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Growing organic tissue over a machine

In a short story I created, humanity encounters a sentient and consciousness messenger that is alien in nature and origin. Upon further examination, it turns out that there is organic tissue grown ...
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Of all methods of FTL travel (or as close as one can get to it), what would be the most feasible to have been invented in the next 100 years?

It's the late 2020's, and humanity has expressed an unprecedented and powerful renewal in the interest of space exploration. Sometime between then and the turn of the next century, a practical form of ...
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Game theory solution for HAM radio users during apocalypse [closed]

Premise Consider the cult classic scene of a zombie apocalypse where pockets of survivors are reconnecting over radio channels. One party claims to offer salvation, drawing in small groups of ...
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A plausable explanation of how life is created with digital DNA

I recently read that not only would a creatures digital DNA need to be stored but its mitochondria and microbiomes DNA needs to be stored. A previous questions answers mentions epigenetic structures, ...
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What conditions could make air guns more common than standard firearms?

I'm wondering what kind of conditions (planetary mostly, but cultural or other such fields could work as well) would promote the development and distribution of air or pneumatic weapons over regular ...
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Why would a dragon prefer to pilot a fighter plane?

In my medieval-fantasy world, there’s a secret civilization with modern technology. A “powerful” dragon accidentally came across them and they became good allies. The dragon was introduced to the ...
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Building Island in Pacific Ocean by pouring continuous lava

I'm thinking to build an island by pouring lava into the ocean, with the advanced technology, around 40 years later, by making a special pipe connected to the ground (maybe near volcano/es) since the ...
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A Medieval Industrial Revolution

Dwarves were a key component to the defeat of the Dark Lord, being the main source of ores and high quality weapons, having entered their own Industrial Revolution in the aftermath. The question I ...
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How does one write science fiction technology? [closed]

My main problem I have at the prospect of writing a science fiction book, as a genre, is not being able to wrap my head around how to invent and describe these somewhat plausible technologies. Granted ...
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How bright and lit up could cities be in the future?

Technology will obviously make lamps much brighter and with wholly new designs and functions like self-illuminating walls, surfaces and glowing objects. Genetic engineering could also create trees and ...
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Is it possible to build a catapult strong enough to launch a person to the moon?

Lets say the advanced civilization never discovered rockets and for whatever reason never will. Is it possible to create some kind of mechanical device to launch a 90kg person to the moon from earth? ...
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Global warming through waste heat?

Let's assume a world where humanity managed to stabilize the climate again and maybe even reversed the effects of the current climate change. (So that we can ignore the current global warming in this ...
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How would aliens abduct an entire nation of millions from a planet?

I am looking for as hard science answers as possible, but I am willing to bend some rules for a good answer. Assume they need to move 10 million 100 million people off of a planet what technology ...
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What do fairies wear and how can they evade detection by our cameras?

Set in the modern day; fairies are tennis ball sized humanoids with wings residing within the dense rainforest throughout the world. Local human populations consider them to be guardians protecting ...
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Can you make cheap steel without steam engines?

Could some method of producing cheap steel in bulk (like Bessemer) have been developed before steam engines? The Safehold series in which there is a religious prohibition on heat engines & ...
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How far would technology have progressed for a 100 person tribe with knowledge of current technology in 15 years?

In my world, approximately 100 humans with were stranded on a planet with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They all have at least high school education, but most of them do not have degrees. ...
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How might someone live for thousands of years?

A long time ago during the last ice age an early hunter gather human encounter an unknown entity (likely a alien) who granted him the power of immortality with him living at least up into the middle ...
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Malicious Infection Transmitted Across Outer Space

If an extraterrestrial race were to send a signal to earth containing a virus (technological or psychological), how could that signal then infect our technology and then be received by humans?
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In what ways could a society that has rejected guns continue to improve on the Crossbow?

I have this idea for an alternate universe where guns were... flat out rejected. Basically, while the powers that were recognized that guns were more powerful and had greater range, they were ...
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How could hackers cause mass destruction to major cities using existing satellites?

Set in the modern day, I was wondering about a possible scenario in which some hackers gain control of many satellites, probably including those specifically for defense purposes, in order to wreak ...
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Why don't ejectable fission reactors proliferate if meltdown is still a concern?

Set in the not-so-distant future, interplanetary travels are the norm. Most spaceships are powered by fission reactors, and accidents do happen due to negligence or flaws in the system. It will ...
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How to control a nanobot swarm

Say you somehow invented 50 thousand nanobots that are the size of medium sized bottle caps. Each are capable of hovering for a limited amount of time but do recharge with both solar energy and plug ...
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Which human-made monuments would still be standing thousands of years after an apocalyptic event? [duplicate]

It has been several thousand years since an apocalypse happened. The cause was some kind of explosion, be it nukes or a extinction-event meteor. Humans have persisted, as they do, and have effectively ...
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How fast could a medieval transportation cross a sea of honey?

Set in the medieval period around 16th century C.E., all the saline water turns into honey ( avg. viscosity is approximately 10000 centipoise at room temperature). How fast can the medieval people ...
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Way to prove you are human when the Turing test is not sufficient

In a story I am working on there are 5 AI on a space station of varying levels of social, image recognition and general intelligence. At least one is good enough to pass a Turing test and do image ...
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How would criminals escape detection in a society with ubiquitous surveillance?

