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Help with population figures for colonization game

I am working on a space game that allows players to participate in the human colonization of a distant star cluster. I could use some help determining what sort of numbers I should have aboard the ...
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How can a witch elf ensure that their soul is resurrected?

Drow society is broken down into houses, each with its own family. There are several royal houses which represent the political and religious power of the drow. Each house is headed by a matron, who ...
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Punishment in pacifist society

I'm building a race of plant-like creatures that are pacifists in a pre-industrial age world. Because they live hidden in forests, caves, etc. and often blend in with the natural flora, occasionally ...
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Effects of dropping in and out of zero G on a space station

I'm writing a book that involves having a space station that acts as a way point between Earth and a new planet. (Hard"ish" SF, or as "Hard" as I can make it...) The Station sits at the mouth of a ...
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What would happen if the Earth blew up? [closed]

Let's say aliens try to blow up the Earth. Large explosion. Boom! Chunks of planet, hypothetically ranging from small to state sized because I don't know how this works, flying off into space. Is ...
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Would it be feasible to determine whether or not a humanoid species is fertile in less than a week?

So, as one of the many, many consequences of modern day humanity being given access to a runic magic system by an unknown party, nearly the entire human race discovers one morning that they've been ...
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How is the visual luminosity of a star calculated?

My idea is a planet that orbits a red dwarf at a distance in which the apparent magnitude of this seen from the planet is the same as that of the sun seen from Earth. Does this mean that the daylight ...
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What Would Happen To A Dyson Swarm Without Maintenance?

If an advanced race builds a Dyson Swarm comprised of millions of habitats and billions of solar collectors orbiting a star, and then are completely and inexplicably all killed with minimal damage to ...
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How wind patterns and ocean currents would be in a planet that does not rotates on its axis?

Imagine a world that does not rotate in its axis, the planet is not tidally locked so no half is hotter or colder than other. For example the planet does not rotate because it is in a binary sistem ...
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How could reincarnation magic be limited to prevent overuse?

Maleficient is an evil witch on a quest for true immortality. Until she accomplishes her goal, she uses a midpoint form of magic called reincarnation in order to buy her more time and keep her alive. ...
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Fishing from underwater domes

It makes sense to me that the best food in an underwater dome complex would be fish. Considering the massive amounts of aquatic life in the vicinity, it could work pretty well. However, I can't think ...
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How would a disabled person earn their living in a medieval-type town?

We are in a far future. Humanity has widely abandoned technology, and effectively reached medieval level (so things need not be true to an actual medieval setting). We are in a larger town. In that ...
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Can we scale down humans to the size of a mouse?

Can we make a human brain and body the size of a mouse’s while still retaining the same level, if not more intelligence? Like how tech has evolved to be smaller but more efficient or how cars are ...
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A Stable Red Giant Trinary System

In an alternate universe, we have a spot in the Orion Arm where we have nine Earth-like planets orbiting three red giants. Judging from the size and luminosity of each star, it's been conferred that ...
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Crazy Alien Genetics

Think of a species (ONLY ONE SPECIES) the individuals all live in the same environment, share the same sentience level BUT are divided into "A", "B" and "C" races which have different number of limbs,...
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Plausible Xenomorph-like Life Cycle

I have a species that I wish to create whose life cycle is similar to a Xenomorph from the Alien series. By this, I mean to create a species wherein: A Xenomorph, or Species A, the base creature, by ...
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Medieval/renaissance superweapon [closed]

Using the technology available at the time, what kind of superweapon could the medieval or renaissance age produce?
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What would a silicone-based plant, especially a tree, look like?

This question's information is based on the answer in my previous question about what the aquatic creature need in order to live or survive in my acid water? The thing that's not in the description ...
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Could a simple hospital oxygen mask protect from aerosol poison?

I'm writing a story in which a character has to make it through an area filled with aerosol poison...or something along those lines. He starts out in a hospital area, with access to equipment. Is it ...
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How large would a space station have to be to hold one million people indefinitely?

A moon-sized asteroid approaches Earth in the near future, where space tourism has become normal. The Earth has a few satellite structures above Mars conducting research, as well as successful ...
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What would have to be present for tooth or bones to naturally appear pearlescent?

In my fantasy world, unicorns have pearly horns, teeth, and bones. I didn't write it, but I am hoping to write a fanfiction in which it is explained.
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Sewer gas energy?

The Wikipedia page on sewer gas states that Sewer gas can be used as a power source, thus reducing the consumption of fossil fuels. However, no references or ...
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Longest “linear” natural formations

In an effort to gain inspiration for planetary formation and, at the same time, inspiration for governmental/territorial boundaries between residents of said formed planets, I've recently encountered ...
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Earth like planet, more surface area under water?

Planet: earth like, half the radius of earth, gravity is .7g. Assuming this is possible and humans live on this planet, would it be possible to have 90% of the planets surface area be under water? ...
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What resources would Earth want from a STL colonial civilization? [duplicate]

In the year 21XX, Earth sends several slower-than-light ships to colonize Earth-like planets. The atmosphere, topsoil mineral composition, and the frequency profile and intensity of light on these ...
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Resources to learn about firearms?

