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How could an underwater civilization develop fire?

This is the follow-up question to How could an underwater civilization develop electricity?, as mentioned there. In that question, I never addressed how my civilization could have discovered/used ...
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Would pyrokinesis be an effective defense?

I've read comics in which someone with pyrokinetic powers was able to block bullets with a sheet of fire. I have three questions How hot would the fire have to be to melt a bullet passing through it? ...
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Fire Resistant Flora

This question is connected to: Fire Resistant Fauna I've been pondering a short story concept where a scientific expedition discovered a planet with a huge amount of both free hydrogen and oxygen in ...
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How can I set a moon on fire?

So, for reasons which may or may not pop up in a later question of mine, I need to light a small Moon-like moon on fire. Well, sort of. See, I need a small object capable of emitting a lot of light - ...
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How should I calibrate and estimate pyrokinesis?

BACKGROUND I'd like to create a world that includes pyrokinesis, the ability to heat and even combust materials at a distance. This is a low-magic setting, so what I have in mind is not very flashy. ...
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Could burning debris keep burning in space?

To have a fire you need three things: oxygen, heat and flammable material, therefore the cold vacuum of space is the last place you would expect something to burn. I was, however, wondering if a very ...
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Sustainability of Regular Global Wildfires Due to Oxygen Rich Atmosphere

So, I've heard that above around 35% O2 concentration in Earth-like atmospheres leads to wildfires that just never go out. I'm thinking of using this like California, with its regularly occuring ...
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What alternatives for fire can an aquatic sentient species use?

Since fire doesn't burn under water aquatic alien sophonts will use alternative technologies. The question is, which alternatives to fire can they use? I am interested in all aspects of fire, (heat, ...
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What happens when two flames meet from opposite sides?

What happens when two flames (whether from dragons or blowtorches) meet head on? Many films make it appears as a front where the two flames repel each other, but my intuition is that, in fact, the two ...
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What's the useful range of atmospheric oxygen content for fire?

Fire is certainly high up on the top ten list of mankinds most useful inventions. It allows for a more efficient utilisation of nutriants, is the basis of chemistry and the material sciences, allowed ...
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How do dragons not burn themselves?

If I were to build a world like Game of Thrones, how would the dragons not burn their own nostrils from the heat of flames?
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Fire Resistant Fauna

This question is connected to: Fire Resistant Flora I've been pondering a short story concept where a scientific expedition discovered a planet with a huge amount of both free hydrogen and oxygen in ...
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Fire on different oxygen density

I'm creating a world with different oxygen density, about 15%. When given same fuel and air pressure, how will the fire burn up in this 15% oxygen density atmosphere compared to our world? And the ...
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What could microscopic people use for fire? ( series )

Since fire is a staple of civilization and intelligent life , I though that my microscopic people ( 200 μm - 220 μm ) ought to have it too , but upon researching , I realized that fire can not exist ...
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How Long Could an “Eternal” Fire Last?

How Long could an "Eternal" Fire last? At some point there is a fire very spiritually important to a certain people - so important that they build a city around it, and begin developing an empire ...
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Can a dragon's fire breath be liquid based?

Dragons commonly breathe fire. They can do so over considerable distances, often many times their body length. But this needs to be powered somehow, by a substance that the dragon can generate on its ...
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Fireproof Plants

Is it possible to have plants that wouldn’t burn? Having the plant getting damaged by fire is fine, but I want the plant not to burn at all. It does not need to survive, it just must not catch fire (...
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How could humanoids master forge fire without using vegetal materials?

I'm building a fantasy world with a humanoid species (basically, "elves") which refuses to use dead wood. Context They don't use dead wood because they don't want to. Consider that trees are sacred ...
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How could you make a fire appear a different color with medieval tech?

A street performer in the medieval age could make some money. One popular performer is a fire eater. Changing the color of his flames would likely make his popularity rise so that he would make more ...
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Fire Resistant Armour for a Medieval Era Like Setting

When I say medieval it’s more like a fallen world that went barbaric really quickly. Firearms and combustible fuels have been commonplace so society is still advanced in a way, but is more tribal/...
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Can a person covered in mud survive an ordeal with fire breathing dragon?

In my upcoming novel, my protagonist decided to paint every part of his body in mud before engaging with the fire breathing dragon which dwells at the bottom of a dormant volcano. The flame from the ...
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Dragon fire As Powerful As Possible

So we have seen questions stating or asking how a dragon could breathe fire. Although, I want to know what substance would make it as powerful as dragon fire could be. I envisioned a biological napalm ...
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What are the scientific issues with this method of dragons breathing fire?

I am including some dragons in the universe I'm building. Now, I have already decided that only baby dragons will fly, but I am having some problems with breathing fire. My current design: Dragons ...
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Redox Magic 2: Iron Age France

This is part 2 of a series. Part 1 can be read here. It's the same premise, in a different era. Imagine that you live in France during the iron age. One day, you and five friends have the ability to ...
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What would happen to air flow and fires in an O'Neill cylinder?

I was curious: Suppose we built an O'Neill cylinder with an air mixture similar to Earth's (not pure oxygen). Does the air also get "thrown" down towards the floor of an O'Neill cylinder? If I ...
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How could my humanoids have fire resistant hair and skin?

Explanations for fire setting are easier to come by than explanations for fire resistance. Being able to set fires with nothing more than their hands, my 'fire-setters' need protection from the flames....
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Redox Magic 1: Stone-age France

Because my setting is incredibly varied, I've been advised against attempting to ask this in a single question, and have broken this up into a series. Each context will be roughly analogous to a ...
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Is it possible to make blazing, flying spores/seeds?

You may have heard of pyrophites : They are plants which have a strong relationship to fire, whether they are extremely resilient to it, blossoming with it or simply as a way for their seeds to sprout....
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How can I expand the definition and some specifics of pyrokinesis?

I'm writing a sci-fi world where, if you put it in simple words, a small percentage of population can manipulate the matter. I'm not going to dive into specifics, because I'm still working on WHY and ...
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How to counter a fire-wielding mage in the timeliest manner possible?

Magic is gone from the world, with the exception of a few members of a dying civilization. Plate and chainmail armors are commonly used by the soldiers in this world (a low fantasy medieval setting). ...
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Recreating dragon fire

In Anne McCaffrey’s series 'The Dragonriders of Pern', she describes her dragons chewing on rocks containing phosphine — a chemical made of one phosphorus atom and three hydrogen atoms. In gas form, ...