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Questions tagged [nanotechnology]

For questions about technology that works with sizes of less than 100 nanometres, often the manipulation of individual molecules.

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Microscopic LEDs

In my world, extremely small LEDs are vital. My question is, with today's technology—or any reasonable improvement of, i.e., “we don't have the machine to build it but we have the sciences and ...
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How would a nanorobot disease be identified by a scientist

it's pretty straight forward, how could a scientist such as a doctor, identify that nano-robots are the cause of some disease without knowing what it is looking for ? It would somehow need to be by ...
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Controlling Nanobots in the Bloodstream as a Form of Torture?

An oppressive government entity roughly 70 years in the future has access to elite--albeit experimental--technology. One such technology is a brain chip that allows its soldiers to control simple ...
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Problems with a Distributed Government System [closed]

Inspired by this question, wherein the cultural effects of having the lowest possible privacy are discussed to lead into a more honest but less stable world, I'd like to ask if this solution that I ...
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Taking control of the Human population with nanobots

Deep in an abandoned underground lab in Russia, a self-improving cybernetic intelligence has decided that he wants to take control of as many humans as possible using nanobots that he created within ...
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Nanorobots versus bacteria

Future scientists have developed amazing nanorobots. They use 18 simple chemical reactions to move small metal pieces a few atoms long, and are controlled by a micro antenna that can intercept radio ...
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Can a brain handle a nanobot army? [closed]

I think I've done my research about multi tasking on humans, but this is a whole new level I have a conqueror, where he creates nanobot creatures instantaneously (handwaving the transformation ...
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Plausible explanation of nano-tech shapeshifting weapon holding together?

In my book, I want to have a character who has a weapon that is actually a swarm of nanobots, and that can take on the shape of any melee weapon within a matter of seconds. I'm thinking of holding ...
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Can you use VR on comatose patients to let them dream?

I have this sci-fi story concept where patients in a comatose state can have their brains stimulated with VR. For instance, the VR can be a dream "game" that helps the patient process trauma. I can ...
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Can I program nanobots to behave like sperm and fool an egg?

In short I'm looking at creating an artificial sperm smart enough to fertilize an egg and develop into an embryo, so that would mean the sperm must have some means of carrying information similar to ...
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Viability of options for super tall tower

I've been reading through other posts about such megastructures and they're getting me part of the way to my destination. Wanted to see about a few specific options my imagination has latched onto. ...
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Could you have human regeneration similar to, say, Dr Who (minus sfx)? [duplicate]

(Modified as per request) What is the upper bound for whole-body adaptive regeneration? This is not about how fast a cell can regenerate, but about whether the cells could house sufficient ...
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Blood magic in a science fantasy? [closed]

I'm putting together a story that centers around a unified galactic government, but I hit a small snag. Blood magic would be the only "supernatural" aspect of the story, and it would be illegal to ...
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Is this phrase technobabble or can it be broken down to be understandable? [closed]

I came across this term as a sci-fi novum but the source didn't really explain what it meant. It's Tissue Nanotransfection and I don't know if I should dismiss it as technobabble or if I can use it ...
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Is there a possibility for electricity to go through a computer screen? [closed]

The picture below shows the main idea to my question. That is manipulated electricity makes an attempt to go through a monitor screen. The AI must have sent something tiny enough, like electrons or ...
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What would be in a shuttle's survival kit for aliens trapped on a primitive planet?

The scenario: an alien crew has a shuttle landed on Earth in the 1980's. Their main ship is extremely damaged and beyond reach somewhere in the Milky Way. Their shuttle cannot escape Earth's ...
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Is it possible to mother nature to create an organism that it is equal or superior to something that we can make ourselves? [closed]

P.S.S. - I am not very good at writing English, so please be patient with me. Humans have decided to simulate a diversity of sapiens species in a very harsh world. Like humans in the period of ...
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What material would a future civilisation's computer chips be made from? [closed]

Is it plausible or even conceivable that some material would offer superior properties for usage in semiconductors or microprocessors? Could silicon chips ever be replaced by chips made by other ...
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What is a nanocomputer processing node? [closed]

I came across this future science term and I need to know what it is and what it does. Here's a link to it in the book I found. https://books.google.com/books?id=luCFTmzpZIkC&pg=PA205&lpg=...
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What materials would be needed to build a human-like robot with access only to common materials in the 1980s?

I am writing a story featuring a genetically modified human from the future and an alien trapped on 1980s Earth. They crash landed there, and did not intend on being there. Since neither can blend ...
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Can nanofibers result in the creation of clothes that clean themselves? capabilities? [closed]

Can a shirt made of nano-fibers have self-cleaning capabilities?
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What future applications could nanoarchitecture be used for? [closed]

I was reading about nano-architecture, but it didn't really say what it could be used for in the future. They mentioned something about 3-D printing but that's it. I'm toying with using it in my ...
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Is it possible that a paint made with nanotechnology can make a building its coated with soundproof?

Could a paint made with nanites/nanotechnology be able to make, say a stadium, sound-proof just by painting the stadium with it?
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Ideas on a nano-material that mutates into another, after acted upon by heat?

