Questions tagged [science-in-society]

For questions about the use and perception of science by the inhabitants of a fictional world. Contrast with [science-based] which is for explaining fictional things with real-world science. Whereas [science-based] builds worlds using science (ex. "How could a dragon realistically breathe fire?"), [science-in-society] asks how people treat and use science in-world (ex. "How would a society with a taboo on dissecting people develop medicine?").

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Can titanium chain mail stop a bullet?

Can a titanium chain mail stop a bullet? How thick the chains would need to be? Or a titanium plate would be more efficient? How thick the plate should be? Of course, against normal weapons, like ...
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How much colder would that asteroid make my planet?

I've seen some posts here (for example this one) for the effects of certain sizes of impactors, but I'm not finding any definite answer and all my google and google scholar searches have not turned up ...
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Inhabiting Mars versus going straight for a Dyson swarm

My question is as follows - let's assume our objective function is to have as many humans as possible living outside the confines of the Earth as soon as possible. For this, we need to provide those ...
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A world without atoms? [closed]

Well, not exactly: the world is still made of atoms, like (we think) our world is. But for some reason, there was no Democritus or Leukipo in this world, and, on the contrary, the mainstream ...
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Everyday tasks on a space ship

There is a space ship, flying from planet to planet for multiple years. It is a science vessel, so, once they reach a planet, they do research. But what do they do if they are in transit between ...
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What could make a ship made of pumice seaworthy?

I'm designing the type of ships an amphibious race could use for long distance travel, like a floating house, following oceanic currents. I imagine it shaped like an iceberg, with more structure below ...
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What stops a race of giants from wiping out humanity?

Starting from 435 A.D., a race of sea-faring giants has made land-fall in Eurasia and is raising hell. Due to socio-political pressures in their island homelands in Polynesia and Australia (constant ...
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What kind of science could be done in a station orbiting black hole [closed]

I am writing a script for science fiction RPG where everything takes place in a science station orbiting a black hole just outside the Schwarzschild radius. But it occurred to me I have no idea what ...
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How can I turn diamond into graphene?

The goverment of Africa decided that it would no longer tolerate the diamond mafia, so the corporation of DeBeers was hunted down and disbanded, to put it lightly. Now, all the diamond mines have been ...
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What happens when two flames meet from opposite sides?

What happens when two flames (whether from dragons or blowtorches) meet head on? Many films make it appears as a front where the two flames repel each other, but my intuition is that, in fact, the two ...
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Is it possible to divert a 1km Asteroid from Earth?

I am writing a scenario for a game that I am a fan of. It involves an asteroid heading for impact with the Earth in 2027. This asteroid's initial diameter is about 1km, but it is slowly disintegrating ...
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Potential system to system travel?

So one of the ideas I've come up with for system to system travel, in the early colony stage of my world, is using fuel boosters to start the journey and then to reach the required speed for the ...
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How can a wealthy and enlightened minority manage to create colonies on Mars and cheapen space mining in a world of mysticism?

Key setting elements and questions: In this scenario, A large majority of the population: Supports spending more money on religion than on the space colonization program. They are middle class: ...
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Emergency Spacesuits

I know a similar question was asked whether gas masks could be used to survive in space but it didn't quite focus on the parts I'm interested in. I'm building a world in which space travel is regular ...
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Can you tell me which are the things or the group of the things that the character of my story can use to paralyze his elder brother? [closed]

I am writing a fiction story. In that story, a man paralyzes his elder brother by lacing one of his food items, for example, milk or any other thing which he eats with a "thing" or a group of the "...
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Could humans wreck the world enough to tilt its axis? [duplicate]

Some Context My story idea is in the likes of Pacific Rim. If you didn't watch it, it's about a crack in the sea that spawns giant monsters called Kaiju, who really like to chew on buildings. ...
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How to make a metal with extraordinary property worthless?

In a RPG scenario, players will look for a MacGuffin Metal (aka MGM.), experiencing the farwest gold fever. Short Story: Context : Farwest(~1880), steam punk. First encounter : In a 3-5 minutes time ...
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How would endo-skeletal systems adapt to the atmospheric pressures given?

Surface gravity: 1G Info regarding of altitude, pressure, and atmospheric density: ...
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The Heisenberg Uncertainty Ray - A Hyper-Scanning Doomsday Weapon

From what I know about the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, one of its consequences is that when you learn a great deal about the position of a particle, you greatly increase the uncertainty of the ...
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How could these giant animals travel oversea?

I've got these 2 giant apes like creatures who are too heavy to go on the ship to be taken to another continent. What are some ways that they could possibly get across the sea? This is a medieval epic ...
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Potential adaptions / features for life adapted to the level of atmospheric pressure given?

Atmospheric composition: | 2% Trace gases | 58% Nitrogen | 26% Oxygen | 11% Argon | 3% Carbon dioxide | Average surface temperature: 36 degrees Celsius Surface gravity: 1.36x Earth gravity ...
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Moon take off without rockets

Take-off in a craft with rockets allows a gentle acceleration that doesn't kill the occupants. Given that the Moon has no atmosphere: Is there any current technology that would allow safe takeoff ...
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Swimming in space. What is the mechanism?

A large (compared to Earth life) species of creatures live in space. They gain energy from interstellar dust and starlight. How they do this is a separate question so not relevant here. However they ...
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Lost in space with chocolate

A huge trading craft with a mixed crew of 100 has lost its main motor and communication systems in a collision and is on a heading to nowhere. They are adrift in an infinite ocean with no-one to help. ...
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What is the most plausible way to rule out string theory?