I want to learn about firearms, how to handle them, how to use them and how to talk about them without sounding like a moron for my worldbuilding and writing projects. I've considered options like ...
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If a being on a planet experiences infinite expansion of mass, starting from zero, will there come a point that the planet might revolve around him?

A thought experiment that I would like to work into a story. Need to basically know the tipping point of such an event happening. Assumption: The being is starting from a small size and is still ...
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Human survival on unaltered Mars

What would it take for humans to survive on mars, without shelters, akin to the Martian, in terms of genetic engineering? Is it even remotely viable, or would some mechanical assistance (oxygen tanks?)...
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Magnetic thread storage?

Is the data storage based on magnetic threads instead of magnetic tape possible and practical? Particularly, magnetic thread cassetes with endless loop (which is easier with thread than with tape). ...
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Venusian Adaptations

Recently I've been imagining living on a terraformed Venus in a distant future. I've a pretty good idea of how this can be done, having gone through many articles on how to terraform venus, so my ...
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How can a trade secret thief avoid being caught? [closed]

The story is about someone who uses advanced technology (think Batman) to steal trade secrets (food recipes, chemical ingredients, manufacturing processes) from other companies and uses them to create ...
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Can a microorganism reproduce so fast that it can be used as weapon?

I've seen almost the same question here, but it was like Can a microorganism reproduce so fast, to be used as fuel?. Then, I was inspired and new question came up. Does some real microorganism in some ...
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Symbiotic barnacles for underwater respiration

My world has two races of mammalian mermen, one of which are somewhat monstrous and I'll call them "Abyssals" in this thread. I really want the Abyssals to 'breathe' underwater, as well as being able ...
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How many human inhabitants could Earth host in a far future? [closed]

Assuming a technologically advanced civilization that has grown sustainably from the resources of its own planet (and maybe "a few" additional resources from its own solar system), what would be the ...
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Why did I choose a pet fox? [closed]

Lets say I was a mountain man going to live in Alaska during the early 1870's (also in a fantasy setting) and a trader comes to me offering either a domesticated fox or dog to take as a pet. Why would ...
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Figuring out the math for the Sphere of Meteoric Conversion

I'm presently in the process of developing my plans for a flintlock fantasy series. It's high magic, but one form of magic in the setting, Arcane Magic, is heavily based in science. The energy that ...
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Can this planet in a binary star system exist?

In a certain star system, Star B orbits Star A. Planet C lies in between the two stars and also orbits Star A. Planet C and Star B share an orbital period, and are at roughly the same places in that ...
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Effects of slightly lower gravity?

If a planet were to have a gravitational acceleration of .7g, how different would it be from walking on earth, assuming this is not someone born outside of earth. Would it be a slight bounce in your ...
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'Horseshoes' for Deer?

Would a "working deer" living in cities with hard paved or cobbled stone ground need "deershoes"? The deer are mainly used for light work: no heavy lifting or pulling. Would unchanged deer feet and ...
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Sleeping in a world without night

I'm working on a game world where light (Lux) gives literal definition to all matter. Anything in complete shadow (Umbra) is without definition and completely amorphous. At the center of the world, ...
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What would be the strongest “realistic” bow draw weight with ubertech?

I'm trying to help develop a "high tech" bow for a video game, to be used mostly by prestige soldiers with ubertech against low-tech industrial civilizations as a kind of a status game; their enemies ...
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Super dense planet? [closed]

What's the most dense a planet could be and still be livable? How does water factor into the overall density of the planet. Is something like an osmium or iridium core even be possible/realistic? If ...
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What caused the end of cybernetic implants?

This is a post cyberpunk world where pretty much everyone had cybernetic implants for pleasure and work enhancements. Close to 99% of the global amount of happiness, love and pleasure in general was ...
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Cauterizing a wound with metal?

I am wondering if scientifically it is possible to cauterize a wound using molten metal. I was thinking of a character whose wounds and scars were healed with metal, leaving her with spots and ...
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What technology can be used to create liquid suit? [closed]

I'm new to WorldBuilding, so please let me know if I'm doing something wrong or should add more information! Thanks in advance. Explanation Liquid costume/suit is technological solution of future ...
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Is it realistic to have a livable planet with a quarter the size of Earth, but with the same gravity?

So in theory, I would want this planet to have the same everything as earth besides the radius (and anything that affects how radius plays into gravity). I know the density of this Planet X would have ...
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How Close Can We Build Solar Collectors to the Sun?

Say you've got a space-faring civilization that needs a LOT of power. Sure, fusion is a thing, but there's really not that much helium-3 to be found in our solar system, and it's hard to get. So the ...
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what the aquatic creature need in order to live or survive in my acid water?

inspire by xenomorph acid blood from alien movies. so the water either rivers, lakes, and oceans in my world or some of the regions is highly acidic because some of the dirt or stone minerals content ...
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If we brought ancient germs to the present

If germs from the past was brought to the present/future on a person (or by some other means of transportation) and we have immunity to its descendants, like the modern germs for example, would we be ...
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Alternative to Magnesium's Role in Photosynthesis

It is a known fact that magnesium is a very important part of photosynthesis and chlorophyll. I have looked everywhere to try to find out this question but I have never really gotten a solid answer. ...

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