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Questions tagged [physics]

For questions regarding the physics relevant to fictitious worlds. General physics may be off-topic.

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How to detect gyroswords

So, in the land of futuristic feudalism, the board of sword duels has a dilemma. During a duel, one of the duelists added put gyroscopes in his sword. He claimed this was to improve his balance, which ...
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Would mining huge amounts of resources on the Moon change its orbit?

Imagine that humanity builds mining facilities on the moon. We know that the moon has Helium-3 which could be used as fuel for fusion reactors. Also, there are a lot of other resources which could be ...
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There is some material able to stand a plasma arc welding without damage?

There is something that can stand that much temperatures ? or that kind of Welding can evaporate or melt everything ? I read that nothing could stand more than 7000 ° C, but i want to be sure, also, ...
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Gravity alteration as extermination tool viable?

An alien race was rubbed the wrong way by humans being humans and decided that humankind has to go. However, unlike many other science fiction stories, they do not intend to give the humans even a ...
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Is it possible for the remnants of a planet to be locked in orbit around another in a dual planet system?

I'm envisioning a double-planet system where both orbit around a central point. One planet is approximately Earth-sized, while the other is about one-tenth the size. One of the planets (the smaller ...
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Increasing potential energy with ability thought experiment

While recently reading a physics textbook and thinking about magic systems, I tried to perform a thought experiment I had problems with concluding, so I thought of asking for help. Here I explain the ...
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Punching someone and sending them flying at the speed of sound

Hey I'm just wondering how much force/energy is required to punch Someone so hard that the person is sent flying at the speed of sound Also what can you compare the force/energy too like for example ...
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If I travel back in time and do nothing, just being an observer, would that change the past?

This is how time travel in my question works: You go back to a certain point in time, physically, regardless of means. Be it a spaceship or a time machine. So you've reached to the past. You know ...
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Areas with high energy on an Earthlike world

In an earth-like world, what can I provide as examples of areas where high energy is generated naturally? I'm looking for sources of energy other than heat, for e.g, volcanoes and geothermic vents.
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How much light is too much?

A mage has created an amulet of light. It shines light from one side, and the user is capable of controlling the color and intensity of that light. In an effort to avoid abuse, the mage has limited ...
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How hot is my dragon?

Little side project on fantasy story with dragons (or wyverns to be exact, but they're equivalent for the purpose). I have dragons roaming the country side, laying waste and ruin in their wake. As ...
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Removing an item from a weight-sensitive pressure plate without triggering alarm [closed]

A character in one of my stories wants to steal a valuable artifact from a museum. The artifact is on top of a sensitive pressure plate, which is configured to trigger an alarm if the weight changes ...
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Bouncing Beads of Blood - Just how cold would it have to be?

My heroine has been stabbed - run through the abdomen by a foot-long dagger - and is bleeding to death. She is currently crawling toward her salvation through a very cold place. She is magically ...
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Could the equator of a world be a closed-time like loop?

Most works of fiction have quite imaginative views of time travel. Mighty machines that teleport in time instead of space. Gaping portals in space that take you to another time. Mystical beings with a ...
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The Mighty Generation Ship Jupiter

"The planet moves" Inspired by this link in a comment from Gryphon here, I also see the concept in this question. We've colonized the moons of Jupiter adjusted their orbits to our satisfaction (to ...
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How could a creator develop from pure energy to a conscious all knowing being [closed]

Let's assume the purpose of life is to reproduce to survive and on the quantum level for sub atomic particles to bond for longevity. Could an unknown force of energy throughout the ages of time ...
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What would it look like in the accretion disk of a feeding supermassive black hole?

I wanted two characters unaffected by the heat and gravity to be close to a super massive black hole within the accretion disk, at times moving in orbit and at times completely still. Stars and ...
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How close could a planet get to a super massive black hole before being destroyed

I wanted to create a scene where two god-like characters are talking or fighting on a planet or fragment of planet to which they've teleported that's about to be obliterated by a black hole. The ...
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A mass manipulation tech - possible?

Idea I'm interested in exploring the following concept: people have discovered a certain kind of matter, let's call it "Unobtanium" (as it always goes). Unobtanium actually has mass and is comprised ...
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Superheated wing blast!

So, we know that big creatures will generate lots of heat if they’re active. We also know that wings are very good at venting excess heat. Now for most animals, this heat isn’t exactly spectacular, a ...
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Absorbing heat from unlikely places

Living in polar climates can be quite difficult, and staying warm can often be such an issue. But not anymore with the heat sponge! This nifty little organ draws heat from even the coldest water to ...
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Life on giant planet | Can centrifugal force reduce gravity?

In my world a space civilization is colonizing a massive solid planet. The planet has an extraordinarily fast rotation. The gravity is severe at the poles, making life impossible, but life flourish ...
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How many litres of gaseous helium would it take to lift 80 kg on Earth?

I have dragons in mind for my world, but I'm trying to find logic in how would a medium-sized anything fly off and still be a danger to humans. So far, I have a lizard-like cheetah with wings, ...
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Electric muscles

There is a popular belief that the muscles of our body are controlled only by electrical impulses. This is not entirely a lie, but ... From what little I have researched, the nerves send a command for ...
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Is a coral-based planet possible?

Inspired by this answer and the mention of a hyperbolic plane, I've been imagining a world based on that geometry. The closest real-world example of such a geometry I can come up with is hard coral. ...
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What kind of transports would be invented in a world with an enhancer-material?

