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Is it possible for industrial revolution to happen without colonialism? [closed]

As we all know, with Christopher Columbus re-"discovering" America in 1492, the wondrous Age of Discovery began - and with it new dreams of conquest and wealth, that became realized in the way of ...
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Can radiation block all wireless communications?

Can radiation block all wireless communications? My idea is that heavy meteorite storms are spreading radioactive dust around the atmosphere. I know that traces of radioactive elements can survive ...
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If a boy was tattooed on his back, would the tattoo more-or-less sruvive into adulthood intact? [closed]

If a child, say, a white, ten year old boy, got a big tattoo on his upper back (read: shoulder to shoulder), would it change a lot as the child grew into adulthood? Since the early-ish industrial ...
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My perfect evil overlord plan… or is it?

Me You might call me evil but the facts are I deserve to rule all of the world, everyone & everything in it. What I already have done For years I have worked in the shadows (as much as you can ...
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How would digital currency work on a intergalactic scale with limited FTL loopholes?

Another question got me interested in this. How would finances work when there would frequently be long delays for confirmations of transactions? Let's say there are Jump Gates/Artificial Wormholes at ...
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What would an animal that absorbs nutrients though its skin be called? [closed]

Animals that eat meat are carnivores, animals that eat plants are herbivores, animals that will eat anything are called omnivores. But what are animals that absorb 25% of their nutrition directly from ...
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How could a civilization detect tachyons?

In an effort to work out a believable form of faster-than-light communications for my setting, I've ruled out a few things: wormholes (which are in use, but are too random in where they lead, to be ...
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Which sounds could a tongueless person produce?

In my world, officials dealing with sensitive information have their tongues amputated. Naturally writing and a special, government-only sign-language are the main forms of communication, but ...
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Would a Glass “Rupert Drop” Weapon be Plausible?

Can a large glass Rupert Drop somehow be manufactured into a useful and effective weapon in medieval warfare, such as a club? I've developed a society that primarily lives in the desert with sand in ...
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Could a U.S. president change political parties? [closed]

This has intrigued me for a long time. Hypothetically, could a president-elect be able to switch political parties once they assume office? I'm aware of the ramifications and backlash they would get ...
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How could a humanoid creature completely form within the span of 24 hours? [closed]

I have a strange idea, I want to reality-check. But first, there's a thing to elaborate on. So, there are these undead creatures, zombies, skeletons, Michael Jackson, who appear in large numbers ...
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If quadruped mammals evolve to become bipedal will their breast or nipple change position?

As the title says, you know stuff like minotaur, lycanth or werewolf, cat or dog folk, etc especially for the female specimens. I want to know what happen if quadrupedal mammals which usually have ...
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Crime rates in a post-scarcity economy

A post-scarcity civilisation is one where the automatisation of production and a universal basic income system have made it impossible to suffer unwillingly from the lack of means to satisfy the ...
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Life in Jupiter-like conditions? [duplicate]

In a neighboring star system to my Conworld, there is a jupiter-sized planet that many of the species believe to harbor life. The star it is orbiting is a red dwarf, and the aforementioned "Re-Jove" ...
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What calendar would the Saturn nation use?

In my next novel, there are three major powers in the solar system: Earth, Mars, and Saturn. Earth runs on a slightly modified Gregorian calendar, Mars goes with the good old Darian calendar, and ...
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Deep space acceleration limits?

Assuming the power source for such acceleration places no limit on things, how quickly can a space craft be accelerated to the speed necessary to cross the distance between Jupiter and the sun in ...
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Justification of physical currency in an interstellar civilization?

I have seen a similar-ish question on here, but it doesn't quite match my inquiry. Suppose you have an interstellar civilization (the means of travel between stars being stable two-way wormholes on ...
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What security advantages would an all-female bodyguard system offer? [closed]

Long, Long ago in a galaxy far, far away, there existed a superpower that was made up of seven tribes. This nation was led by a king who was selected from one of these tribes by through ritual combat. ...
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Realistic Harry Potter Owls

The owls in the universe of Harry Potter can track down anyone who is not disguised by any spell. But even on the official site, things aren't really explained. Would there be an explainable way that ...
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Could a tree build its bark out of Starlite-like material?

How could trees in an environment with 23% Oxygen (The atmosphere is identical to earth in all other respects.) grow bark with Starlite-like qualities? Starlite is a material claimed to be able to ...
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What international (or in this case, interstellar) laws would apply to the theft of a planet's moon? [closed]

I'm writing a story about a team of rebels and pirates who band together to steal a resource-rich moon from a solar system governed by a corrupt, oppressive regime. Some world context: The moon has ...
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When were computer components 0,2 micrometer in size? [closed]

When setting a story in the future I always try to limit the technology available. It's less enjoyable and harder to identify yourself with droney the drone than with John and Jane Doe. Currently I ...
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Using hypersleep to offset time dilation? [closed]

Say you need to go on a business trip where you'll be traveling .5c for one year to get to where you're going, do what you need to do for a few weeks then head back - you'd come back to find everyone ...
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What are the requirements for a river delta to form?

I know that when some rivers (such as the Nile) flow out to sea, they break up into several smaller channels. But I was wondering about the necessary features of the land and water for it to occur.
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Physically based explanation for glowing geometric shapes found embedded in a city, visible only in IR [closed]

I'm looking for an explanation for the presence of large geometric luminescent formations that are found to be embedded in the infrastructure of a city. They must be esentially undetectable to the ...
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How to calculate rate of axial precession?

