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Causing motorcycle crashes with a sniper rifle, no evidence left

If you wanted to force motorcycles to crash utilizing a sniper rifle from no more than 800 yards, what part of the bikes would you aim for to not only cause the rider to lose control, but not leave ...
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2answers
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Can my Alien species be possible with real science?

They are blue to gray skinned with four eyes, two of which can see in infrared, three fingers and toes on each appendage, and reptilian-like ears (eardrums are external), as well as a hair color range ...
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2answers
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Leaf-based clothing: Practical? Historical? Fictional?

Plant-based clothing comes in a variety of forms, both stereotypically and historically: grass skirts, barkcloth, et cetera. But one form I have only ever seen in fiction is clothing made from ...
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9answers
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How could our ancestors have domesticated a solitary predator?

It is a well known fact throughout human history that cats are bloodthirsty psychopaths, and a menace to society. Cats murder billions of innocent rodents a year, cause ecological disasters, and give ...
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2answers
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Is it possible for something like a werewolf to exist? [closed]

The most impressive thing to me about how werewolves are used in fiction, is their ability to transform humans into other werewolves with their bites. Aside from the full moon myth, could it be ...
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1answer
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Planet with big axial tilt, but very close to its star

It is known that when a planet orbits very close around its star, the tidal effects will soon (on an astronomical scale) force the day and the year of the planet to have the same length, making the ...
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16answers
10k views

Making a sword in the stone, in a medieval world without magic

This relates to a world in which there is no magic and only medieval technology. The ruling and religious classes want to convince the general populace that magic exists. For example a sword-smith ...
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5answers
617 views

How to share a mine of irresistable resources in the middle of an ocean without conflict?

The year was 2019. Somewhere in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean (between Bermuda & Ponta Delgada) a new volcano erupted violently for a year. The volcano created a tiny island around 100 ...
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0answers
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Effects of a close approach with a non-pulsar neutron star?

My hard-ish SF story requires an event that would effectively render the entire solar system completely uninhabitable for some time (i.e. retreating underground for a few millennia won't help), but ...
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8answers
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Aliens englobed the Solar System: will we notice?

Around 100 million years ago, the Solar System was instantaneously encased in a massless, magical sphere centered about the Sun. The boundary is about 10,000 AU (.158 ly) in radius and behaves ...
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2answers
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What's the minimum time that it would take for an advanced species to create an ecumenopolis?

In figuring out the rough timeline for my sci-fi, I've run into an interesting dilemma. As it stands right now, There are about 90 years in between one of my civilizations discovering space travel and ...
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16answers
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How can The Temple of Elementary Evil reliably protect itself against kinetic bombardment? [closed]

This building is the centerpiece of my world and the reason for everything. Why would chromatic dragons and adventurers fight together? To take down this temple, of course. But why do I need them? I'...
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5answers
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Could Artificial Intelligence ever arise without life?

I have been musing this on and off since R. Daneel Olivaw. It is tempting to wonder if R. Daneel Olivaw was created by humans, or did it (He?) spontaneously arise without intelligent living ...
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1answer
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How would a receding sea level affect cities along Asian & Australian coastlines?

To make a long story short, the previous ice age resulted in not just massive glaciers and building snow from appearing, but larger landmass as well due to most of the water being frozen from the ...
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15answers
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What injury would be of little consequence to a biped but terrible for a quadruped?

Let's imagine a group of people who can turn from human to wolf at will. Wolves are quadrupeds, and humans are biped, so I guess their weight is differently shared in their body, notably when they ...
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5answers
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Death from old age has stopped, but fertility window is the same. What is the new population equlibrium?

I'm imagining a near-future world where a process can be undergone that will halt all future aging of the body, but the approach causes infertility. Those undergoing it will not have (biological) ...
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1answer
78 views

Climate and weather without obliquity and eccentricity?

Obliquity is the most important factor of seasons. Without axial tilt, eccentricity causes small temperature variations. What would climate and weather on Earth look like, if Earth doesn't have any ...
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4answers
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What sort of animals would a civilization of small feline omnivore humanoids domesticate

I'm playing around with the idea of making a world heavily based on one of my favorite childhood book series. (basically a fanmade rewrite of sorts). The series is called Warriors, and is about ...
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2answers
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What is the science of fairy flight?

Assume these homo super-dwarf aka fairy and homo sapiens come from a common ancestor, and somehow they evolved a pair of wings and can do vertical takeoff. The average adult is approximately the ...
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2answers
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Would weapon firing both recoilless projectiles and guided rockets be feasible?

Idea for a weapon: hand held recoilless gun with caliber around ~75mm (to hit nearby, low value, easy to hit targets) to this weapon also anti-tank or anti-air guided rockets can be loaded (when ...
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3answers
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Tool for “mapifying” simple closed curves?

Is there a tool which takes a simple image with closed curves (like 2 circles), and then "mapifyes" the image by making those circles into coastlines? I know it's a bit vague, but what I mean is ...
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1answer
146 views

Could another species overtake us technologically? [closed]

Is it possible for another of Earth's species to catch up and overtake us technologically over the next million years or so? Assuming we survive that long as a species and our technology stagnates ...
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5answers
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How can I make a dense asteroid field?

Okay, so I'm working on a novel and I'd like to have a dense asteroid field, something akin to the old ESB Hoth field, though it doesn't need to match that exactly. The notion is there is an advanced ...
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4answers
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Could you engineer a baby for a same sex couple?

Kikazaru and Protogon have been fierce rivals in the designer baby industry/artificial wombs since time and memorial, but Kikazaru is looking to finally best its rival by introducing a new scheme: ...
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5answers
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What problems would a superhuman have whose skin is constantly hot?

