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Are there advantages to using a quad-treaded/split tracked system for a vehicle?

All real military ground vehicles use a continuous caterpillar track or tank tread, but quad-treads/split tracks are often seen in sci-fi, with their futuristic tanks and settings. (Halo scorpion, C&...
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How could a small group pre-apocalyptic people prevent the breakdown of an advanced nuclear-based power source generations later?

I've been toying with the idea of a world that was once hyper-technological, where body modification and nanotech-based body modifications were the norm such that society practically couldn't function ...
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How could you disable a chip within your own brain?

Let's say that we all have digital chips implanted into us as babies which are embedded deep into our nervous system and hooked into our senses- short of surgery, which isn't an option in this world, ...
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What are plausible faster than light methods for a far advanced civilization that aren't a warp drive

Hopefully the title sums it up well, but I'm looking for potential faster than light travel (hoping for real or pseudo-real science here, as much as possible) that doesn't involve a warp drive, which ...
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In a Gunpowder Fantasy world, would shorter/taller races be able to use muskets just as effectively as a Human?

I just recently started my first proper worldbuilding project and I've encountered an issue. Most of the races in my world are pretty standard height, but some of them are pretty short or even very ...
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Realistic Top-Speed for a circumplanetary Mass-Driver

Mass drivers for launching cargo or spacecraft can be improved in two ways. Either one increases acceleration (which the wetware can't handle so well) or one increases the length of the mass driver. ...
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Just how big of an advantage would an army with bronze weapons & armor have over another more primitive army armed with stone & bone made weapons?

The reason I'm asking is because I'm building a fantasy world where iron/steel is exceptionally poor and the materials necessary for bronze (copper, tin...etc) are super abundant and readily available ...
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Possibility of Using Quantum Teleportation Technology To Give People Telepathy

After reading about physicists achieving 'teleportation'of subatomic particles using quantum teleportation. It made me consider having a story where a technology advanced, futuristic society using ...
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Hypothetically or Theorethically can ancient to medieval periods technology make non biodegradable plastic bag?

To make it clear, I mean the period or timeline, so this include the entirety of the world during up to 1500, not just specifically the technology of ancient/medieval Europe, ancient/medieval Japan, ...
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Could you run a CPU at a much higher speed, as a disposable item?

I have a magitech system where instantaneous processing power is much more important than long term processing power. In my world, magic is cast by using compute power to communicate with a ...
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Is it possible for the tribe to ignore useful technology?

I'm worlbuilding a low fantasy inspired by the dark ages something like 6th to 9th century in our world. The geography is completely different with one supercontinent containing almost all the ...
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Using physics - How can a character fly

I am writing a story in which the characters have some power over the physical world - literally able to transform their knowledge of physics into powers. I am trying to determine a good way for them ...
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how could an alien species with modern technology communicate at long distances when their language is made up of sign language?

Let's say that these aliens have recently sent up a manned satellite into their orbit. Let's say these aliens mainly speak through sign language. How will these alien astronauts communicate with those ...
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Is it possible to make a catapult with bronze & wood instead of iron/steel & wood?

I've read that Roman catapult were made out of iron and I was wondering if it was possible to replace that iron with bronze instead. In a world where bronze is readily available, copper and tin..etc ...
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Could firearms realistically have RFID reader built into them so they could be tracked?

Firearms on their interior are very lacking in space, and putting an RFID reader on the exterior takes up the space that could be used by attachments like a CornerShot or vertical foregrip. It would ...
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Measuring weight before the invention of scales [closed]

Background Let us go back to 3000 BC. Assume that scales have not yet been invented for measuring weights. (if they have, then please choose a time and/or place where they haven't) For the purposes ...
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What would it take to make a “true” universal translator? [duplicate]

In Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy I know you put the Babel Fish in your ear and it telepathically translates any language, and the one from Star Trek could translate languages that the Federation ...
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Aliens took out our satellites, what military technology stops working or impacted to be almost useless?

Aliens arrive today (2020) and are not completely peaceful. The aliens destroy all Earth satellites instantly. So that means a lot of the more advanced military technology like guided missiles and ...
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In a world with a single operating system, how can we avoid user tracking?

This is a world where all devices run on the same OS and which requires a unique login of everyone using the device. That is, each person has a single account and all devices log in with the same user ...
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Could Atlanteans harvest energy from brine pools or convert them into dump sites?

Imagine there is a race of highly intelligent merfolk - let's call them Atlanteans. Both the mussels and the Atlanteans lived together amicably around brine pools. The brine pools, found about 200 ...
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What color dyes would be available to the average person in a medieval world?

I am a farmer or perhaps a slightly successful merchant in a medieval world. What types of clothes dye would be available to me? Purple is often discussed but would only be available to the wealthy, ...
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Is the concept of a biometric smart gun that will detonate when anyone besides its owner touches the weapon unrealistic?

This is basically an extension of the idea of the smart gun, a gun that will only fire when in the hands of its biometrically linked owner, but two steps up. The idea is that someone won't dare to ...
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Feasibility of sourcing fuel from air

Is it feasible to modify a combustion engine to source fuel from air and oxidizer from a tank, in an atmosphere that has significant amount of flammable fluids, such as one found in Titan? If so, can ...
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How do 3D manuver gear works? [closed]

After watching an anime, Attack on Titan I became annoyed by the devices used by those scouts tasked to protect civilians and the tall walls against the giants. I wonder how strong are these cables ...
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Is it possible to build a catapult strong enough to launch a person to the moon? [closed]

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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Should my mechs have an artillery gun installed onto their back? [closed]

I’ve decided to add mechs into my world to act as a force multiplication unit as well as an anti-[zombie] horde asset. Yes, I know that mechs are unrealistic and impractical at best but I just want to ...
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What (modern) weapons could be used to destroy skeletal enemies as completely as possible?