You have a material that greatly enhances electric and magnetic sources or electro-magnetism in general. In this world, the material, is known to be a naturally occurring liquid found in geological ...
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The mass of an economically feasible non-microscopic traversable wormhole

Background In my hard sci-fi settings, there is an advanced Type II Civilization, that are progressing toward Type III Civilization (yes, I am referring to Kardashev Scale). They are sprawling across ...
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200G to 1G environment

Let's say a human were to live most of his life in a 200 G environment but then suddenly enter a 1 g environment, What would be the effects to his body and will this give him the ability to carry ...
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What would birds look like if they used buoyancy to fight gravity?

What would birds look like if they did not have to fight gravity to fly? The question comes from the premise put forward by some that gravity is not real and that what holds us down is pressure ...
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Could a more convenient form of energy transfer/storage than electricity be possible?

I was thinking about the progress that has been made in terms of energy usage for e.g. transport purposes and noticed how the prominent source of energy had changed over time: first muscle power, then ...
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Mechanism to slow down the light emitted by an object such that it will result in inaccurate position of the object to the observer?

Let's say that there are two people named S and C. They are not far apart; less than 10 meters. Let's also assume the scenario takes place in late evening or in the night, for simplicity. Normally ...
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If the SUN of our planet was the same size and proximity of the moon, would it still work as usual?

I'm building the world of my story for my comics and I've come to a bit of a standstill with a particular idea. Assuming there were no other planets in our universe, just a single planet Earth. The ...
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Would fast decompression take place in a sealed tower on an Everest-sized mountain?

I have a large skyscraper-sized tower built at the summit of the highest peak in my world. At that height, I am aware that people need oxygen masks and other aids to survive for long and reach the ...
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How might a purely mechanical 'voice' function?

In my world there are mechanical semi-humanoid automata. Would it be possible to make them speak in a fashion that sounds natural (i.e. human)? How might it function? The mechanism should be capable ...
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How long would it take a matter-antimatter GeV gamma ray laser photon rocket to get to Ross128b (11 light years away)?

I'm writing a colony story, and I want my ship to colonise Ross128b, which is 11 light years away from Earth. I need the characters to be alive when they get there, but it's okay if they've aged ...
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How much heat would a 1km asteroid release into earth's atmosphere?

I am writing a theory for a game that is in an apocalypse. An asteroid is heading for earth and will crash into the earth regardless in this theory. It is 1km in size but due to the YORP effect it has ...
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How to detect that the universe got mirrored?

This might be more fit in physicsSE, but since I don't even know if my premise is physically sound, I'll post it here. One day, something caused the universe to get mirrored, meaning a left-right ...
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Mechanical amplification without creating huge distances?

How would a mechanism look that allows a person to e.g. turn a crown-sized wheel (from a watch) by any amount (e.g. 180 degrees) resulting in a turntable (from train yards) turning the same amount (e....
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What would an earth-sized world be like if shaped like Ultima Thule?

Recently, pictures taken by the New Horizons space probe were released depicting the unusually-shaped object Ultima Thule. Now, suppose there was an world the size of the Earth, but in the shape of ...
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Internal Body Heat of Giant Animals. At which point would their size cook them from inside? [closed]

It is my understanding that one of the reasons for why massive lifeforms (as depicted in fiction) aren't possible is the fact that the heat radiated by their body after a certain point would be too ...
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Can E=MC2 be used when thinking about human strength

As we know just because a person has more mass that doesn't mean they can lift more weight or punch harder as those actions are more about training your technique. My story is a martial arts / ...
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Effects of magnetic fields overs biological life [closed]

How would life evolve on a planet or other place with a high magnetic field? (It should be a field strong enough to attract tools and weapons and stick them to the ground.) The life forms that would ...
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How strong would a person need to be to cut cleanly through steel plate?

The problem is that I would like to know how strong the creature I have in mind will end up being and if that would be too strong. I know that 15th century plate armor was very good against slashing ...
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Would it make sense to use destructive wave interference to silence gunfire?

So based on my limited understanding, some luxury cars have taken to using their sound system to make the cabin quieter when on the highway or something (Active noise control via wikipedia). And I ...
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What is the best design for docking onto a rotating space-station?

In the distant future, space-stations use centrifugal force to emulate gravity, effectively being a cylinder (or something similar like a wheel) spinning around a central axis at high speeds. A ...
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Are fly wheels a valid means of energy storage for powering a large space station?

This is something that was just offhandedly mentioned in a Sci-Fi book I read once and as I am now writing one myself I thought I might use it. The scenario is that I have a ship approaching a warp ...
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What would the periodic table look like in 2 dimensions? [closed]

I've read this question What would the periodic table of a 4-Dimensional universe look like?, and I think it answers part of my question about how atomic physics would work, but I'm not sure. Would a ...
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Feasibility of an endothermic gun

I had the idea of a "void weapon", which would "generate cold" rather than heat on triggering. All the air from the chamber would be sucked out (thus "creating cold") and on firing, it would open the ...
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Is it possible to place a permanent probe on Uranus?

Before anyone points the finger saying this is a tasteless joke, there are some actual good reasons to pick that specific planet for exploration among the giants in our solar system: Smallest mass ...
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If the earth is not flat, are we walking uphill or downhill? [closed]

If the world isn't flat and a person is walking around it from east to west. Is he walking downhill or uphill ? (This a stupid question on many levels, but I'm looking for intelligent answers.)