I want to start with the fact that I am by no means an astronomer, or even a hobbyist in the field. I am attempting to build a fantasy world which still reflects accepted physical laws. My problem ...
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What accommodations would a giant need?

I'm making a human female who's size was multiplied by 10. I need to know what sort of accommodations she'd need to make up for any disadvantages. This is in the modern day, so 21st-century medicine ...
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How long would it take to eliminate the lovecraft mythos from the human consciousness?

Hundreds of years ago during the black plague, an individual named Howard Phillips Lovecraft started what would lead to the doom of humanity. Although a mediocre writer himself, his works of ...
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Fireproof liquids that are non-toxic to carbon based life?

What sort of fireproof liquid could be used by carbon-based life without causing harm to the organism? Whether it be absorbed from exterior sources or produced in the organism's body. I say organism ...
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Could a passive radar-sighted creature see by space radio emissions?

I am working on a world which is very dark due to an opaque gas layer in the hight atmosphere; but it is opaque mostly in the terahertz range. The creatures in this world therefore rely very little on ...
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Could a brown dwarf in our outer solar system remain undetected today?

We've all heard the on-again, off-again theories of another massive object in the vast reaches of the outer solar system. Some potential evidence to support the possibility are its affects on smaller ...
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How does magic enter the real world after a calamity? [closed]

Background The world of Phrelle is Earth, but many thousands of years after an unspecified calamity. I would like to use Phrelle as a home brew setting for a D&D campaign, populating it with ...
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How would a military counter the use of genetically modified insects used to defeat CBRN protective gear?

One military has developed insects with strong jaws capable of chewing through the weaker parts of CBRN (Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense) gear and then injecting neurotoxins ...
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How long to recover from muscle atrophy?

For context, I'm currently working on a short story series centered on a young man living in a dystopian America. This U.S. government keeps its 'undesirables' in medically-induced comas (long story ...
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Why wouldn't my nuclear spaceships eject spent fuel?

In the year 2069AD, a spaceship is transporting hundreds of people in cryogenic sleep to a distant star. The spaceship engine is a nuclear fission reactor and its thruster is based on an ion drive for ...
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Would a life form with the intelligence of a human but without an appendage for manipulating its environment be able to have advanced technology?

On another planet there is a life form that has the same level of intelligence as humans on Earth, but it has no appendage to manipulate its environment. It has similar social structures to humans ...
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What truly makes dark and morose storytelling effective? [migrated]

This is a fairly simple, straightforward question that I hope I can get an answer to. Where is the line of separation between an effectively dark story and just edgelord “2Edgy” darkness and pain and ...
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Could a planet evolve to have jungles, woodlands, savannas and meadows - but no animal bigger than an insect?

I want to have a group of space colonists get stranded on a planet where the only way they can get enough nourishment is to gather or cultivate edible plants.
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Are there certain qualities needed for an animal to be tamed?

Are there certain qualities that animals need to be tamed? Let's say, for example, a quadrupedal omnivore with intelligence on par with Earth's ravens. It does exhibit opportunistic predatorial ...
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Which US defense organization would respond to an invasion like this?

I'm at a critical point in a sci-fi novel where a couple of thousand Superintelligent artificial intelligences end up going haywire. Naturally, they're extremely intelligent, and thus, much harder to ...
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Feasibility of lava beings?

Could a creature be made entirely, or mostly of magma or lava? Could it sustainably live in or near a volcano for an extended period of time? Rocks around the outside are optional, and encouraged. If ...
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What's the fastest way to move on foot in low gravity [duplicate]

Say you're in a combat situation on a low gravity world and you're trying to move from one bit of cover to the next as quickly as possible. How would you do that?
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Why would a military not separate its forces into different branches?

In the steampunk era of my world there is a military academy that trains officers for the United Anglicynn Kingdoms' military. To be a little different I decided that cadets all train together with ...
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How can I make these feet spikes more sturdy?

The bone is three inches circumference at the joint and one-millimeter circumference at the tip. How might this bone support the front of an animal weighing one-hundred pounds? It runs with its legs ...
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What sort of hip bone is required for quadrupedal animals to locomote on their hind legs?

I am designing a creature that is quadrupedal but can run after prey on its hind legs. What kind of hip bone would allow for the excess stress to be put on it during bipedal locomotion? The animal is ...
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Removing racism on a multi raced world [closed]

The continent is inhabited by 2 sentient races that coexist with each other. Humans and elves. One empire expanded and annexed the continent. Now the empire want to make a meritocratic society that ...
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What is the largest I can make my water planet, while remaining within Earth-like parameters?

What is the largest planet I can get, while still remaining within Earth-like parameters? My concern is with gravity, water pressure and atmospheric pressure. Escape velocity is less of a concern. ...
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What chemicals can be used as an alternative fuel in an Internal Combustion engine, that are environmentally friendly? [closed]

As most people know, not all animals on earth benefit from humans driving vehicles that warm the globe and produce horrible chemicals, such as Carbon dioxide and Nitrogen oxide. My question What ...
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What sort of atmosphere would develop around an asteroid colony?

In the not too distant future, mankind has established several mining bases on Ceres. There are a lot of spaceships which come and go. Large mining machines are chewing up the interior for resources. ...
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How effective is golf equipment against zombies?

A golf club is being besieged by zombies. What standard golfing (and golf-course) equipment would make the most effective weapons to repel them?

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