As per the cliché, after getting hit by a truck, our protagonist finds herself in a 'swords and sorcery' fantasy world. Also as per the cliché, she is granted an overpowered ability to make her new ...
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Can FTL travel be achieved with mid-20th century technology? [closed]

Let's say that the FTL system is based upon that of Star Trek, but deviations can be made. FTL technology was discovered through the reverse-engineering of a starship that crashed on the civilization'...
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A method to cause maximum pain to a human

I am currently searching for a new execution method to be used in my fictional psychotic dictatorship. After introducing methods such as decompression, boiling, surgical torture (being dissected alive ...
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What era would find today's technology overwhemling? [closed]

(note I believe this is not a duplicate of Would relatively primitive people really confuse technology with magic? - that person's question is if there were precedent for primitive people finding ...
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Computer that lasts for centuries?

So, somewhere around one hundred years from now, a terrible - and unexpected - disaster strikes Earth, most of humanity dies off, yadda yadda yadda. Luckily, secret-lab-dwelling scientists had ...
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How would travel classes be delimited in a world where teleportation is omnipresent?

The year is [Random number between 2100 and 3000], and Earth is now covered in a tight network of teleporters that have replaced all other modes of planetary travel. Only those wishing to travel to ...
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Use of infrasonic waves as vehicle security measures

Is the use of infrasonic waves possible in the same way ultrasonic waves are used in vehicle sensors? It would have more benefits. For example, infrasound travels for longer distances, and thus it can ...
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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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A Modern Knight [closed]

I am an eccentric billionaire with a strong preference for all things medieval. However, my company happens to produce state-of-the-art modern military technology. Fascinated by stories portraying ...
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Which knowledge would persevere in this post-apocalyptic world?

First of all: sorry for my english. I'm writing a post-apocalyptic book and I got some simple questions before I can finish shapping its world. In my fiction, the world fell apart (doesn't matter why),...
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Why would spaceships still have acrylic/glass windows when force fields are cheap and reliable?

Force field technology has come a long way. The latest energy-efficient engines can guarantee stable energy output in any situation, making force fields extremely reliable and very cost effective ...
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Could an obligate relationship between a sapient species, and a species with appendages for manipulating its environment evolve?

I was thinking of a situation, in which there are two species, one with similar intelligence to humans, but no appendage for manipulating the world around it, and another species that is not sapient, ...
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What essential operation had to be run on autopilot in a manned combat powered armour?

In the near future, the military deploys hundred of thousands of combat ready powered armours for peace keeping purpose around the world, they carry heavy weapons and an array of sophisticated sensors ...
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What technological improvements need to be made to gyrojets in order for them to be militarily effective?

Gyrojets are weapons that fire rocket propelled darts,they are lightweight, they have low recoil, are very silent, and at long ranges have extremely high velocity. They however are highly inaccurate, ...
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What explosive mines discriminate against hovercraft?

Tech level is post WW2 era. Hovercraft is often loaded with tons of explosives which is then set off within the proximity of an enemy vehicle or infrastructure, they can cover a large distance in a ...
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A Good Gift for a Medieval Worker? [closed]

I'm a time traveller, and on my last trip back to the 1300s I befriended several of the locals. One is a fairly wealthy farmer, and the other is the village blacksmith. Now, since they helped me when ...
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Could the use of von Neumann probes by some precursor be a possible solution to the Great Filter? [closed]

I was thinking about including von Neumann probes as the Great Filter in my setting where humanity discovers that there are planets all over the place that have been turned into hollow bodies, ...
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How would a desert civilization develop their battlesuits and powered armors efficiently?

I had did one for a jungle civilization How would a jungle dwelling civilization utilize powered armor efficiently? , so I decided to do another one, but this one for desert dwellers. Since desert ...
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How do you send out SOS in space if there is no absolute coordinate?

Imagine your spaceship encountered a gravitational anomaly and discovered that you are lost in space, your computer tells you that you are still inside the Milky Way galaxy but it cannot find the ...
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How to cross a metallic sea?

Suppose human explorers came across a terrestrial planet hospitable for life, but with more than 70% of its surface covered by gallium. When temperatures rises in the day it will form an ocean of ...
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How to create a volcano?

In the near future, humanity as a whole decides they need a new volcano at unspecified location X. The bigger, the better, short of a cataclysmic world-ending scenario. The reason behind this desire ...
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Why would the Federation ban escape pods that come with manual override?

The year is 2216 C.E., humanity develops an economic solution to travel to the Alpha Centauri A, our closest star system, in a matter of decades. Despite mankind's technological prowess our species is ...
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Can I get some help making my area denial non-lethal grenade realistic and scientifically sound?

I've come up with a haphazard design for grenades that coat their surroundings with slippery polytetrafluoroethylene when they explode, the purpose being an area denial weapon. If someone is chasing ...
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Earth loses its sun as is sent hurtling through space in darkness. How do humans survive for the next 1,000 years? [duplicate]

Let's say, whether for magical or scientific reasons, Earth and the moon are separated from their star, the Sun, and are sent hurtling through space. Ignoring the reasons for such an event, how could ...

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