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Building a launch loop

A launch loop https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Launch_loop is a proposed way to put lots of things into space at lower unit cost than rockets (only need to pay the energy cost in electricity for each ...
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How would organisms adapt to survive darkness beasts? [expansion to my old question]

[This is an expanded/refined version of my old question: How would animals adapt to darkness-made beasts? ] Premise: 'Beasts'/Seraphins are other-worldly intangible beings (you can't touch them, but ...
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Conditions of the Ocean if all land was in a Supercontinent?

In a scenario in which Earth's continents have reached the Pangaea Ultima supercontinent form, what would the conditions of the ocean be? Would the waves be larger, more storms, stronger/weaker ...
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Is a self contained air-bullet cartridge feasible?

In my world, there is no access to modern or traditional gunpowder. I was wondering if a dedicated technician with a modern shop (cnc machines, and a surplus of parts and raw material, etc) would be ...
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How long can a nation maintain a technological edge over the rest of the world?

My question was raised by this post. Aliens crash-land at the Boston Airport (ie, in the United States). [...] The potential benefits of being able to reverse-engineer their tech alone is enough ...
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Could a cockatrice have parasitic embryos?

I had an idea to make cockatrices "realistic" (as in make a bit more sense) for what ever reason the noble cockatrice has evolved to use other species eggs for its own. It does this by "sitting" on ...
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Crash-landed aliens - political repercussions? [on hold]

Spinning off of the question "Can humans save crash-landed aliens?", I immediately wondered what the real-world political effect such a landing would cause. To summarize - Aliens crash-land at the ...
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Why is old stuff good? [on hold]

It's a common pattern in nearly any imaginary world that "ancient items are powerful artifacts" and stuff. But for what plausible reason? I'm trying to come up with some realistic explanation on why ...
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Could typically electronic sounds be generated mechanically?

I was thinking about our history of music, came upon electronic music and started musing about all the possibilities of modulation and such. I then thought back to a previous question of mine, "How ...
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Enclosed space colony and spread of common viruses

Cold and Flu, are common viruses which normally infect us in the cold of winter. Ironically, those people who always keep themselves warm, stay less out-of-the-house and office, keep their windows ...
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Can you make a star from other gases, and how long would they last?

In my Conworld, the inhabitants have discovered a type of star they cannot identify. I would like it to be a star made not from just hydrogen and helium, like our sun and countless others. But my ...
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Who might lead the avengers if Tony stark leaves [on hold]

It is rumored in various articles that, Iron man might not do any more Marvel movies, then who is gonna spearhead the Avengers?
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Atmosphere of habitable world around K-type star

I'm trying to work out the parameters of my planet, using the spreadsheets that Artifexian has developed (particularly this Planet Calculator and this Atmosphere Calculator) as a guide. In order for ...
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Why did Europeans not widely domesticate foxes?

So I've been thinking for a while about making a world where cats aren't as common and instead are more of a regional domesticated animal, replaced in (mostly Northwestern) Europe by foxes. How come ...
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Where would padding inhibit a limb's movement the least in a quadruped creature?

Of the six limbs of classic dragons, the forelegs always stuck out like a sore thumb. They're dead weight in flight, etc... However, since in my setting you can find any sort of armament, short of a ...
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Putting Ant-Man on house arrest

In Ant Man and the Wasp, Ant Man starts the movie on house arrest. House arrest is enforced by a standard ankle tracking monitor. Of course, this security mechanism proves woefully inadequate since, ...
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What would a typical battalion soldier day look like? [on hold]

I am wondering what a typical day for a soldier would look like. I am interested in a medieval setting. Like when do they get up, when do they train? What kind of food they have. Do they discuss ...
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Can we ever come out of the loophole if we're just characters in this game of universe? [on hold]

What if we human beings and the world around us, or say, the universe is just a game, a virtual reality game or maybe a game like second life, would anything be able to wipe us off, then? There are a ...
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What could prevent concentrated local exploration?

In my world there is a village with a hot spring, the only one on the entire island. The spring emerges from a local cave which has been filled / caved in by a past civilisation, since the water is ...
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How can we trap a soul immediately after a person dies? [on hold]

In other words, before the soul has time to move on to the afterlife (heaven, hell, purgatory, the next incarnation, etc.), how can one “catch” it and contain it (like the Aladdin’s genie was ...
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How large can a rocky planet be? [duplicate]

What is the maximum diameter and mass can a rock-based planet be before it collapsed to degenerate matter? If "rocky" isn't defined enough, assume basalt. "Degenerate" means the planet (or at least ...
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Habitability inside an enclosed solar system

In D&D Spelljammer, there's a concept of "crystal spheres" that enclose a solar system, with its radius being double the radius between the sun and its furthest planet. For my solar system, I did ...
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How can I build a school around a particular form of magic?

Orgone is the measure of a person's connection with the cosmos. It is the conduit through which the power of the cosmos flows, focused through a sorcerer's will. Ritual practicioners must draw on this ...
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Last name earning system [on hold]

I just had an idea for a story based on Islamic Spain and Barbary pirates. But after doing some research I found some kind of chaos and randomness in last names. The people's last names are either: ...
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What happens to holidays as time passes? [on hold]

As the answers in How can I create original holidays for my world? discuss, humans in the "early days" of humankind had no science, so for questions like "why is winter coming?", religious beliefs ...
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How to achieve cat-like agility?

