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What jobs would people work in a frontier railroad town?

What would people do in 1860s railroad towns? In a place similar to frontier America, it seems towns are built around very clear purposes. A majority of people would follow the town specific ...
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How might wizards figure out how to walk on the moon? [on hold]

A group of wizards is currently planning a trip to the moon to study why it makes werewolves happen. They plan to teleport to the lunar surface, do a few hours of investigation (e.g. watch samples of ...
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What plant life and resources could humans consume if colonies were established on the ocean floor?

I'm interested in creating some construct of a society in the Twilight and Midnight zones of the ocean. By what means could they mine, farm, and trade in what is suppose to be a more futuristic ...
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If Earth's Oceans Were as Deep as Europa's

Earth's deepest point, the Challenger Deep, is almost seven miles below sea level. By contrast, Europa is smaller than even Earth's moon, yet its oceans are anywhere between 40-100 miles deep! So the ...
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Would a food industry exist in a society where only humanoid robots and androids live? [on hold]

In my sci-fi stuff, there is a metropolis that only robots can live in and they eat food like humans. They have digestive systems. This is an advantage over humans because robots can eat however much ...
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What would be the “cheapest” non-rocket solution to getting cargo to and from Earth's surface?

Prometheus, your friendly neighborhood mega corp, has done it: dragged that pesky asteroid near Earth's orbit. Now with a rich source of ore right in Earth's orbit Prometheus is looking to improve its ...
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How big could a land-dwelling arthropod get if it wasn’t limited by oxygen consumption?

Insects and other land-based Arthropoda are stuck at the size they are due to how inefficient their respiratory system is. They were able to reach the size they did in the Carboniferous period because ...
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Which tools do we need to develop to get from stoneage to the age of semiconductors [on hold]

For me it is astonishing that every tool we own is the result of a evolution of tools. Humans started to beat some rocks with other rocks to create more sharp rocks and now we have semiconductors. ...
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Justifying Affordable Bespoke Spaceships

Any story about an independent, self-owned tramp spaceship crew tends to implicitly or explicitly raise the question of how the crew got a spaceship, how it afforded it, and why it doesn't just sell ...
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If a moon shattered into pieces, what would happen?

Say I have a planet with 10-20 moons of varying sizes orbiting it. If one of these moons were to explode/shatter into tiny pieces (I know this is probably impossible, but if we pretended it were ...
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How much steel armor can you wear and still be able to swim?

I know there are many historical accounts of soldiers trying to cross a body of water and drowning, but this got me thinking how much of this was due to panic, lack of swimming skills, water currents ...
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What's the disease?

In a near-future sci-fi world, I described a disease with the following characteristics: Affects human female children (not necessarily exclusively). Is a neurodegenerative or similar disorder, ...
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How would a big breasted woman feel if all men had bigger chest than her breasts? [on hold]

I would like to wrire a science fiction story which a woman is big breasted like Christina Hendricks or Denise Milani and she went to a city that all men are genetically enginered to have big and ...
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Is it possible for a creature to exist that uses lye instead of acid to digest food?

As far as I could gather the digestion relies on enzymes which in turn set requirements for pH. Is it possible for an alien creature to have a different set of enzymes that require basic environment ...
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Which one of these two technologies would be more difficult to create: matter replicators or matter teleportation? [on hold]

It seems logical that would be more difficult to create a new object out of nothing rather than scanning all an object or a person particles and atoms and then transferring them into another location ...
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Catastrophic geology

What would happen to an earth-like planet where an event caused a large (think, the size of the Caribbean tectonic plate) section of the crust to get peeled away, exposing the upper mantle for a ...
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Are there examples of rowers who also fought?

In my world I plan to have a naval army with boats that are driven by manpower. The rowers are not slaves but are also soldiers. However, I am struggling to find examples of times in history where ...
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How long can a human survive inside a dark box?

I am toying with an idea which requires a human to be stuck in a dark box for the rest of their life. They receive regular exercise of the arms and legs, air, food and water and their bodily ...
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How strong can a gravity be? [on hold]

If the universe was completely empty, and two apples were 100,000,000 light years apart, would their gravity be strong enough to eventually bring them together?
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Firearm ammunition surviving 200 years

OK - breakdown in society - economic apocalypse in 2030 - society breaks down and the supply chain of what we take for granted fails. 200 years later we have regressed to a technological period of ...
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Is acid blood possible?

I'm designing an alien species, whose blood is highly acidic and can easily cause someone's hand to melt down. It's pretty similar to the Xenomorphs from Ridley Scott's Alien, except for the color ...
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How to make all magic-casting innate, but still rare?

I'm having some real dilemmas creating rules for magic in my fantasy novel. Here is my issue: there are three intelligent beings included in my novel. The entire premise is that all races were created ...
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What could be the physiological mechanism for a biological Geiger counter?

Some humans have been genetically engineered to be able to detect ionizing radiation to better survive the harsh environments found outside of earth's protective magnetosphere. What could be the ...
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Choice in ship design [on hold]

Given a choice, would you prefer to be in a space ship that is basically a metal tube or saucer, or a space ship modeled after current day sailing / cruise ships with only a force field around the ...
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Largest sailing vessel manned by 2 people [on hold]

I am currently running a D&D campaign and am entering an area that doesn't have many set rules and I'd like a reality check. I want to give them a vessel around the size of the ones from Pirates ...
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For people on earth, is it possible to harvest energy by decelerating the planet rotation?

