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If I wanted to build a space-faring probe),could it absorb the radiation in space and used it as fuel?

If I wanted to build a space-faring probe (no humans on board), would it be possible to build the structure and covering of the ship so that it absorbed the radiation in space and used it as fuel? I ...
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Why machine worlds?

A machine world (or forge world, or industrial world, or factory world, etc. etc. etc.), as I will define it for the purposes of this question, is a planet (or sufficiently large moon or asteroid) ...
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Acetylene Manufacture: How would Mermaids do it?

Acetylene is useful for making fire underwater. This might be used for cooking, or so you have a way to start a fire right after coming out of the water, or for some underwater welding. Or, maybe even ...
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Maximum economic growth rate in developed countries in the 21st century [closed]

Given a hypothetical 500M-1Bn population at the social, economic, political, financial, industrial, military, etc. capacities available in the most developed countries currently (2023, e.g. Nordic ...
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Justifying why a nanoassembler can only produce inorganic things

So, in the 24th century, advanced nanofactories are developed capable of producing any conceivable product; clothing, electronics, even nanotech, provided it is of inorganic nature. However, it is ...
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Are cheap electric helicopters feasible to produce?

I am designing a human society that exists in the near future. After the development of mass-produced, relatively cheap lithium-sulfur batteries (superior energy density to lithium-ion), electric ...
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How would I classify groups of elements on the periodic table for a person building a factory on a feudal world

This person is dropped on a fantasy feudal world and is basically playing factorio with nanobots, but the challenge is that they don't have resources with which to build everything, hence negotiation ...
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How to start an industrial revolution without capitalism [closed]

In my fantasy world, the countries eventually industrialize. However, some of it is not capitalistic, but rather mercantilist, and the governments are absolute monarchs. Fortunately, the feudal system ...
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How could mollusks be manipulated to control their shell growth?

I wanted to create an alien species that mostly relies biomaterials and biotechnology and one method of growing hard materials could be controlling the growth of seashells. The alien mollusks will be ...
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How to start an industrial revolution without textiles

My world does not have stagnant technology, and of course there is going to be an industrial revolution. In the real industrial revolution, it began with the need for textiles, which led to the ...
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What Bronze Age Jobs Couldn't be Replaced by Extremely Well Trained Animals?

In this setting magpies and mammoths have been domesticated for hundreds of millennia, allowing them to become far more diligent and trainable than dogs by a wide margin. The mammoths come in full ...
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Impact of Cheap Synthetic Diamonds

Let's say that we have the technology to produce and shape synthetic diamonds cheaply (think 3D printing of carbon lattices). Diamond is very hard, but as a result is brittle. Which every-day items ...
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Could mass timber construction techniques have been used in the past?

Cross laminated timber for mass timber construction was developed relatively recently in the early 1990’s. Is there any technical reason this technique couldn’t have been utilized earlier? Is there ...
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Manufacturing and interchangeable parts in a pre industrial world

Let’s assume this is a society that has some knowledge of advanced technology but is currently in the 16/17th century politically and technologically. How would a society before the industrial ...
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How rapidly can small nuclear weapons be produced?

In my setting, there is a ban on nuclear detonations greater than one kiloton in magnitude. This ban is enforced with a supranationally controlled strategic nuclear arsenal capable of essentially ...
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What sort of weapons manufacturing could be supported by a post-apocalyptic world?

I've just been working on this post-apocalyptic setting and was wondering what level of weapons technology it would be able to support. Essentially a combination of land degradation, global warming (...
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How much mass do we need to send to the Moon to set up a useful factory there?

In light of SpaceX's recently winning the contract to go to the moon for NASA, I started thinking (again) about what avenues sending a rocket that size might open in our near-future. So for a short ...
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Making Modern Firearms In A Pre-Industrial Society - Cottage Industry [duplicate]

What is the feasibility of producing (on a wide scale) modern firearms (particularly small arms) of the type found roughly in the First World War and Second World War (bolt action rifles, submachine ...
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How long until my army men can produce metal? [closed]

After a bit of fighting, both green and tan team army men decide that they need more than plastic bullets to defeat each other, they want metal to make super armored metal tanks. Green team sets up ...
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What kind of hazardous alien waste would tear apart society trying to obtain it?

An unpowered alien pod drifts into our solar system. No particularly advanced technology is present on it. But the pod is full of ejected hazardous waste (say, between 10-1000 tons) from an alien ...
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How can states effectively run a maternity center protected by magical wards?

Amelia Dryer was a witch who ran a baby farm for unwanted infants. She ultimately became responsible for the murders of many infants, and was executed for her crimes. She continued her activities by ...
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Could a dragon scale mail be made from shed skin?

