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Can I have an otherwise High Medieval society, if they are in perpetual Bronze Age?

I may have been too ambitious with one property of my advanced Mesoamerican civilisation. The very summarised background (which you can take as given; don't frame challenge this) is that after a wise ...
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In a world where wood is scarce, what are the most important things you need wood for?

In most large civilizations on Earth, wood has been a fairly plentiful resource, so we've used it for all sorts of things: Houses, boats, carts, spears, arrows, bows, shields, barrels, firewood, paper ...
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How difficult would it be to make high-power energy weapons undetectable?

Take, if you will, a sci-fi setting in which power is cheap and handheld energy weapons (blasters, lasers, plasma rifles, that sorta thing) are common. In this setting is an isolated community ...
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Asteroid/comet deflection: Will a stream of nukes work?

Imagine you want to change the course of an asteroid quickly. You have huge resources at your disposal. What is the best way to move an asteroid quickly? Consider different compositions, chiefly solid ...
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Best use of money in new technologies for the common good [closed]

Joe Biden's "Endless Frontier Act" aims to power strategical advances in artificial intelligence and quantum technology through injection of 120 billion dollars in the American economy. Such ...
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Neural wireless link: Buy your personal hive mind for only 399!

Tired of having to sleep? Tired of having to die? Tired of having to age? Tired of being weak? Tired of being short? Tired of being male or female? Tired of being human? Tired of being made of flesh? ...
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Are electron particle beams effective against robots?

Electron particle beams are quite interesting weapons. What they shoot would look like a lightning bolt, and the beam keeps itself focused in an atmosphere. However the bremsstrahlung the weapons ...
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Could cars drive normally on the inside of an o'neil cylinder?

Say we had some type of four-wheeled vehicle on the inside of an O'Neil cylinder with roads. I imagine if it drove in the same direction as the spin, there would not be many problems. However, I am ...
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Inventions that could have come earlier [closed]

There are some technical ideas that could have been developed much earlier, changing the ancient or medieval world. A sterling example is the hot-air balloon. It was actually invented at the close of ...
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What would have been required for rockets to have dominated instead of cannons?

What would have been required for rockets to have dominated historically instead of cannons as the standard artillery weapon? There was enough of an overlap that this feels like it could have been ...
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What is the best way to explain a weapon that create a vacuum storm pillar?

I'd like to make an explanation for scientific phenomenon that has been use in this kind of technology without accidentally suggesting that the technologies in my world are advanced enough for space ...
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How Would Mathematics and Technology evolve in a world where people can teleport [closed]

I've already talked about this world in this How would criminals be punished in a world where everyone can teleport? Everyone in this world from the age of 5 can teleport to anywhere they have been ...
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How would a Mesolithic community go about building a permanent settlement?

Edit: I've gotten some answers now, but many of them use Neolithic settlements as examples. I wish I had the archaeological know-how to analyze these settlements' technologies and economies and ...
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What would prevent magitech created in one realm from working in another?

The world is broken up into seven realms: Australia, North America, South America, Antartica, Asia, Europe, and Africa. Each realm is populated by large numbers of people, and travel between realms is ...
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Would atomic level welding actually work? For any solid materials? [closed]

In some fiction, there's a welding technique where say, 2 pieces of metal are cut in a way that creates a perfect edge/surface, absolutely flat down to the atomic level, with no impurities or ...
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Could the Landkreuzer P. 1000 Ratte changed the outcome of WWII?

So, This is a VERY VERY BIG TANK. So big it crushes everything in its path (even the path itself). Assuming I lead Nazi Germany, I WILL deploy/create this tank. The issues of this tank are: (taken ...
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Desalination ice ships

This is mostly a mental exercise. Now that I've thought about it I feel a need to know what the issues are with this idea. I hope that's alright. You create a ship that is a floating surface ...
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Could someone reasonably clean off and return a child's toy retrieved from a radioactive fallout zone?

So... I've been playing a lot of the video game Subnautica lately, which put me in the mood for a "trying to cope with being marooned on an alien planet" sort of story; however, there's ...
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A big primitive computer in orbit, very big, powerfull but old technologies from 80's, what is a potential fiat money value for its use? [closed]

This question about economy of technological solution, there 800 of such on wb Was looking for materials for the answer to the question Semiconductor foundries are a thing of the past. Rebuild the ...
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Social Credit System in a Non-modern-technology Type World [duplicate]

Dystopian fiction is fun, but it often relies on futuristic/modern technology - such as cameras watching your every move - and various other devices that can track whatever you do. In a world where ...
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Black hole minefields

A civilization has developed black hole guns and Hawking Radiation stabilizers while warring with other civilizations in their stellar neighborhood. Currently, they can create black holes up to 1000 ...
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Galactic civilization vs super human infiltrators

A inter galactic civilization is at war with a less advanced civilization, but one with a highly unusual number of super individual. Not only was the invasion of their system unsuccessful, but soon ...
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Post-apocalyptic aircraft

I have a post-apocalyptic scenario, set in the ruins of an American metropolis with flooded streets. Boats are used most of the time, but aircrafts have advantages, for battle or if you have to get on ...
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How to prevent guns from working?

I'm writing a story where some agents are sent to a small town in the 80s and must work out what is going on there. However, there are no guns in the town and to prevent the agents from having an ...
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Pike and Shot with trains?

