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In what situation would universal full-body protective clothing be preferable to living in sealed habitats?

For complicated reasons I won't get into, I am trying to create a setting where full-body protective clothing at nearly all times is the norm. There are numerous post-apocalyptic scenarios where going ...
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How could one defend against a concentrated neutron beam in a hard sci-fi setting?

I'm thinking of adding a neutron beam cannon to my hard sci-fi setting (basically works by accelerating a bunch of ions and then shooting them at a beryllium foil target (see here). However, I don't ...
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How long could a soldier expect to stay effective while wearing "High-Level" HazMat protective equipment?

Assuming a technological level similar to or slightly more advanced than our current one, what is the longest amount of time that a front line, foot slogging soldier could expect to survive and carry ...
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How to protect cities from vampirism

A certain part of the continent is currently dealing with a plague of undeath. It takes many forms, with corpses rising from their graves, strange creatures roaming in the night, seemingly driven by ...
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What is the best ways of cleaning/bathing inside an astronaut suit?

Context: In this sci-fi scenario/story, they don't use an space walk Astronaut suit (because of costs), but a crappier version of an astronaut suit, cheaper and mass produced. Due to the ...
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How much safer would a spaceship clad in ice be?

Seeing as the brand new James Webb Space Telescope's main mirror was recently hit by a micrometeroid, I figured that now would be a good time to ask about spaceship hull protection. When we think &...
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How protective is this monomolecular wire ‘force field’?

During my worldbuilding process I said to myself “no force fields”. Instead, I’m forced to get a little more creative and down to earth with my (ironically) sci-fi concepts. Enter the monomolecular ...
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Is ice armor better than nothing in medieval battle or is it just weighing you down?

"Speed is the essence of war" - Sun Tzu, MBA. However, this war has dragged on for a long time and resources are getting scarce; new ice mages are issued a loin cloth while flame mages get ...
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Could möbius ring shaped devices deflect or possibly redirect bullets?

As a rule, my sci-fi has no force fields. This is interesting, because every type of shielding that would normally have no mass are restricted to be physical devices. The most notable I'm working on ...
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Through natural means, what could protect a rocky planet from intense x-rays from a black hole WITHOUT the expense of creating life?

I thought I had it. I thought I had finally found the solar system with enough light to produce hundreds if not thousands of Earths. I thought that a black hole 12 billion times more massive than our ...
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Dead man switch that would resist a nation-backed offensive

JE is a famous man that has an extensive amount of information incriminating the powerful of this world. He would like to ensure that an "unfortunate accident" does not happen to him by ...
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Realistic Rounds for Penetrating advanced body armor? A round for standard infantry against nano-machined ceramics

Ed: This is my first post here so sorry for any mistakes I made. I realize my question was kinda stupid thinking about it. Here's the gist, I'm having issue coming up with a round for standard ...
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Protecting Medieval Villagers From Droppers

This is a long-overdue sequel to How Can I Protect Medieval Villages From Chompers? and covers Chomper's flying brethren: Droppers. These little devils are more than a little dangerous. A Dropper is ...
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Protecting Medieval People From Snappers

My previous questions of this type (one concerning Plops, the other Chompers) concerned protecting medieval villages. This question is less specific, and here's why: Snappers can spawn anywhere. ...
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Insectoid helmets: How would an insectoid-like alien race protect their antenna?

So, in my world I have a species of insectoid aliens called the Vosian. The Vosian are insectoid like (except they have lungs more like mammals and a closed-circulatory system). These Vosians, like ...
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Defending Medieval Villages From Gluttons and Savages

This sequal to How Can I Protect Medieval Villages From Chompers? concerns only one thing: Chomper Evolutions. Yeah, that's right, those potentially man-eating walking eggs evolve into even more ...
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Making Stone Walls Feasible Against Monsters

In one of my last questions (How Can I Protect Medieval Villages From Plops?), Joe pointed out that Plops would likely make farming unfeasible: "The problem with anything else - fences, extremely ...
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How Can I Protect Medieval Villages From Chompers?