This idea is from Hanger 1, the UFO Files: advanced alien technology that ended up on Earth. Purportedly, a sample of this gold/silver material changed to titanium and molybdenum when heated. Any ...
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Is a nanocomputer something a civilization would strive to create? [closed]

I've recently been very interested in the concept of a nanocomputer for my future sci-fi world; as of now it's purely hypothetical/sci-fi esque. It seems cool, but I still have trepidations with it a ...
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Can Nano-Machines be used to increase strength

I am working on a story that involves the main character being one of a few magical beings on the planet, who are born human but awaken to their powers at age 14. If killed the cycle repeats, and they ...
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Medieval political hierarchy with an elite 4 counsel elected based on score points - Part 3

Question's part one and part two To sum everything up : My society is Medieval-like and led by a counsel of 4 people named the Elite 4. Each member of the Elite 4 represents one of the 4 classes (...
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Medieval political hierarchy with an elite 4 counsel elected based on score points - Part 2

This question follows this one Keeping the same setting, I am now going to add a 5th class : The Judge The judge wouldn't hold any direct power (no place on the Elite 4) but he (or they?) would make ...
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Medieval political hierarchy with an elite 4 counsel elected based on score points

Settings: In a Fantasy setup, different factions face up for the control of the subterranean territories they live in. One of the 4 factions is the Government (Human race not including the tribal ...
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Is there a possibility for an AI to download someone's brain via USB stick?

As you can see, the USB stick is extending from the possessed robot's finger. The USB stick extends its way straight to the person. If it touches the person, then it'll download the person's ...
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How physically small can human intelligence get?

A common trope in science fiction is the idea that a human's consciousness and intelligence can be downloaded onto a computer. I recently had the idea that maybe in some apocalyptic scenario, ...
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How fast can nanites work

I've watched and read many SF stories which included nanites as a wonder weapon that can do pretty much anything. One such series is the Star Marine series by Ian Douglas. Those books frequently ...
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Making fusion reactors better with nanotech [closed]

After finding the energy harvesting page of Wikipedia, one side of the S2 engine was covered This was the "vegetative" side. Now we have the active side, that gets more energy under shorter time, I ...
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Light armor from carbon allotropes

I want to make a powered light armor for my sci-fi setting. The candidate material is carbon, as it's lightweight and has a whole rainbow of different allotropes with different properties. I want to ...
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What's strongest non-nuclear explosive I can make with nanotechnology?

Can I use nanotechnology to make the strongest possible non-nuclear explosive (when compared to the equal amounts of other explosives) or are we already at the peak-level of what can be achieved with ...
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Making optimized melee weapons for specific style of combat with nanotechnology pt.1 [closed]

Let's see: This question's focus: Long range: For thrusting For slashing For armor penetration or blunt trauma. Medium at the previous three or two Info I have patience and nanobots to build up ...
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How to build the “perfect” versions of different melee weapons? [closed]

Assuming that I have nanobots to build them from the atomic level (and I don't want to implement them with any technology), what would the perfect versions of the: Sword: For thrusting (rapier) For ...
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Would it be possible to create a machine that (safely) split atoms and rearrange them differently?

I'm currently working on a story and I'm having some interrogations about the plausibility of a civilization. Quick backstory: Humans had to abandon Earth a few thousand years ago for the classic ...
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Quick Question: Ionocraft with nanotechnology?

So basically there is this ionocraft thingy and it would be used frequently by one of my stories, mainly by a lightweight character (6.3 kg). Now the question: If I were to use nanotechnology to ...
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Why would someone want to be eight feet tall? [closed]

Let's imagine that through the application of advanced biotechnology and cybernetics, humans in the 23rd century have created a sort of machine mitochondria that lives inside a person's cells and ...
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Why would aliens design their von Neumann replicators to use nitrogen?

I want to contrive a scenario in which 23rd century humanity faces a dire crisis due to an extraterrestrial von Neumann ecology that rapidly consumes Nitrogen as a part of its life cycle. So rapidly ...
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Effects of nitrogen deprivation on the body?

I'm trying to build a designer organism that would prove a threat to all life on Earth. Sort of a semi-organic von Neumann ecology of microscopic nitrogen-eaters that rapidly consume nitrogen to fuel ...
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How to power thin contact lenses that let us browse the internet?

Immediate to near future, we are talking about single digit nanometer size transistor and light emitting diode. That's actually very small, you can't see it with a conventional microscope let alone ...
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Could nanites give us superhuman strength? [closed]

Year 2067 C.E. could nanotechnology and bio-engineering one day bestow upon us incredible strength, enable anyone to bench press[1] 1 tons without assistance at 1g Earth surface gravity? No exosuit[2] ...
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Can the AI use nanites to create robotic arms and manipulate matter to open and close doors? [closed]

As you can see, the top picture shows the AI taking over a robot and creating big robo-arms as a replacement. The bottom picture is about the AI sending nanites to create a microchip and other ...
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Instant army with nanites

This question's main focus is the building aspect of the nanites. Rulez: No pseudo-science. No handwavium. The backstory is not (that) important. Lame puns ahead, proceed with caution. Properties ...
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Building capabilities of a realistic nanobot swarm [closed]

Here is some background information about nanobots of the kind I want to include in my world. Rational wiki says Information: The nanobots are cell-sized (not really nano, I know) They build ...
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How long can Apple say “the thinnest iPhone ever”? [closed]

Thinking about the famous saying ("the thinnest iPhone ever"), I started searching thinner phones, and started calculating almost which is the thinnest. 50 years on from now, what could 'The thinnest ...
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How could I make something “immune” to nanotechnological disassembly?

Let me pitch you a setting: a scientific prodigy with not a lot of common sense decides to release a horde of nanotech dissasemblers into the environment. These "dissasemblers" can dissasemble ANY ...
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Cybernetic Nucleic Acid

Let's say that a patient is in hospital suffering a terminal disease or at least a physical injury that's very expensive to treat. The only hope of salvation is to have artificial, or cybernetic, DNA ...