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How much electric charge are dermis cells able to contain?

I'd like to justify a lightning man in my world, and I have a theory that by some sort of magic, his cells in the dermis (middle layer of the skin - okay, for simplicity, don't count hair) are able to ...
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Can you harness electricity without metal?

Can you make devices that produce and use electricity like power supplies, motors, light bulbs, etc. in a society without metal? Not just metal isn't in the device, you can't even use metal in the ...
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If we separate the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and install a generator in Panama canal, how much electricity do we get?

Could one (and how much) generate electricity by building a wall connecting: South Africa to Antarctica South America to Antarctica Northern Canada to Northern Greenland Northern Greenland to Russia ...
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What would be the immediate effects of no electric current?

In a setting I'm considering, all electric current (not related to the sodium pump in biology) stops on Earth at our current technological level. So what would the immediate effects of all electric ...
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What power plant is the easiest to reboot and run by Average Joe?

Question inspired by questions about best power source for zombie apocalypse and mine question about rebooting the nuclear power plant: Setup: Deadly virus wiped out 80% of population. We are ...
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What production of power would be most efficient in a zombie apocalypse?

In a zombie apocalypse scenario, power is important. It charges your lights, powers your communication, along with the possibility of defensive use as in tasers and electric fences. Electricity can ...
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Ideas for a hero using lightning to incapacitate captors - on a ship in the middle of an electrical storm [closed]

I think it's mostly in the title - but I have my team of 'good guys' who come across an enemy ship in a mother of an electrical storm. They will get captured by the bad guys, but I would like the hero ...
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Would a person with high voltage outfit (or skin) be able to fly?

Assume there's a human being who can keep a strong electric potential near to (or on) his skin. Is it possible to use the air-ionizing property, or similar ones solely or mostly solely based on this ...
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Can electric eels power my phone?

I'm going on vacation, and browsing through my texts on the latest iPhone. Uh oh, my private airplane, which for some stupid reason has no tracking devices, crashes onto some undiscovered island. ...
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Would it be possible for someone to develop a tolerance for electric shock? [closed]

I understand that it is possible to gradually develop a tolerance to a substance by consuming small amounts of it to the point of being unharmed by an amount of the substance that is deadly to most ...
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Could a weapon utilize artificial lightning? [duplicate]

We all know how lightning works: The clouds have a strong static charge and release that charge towards the ground. But could it be used as a weapon? Would a weapon of the following description work? ...
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What would happen if electricity stopped working?

Blackouts happen all the time locally, but what would the implications of a world-wide, indefinite blackout be? Here is a spark from the fire of what could happen: (obviously) lights go out no air ...
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Traveled back in time; How would one get as strong a magnet as they could?

The general concepts of electricity are actually pretty simple to grasp. You've got a magnet You've got copper coiled around the magnet, (or iron, or some other Ferromagnetic material) The copper ...
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How could an underwater civilization develop electricity?

Electricity pervades our daily lives, and makes possible a lot of technological achievements. Harnessing it helps the development of any civilization. The thing is, water - especially sea water - is a ...
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Modern technology during WW2, can it be powered safely?

Imagine someone from the modern day somehow gets transported back in time around the same time of WW2 without warning ahead of time. He has with him a laptop, graphing calculator (and a hand full of ...
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How could an organism produce energy from electricity?

So I've created this planet that's about 90% the size of Earth, orbits a binary yellow dwarf star and has an extremely electrified atmosphere. Cloud plumes coming from volcanoes contain various ...
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What could cause a planet to be highly electrified?

I've created a small planet, about 90% the size of Earth, which orbits a pair of twin dwarf stars and is Earth-like in many respects. This planet's atmosphere is highly electrified, with lightning ...
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What would make Electric Airlines possible? [closed]

Let's face it: Fully electric car was total sci-fi just 15 years ago. And the fact that it could drive itself was totally unthinkable. With that in mind, lets talk about next logical step: What ...
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How useful would a electricity-over-water gun be?

As water guns today can send a jet of water quite a distance away, I wonder how useful would a gun be, that sends an electric current over a jet of water to its target? By useful I mean: Gotta be ...
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What would be different in a world with insanely cheap electricity? [closed]

So, year is 2015 and insanely cheap way of creating electrical energy is discovered a few years ago. The details are not relevant but we can assume it's something like cold fusion and that the source ...
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What if gauss's law was different?

Gauss's Law states that the electric field enclosed by a sphere, or any other surface is the same as the charge divided by the electric constant. What if in another universe Gauss's law was, "The ...
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How would relatively cheap and abundant (but not free or limitless) electrical energy at an up-front cost impact society?

A group of scientists has been slaving away largely in obscurity for two decades, with very few publishable results. Suddenly, one of them has an epiphany, which turns out to be instrumental to ...
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Is an electropunk society possible?

As part of my Worldbuilding experiment, I'm creating a steampunk world. I intend for most of the technology to run on classic steampunk mechanisms - mostly mechanical contraptions. However, ...
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How realistic is the power generation depicted in The Legend of Korra?