Consider a heavily urbanized society with modern or near future technology with hybrid visual/infrared security cameras in all public areas and most stores, restaurants, office buildings, etc. These ...
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Ways to kill off characters on a spacecraft by freezing them to death? [closed]

Looking for ways to kill characters off while in space. The scenario has a group of people trapped in a section of a spaceship either during or just prior to landing on a planet. Particularly, are ...
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General characteristics of an “aircraft” for gas-planet atmospheres?

In the future gas giants, ice giants, mini neptunes and gas dwarfs have been colonised. The colonisers use either hot hydrogen or vacuum in rigid ballons to keep their cloud cities up in the endless ...
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How would one make a reactor harder to produce over time?

I have been asking myself this question recently. How would you make a reactor powering a powerful weapon harder to produce for each successive reactor being produced? My solutions currently would ...
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How can I create strong structures with a drone swarm?

Continuing from my previous questions about a swarm of millimetre-sized drones, I want them to be able to interlock or by some method form into strong functioning structures, like a gun or a baseball ...
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Primer (2004) - Does a time traveler's cell phone ring if both he and his other self exist at the same time?

In the movie Primer (2004), there are two main characters who travel back 24 hours in time using their time machine. When they arrive, both they and their past selves exist in this same town at the ...
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Would this drone structure work?

I had an idea for a swarm of tiny drones, the smallest being as small as fairy flies at 0.15mm long, that could form into shapes and structures, even mimic the shapes of living creatures. They would ...
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How long can the entire civilization be powered by converting all nuclear arsenal into commercial reactor fuel?

Imagine a miracle happened and all leaders decided to wind back the minute hand of the doomsday clock and passed a bill that can transform all kinds of nuclear weapons into fuel for power plants, ...
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What tech would aliens use to harvest/alter our star and why?

I'm trying to create a scenario where the local star is "quickly" (suddenly up to thousands of years) removed, dimmed with reduced output, destroyed (maybe), or otherwise fundamentally changed as to ...
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Feasibility of non lethal “x-ray” false-colour vision?

One of the powerful abilities of Superman is his ability to make several layers of opaque solid objects translucent to him and only him alone. What plausible future technology would allow us to see ...
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What are some mechanical ways to help propel a ship through a canal?

There is as a system of canals that connects a country, these canals are about 10 meters wide 15 meters deep. I am designing a ship that was built specifically to travel the canals. Its main purpose ...
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Are Alpha and Beta-Voltaics the solution to the energy storage problem in Scifi?

In Scifi there is often the issue that all the fancy technology like Mechas and Lasguns need a lot of energy. Chemical sources are limited by volumetric and regular power density. Batteries and ...
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Is an Earth-to-Moon missile technologically possible?

Given current capabilities, is it possible for a missile launched from the surface of the Earth to impact the surface of the Moon? I would imagine the same "rocket" used send stuff to the ISS could ...
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How to Subvert or Mind Control Human Worker Drones

Evil cyborgs, formerly humans, called the Overseers have set about building gargantuan megafactory arcologies that sprawl across the landscape. In order to keep the massive tangles of pipes and ...
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Can a biological system be used to power an android?

The purpose of this question is to know whether or not organic tissue can be used to power and android. Compared to a nuclear cell or an ordinary battery this doesn't seem efficient, it needs food, ...
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Cellphone that can cause a human to die [closed]

An evil cellphone factory distributed cellphone units that can cause instant death to a human. It was distributed to every adults in this world. The units will kill its owner by the ff reasons; The ...
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How can I explain a continent with extremely un-equal progress between its nations?

A long-running concept I have for my fantasy continent of Diggoran is its isolated and unequalized technological and industrial progress. By ''isolated progress'' I refer to the fact that Diggoran's ...
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Tongue Keyboard

It is fascinating (and perhaps a bit scary) anticipating the human-technology interface in the next hundred years or so based on the acceptance of mobile computers in recent years. Based on current ...
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Building an “animal punk” nation

With a group of friends, we are trying to build an RPG in a quite specific setup which I have a hard time to find elsewhere in order to get some inspiration/information. So what I mean by that is: a ...
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Is it necessary for spaceships to include reverse thrusters for deceleration in space?

Set in the not so distant future, space travel becomes commonplace but is limited within the heliosphere. I'm thinking since it is fuel efficient and more economical to use gravity assist to slow down ...
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Is this a plausible interstellar propulsion system?

Interstellar travel is hard and complicated, yet I want to have a plausible interstellar propulsion system for my setting. Rockets are out because of the rocket equation and the horrible top speeds ...
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Can korean bolt throwing cannons not be a dead end?

Alright, this will take some time to explain. There is historical context to my question. Over the course of the period of time from 16th century to the first half of 19th century, the European ...
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faster than light speed travel, but not too much faster

A friend of mine is writing a hard sci-fi novel about interstellar colonisation. He wants to use the real Earth and the surrounding stellar neighborhood. The plot requires that the initial voyages ...
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Urban design that counters shapeshifters?

Set in the present day Shanghai, China. Humans co-exist with another intelligent species with the ability to shapeshift at will, the shapeshifters like to morph into various objects (both animate and ...
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What is the most efficient way of mining energy from a flare star?

Set in the distant future, human is transitioning to a type 3 advanced civilization on a Kardashev scale in about a hundred years or two. We have nearly exhausted the energy from our Sun and several ...

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