needs?

In another post on this brilliant site I saw someone suggest that an aquatic species could make insulated tubes filled with seawater to transmit electricity, with the only downside being that seawater ...
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Can a mountain catch lightning and store that energy or become conductive?

Can we have a natural or man made mountain / hill of metal / ore that can catch lightning and become conductive so that it can be used as an energy source? What would be the expected energy output or ...
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What traits would a species have if it eats electricity to survive?

Microscopic or more complex, what do I need to keep in mind to create a species that eats electricity. Like it touches an electronic equipment or battery or cables and sucks in their charge or stored ...
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Can a "stun gun" be reliably lethal?

A character I'm thinking of is about to have a close call. A woman attacks him with a stun gun by surprise, but by chance he is able to catch the weapon. Backup operatives move to assassinate him ...
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What would the scientific explanation be for an energy source that can last 130,000 years?

I am playing with the idea of an alien ship landing on earth 130,000 years ago. Over time it's covered up with water and sediments and is eventually discovered in modern day. It contains numerous ...
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What are the key elements in electricity generation? [duplicate]

I want to create a work that is eternally stuck in the steam age, because they have no means to generate electricity. What elements would have to be missing/rare in the planets crust to make electric ...
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Horizontal Lightning Bolt

So in real life, if you get hit by a bolt of lightning and don't die from it, you just sorta spasm out a lot and fall down in pain whilst the energy of one billion volts of electricity courses through ...
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Technological development of an electricity producing species? (renaissance era)

I have some intelligent dragons that can discharge electricity.(Lets assume they can somehow release this electricity through contact with an object/animal when outside the water, as air is of course ...
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Creating fog over the ocean and large island using electricity and..?

Short version: This sea dragon can discharge and manipulate electricity. It wants to cover a large area of the ocean's surface in fog, how could it accomplish this? The creature is intelligent and has ...
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There is a material that could be used like the Dune's Stillsuit to generate electricity by friction?

Well, even though I used Dune Stillsuit as an example, the idea I have is nothing related to the recycled water they need, just to generate electricity constantly through their journey to keep them ...
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Could a flying creature get it's electrical energy from storms?

I've got some draconic creatures that can store and discharge/manipulate electrical energy. (think flying electric eels.) Would it be at all plausible, given the right conditions, for them to somehow ...
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Could an organism cause the "electro culture" effect?

I came across this idea called electro culture. Basically using electricity to promote plant growth. I was wondering if a creature capable of generating and storing an electrical charge (think ...
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Magic system- photosynthesis/"solar cell" dragons using electricity for warmth?

Background: So, I'm creating a magic system for a race of dragons based on the abilities of the Oriental Hornet and the Elysia chlorotica. both of these animals can directly utilize solar energy. I ...
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Artificial Gills: Electrolysis for gills?

Edit: It appears I've made a mistake with the nature of this question. I accidentally confused this with another idea of mine featuring artificial gills for humans. Assume now that this question is ...
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How does legendary mage avoid self electrocution while disregarding hidden rules?

There is a hidden rule for all mages that is to jump every time when casting a lightning spell to prevent self electrocution, how this work is as follows: First the mage recites an incantation to ...
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What would be the best possible biogenic electric insulator?

Large, intelligent fliers would spell the end of HALO (high altitude – low opening for parachute jumps, often called HALO), jumps and the beginning of dragon-riding Navy SEALs. Obviously, only a klutz ...
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Can electricity magic give someone the power to make it rain?

Background: I have a story in the works that stars mages who can generate and channel electricity through certain fantastical organs in their bodies. I'm still working on the hand-wavium biological ...
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Could there be electricity in an ocean city?

I was wondering if a "mermaid city" (where people lived in the ocean and somehow breathed underwater) could have any means to create or use electricity. Thanks!
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Could a habitable gas giant with an electropshere exist?

So, there are several questions on this site about gas giants. In particular, I am mostly building off of this one: Could a gas giant with layer similar to Earth atmosphere exist? This question seems ...
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What would happen to nuclear plants if all the electric stuff would just overload and burn out?

I'm working on a story where an energy wave from space just hits the earth and all the electrics burn out. This is a question which has been on my mind for a little while. If there were no computers, ...
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Would a Liquid-Metal battery be practical for powering an airship

So, I know that battery powered planes aren't practical, because there just isn't enough power to weight. However, What about an airship? Airships don't have to move to stay aloft. How would this work ...
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Could medieval people make an electric motor?

It was suggested that a medieval people, with a readily available source of electricity, would develop electric motors and horseless carriages. I had thought these would be too complicated to make ...
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What could a medieval people do with electricity? [closed]

My world has magic batteries, created by an alien people. These theoretically have the power of a nuclear reactor, able to generate about a Gigawatt each, but you can lower the voltage and amperage to ...
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How would mermaids protect themselves against electricity?

There are some underwater electric beasties, in the sea. And, in a fantasy world... nature is always worse. My thoughts and ponderances So, let's say the mermaids do have rubber, for simplicity. Great....
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Could you develop Electrolysis with Pre-Modern technology?

Electrolysis was a popular idea for how mermaids would generate oxygen for their guests. This leads to another question: Is it possible to perform electrolysis with pre-modern technology? Electrolysis ...
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What If A Positively-Charged and a Negatively-Charged Planet Collided?

Let's say we have two planets. Both are around the same mass and radius as Earth, and are 1 year away from colliding with each other, each traveling at 20 km/s. At first. Planet 1 has a sufficient ...
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Is there any way to control people by sending electrical signals to the body "wirelessly"?

I'm writing a story and one of the characters can control other people with electricity sent to their nervous systems without physical contact; that is, to be able to force control their body without ...
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From being stranded on an island with no tools to fully functional source of electricity [closed]

Let's say you get stranded on an island with the following constraints: You have no tools or man made artifacts of any kind There is no way to contact or be found by anyone The island has every ...
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Trying to build a real flying saucer, send help! [closed]

It is a cone shape saucer-like craft, acting as a giant resonator. The upper deck is made out of paramagnetic materials, such as zinc and magnesium, but the lower deck chamber is made out of a ...
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Electro-signaling camouflage for animals?

In an aquatic environment that most predators developed shark-like electroreceptive organs, what would be the counteractive measures against it? Copper shells can disguise electric fields, but how it ...
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Lightning-powered vehicles - are they possible? Are they realistically usable for everyday transport?

Note - I have tagged this as hard-science because, apart from feasibility, I'm hoping for some actual numbers that will tell me the capabilities of such vehicles. Background On a planet far away ...
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