Early on in the cartoon The Legend of Korra, we're shown one of the main characters working at his job. He works in a power plant, where he and his coworkers spend all day using Bending (essentially ...
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Imagining a Solar-Powered Economy

For a writing challenge, I'm trying to create a near-future world (2030 or so) where the major Western nations have transitioned to a fully solar economy. Hence the rub. The realist in me is aware of ...
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Lightning-Powered Renaissance Golem Army

The massive Golems are nearly impervious to harm. Thanks to the New Golem Army, the nascent Dutch Republic's castles and forts are now safe from harm. The century-long external threat has been finally ...
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Long-Lasting EMP Effect?

What kind of Event / Device / Natural Phenomenon could possibly avert the use of electronics in an area for a longer period of time? I have nuclear radiation (low-level) available, if that helps (...
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What percentage of the population is required to keep the electricity functioning?

Assuming a random distribution of people suddenly vanish (or die from some form of disease, are abducted by aliens, or similarly incapacitated), how high would the % have to be to disable the power ...
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How does the Ash Manor get electricity?

Previously on the same setting (: How close is too close for a human habitation to be near an erupting volcano? What factors could delay the rescue of a small group of survivors on a Pacific volcanic ...
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What would be the state of society without semiconductors? [closed]

So let's say that we never figure out how to purify silicon and germanium to the levels required to make transistors. This would readily happen in a technical culture that wanted clear and quick ...
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In a world without electricity, can we still go to space?

A weird question. But let me define "a world without electricity": It's not that we haven't discovered electricity. But rather, electricity doesn't work anymore. Nothing conducts electricity. ...
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Is it possible to use Venus' temperature to generate electricity, and how would the electricity be transferred to Earth?

Assumptions: We have materials that can withstand the temperatures/pressures/acidity of Venus. We can get to Venus and back reasonably easily (NASA does shuttles every 3 months). Here is Venus: ...
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What is the most efficient way for human beings to create electricity with manual labor?

I've devised a world where artificial intelligence (AI) have taken over as middle-class (America), leading to the further division of human classes: a superior upper-class and a now much lower-class (...
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How can I generate electricity inside a cave network?

After a particularly large bombing raid during a war, a mountainous rural region is left mostly destroyed. Villages are in ruins, bands of survivors look everywhere for food and shelter, and all hope ...
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How could an airplane defend against an electromagnetic pulse attack from another airplane?

Two nations are at war over something rather trivial, but offenses have been perpetrated here and there such that the conflict has escalated from a couple of guys shooting each other to massive ...
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Could we unintentionally induce a positive or negative charge on an entire planet?

Fits into the planetary transfer of energy category...for whatever reason and using whatever means, one planet is used to generate a massive amount of energy, ultimately as electricity. This power is ...
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What kind of event could stop electricity?

I know things like bombing the major power plants and things like that could temporarily stop electricity production, but I'm talking about changing the way it works. Like we can no longer use any ...
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How to make a superhero with electrical powers fly?

I'm writing a novel in which one of the characters has the ability to control, manipulate, and produce electricity. I'm having issues working about scenes which require him to fly around without ...
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What would happen to a human if he steps inside a zone that strips electrons?

PREMISE The zone will make all electrons disappear. QUESTIONS If a person walks in that zone with his whole body, would he die from heart failure? What happens if he just sticks his hand in? Hand ...
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Arctic Airships, Part 1 - Generating Electricity

This is the first question in my Arctic Airships series of questions. The second one is Arctic Airships, Part 2 - Navigation. The premise: An Earth-like planet plunged into an ice age roughly 2,000 ...
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Could a non-relativistic universe be logically consistent?

As I understand it, the principle of relativity was accepted from Galileo until Maxwell, whereupon the equations which predict constant speed of light imply a preferred reference frame in a Euclidian ...
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How far can a time traveller go into the past before his electrical equipment becomes unchargeable?

My time traveller has a maybe 20-minutes-into-the-future smartphone and laptop. They can store large amounts of data, on the Petabytes level or higher. The time traveller can effectively store the ...
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Solar flares: "the week the earth stood still"

I've been hearing and reading about that solar flare in 2012 that could have sent us back to the 18th century, by causing huge geomagnetic storms which would have prevented (every?) electricity-based ...
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Polarity of a planet's lightning strikes reversed?

On Earth, the planet itself is negatively charged and the clouds are positively charged, causing lightning to travel from the clouds to the surface. While there are significantly smaller wisps of ...
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Does the sun being blocked affect electricity?

I feel like this is the most noobish question ever. Anyway, imagine an asteroid hits Earth and the atmosphere is now full of particles, successfully blocking the Sun from Earth. There are people still ...
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Can we 'beam' energy from the moon?

Really can't believe I have to edit this in, but this question has no bearing on our current use and generation of nuclear energy on Earth. There are dangers to nuclear energy generation, or we would ...
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