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Could a photonic engine actually work?

I have a very specific aesthetic in mind for my science-fantasy setting, technology is largely pneumatipunk supplemented with weired phonotic devices;for "reason" there are few electrical devices in ...
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Consequences of Earth-like planet with denser atmosphere

Assumptions - atmospheric pressure is 3 atm, but partial pressure of oxygen is comparable to earth, the rest is mostly nitrogen. Planet is tidally locked and insignificantly heavier. (for simplicity ...
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Microfilaments on wheels would save fuel?

Background: In the game Starcraft 2, the zerg land-based units have some microfillaments on their legs. Here is the info. The microfilaments allow the units to move faster than normal when over the ...
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Why would alien vehicles be tripods?

In The War of the Worlds the Martian fighting machines are tripods. Aliens are also moving around in tripods also in The Tripods. Let's assume that there are good reasons to build legged vehicles to ...
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Mechanically correct rotorcraft aerial ship

I am taking a page from the Anatomically Correct Series here. But instead of a living organism, I'd like to ask about a special kind of vessel. I like ships. They are big and confortable. They have ...
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A radar-invisible stealth car?

It's common knowledge that one of the things that makes stealth aircraft so stealthy is that the body is covered in a skin of special material that interferes with radar. Would it be theoretically ...
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Monolithic vehicles vs a convoy; So you want to go on a road trip

The scenario; suddenly a modern human world finds their nice, simple, understandable spherical world/solar system going poof overnight, and it being replaced by a mine-crafting plane world. Everyone ...
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Designing a traffic system for flying cars

Well folks, 2015 has come and gone, and we still don't have widely-available flying cars. While there is some promising work being done on "flying cars", which are more like road-capable airplanes, it ...
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Clockwork vehicles

Any suggestions on ways to power large-scale clockwork vehicles? I'm building a world with highly advanced mechanical technology in a D&D-esque fantasy setting, but I haven't decided how to fuel ...
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How do Santa and the reindeer survive delivery night?

This related question asks about considerations for Santa's sleigh (particularly weight), but my question is more basic: how do you design a vehicle that satisfies Santa's design requirements, ...
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Paranoid car for paranoid person [closed]

Alice is dating with Bob, who is bit close minded. Bob thinks that "women should know their place" and that there are some activities that should be done only by men. Before dumping Bob, Alice wants ...
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How can I get my DeLorean to 88 miles per hour without a train?

I got pulled into 1885, just like Doc and Marty (Or I'm one of them, assuming I can get IP rights :)). I need to go back to the future, which means that I need to get my Ford Pinto time machine up to ....
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