So, Georgie, the paladin who's still unsure about going down the path of lawful stupid, decided not to kill the dragon. Now, this means they can finally use The Orb of Dragonkind for something after ...
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The 10,000 year old book [duplicate]

Paper has been a standard basically since its invention; we know, today, of books that lasted for centuries in excellent conditions, especially if properly maintained. Unfortunately this is not enough ...
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Ancient 3D Printing

Worldbuilding Stack Exchange. I ask for your aid. In my project, an Bronze-age alien civilization living near the coast has discovered a mollusk that can secrete ooze that later hardens into nacre, ...
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What can I profitably manufacture with a large amount of electricity but minimal infrastructure?

It's twenty minutes in the future, and farmers across the 'big countries' (USA, Australia, etc) are facing a new scourge: light poachers. Every summer hordes of self-driving trucks crash into fields ...
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What could prevent us from making alien technology if we had the schematics?

This question is inspired by Could medieval people produce automatic firearms if they had access to the schematics? I have simply moved it forwards in time as follows: In 2019 we receive an alien ...
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What’s the ideal size for a human factory?

Context: The world has been in a world war lasting centuries. Casualty rates are through the roof and can’t be lowered. The warring countries' solution was to make human factories by incubating ...
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Paper from human skin

I'm writing a story about a people that lives in a very cold, icy environment. Their technological level of advancement ranges from stone age to dark ages in different areas. I'd like them to record ...
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What oil-derived products would the world miss the most? [closed]

I’ve seen many things online about what the world would be like without oil as an energy source for transportation and electricity. However, it seems like a lot of things are oil-derived. Plastics, ...
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What would aliens use as raw materials? [closed]

I just realized that on earth many natural resources used for building throughout history could be considered unique to earth, materials such as bone and wood are products of terrestrial evolution and ...
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Portable, high-output power generator?

Brief scenario: Evil Genius (EG) with a lot of money and lots of loyal henchman wants to take over the world by mass-producing vast quantities 2-3ft tall spider robots (SR). The plan would begin ...
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How can I dissolve metal hinges safely?

So, I've wound up in jail again (not my fault - I didn't start that fire, honest!) and I need to get out of here before the mayor has a chance to check his safe. Unfortunately, I left my lockpicks in ...
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Why might plasma weapons have different colors, even when made by the same manufacturer?

So, I plan to write a graphic novel that takes place in the 26th century. By then, humans have stopped using the old slugthrowers and have upgraded to something more.....eloquent. I mean, if you're ...
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Ballistically sensitive weak points in the modern military and civilian supply and manufacturing chain

This question is part of my series of questions about Jormungandr, the alien Snakebot of Doom. So far, the SoD has eliminated the majority of the world's land-based nuclear missile forces and the US ...
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Nanocellulose swords/ melee weapons

In a world with no metal resources existing in a usable fashion a civilization with tech similar to that of the Mayans discovers a way to make nanocellulose, the ultimate natural polymer from algae. ...
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Sustainable firearm production?

In a colony 50 years into the future with few metal resources, but large population on a relatively densely forested (forests similar to those of north america) island similar in size to greenland is ...
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Can firearms be ignited by piezoelectric crystals?

Can firearm propellant be ignited by piezoelectric crystals that are activated by the trigger? This is for use in a world 50 years into the future similar to Earth. The people there are gearing for ...
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Is it possible to braid a hat with pure gold and it still be usable? [closed]

So here's the background: there's an adventurer who is looking for a golden hat made by an extraterrestrial civilization as a gift for one of his ancestor in the 18th century. Is it technically ...
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Can a weapon that uses plastic materials be mass-produced with WW2-ish technology?

So, there's a WW2-1950's-ish era in my world, and currently I'm designing a couple of firearms. As far as I've read most weapons at that time mostly uses stamped metal and wood, and only a very ...
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Medieval wire making

How difficult would it be for someone be to get a hold of lots of metal wire in early medieval times? It doesn't really matter what metal it is or how uniform, just that it's in long lengths (tens to ...
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What would happen if humans can no longer make standard / high performance computer processors? [closed]

I am wondering what would happen if humans could no longer manufacture high-end computer processors. I am thinking about still being able to create processors similar to those used in space crafts, ...
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Could a society use kilocalories for setting the base price of goods/services? [closed]

It takes an enormous amount of energy to manufacture a computer, and less to create a ceramic food bowl, but only a small amount to grow a strawberry in Earth soil. Could we be setting product & ...
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Magic VS Tech in manufacturing efficiency

Assuming you had two cities, one of them an average real world City, and the other identical in every way, except that it's technology cannot advance beyond steam power (Cannot use combustion engines, ...
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