I writing a story about a physics student who has a difficult relationship with his estranged father, world famous physicist and strong proponent of string theory. As a revenge he wants to rule string ...
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Could a Superhero with radio wave powers hear the radio?

Is it was technically possible for a superhero that senses radio waves (like low frequency EM) to “hear” the radio? This superhero senses radio waves a bit like we can see visible light, though not ...
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How can testes be housed in the body without damaging sperm?

The testicle or testis is the male reproductive gland in all animals, including you humans. It is homologous to the female ovary. The functions of the testes are to produce both sperm and androgens, ...
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How can I extract pure dopamine from the body?

Through scientific shennaganins, it has been discovered that humans are the best source of producing dopamine. By injecting them with a certain manufactory substance, the body creates a high return of ...
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Some science or graspable logic behind a whole new world below the ocean on earth

So not trying to wander into flat earth theory here, But a hidden fantasy world (of elves) in the present day. How would we explain it. There is no contact whatsoever between the two world. Could ...
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What requires more destructive energy? Destroying a planet or splitting a planet in half

I just wanna ask which option requires more destructive energy? Option 1 : destroying a planet like earth to rubble (tiny pieces of rocks) Or Option 2: splitting a planet like earth in halves (2 ...
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Fantasy and the germ theory

When developing a medival fantasy realm, especially one with no known healing and restoration magic, one may need to develop the people's understanding of science and medicine. A unique example of ...
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How to make my map realistic? [closed]

So I'm making a map of my fantasy world (it's got six main continents and it's an earth like planet) and I'm not entirely sure how to make it realistic, and I'm not entirely sure where to start. I ...
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If a space shuttle was going to crash during a botched landing back on earth, is there any way for crew to eject safely before impact? [closed]

If a space shuttle is going to crash during a botched landing back on earth, is there any possible way (emergency vessel, etc.?) for crew to eject and land safely away from the shuttle?
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How do I make a rock with magical properties teleport people? [closed]

Thinking about it, you probably need more context than that, so here we go. Basically, in my Earth/Alt Universe world, there's this new magical rock, let's call it, stranglium! Stranglium, on touch ...
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Anatomically correct saiyan?

A saiyan is a species that is biologically similiar to humans, except in one particular way. Every time they come back from the brink of death, their strength and speed increases. They also become ...
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How can aliens from a different planet move faster when they're on Earth?

What should conditions on an alien planet be like, if the aliens of said planet move 3 or 4 times slower on their home planet than they could if they were to come to Earth? (Gravity, atmosphere, etc.) ...
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Given immortality can animals become intelligent?

The animal in question starts off with reptile like intelligence, classic gecko and is a singularity, the only individual of his species to be immortal. It can die and be killed but for the sake of ...
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What would happen if a little less than half of the moon crashed into the Atlantic ocean? [duplicate]

Let's say an asteroid hit the moon and broke it in half. One half remains where the moon usually is relative to Earth, and the other half is flung at Earth near the equator, in the Atlantic ocean. ...
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Noah's flood actually happened. When does science prove that it happened?

Plot Noah's Flood actually happened more or less as written. Suddenly appearing flood waters covered the Earth, excepting a few mountain tops, and all land animals had to wait it out on an Ark. The ...
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Resonant Frequncy Interference Pattern

Imagine an area in which there are multiple high-power sound wave emitters (speakers, transducers, etc.) that are placed and tuned to destructively and constructively interfere with each other such ...
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Is it possible for an alien organism to survive on earth?

Let's assume that our intelligent alien organism is living on an earth like planet with an atmosphere but higher gravity. Its world is on the verge of doom. Somehow it could make it to earth with a ...
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Which jobs could western geniuses, who lived between 1643-1900, have in the modern age related to their talents?

I'm trying to write a comedy where as a plot device I have: Some of the greatest western minds of human history, who lived between 1643 and 1900, are transported into the modern age. I still haven't ...
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How can an android produce blood-like substance via food?

I just discovered one of my friend is an android! That's a big shock, as she looks, acts, reacts, eats and drinks like a human. She didn't even know herself she wasn't human. While I partly ...
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Repercussions of floating nuclear power station going into meltdown?

Set in an alternate 2010s/2020s, floating nuclear power station are now common as they can provide power to any city it is docked at (think along the lines of this real world example. or this ...
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Would a denser atmosphere hold in more moisture even if the temperature was exactly that of Earth's surface temperature? (Atmospheric Density)

(My world's details) I have a super-earth world. The surface of the world is shallower due to extra gravity, so shorter mountain ranges and fewer ocean depths. The world orbits a binary star system at ...
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Is there a way to provide evidence that causality runs in both directions?

Suppose in our own world, it turns out that an event in the future is extremely likely to happen, despite it being extremely to happen were the universe purely random. Some may call it "fate", but I ...
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How would this super-earth world be? (Creature evolution)

I have a super-earth world. The surface of the world is shallower due to extra gravity, so shorter mountain ranges and less ocean depths. The world orbits a binary star system at a distance of the ...
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Which plant species would be most likely to recover after a decade of no light?

Presume a decade of darkness, after a several months of steadily shortening daylight. Assume that the temperature and weather patterns remain (inexplicably) fairly unchanged. Ten years later, when ...
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What is the ideal human atmosphere?

What would be an ideal atmosphere for humans? I have been searching to find out what we can breathe and cannot breathe. The percentages and mixes are lost on me. Could there be an atmosphere more ...
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Learning new physics from a superhero

Last week, a young woman came by my physics lab. She demonstrated the telekinetic ability to rotate things from a distance. We did some quick tests, but we couldn't find any previously known ...

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