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What would happen if a modern model city was found in a fantasy world?

Now to clarify, when I say a modern model city, I don't mean simply getting New York and plonking it somewhere on fantasy land #27544. I mean a city specifically designed for the purpose of being ...
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How would a world where electronics are organically based differ from ours? [closed]

I'm building a Retrofuture space fantasy setting. Some relevant information on that can be found here... One of the core aspects to me of the retro sci-fi aesthetic is its hardware focused nature. I ...
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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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Gunpowder in the 15th-16th century [duplicate]

If smokeless powder was already invented then and machines to help make rimfire cartridges, could a sub/light machine gun be invented?
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How can I explain mind control without using magic?

Mind control is a favourite tool of science fiction writers, it allows us to make certain characters do things that they would normally never do without the hassle of explanation. But hard science ...
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There are diamonds 10 times tougher than ceramics, approaching some aluminum alloys toughness, are these diamonds useful as an armor? [duplicate]

According to this paper if diamonds are doped with some boron and nitrogen it will gain enormous toughness while retaining the superhardness characteristic of diamonds. This diamonds reach toughness ...
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How can ruler support the invention of useful things?

Good rulers support invention of useful things. But this question has two sides. Support of invention Prevention of fake inventing Basis: Many inventions arise as side-effects of searching for ...
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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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How might you detect a “life sign”?

It's a common trope in science-fiction: "scanning for life signs". A few taps on the screen, and you get an instant population count, often with the ability to distinguish species, and even personal ...
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How to compromise block chain force shield? [closed]

Set in the distant future, a notorious terrorist group infamously known as "51 Crew" is planning an ambush near the orbit of Thebe, Jovian moon. In the next few hours an armoured shuttle holding a ...
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Could a pump jet be made in the 15th-16th century? [closed]

With the knowledge required, could the pump jet be created for use in ships in the given timeline? If not, what other forms of engines can be made in said timeline that can power ships without the use ...
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Ancient Egypt - Primitive Blockchain Technology

Premise The goal is to implement a bronze age version of blockchain in ancient Egypt to introduce a layer of security for the royal tombs. Tomb raiding was rampant, and at times even the legitimate ...
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Can a one-dimensional blade cut everything ? (chainsaw) (Sword)

I was thinking in a character who has a...kind of Steam powered Chainsaw, and a sword, what make them special is because the blades of the chainsaw are one-dimensional, same with the sword, they are ...
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Antimatter internal combustion engine

I have an idea for an extremely crackpot engine design for a future society I may incorporate into my story. What would happen is individual antihydrogen molecules injected into the center of carbon ...
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Glass rot - could we survive it?

In the near future on our own planet of Earth, an odd plague has descended from space. It affects glass. Any glass whether natural or man-made turns into powder. The chemical elements are the same, ...
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What benefits would translucent full body armour do for immortal beings? [closed]

Set in present day Egypt, a race of immortal humanoid beings were seen with a translucent body armour covering from head to toe. They come in peace and harbour no ill intents, that said their kind of ...
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Is there any advantage to have A.I. being able to experience loneliness?

Let get this straight being lonely is different from solitude, human is arguably one of the most successful animals ever to walk on two. The secret lies in social interaction, the early humans hunt in ...
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How to prevent self-modifying A.I. from removing the “kill switch” itself without human interference?

All A.I. comes with a built-in safety mechanism that prevent their kind from ever doing harm to a human or humanity, it is the last straw should they pose any real threat to our safety. A century or ...
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Humans have energy, but not water. What happens? [closed]

Suppose that through a "hand-wavium" genetic engineering coupled with nanotechnology the humanity was able to develop a body battery. How does this work? It provides enough energy for the human body....
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How do spaceships determine each other's mass in space?

Set in the distant future, space travel becomes prominent and cheap. I can imagine each spaceship would have a multitude array of sensors to track distance and relative position in space. Is there a ...
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In the late 1940’s to early 1950’s what technology was available that could melt a LOT of ice?

In my story I’ve devised lore where Greenland becomes a US territory, and they begin populating the region. It initially just served as the hub for numerous military bases and airbases, but eventually ...
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Could another species overtake us technologically? [closed]

Is it possible for another of Earth's species to catch up and overtake us technologically over the next million years or so? Assuming we survive that long as a species and our technology stagnates ...
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Tactics for society with indestructible material

I'm thinking of creating a society with an indestructible material at its disposal, with molecular bonds impossible to break once it has been synthesized and cast. How would a society using this ...
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Regenerating Fuel Cell

I'm working on a powered exoskeleton design for my universe and I had an idea about how to power it. It works in this cycle: Water enters an electrolyzer powered by a massive betavoltaic battery ...
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Logistics of a hovering watercraft in a fantasy setting

So in my fantasy world, there exists a substance that (when applied to the surface of an object) repels water in the same way a very strong magnet would. This allows boats to hover above the surface ...
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Unearthing a landfill 50-100 years later [closed]

I am working on a post-apocalyptic world with relatively advanced small-scale militaries. In what ways are landfills useful as sources of rare earth metals, glass, or other materials? Edit: Mostly ...
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How would one optimize conventional modern weapons for fighting robots [closed]

Pretty straight forward What kind of conventional firearms would be best for fighting armored and unarmored robots. Is any particular round effective at destroying electrical components or motors? ...
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What would limit the size of a sail-powered sea cargo ship using modern (or near future) technologies, and how big could we go?

