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Most dangerous place on a rotating wheel space station? [closed]

I'm assuming a recovery and launch bay, where ships enter and leave the station, would be the most dangerous place on such a station. While it wouldn't be nearly as dangerous as the flight deck of an ...
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How could a possessed body begin to rot and decay while it is still alive?

Qui-Gon Jinn has finally realized he is an idiot and that everything is his fault. Everything that has happened (fall of the old Jedi order, rise of the empire, the rebellion, the First Order, etc.) ...
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Anatomically Correct Swarm of Rodents

Rats are commonly associated with illness and disease due to the role they played in The Black Death. However, some works of fiction portray rats as carnivorous swarms, devouring people ...
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How much water is needed to create a Katana capable of cutting flesh, bones and wood?

I've created a character for my world that has the ability to manipulate water with her magic. She applied this ability by using it with a katana hilt. I will try to explain how she uses this ability ...
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Could a life form evolve an organ for generating temperatures less than a degree Kelvin above absolute zero?

I was thinking of a life form with a similar surface temperature to Earth, as well as a similar temperature variation to that of Earth. Could such a life form evolve an organ for generating ...
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Is a partial civil war possible? [closed]

I have a fictional world, consisting of a federation of 17 provinces (in blue on the map extract). Currently, it is in the late 1920's. The Dzevogurski and Quidthovitse provinces are on the brink of ...
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Building a road to escape Earth's gravity by making a pyramid on Antartica

If you have miles of steel pipes 10m thick, could you pump water from the sea to the centre of Antarctica, then pump it into the air like a geyser so that it falls around the pipe. As the fallen ...
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Colonizing Earth

After several centuries in exodus, humanity returns to earth to recolonize the planet. Naturally, their first question is the same as mine: Where are the best place(s) on earth to settle? Parameters:...
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Could the Missouri River be running while Lake Michigan was frozen several meters deep?

During an ice age, would it be possible for a great lake to be frozen while a relatively nearby river was still running? To help illustrate my point: Would it be possible for Lake Michigan (or parts ...
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Medieval weapons and Armor without gunpowder [Siege machines]

The firearm has thought to have been what had killed the age of knights and skilled swordsmen. While it could take years of hard work and practice for a warrior to master a blade or bow, he could pick ...
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How to encrypt the activation signal for my kill-switches to make them impossible to hijack

Dragons are awesome, but they're still vulnerable thanks to their low-numbers and a certain type of people... So, to prevent those from killing even a single dragon I came up with the wedding rings ...
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At What Point Does a World's Twin Planet Disappear, from the Viewer's Perspective?

This is Yeola~Camay. A double planet orbiting Sharro, an ordinaryish star somewhere in the universe of Far Far Away. As you can plainly see, Yeola is the planet on the left & Camay is the planet ...
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Is it possible for people to live in the eye of a permanent hypercane?

Wikipedia lists a potential for a hypercane which can have an eye of up to 190 miles in diameter https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypercane Say there's an earthlike planet that for whatever reason has a ...
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Handmade metallic cartridges [closed]

Could a group of survivors resupply metallic cartridges with hand-operated tools to be used on small arms in their shelter? What would those tools be and how usable are these handmade cartridges? ...
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Alternative Uses of Bottomless Heat Sinks [closed]

Many traditional space settings feature cloaking devices, which, given what is required for them to work indefinitely against detection in space, imply ability to 'dump' waste heat 'into nowhere' (...
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Hygienic footwear for prehensile feet?

Prehensile hands have the advantage of not having to constantly touch anything they don't have to - with the exception of things like doorknobs. Feet don't have that luxury, and so in a sense will ...
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What safeguards are in place on a seedship fleet to ensure that all eventual crew members are interested in the mission? [closed]

Knowing that a journey to Some Star would take too long for a fully trained crew to survive, and in the absence of suspended animation, we have decided to send a ship with embryos on board. Once they ...
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Humans meet a distant alien species. How do they coordinate? - Computers [closed]

Part of a series addressing the challenges of a mutual first contact. Previous question here Humans meet some distant alien species. They are mutual first contacts. After learning the languages of ...
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When creating a fantasy nation, how deeply should I dive into it, and what parts aren't required to know? [closed]

I've been trying my hand at fantasy stories for close to five years now, but one thing that always throws me for a loop is CREATING THE WORLD. I realize it's a long slow process, and I've been making ...
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How to attach and distribute suspended weight to multiple envelopes?

In my conworld I've got heavily armoured airships majestically floating through the skies with help of a science-defying lighter-than-anything material. While I don't mind introducing a pinch of ...
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How could a very strong impact on a planet create deformations on the opposite side?

In a previous question, I asked about mountains, rivers, trees, and so on forming within an impact crater surrounded by desert. I left it open about how this crater was formed. Note: A question ...
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Axis of rotation of a wheel space station [duplicate]

Is it possible for the axis of rotation of a rotating wheel space station in orbit to be aligned with the center of the Earth? I'm wanting a situation where a person on the station could look out one ...
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How can an eldritch abomination hide its true form in public?

