Questions tagged [preservation]

For questions about preservation of physical or non-physical artefacts for an extended period of time.

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A food item only made possible by time-freezing storage?

Premise: It's the modern day, and humans have various magical abilities through a runic magic system. One of these abilities, which I'm currently trying to visualize the implications of, is called ...
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How quickly would a wooden treasure chest rot?

Suppose a wooden treasure chest is placed in an underground dungeon in a medieval European climate. The chest is as sturdily built as is practical, but isn't protected by any kind of magic or advanced ...
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What is a writing material that persists nearly forever or for a long time? [closed]

I'm designing an alien society with a low population density. I intend for them to have 1 book per topic per place; books update annually as new information arises. I call them books, but they can ...
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How long would a creature the size of an argentinosaurus' bones last in a scrubland?

The basic idea is that a massive organism with a bone structure similar to a tortoise's dies in an open area. Then, once only bones are left, they become an open cavern with fertile soil layered on ...
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How to preserve electronics (computers, tablets and phones) for hundreds of years

Let's say you wanted to preserve some electronics for 500 years or more in a museum. What could you do to preserve them in working order for hundreds of years? Deep freeze? Lead lined vaults? Vacuum? ...
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How to redesign modern weapons in order to make their indefinite storage easy?

As usual useful TVTropes: Superweapon Surprise [...] Comes in at least six flavors: Break Out the Museum Piece: It doesn't matter that there hasn't been any fighting for a long ...
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A 500 years vault for books?

I love books, This love brought me to gather hundreds of books of all different types. When I disappear, like all old men's belongings, these will be scattered, thrown away, sold, burnt. Let's ...
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How could written materials be preserved after 3000 years of history? [closed]

Premise Grandmaster Fredrietch Kalven, a researcher of lost arts, was tasked by the king to find and record all written histories of their world since the earliest writings. After many years of ...
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How long will stainless steel last?

I have asked a question similar to this one, but I am writing a post apocalyptic story that takes place 10,000 to 20,000 years in the future. However, I found out that regular metals decompose in a 1,...
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How long could a Kraken's carcass survive if preserved in salt?

I have a bay of water containing several Krakens. One day, due to the efforts of a magical organization, all of the water disappears. The Kraken fall and die on the bed of salt that is left behind. ...
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Quick solutions to a modern warning placed on the surface of a planet for future generations

In response to Write once perpetual storage, is such a thing possible? Separatrix pointed me at How could an ancient race warn the future in a universally understandable way? and How might modern ...
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Live Body Preservation…A way to live for many centuries? [closed]

I was thinking that if there was a machine which preserved live human body without aging would that be a way/solution to live for many centuries? ex- A person at age 40 sleeps in that machine & ...
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Humans get knocked back into the stone age; would archeologists from 10,000 years in the future be able to tell that we existed?

I am inspired by Dr. Robert Schoc's hypothesis that the Great Pyramid and Sphinx date back to a lost civilization from 10,000 BCE. The Question: Suppose an asteroid/mega solar flare/etc. reduced ...
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How long could a crashed spaceship and/or alien ruins last at the bottom of Europa's oceans? [closed]

What factors would be working to damage or erode them and how long could they conceivably last? Would making them airtight help in any way, or would the contents last longer in a vacuum (assuming you ...
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How do you circulate cryoprotectants through the human body?

Context if you're interested The main problem with freezing living things is that the cold tends to damage tissue. Ice crystals form between cells, dehydrating and shrinking them, and preventing ...
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How to share knowledge to a future human civilization who doesn't know our languages?

Consider that I want to let an object to share knowledge to a civilization living in a far future (~10.000 years after today). It can be a book or any object which can store information, must be ...
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What kind of materials can survive for millennia?

Imagine an alien race. They are the creators of Unspecified Advanced Alien Technology™. One day they lose one of their ships. The crew had to evacuate, and the ship kind of crashed on a random planet. ...
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How can I preseve a small sample of blood for centuries?

I have a race of carnivorous mammals (the same from this question) for whom blood plays an extremely important role in cultural rituals. For complex cultural reasons, a member of this race (call him ...
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Million-year-old records

The universe is brutal on information. I'm looking for ways to preserve about an exabyte of information for a million years. I'm looking for answers rooted in reality without any lucky circumstances ...
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How could a book be constructed to last forever?

The Clock of the Long Now is a clock designed to mark time for 10,000 years. That's a really long time for humans, but what if there existed a species that would see such a clock as "a bit short lived"...
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How might modern humans leave a message for 50,000 years?

I recently played my way through the Mass Effect game series, and one of the ideas I found most intriguing was the emphasis placed on "time capsules" sent from one cycle to the next: not only did ...