Fossil-fuel-powered shipping is obviously much better than old-school sail-powered ships for moving cargo around. But if winds were predictable, fossil fuels rare and solar/nuclear power not an option ...
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How long will our technology last?

Say there's some sort of apocalypse. A few hundred years from now, the ruins of our civilization will still be standing, but what about our technology? Obviously computers, robots and complex vehicles ...
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What ways are there to keep a steady altitude with large fluctuations regarding load?

Setting: In my world I've introduced some science-defying material. I use it to grant the ability of flight to airships that are less Hindenburg-y and more ship-y. They are not literally ships that ...
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If bulletproof clothes become commonplace, how would law enforcement keep peace and order?

I'm currently writing a techno-thriller as a hobby, set in the modern world. Some scientists managed to create a mix of kevlar and carbon nano-tubes that can be bonded with regular textiles and ...
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Can a high power EMP generator keeps killer robots at bay?

Set in the near future, thousands of killer robots resemble those featured in the terminator film, I'm referring to the 800 series model are now marching in as we speaks. I am a sole survivor on a ...
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Could a technologically advanced civilization be possible without digital computers?

I've noted an interesting trend in Netflix, specially on Sci-Fi and hero series. The worlds often have these aesthetic characteristics: Computers are rare, very big or non existing Phones, but ...
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which problem can be solved by virtual world technology [closed]

can we use this technology to do scientific experiments(example : making The Large Hadron Collider, New medicines's reactions against virus and bacteria.) maybe you can make the argument that the ...
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I have two cellphones that are exactly the same, SIM card and all, and I make a call on one of them. What happens?

Say I had a cellphone, let's call it cellphone A, and made a perfect copy of it - SIM card and all - and let's call this one cellphone B. If I were to call someone on cellphone A, what exactly would ...
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In a post-apocalypse world, with no power and few survivors, would Satnav still work?

Assuming: there was no power, so there was no web/internet you had a mobile phone (one of the smart ones, not a basic one) powered by solar the phone had maps downloaded on to its memory card (so you ...
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Can there be a long-range railway system without industrialisation?

Consider a civilization with pre-industrial, possibly even pre-gunpowder technology, but the economic incentive to have continent-spanning railway tracks. Would it be possible for them to build those ...
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Could a Civil War tech society reverse engineer modern weapons/vehicles?

This is a continuation of my other question How does a mid-19 century military combat a modernized one? So, let’s say our USCA was able to destroy those damn meddling Bunkerites once and for all. ...
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How to transport 10,000 terrestrial trolls across ocean fast?

Trolls are about 30 meters tall on average and can weigh anything between 100 to 200 short tons at sea level. They can only be found to inhabit an island somewhere in the Pacific ocean and are in ...
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What would a steam locomotive look like if steam power became yet again the main type used in rail transportation?

Assume in the very near future almost all rail transportation would return to steam-powered locomotives. To define it exactly, I mean solid fuel is burned inside the locomotive, which boils water, ...
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How do mermaids map ocean currents?

Humans lay road to gain fast access to distant places until aeroplane is invented, I would presume the mermaids living underwater can make use of the strong water current to get around the ocean ...
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Alternate aircraft configurations - would any of them be valid substitutes for conventional tailplanes?

So I'm incubating a few alternate histories in my head. Many of them will butterfly away the Wright Brothers and many other familiar parts of history, and at least one has aircraft development as a ...
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How can merfolks stream video in a way much similar to our WiFi but underwater?

Right now merfolks are totally envious of us watching a live stream video of cat(fight) via WiFi or satellite internet, ok ok I get it's not the speed but its latency... Urrrr. Nevermind that I ...
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What was the range of Greek Fire? [closed]

As stated above, what was the range of this Byzantine superweapon and could it be modified to increase its range? If so, how would the Byzantines have done it?
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How could someone calculate all potential outcomes of an action?

In my universe, some individuals possess the capacity to assess all outcomes for an action. As you can imagine, this is very useful. The only way I can think of a plausible way to make that happen is ...
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Is there a technology capable of disabling the whole of Earth's satellitle network?

Machine-based communication (and navigation) relies extensively on satellites. In the future, with the massification of 5G, more and more reliance will be put on satellites (e.g. the Internet of ...
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Gadget: Insect wings

(Related to Human Dragonfly wings) Context The mutant thread is back. For more context, see my previous questions. One of my character is a "subtle" mutant (no outward sign) that has an affinity ...
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1800's gatling gun as aircraft gun [closed]

I understand that by ww1 lmg's were already made and was far superior than the 18th century gatling but as stated above, if an 1800's gatling gun was to be mounted on a ww1 fighter for use in both ...
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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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Highest Possible Level of Development (HPLD) examples of cultures and motivations

What motivations would citizens of an ultra-high technology society plausibly have besides boredom? How would lower tech beings meaningfully interact with them? Here are some examples that pop-up in ...