In my world there human-animal hybrids. My protagonist is a snow leopard-human girl (outwards looks almost completely human, except for the tail). These hybrids have been created through experiments, ...
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What range of colors is it physically possible for a humanoid race's skin to have? [on hold]

My story takes a sort of Shadowrun-esque approach to the concept of fantasy races, in that all members of fantasy races are, or are descended from, former humans transformed by magic, though in this ...
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Design of bunkers in a dystopian war - Student Film Project [on hold]

In a country where war has been going on for several years, the government has issued war safety bunkers to the people. The quality of bunkers vary according to the social status of people living in ...
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How do criminal activities take place inside of a prison? [on hold]

This question is broad and can be broken down into several subquestions: What crimes are part and parcel of prison life/culture? We commonly hear of contraband being smuggled inside prison. However, ...
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Is it possible to dye cloth/leather with blood?

Is it possible to dye leather/cloth with blood without it fading, perhaps by using a sealant of some-kind? Note: This would be in an apocalyptic world where advanced chemical compounds would have ...
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Underwater city where Humans can survive [on hold]

I'm working on a city underwater where Humans survive. The 'water' is some kind of fluorocarbon. Where Humans are able to breathe even though it is painful. I think about like inkts (sic) and stuff ...
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How to make an animal which can only breed for a certain number of generations?

What would be the best way in which to genetically modify (or create through some other method) an animal which breeds normally for a certain number (50?) of generations before becoming sterile? ...
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How can a person become completely mute without external indications?

I have searched for a while now, but I cannot find a definite answer. A character I am writing has been captured by the antagonist, operated on and released, now completely mute. I've looked ...
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Can humans save crash-landed aliens?

An alien ship that has been observing earth, and humans in particular, for the past year has sustained catastrophic damage and crash lands on earth. While the alien ship has a crew of about 20 ...
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Weaponising the Grasp-at-a-Distance spell

Wizards have developed a Grasp-at-a Distance spell. It has numerous uses in everyday life of course but the Emperor (may he live forever) wants it to be deployed as a weapon of war. Spell operation ...
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Most effective melee weapons for arboreal combat? (pre-gunpowder technology)

The creatures I am working with are primate-like, hexapodal aliens with a terrestrial/ arboreal lifestyle. On flat land they are able to walk bipedally, freeing up their top 4 arms for manipulating ...
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Would color changing eyes affect vision?

I am writing a medieval fantasy story in which there is a race of humanoids who have multicolored eyes. Their eyes may change to bring out one color or another if they are experiencing very stressful/...
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How can a team of shapeshifters communicate?

There is a group of people who can shapeshift. They send out hunting parties, scout teams, etc. In a circumstance where a group of ten people can look like ten different species (one human, one wolf, ...
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What adaptations would allow standard fantasy dwarves to survive in the desert?

Recently I was talking with a friend of mine on fantasy stuffens. I brought up that its interesting that dwarves are rarely in the desert and he immediately listed reasons why the dwarf build is bad ...
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Growing seaweeds on lakes and seas in tundra-like biome

Ok so I was thinking about a Viking-like civilization living in a tundra biome. So, other than raiding villages southwards or hunting wild beasts in the forest, could they cultivate seaweed for ...
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Plausibility of “diamond”-like crystal and/or mineral substances forming on a planet orbiting a dwarf star

Alright, so the primary inspiration for this is 55 Cancri e, the speculated carbon "diamond world" and to a degree, Nkllon, a planet in Star Wars that is essentially what Cancri is, but "confirmed" to ...
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Plausibility of purple oceans

Alright, so I've been meaning to write out a planet with golden/yellow fields and a violet / purple ocean. What I was thinking about is having the water of this world is so clean and nourishing that ...
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Speed of light, Motionlessness, and Time Travel [on hold]

i want to ask something I quote from some web and got this : 'According to Einstein’s Special Relativity Theory, time is affected by speed. It’s already been proven in the lab that subatomic ...
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One Book Anytime Anywhere [on hold]

If you could pick one book currently in print, and place it anywhere in the world at anytime in the past, what book would it be, where and when? What do you think would happen as a result?
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Hot air balloons lifting bridges in volcanic areas are possible?

In this world, there is a land isolated by a lava line, and the only way to get in there, is across a bridge levitated by hot air balloons. I had the idea of making a wooden bridge being supported by ...
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Random body shuffle every night—can we still function?

Imagine a world where every time you wake up you wake up in a randomly selected body from among the bodies that were asleep at that time. There are some limits—the body should be in at most a roughly ...
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Could a guy with regenerative immortality create a fire from his own corpses [on hold]

There's this man, he has regenerative immortality, besides that, nothing else. Could he light a fire with the corpses he has?
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A photographer with a lot of experience and good reputation does not have a job .. Why [closed]

After the global panic for job stability among my colleagues (I am a photographer), due to the quality of the files recorded with mobile phones, most have made a reserve plan for existence. I would ...
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How much damage would a cupful of neutron star matter do to the Earth?

Suppose we used SCP-261, the vending machine that produces anything, and ask for a cup of neutron star. The machine instantaneously produces this. Suppose also that the vending machine is located at ...
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How could a same sex couple have children?

In my current work, I want same sex couples to be fully integrated in society. As it is set in a medieval fantasy world, survival of the human species relies on having children, so same sex couples ...

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