A hag is a witch deeply entrenched in the art of dark magic. This kind of magic comes from experimenting with forces beyond our reality. Over the years, her abilities and spells grow in power. However,...
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Zero G area on rotating wheel space station

If I needed a large area for zero-G training, is there any place to put it on a rotating wheel space station if the hub was needed for docking of spacecraft? I wanted a place on the station that ...
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Launching spaceships from the outer edge of a rotating wheel space station

Based on Docking on the outer edge of a rotating wheel space station would it be impractical to launch ships off of the outer edge of a rotating wheel space station? Whether launching the ships along ...
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Docking on the outer edge of a rotating wheel space station

Assuming such a space station needed to have its central hub not used for docking spacecraft, would it be plausible for a spacecraft to dock on the outer edge of a rotating wheel if the ship ...
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Why would a country be involuntarily involved in stealing prototype weapons of another allied one? [closed]

I want to create a spy story but I lack political or military knowledge to build a solid plot. France discovers that the prototype of one of his last torpedoes, F21 « Artémis », has been stolen while ...
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Art and Fashion for Nocturnal/Underground Species

I've been thinking of a story revolving around a smallish humanoid troll/lemur-like species with large eyes, a tail, and bat like ears that allows them to use echolocation. They typically prefer low ...
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Is it possible to have naturally occurring deposits of diamond on a volcanic island chain?

The People of The Shining Isles have long been exploited. They are cruelly used in mines, excavating tonne after tonne of rock and dirt in pursuit of what the Warriors from Away call ‘diamonds’. These ...
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Humans meet a distant alien species. How do they standardize? - Units of Measure

Humans meet some distant alien species. They are mutual first contacts. After learning the languages of each other, they begin to share scientific and engineering knowledge with one another, but here'...
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How much energy can I produce per kg of hydrogen using this process?

In the far future the posthuman successors of mankind have disassembled the stars and live on ultra slow and ultra efficient solar system sized computers, Matrioshka Brains. The last enemy of ...
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If Sweden was to magically float away, at what altitude would it be visible from the southern hemisphere?

If a chunk of land mass the size and position of Sweden took off and floated away in a straight line, exiting the atmosphere and orbiting the earth, at what distance would it be visible from, let's ...
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Can an object change its own mass?

I was wondering if an object that changes its own mass could exist. But let's try not to fill it up with air or other gas so it feels "lighter". That way you could protect things from being stolen if ...
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The Ancient Guardian

In my world there is an old human guarding something of great significance. All chemical reactions in their body have been slowed down to a microscopic fraction of what is deemed usual*. Once the ...
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Feasibility of extraterrestrial metals?

In a sci-fi universe where man has the capability to leave our solar system would metals or alloys above and beyond our own be possible? Or at least within the bounds of reasonable possibility? As the ...
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What modern things that are cheap can be good to sell in a fantasy medieval world at high price [closed]

I have my protagonist go to a fantasy world that is locked in their medieval era like late 1300 early 1400. My protagonist need money to travel, so what kind of modern invention, a material that is ...
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Could a nomadic hunting society survive in a country without wind?

This question is similar to What would happen if there was no wind?, but the lack of wind is confined to a small portion of the planet. To make things concrete, the affected region is roughly circular ...
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Is it possible to kill all life on Earth?

Edit: It has been suggested that my question is a duplicate of What could humans do to render the earth uninhabitable?. That question only asks what would be necessary to make human life ...
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Creating Fictional Slavic Place Names

I have a very simple question regarding a small problem I cannot find a single satisfying answer to. I am trying to create a country with a prominent Slavic culture. In my story, an alien world has ...
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A society built an airship. What else? [closed]

A steampunk society managed to develop functioning airships filled with helium, powered by a steam engine. They mine this helium from an underground reservoir along with other natural gas. What else ...
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How could Catholicism have incorporated witchcraft into its dogma?

Most branches of Christianity has always associated witchcraft with the devil, or some form of demon worship. This has been used as an excuse for the persecution of innocent people who were seen as ...
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Is a post-climate apocalypse city in which many or most insects have disappeared realistic?

Supposing climate change continues at its current "worst case" projected rates, would we see a noticeable reduction in insects down the line? I am wondering if it makes sense to have a character who ...
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How can I prevent interns from being expendable?

This particular coven operates as a powerful and wide spanning enterprise focused on accumulating power to direct the world in ways that align with their interests. This group operates similar to ...
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No iron for your fair-folk maiden? (Part 4: Silver)

Part 1 No Iron for your fair-folk maiden? (Part 1) Part 2 No iron for your fair-folk maiden? (Part 2) Part 3 No iron for your fair-folk maiden? (Part 3) Only two parts left to go! Now my fair folk ...
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Where do I put diamond mines on my map?

I've got a home-brewed D&D setting. Diamonds, in D&D, are needed for resurrection magic, so access to diamonds is literally life and death for any country with clerics capable of casting such ...
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Can a sound of 125dbs from a watch be used to cause pain for self defense?

I was planning on creating a watch capable of producing around 125 dbs of sound for self defense: it would irritate/incapacitate an attacker and possibly give the victim an opportunity to leave the ...
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Compact Mechanical Energy Source

In my late-Victorian world there are independently moving automata that may act as pets or servants to those that can afford them. They require a fair amount of energy to run at full capacity, enough ...
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What would be day to day life like, for people during a renaissance like period in a world I'm building [closed]

Like I said, what would people eat, what would they drink, how'd they spend their time. I realise this isn't really a hypothetical question, rather a question that requires some information from an ...
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what effect if the world have a single massive world giant tree? [closed]

you know stuff like ygdrasil tree but just a normal tree but the biggest and tallest in the world, i wonder what the effect to the world ? for an example if the root grow to surpass the continental ...
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How can a soul sucker avoid the negative traits of its victims?

People are souls that inhabit and animate human bodies. The lifeforce of an individual is what powers the soul and allows it to excercise control over the body. Physical and mental attributes, such as ...

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