This is a follow-up to How Can I Protect Medieval Villages From Plops? and concerns Chompers, one of the Little Four (the four most common weak monsters). Why are Chompers a problem? Chompers are ...
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How Can I Protect Medieval Villages From Plops?

After creating my version of fantasy slimes (please see this and this for more on them, they're called Plops) I realized a problem with their basic physiology. That is because in medieval times (and ...
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Bathroom Mirror vs Eye Lasers

There is this scene where the main good girl is fighting the big bad alone. The big bad fires his eye lasers at the good girl, who uses a bathroom mirror to reflect the rays. The big bad can control ...
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How do humans protect themselves against fairies?

My fairies are 1-6 inches tall, however, the 4-6 inch tall fae serve as hunters of their favorite prey- humans. They fly at around 60 MPH, however they can only fly for 5 minutes. They can also hover, ...
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How to protect a tree house village from a lightning strike?

I am making a collection of short stories that involve a tribe of anthropomorphic animals made of different coexisting species. They all live in a giant tree. They look like a more gigantic version ...
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Despite being invulnerable against ballistic projectiles, why does a wizard's robe still get wet during rain?

A battlemage practiced the art of close combat fighting, and could deal huge amounts of damage to his opponents at point blank range. He also had a special robe, which was enchanted by a powerful ...
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Why are tomb guardians often more powerful than the king personal guards?

When the king passed away, his corpse is often kept inside a tomb filled with booby traps and seemingly always protected by powerful tomb guardians. These tomb guardians are actually rocks and ...
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How would a medieval village protect themselves against dinosaurs?

In this world, dinosaurs are wildlife that usually don't bother people, but people still want to make sure they're safe from the occasional man-eaters or gigantic herbivores that want to eat their ...
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How to protect oneself against strong magnetic fields?

Spacecraft in my Scifi setting use strong magnetic fields for many purposes. Fusion containment, magnetic nozzles, gauss guns, magnetic fields as pusher-plates for nuclear pulsed propulsion and ...
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Managing heat dissipation in a magic wand

Backstory You won't believe it, but I'll tell you anyway. I'm a Level 61 wizard. If you think about it, wands aren't all that hard to use. Point, invoke, joyfully watch your enemy burn in the ...
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How could an ultimate power armour be made? [closed]

In my setting, I want to have soldiers wearing some kind of power armor, but not just a simple power armor, but a truly (almost) ultimate solution to "taking damage" problem. My question is whether it'...
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A society wrapped in cotton wool [closed]

In the future, rich people live in gated communities with armed guards. They are so concerned that anything bad will happen to their children that they literally wrap them up in cotton wool. As ...
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In 1000 years, could a magnetic bottle-like plasma dome system protect a small city? [closed]

I've looked at the magnetic bottle (hydrogen plasma/fusion) idea as a potential basis for extrapolating what technology might be capable of doing with plasma fields 1000 years into the future...which ...
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Protection against h-bomb core explosion conditions thinkable?

Assume a human in direct vicinity (think 1-50 m [if you need more space for your intended device]) to the explosion center of a nuclear fusion bomb. Is survival via technology thinkable? The TNT ...
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How to protect against a worldwide EMP?

What are the ways to protect against EMP and can they be used to protect storage facilities, vehicles and indoor hydroponic farms ? The cause of the EMP is a meteorite crash around the same as what ...
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Defending against 100-year flood

The city I'm designing had a 100-year flood in the year 1907. The city has a population of 90,000 inhabitants and is situated on a confluence of two navigable rivers. River "Q" is about 400m wide; ...
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Surviving the atmosphere of Venus

From what I've seen, a floating habitat about 50 km above the surface of Venus is feasible--the atmosphere is dense enough that breathable air is a lifting gas, and that would be about the height for ...
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Protect a planet against a black hole attack

Suppose in a very very long future, humans have become relative powerful military force in galactic politics due to a very powerful weapon: the ability of creating black holes wherever we want. Now we ...
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