I would like to preface this by saying that English is not my first language so I ask that you excuse any grammatical errors. So could a setting conceivably have pike and shot military tactics, but ...
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How would you defend a package from magic Ninjas?

Without boring you with details, in my world, a government is try to protect a package from ninjas crossing over from another world. Technological Bases The technology in this government's world is ...
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How would a civilization protect a Dyson swarm from solar flares and coronal mass ejections?

This is the first of two questions. Same introduction. A civilization on Earth has just begun expanding with a Dyson swarm, which is a Dyson sphere but made with many satellites, to prevent structural ...
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How long would it take before a global research effort could replicate alien technology? [closed]

It's the distant future of 2000 and for several years a group of renegade aliens have been hiding out on Earth, which is treated by the more advanced races of the galaxy as a nature perserve. However ...
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How do you keep a medicine's effect isolated to a particular body tissue?

In my world, a newly independent Mars established incentives to draw in scientists, engineers, and academics. Brilliant people flocked in from around the solar system, to fill high-paying but very ...
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Range of radio with no ionosphere

Given a planet otherwise similar to Earth, but which has (for reasons outside the scope of this question) no ionosphere, what would be the effective range of radio communication? I understand radio ...
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If the sun stopped shining, could we survive? [duplicate]

As much as some people say that the sun is evil, it is a very important source of energy to us, so that if we concentrated 1% of the sun's power, we could power the whole world during 50 years. If the ...
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Natural door-furniture for wombat-poop architecture

Real life It is a biological fact that wombat faeces are approximately cube shaped. Wombat poop: Scientists reveal mystery behind cube-shaped droppings It is also the case that wombats tend to make ...
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Is my space combat system realistic?

The Basics There is no FTL. Most spacecraft use He3-De fusion Torchdrives, capable of performing sustained multi-gee burns. Most torchdrives can also use fuel that is delivered by accelerators ...
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Seeking good physical candidates for total collapse of the universe we live in

Bringing this question over from Physics SE where it was closed: I'm looking for an 'as close to our understanding of current physics' doomsday scenario that results from something about the physics ...
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Technological development of an electricity producing species? (renaissance era)

I have some intelligent dragons that can discharge electricity.(Lets assume they can somehow release this electricity through contact with an object/animal when outside the water, as air is of course ...
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Given IRL technological advancements, what's the earliest someone could plausibly invent commercially viable desalination technology?

Various methods of desalination (turning salty seawater into drinkable freshwater) have existed for a long time. Thermal desalination is perhaps the simplest method of doing so; heat up the seawater ...
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What are limitations to 3D printing in the near future?

Extrapolating ~10-20 years from our current technology, what are some limitations with 3-D printing? Is the ability to print any type of matter in reach, or are there some fundamental issues that ...
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What kind of rock would be ideal for building a cistern? [closed]

You are forced to build cisterns on a large scale to save rainwater. You can only use hand tools. There is no electricity and no power tools. What rock are you looking for to hew the cistern out of ...
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Is it possible to create an alternate reality through intercepting neurons and creating artificial neuron signals like in SAO (Sword Art Online)

I have been thinking a lot about creating an Alternate Reality that would essentially allow you to experience similar or as close as possible sensations as if in real life, and I really need some help ...
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A group of 100,000 modern humans is warped to Earth-like planet with NO EQUIPMENT, how advanced could they be in 100 years? [closed]

Even if they have modern knowledge, how much of that is applicable with no equipment as they would have to build everything from scratch? Like, would they be able to figure out basic metallurgy (even ...
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How would an expedition from Victorian England scale a large mountain range? [closed]

Suppose it is Victorian England, and an expedition is being sent to a new region. This expedition is tasked with creating a settlement once it gets there in order to build up trading and presence in ...
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Could you fly airplanes on Jupiter?

Perhaps you've flown in a plane on an especially cloudy day when all you can see are clouds beneath and above you. It's a beautiful sight, strata'd white all around. So what if the plane were flying ...
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The ultimate far-future fortress [closed]

In the year 4000, a single gigantic government authority controls the world. In the dystopian capital mega-city of "X" lies their core center of activity, where the highest of ranking ...
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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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Plausible Premise? Reasons to leave a village by young person in post apoc post plague village system world

I'm in the process of writing a story (just for fun with my son) that takes place somewhere around 80-100 years after an end-of-the-world event. Right now, that event is some type of plague, but that ...
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Recoilless Rifles vs Bazookas against non Mechanical Targets

I need a weapon that is shoulder fired that can deal with heavy monsters such as a minotaur and the likes, but light enough so that the user can carry at least another small arm without to much hassle....
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How do I stop my near future city state from flying past a certain height and distance or sending up sats, but keep radio communications intact [closed]

A near future large city state is surrounded by a far more massive forest that is semi sentient. How do I stop them from sending up satellites, or sending up weather balloons high enough so that they ...
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Kinetic energy reflection

I've had in mind for a while now a device that could reflect kinetic energy back onto an instigating surface. For example, a blade-like version of this device is planted in the ground in front of an ...
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Playing nicely with a solar death ray

What: I've been toying with the Dyson-swarm concept for a while, and specifically a tale about how it might be built. Let's say that it's Australia who build it, being a reasonably developed group ...
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How can technological advances in green energy be less efficient in mana extraction?

A war-mage named Alexander Oluchenko Cornelius has aspirations for ruling the multiverse, invading world after world to conquer territory and expand his empire. The technology of this vast army is ...

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