The basic premise is about a metahuman whose skin always emits large amounts of heat. It's usually around 300-500 F (150-260 C) degrees, but when he gets mad, in pain or in a serious fight, it can ...
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5answers
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Using L1 Lagrange point to block energy from the sun?

Working on a near future fantasy world and am trying to work on a mechanism for magic being discovered/unlocked. My current thought, which is what I'm trying to get a feasibility check on, is that all ...
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3answers
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What materials can be used to make a humanoid skin warm?

The humanoids I'm talking about are designed with all the characteristics pertaining to robots developed with the help of soft robotics technologies. Although the skeleton is made of titanium, their "...
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5answers
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Plausibility of Mushroom Buildings

How plausible would buildings made inside of, or made using, giant mushrooms be? Copyright Raphael Lacoste 2018 A staple of the fantasy genre, mushrooms have commonly been seen as magical and ...
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3answers
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Is it possible for the remnants of a planet to be locked in orbit around another in a dual planet system?

I'm envisioning a double-planet system where both orbit around a central point. One planet is approximately Earth-sized, while the other is about one-tenth the size. One of the planets (the smaller ...
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12answers
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In the late 1940’s to early 1950’s what technology was available that could melt a LOT of ice?

In my story I’ve devised lore where Greenland becomes a US territory, and they begin populating the region. It initially just served as the hub for numerous military bases and airbases, but eventually ...
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1answer
204 views

Are these climate zones somewhat realistic?

I have been slowly losing my mind trying to build a somewhat realistic climate map for a fantasy world I'm building for my book. A geographer I am not... I modeled the climate zones and such after ...
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6answers
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How can a terrorist cult genetically engineer human bombs?

A nihilistic organization founded by a preacher, Solf J. Kimblee, has reasoned that human beings have fallen short of God's true purpose. Since the betrayal by Adam and Eve, all people are born with ...
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3answers
646 views

Gaining more land by draining wetlands

I’m building a country located in today’s Argentina. It is as developed as Canada or Australia, and has several times bigger population than today’s Argentina. Which brings us to the problem: ...
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6answers
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How to design an organic heat-shield?

When they started dropping from the skies.. or no, they landed. They were so similar to us, yet so different. Like nothing we would've ever designed or created - but so much like everything ...
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3answers
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Why is risky sport about absorbing magical creatures not banned?

Set during the medieval period say between 500 to 600AD, there are magical creatures inhabiting the same world as us. These magical creatures actually exist in a parallel world but an impact from an ...
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3answers
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What kind of extinction event could solve Global Warming?

The world I'm creating will be referred to as E. Current E population is growing exponentially, and the population will become completely unsustainable soon. Global Warming is also increasing ...
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1answer
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Anatomically correct Triceraton

The Triceratons are a imperialistic race of, well, space triceratops' from TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). From what I can gather they breathe nitrogen and judging by their build come from a high ...
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Plausibility of the government creating a secret military research town?

The country is in a Cold War. Let’s say you, a government military official, wants to create a biological super weapon away from the prying eyes of those who think humans have natural rights. My ...
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Would those living in a “perfect society” not understand satire [closed]

I wrote a little short story about a classroom in the distant future, where the world becomes "perfect", and the students are analyzing works of satire from different periods. The teacher uses these ...
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1answer
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Life evolving on a artificial Floating Island on a ocean world [closed]

I'm having troubles with developing my ocean world. Same size as Earth, same atmosphere and gravity. The idea is that on a planet with an endless ocean with no continental landmass. The only form of ...
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3answers
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Optimal proportions for flying humans?

There exist humans on a world with 35% the gravity of Earth and air five times denser. These people have invented wingsuits with extensions that go past their arms and enable them to fly by flapping ...
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What would be practical usage of relatively slow low range teleportation like technology? [closed]

Let's assume that there is easy and very cheap method for someone to enter 'separate dimension' in one place, walk and exit in another. For an external observer it would look like instant ...
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How can an evil spirit take control of a human body during REM sleep?

I have a friend who is a really nice guy. The problem is that he was born as a half demon. While he looks completely normal, he possesses a spirit inside him called "Amon". This being forces him to ...
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Balancing and predicting magic which changes material properties [closed]

My magic system allows the transfer of quantities of certain properties from one object to another. For instance, electrical conductivity from metal to rubber -- the metal becomes less conductive, and ...
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4answers
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Can you create a living vehicle fueled by organic material?

In this world, the vehicles are effectively re-engineered insects; enlarged bio-manufactured nervous systems used instead of engines; factory grown lightweight chassis / [wheels]. The fuel station ...
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Most useful material properties for min/maxing by transfer? (Magical material engineering) [closed]

My magic system transfers quantities of certain properties from one object to another. For instance, electrical conductivity from metal to rubber -- the metal becomes less conductive, and the rubber ...
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Artificially make people incapable of singing at all (even poorly), but still capable of speaking?

Magic has recently become possible in my story, and singing is the mechanism by which humans use magic. A totalitarian regime wants citizens who can speak, but not sing in any way, even poorly. (That ...
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How to redesign modern weapons in order to make their indefinite storage easy?

As usual useful TVTropes: Superweapon Surprise [...] Comes in at least six flavors: Break Out the Museum Piece: It doesn't matter that there hasn't been any fighting for a long ...
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Power Generation Using Undead

Say that we have many undead zombies/vampires/ghouls/whatever. I want to use them to generate electricity, because they never get tired, never need to take breaks, and can exert great force without ...
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4answers
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How could it rain oil?

It’s 2019 in an alternate steampunk/dieselpunk universe. Population growth, dwindling resources, and the evil overlords have everyone cramped into big cities, toiling away in the hope of something ...

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