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How could a simple submarine be built using 100 BC technology?

I have some ideas, but I'd like my fictional Roman (100BC) General Mikey (ha) to build a submarine(s). This should be able to navigate in lakes and calm shores of the Mediterranean, succeed in ...
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How to navigate without magnetism?

Suppose a team of explorers touched down on an Earth-like planet which do not generate its own magnetic field and there are always a thick layer of cloud covering the sky at all time. My question is ...
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Camouflaging a mech

With modern technology, targeting equipment has become very good in its ability to pick out a target and lock onto it, thereby reducing the viability of traditional camouflage. In a world of mechs, ...
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Achieving orbit in Medival age

Can people living in the Medieval age put anything into orbit? if this question is too difficult then what about setting altitude records with man-made object in the stratosphere?
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Live-fire mech sports

In this world, mechs (think MechWarrior) have been developed and have become formidable fighting machines. They are capable of dominating the battlefield and can carry multiple heavy weapons into war. ...
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The viability of frontline infantry mechs [duplicate]

The mechs that have been developed are 40 tons and 5 meters tall at the smallest and can reach to 250 tons and 25 meters tall at the biggest. They are mostly capable of carrying large weapon systems ...
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Ready to colonize Mars? [closed]

I recently read an article on why humans can't get to Mars and begin to build colonies. In a quick summary, we can't get to Mars because: People wouldn't be able to stay mentally sane. In closed ...
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Making the Marauder's Map: Can I make a map that changes?

Those familiar with the Harry Potter series may be familiar with the Marauder's Map, a map that allows the holder to see where people are at any given time. It displays a person as a set of footprints ...
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Sudden enrichment of heavier elements and its impact to medieval/renaissance society

Disclaimer Building from this question, and both of this answer by John_H, and this by Samuel, I'm going to compose a new question quite related yet not quite similar. Background So we have a world ...
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How fast could a climatic change forced by a civilization happen?

A Civilization with semi advanced Technology should be able to start climatic changes on a earth like Planet (same land mass to water surface ratio). What would the fastest way be and How? Some ...
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What would be a mechanism to explain tech failure as a result of new magic in the world?

As a more detailed follow up question to my earlier one ( Which types of firearms would be damaged or broken by a global change in combustion intensity? ) There is new magic entering the world(...
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Where are all the bodies?

In my near (+200 years) future world teleportation has been invented and is now in common use especially for off-world travelling, but it works by creating a perfect copy of the travelling human ...
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Can I trigger an “ancient device” to start the process of terraforming Mars?

Let's say that an advanced civilisation once existed on Mars millions of years ago at a time when water existed in liquid form and that life was abundant on the planet. (Say this civilisation is a ...
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Which types of firearms would be damaged or broken by a global change in combustion intensity?

I'm wondering what types of firearms would be impacted if explosives and combustion in general were to have a random chance of being more potent or less potent. Could new firearms and/or ammunition be ...
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Technology using only biomaterials

Could primitive human like species evolve into highly advanced race only using bio materials (other than wood) during their advancement (instead of other tools as early humans developed from iron, ...
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What would happen to an urban fantasy Earth hit with a supernatural, planet-sized EMP?

Assuming a modern urban fantasy setting (thus, the world is "ours" in the present time, with the known continents, cities, technology, and general environment), what would happen if a supernatural EMP-...
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A World that spans into all directions

I have an infinite world that spans out every direction, and expanding is going on a lot and unless a country is sealed off by another, resources are infinite. My only question is a yes or no ...
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Virtual Reality Arcades to end the world - societal impacts

With the release of the Microsoft Hololens and the Oculus Rift and other VR related gear, it is becoming evident that this is the future of computing. My story, set on Earth in the future, takes the ...
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All data has gone [closed]

Something just happend to our universe: all data storage on our devices disappeared (mobile, computer, server, camera, pen drive, HD, CD, magnetic disk and any other device). Our physical networks are ...
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How to bootstrap technological development from one man in the forest, to building a spaceship? [closed]

The last human alive is on the Antarctic continent and needs to find a way to leave the planet before Earth becomes unsustainable for life. (He would look for a planet orbiting a younger star. That ...
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Are magic and technology compatible [closed]

Scenario I have two countries: one has a heavy reliance on technology and the other on magic. They have been fighting for a long time and see the opposing affinity to magic/technology as evil. Now ...
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New York to Los Angeles using no fuel

In my very lengthy story in the near future, there are some great 'Modern Marvels'. The next one I'm going to introduce might not be feasible, but if it is, I'd like to attach some numbers to it. ...
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How would a repressive world regime forcibly regress communications technology to mid-twentieth century level?

I am interested in the actual physical steps such a regime would take, e.g. cutting the submarine telecommunications cables. How might such a regime destroy the mobile phone network? What would it ...
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Times Square glitched out [closed]

The Situation: In Times Square, hundreds of thousands of people are milling around. Everyone was moving past the newly installed high-def screens during a "Good Morning America" broadcast. Meanwhile, ...
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What would the average tech level be for the common folk in a space empire?