I was working on a side project to design an alien fleet that is wandering in the universe, and harvesting energy from planets for their needs. While I can think of ways to make that happen (...
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What would be left of a modern city 50,000 years from now?

I've seen questions here about what cities would be like after being abandoned for a thousand years, but what would be left after timescales of tens of thousands of years? Ancient settlements like ...
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At what temperature should the earth be cooked to prevent human infection?

Humans are the equivalent of bacteria to planet-eating monsters. And since, as we all know, eating humans is dangerous business, these monsters have decided to cook our great planet Earth before ...
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Cremated People Pottery

In my world, families posses family plates containing the ashes or their predecessors. Is it feasible to have crockery made of human ashes? If so, what properties can I expect from the pottery? What ...
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Is it possible for underground bunkers on different continents to be connected?

In a scenario I'm thinking of, the Earth has been nuked bare and a few remnants of humanity are surviving in their underground bunkers. Let's say there is one in North America, one in Central American,...
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Mitigation of dust upkick in Martian terraforming? [on hold]

For my fictional universe I want to terraform Mars, which involves raising the atmospheric pressure to 20kPa of oxygen. Now I realize that an atmosphere of that pressure is going to generate much more ...
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how can non-magical soldiers gain power from a magic ritual without making its participants weaker?

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. Witches gain more power through a ...
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Private wiki for keeping track of my world, editable from Windows and Android

I found that creating a wiki may be the best way to keep track of everything. It shouldn't be too complicated for me to get into. But most importantly I want to be able to edit it on my computer and ...
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Directive: Evolve [on hold]

In my story an advanced alien race creates a nanobot that can self replicate itself. This process requires the following steps: •The nanobot "consumes" a bit of raw materials from it's surrondings (...
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How would a plan to bootstrap civilization after a full collapse look like? [on hold]

Provided civilization collapses, as it probably will sooner or later, how could a plan to bootstrap it after look like? A satellite system that provides information at the right moment (after cities ...
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Mega-human: What are the largest possible dimensions of a human? [duplicate]

How big can a person be while retaining all the functions of all their organs (including bones)? I am wondering if it is possible for large people to exist without compromising some part of their ...
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Could an all-male society exist?

I'd like to create a sci-fi story with a country or planet where only men are allowed to live and they use in vitro gametogenesis and ectogenesis (artificial womb) to have children without any woman. ...
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How to avoid offending original culture when making conculture inspired from original

My conculture, Sakha, is based on Puebloan culture. They live in a mudhouse, practice dry agriculture, don't wear feathers (do they? I thought they're more of Plains culture) and are matrilineal. ...
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What's the quickest way to get the President or equivalent authority on the phone? Life depends on it! [on hold]

Scenario. You have 30 minutes before a deadly cyber-virus will infect everything connected to the internet. The national security level is already high due to recent events. In this future, majority ...
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Is it possible to get doctors to believe you have recently become intellectually disabled? [on hold]

Is it possible to get doctors to believe you have recently become intellectually disabled? I don't care how you do it, lead poisoning or some kind of traumatic brain injury, just as long as you don't ...
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Likely advancement of quality-absorbing sapient

Many anthropologists believe that equatorial Africa became super culturally-advanced and technologically stunted compared to the rest of the Old World in large part because of 1. Lack of trade routes,...
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How would you design Sci-Fi Firearms and ammunition? [on hold]

Apologies in advance, this is going to be a bit of a long read. I am working through the process of fleshing out a science fiction world and want to establish the limits of technology fairly early on,...
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Can medieval weapons (swords, spears, polehammers, etc) be more viable than guns in this SciFi setting?

Context In this world, laws of physics are roughly the same as ours. No placeholder magic involved. Wars are fought by cyborgs/mutants/synthetic mutants (super soldiers) who can manipulate certain ...
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How can sex lead to a boost in performance for competitive sports?

Many believe that sex before a competition can have a negative impact on performance in combat, speed and strength sports in males. Athletes from strength and speed sports showed decreased performance ...
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How effective would a full set of plate armor be against wild animals found in temperate regions (bears, snakes, wolves)?

Imagine the following situation: a late 16th century knight loses his horse in a battle and is forced to flee into a forest to escape capture. He lost all his weapons but still has his plate on (a ...
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Could Synthetic biology in the future be used to create a race of artificial women who would all have Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome? [on hold]

I would like to create a sci- fi stuff and I would focus on artificial people create by artificial genome in lab. One of such sub races would be an all female race that would have CAIS(Complete ...
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WW3 The robot war [on hold]

In the near future could robots that exist today be slightly modified to go off road or in water. In the show called "Battlebots" I imagine, what if it was bot vs Solder. The show is a must watch to ...
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Could the Amazon's jungle exist in a continent without the Andes mountain chain?

I assume a planet like earth. Obviously the Amazon river is fed into the Andes mountains as well as other rivers that give water to the system. Could the same amount of water come from a specific ...
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How can I make the Solar System uninhabitable?

For the Universe I'm creating Humanity has devolved into groups of scattered tribes. This is due to the fact we ran afoul of a really nasty alien race, who decided to leave us homeless. A coalition of ...
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Is a naturally forming matryoshka hoopworld possible? Can it have one contiguous atmosphere? [on hold]

I am thinking something like a Rocheworld but with concentric hoops and a shared atmosphere and ocean. What is the probability of it forming and can life arise on it?

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