In Star Gate, the Ori are notorious for keeping the tech level of their planetary subjects at or under medieval tech levels. It has been said (still looking for the exact source) that if everyone ...
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What will happen if very dangerous technology becomes cheaply available?

Suppose in the future there emerge some technologies that are very dangerous and cheap. One example is a technology that allows people to release a lot of energy at once; it emerges as a result of ...
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Shielding system that blocks projectiles based on speed on wet navy ships

So right now I am thinking about a shielding system that would be added to a 20 minutes into the future scenario on naval ships. This shielding system would allow objects moving slower than 400 km/h ...
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How feasible is it to expect a major breakthrough that allows us sci-fi space travel (and related tech)?

After reading hours on here, I stumbled upon alot of answers that rely on some major changes in our understanding of space and time and its tech to allow us control antimatter or some future thrusters....
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In a world without electricity, can we still go to space?

A weird question. But let me define "a world without electricity": It's not that we haven't discovered electricity. But rather, electricity doesn't work anymore. Nothing conducts electricity. ...
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How fuel-efficient are airships?

I'm putting together a steampunk novel, and I'm trying to plot out the course the main characters are taking. Let's say I have a small airship, meant for a crew of half a dozen to a dozen. Let's say ...
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What would the world be like after 10,000 years if we all suddenly disappeared?

My story involves everyone in the year 2015 suddenly disappearing. What would visitors to Earth find if they arrived in the year 12015, or 10,000 years after we all disappeared? Assume none of our ...
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What are the possible evolutionary changes humans will undergo in future? [closed]

Owing to the ever changing environment will humans evolve to better adapt or will they rather use technology to do it for them? Which option is better?
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What if time travel had to take into account spatial distance?

In this setting, humanity has advanced to the technological capability of extra stellar travel via faster-than-light drives. However, due to distances between inhabited areas being extremely large, ...
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What would be life living in an underground magma bubble city?

Let's say, we've surpassed all tolerances of population. But, mega-corporations found a creative way to solve the problem. They dug into the Earth to build bubble cities in magma. They have access to (...
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Is “Time Travel” to the future currently possible?

I was wondering if there is a realistic way that one can "travel" to the future, using today's technology. Two scenarios I have thought of: An individual is put under cryogenic freezing and then put ...
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Howtos and ramifications of regulating technology advancement locally in a futuristic setting

I am writing a soft science fiction set hundreds of years into the future, with Terrans ruling the known universe, establishing a number of vast interstellar empires, science and technology advancing ...
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How important is fire? [closed]

Fire (or the ability to create it) is often cited as the spark of civilization, it is so revered that its inventors are legendary figures in mythology. Practically speaking, fire can: Keep you warm, ...
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How would I relay information on a screen to echo-location utilizing sentients?

Since they don't use sight to relay information to their brains, how would information on a computer screen be displayed in a meaningful manner? Would this hinder the advance of my civilization? EDIT:...
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How to fight the orwellian machines?

We are in a not too distant future. The current trends of computerizing and automating more and more decisions, including military decisions, of more and more surveillance (both state and private ...
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MacGyver's infrared goggles

Suppose Clemont the spy is in a large metropolis in the modern day, northeastern United States. He wants to get through the security of a specific building, but much of his gear has been lost, stolen, ...
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An exotic yet portable powersource

For my current setting, there will be super robots of ludicrous proportions strutting about as though they own the place (which in all honesty they actually do). So, being so nonsensically powerful, ...
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Technology without heavier elements

The theory of Late Heavy Bombardment says that approximately 4 billions of years ago, something disturbed the orbits of asteroids in the Kuiper belt, which caused extremely heavy bombardment of Earth ...
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Picking a biometric lock

Suppose there's a vault secured with a numeric code and a biometric sensor. What technologies and methods could be used to open the vault if a character isn't registered on the system? Here are a few ...
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Long-abandoned, yet still working ancient technology

A staple of both fantasy and science fiction literature is the long-vanished Ancients, who left nothing but their buildings (or devices) behind. Somehow, these (usually) decrepit structures still ...
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Securing information with cognitive disappearance

After being told about hemianopsia (visual neglect) in an answer to another question, I started wondering if I could apply the same idea to artificial applications, such as securing information or ...
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Internet without space

Suppose mankind never developed spaceflight, which precludes any form of space-based stations or satellites. How could a single global Internet be achievable as we know it today? What technologies ...
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How would access to teleportation affect politics? [closed]

Imagine a society where the elite could travel via expensive, but commonly available portals. Transportation is now instant for those with money. How would this affect politics?
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How would a tiny robot see?

We have a tiny robot, insect like, barely five millimetres long, but with an almost perfect AI. The sensory input consists on an array of chemoreceptors, vibrissae, and cameras. It can fly through air ...
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Humanity growing and spreading like a relentless plague

For the longest time growing up with Peak Oil and other such dire predictions, I assumed humanity had just about peaked, in terms of industrial-technological might and capacity to influence its ...
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Could a third of the world's population be on another planet in 100 years?

With the technologies that we have got, is it possible to completely migrate 1/3rd of the world's population to another planet which has characteristics similar to those of earth ? Possibly it will ...