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What happens to victims of a terrorist attack [closed]

Two college students are walking through the city to get to school. When a terrorist attack happens, a number of people are killed and many more are injured. The terrorist are killed and the police ...
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Anatomically Correct Vampire Teeth; Location, location, location

In pop culture Vampire teeth are often assumed/shown to be just like human teeth except that they have fangs instead of canines. After spending way too much time in front of the mirror, making weird ...
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The Mighty Generation Ship Jupiter

"The planet moves" Inspired by this link in a comment from Gryphon here, I also see the concept in this question. We've colonized the moons of Jupiter adjusted their orbits to our satisfaction (to ...
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How can a patriarch ensure the loyalty of a competing clan through marriage?

The great war was a violent time in which clans battled each other for land and power. These clans were normally headed by the oldest or strongest male in the clan, called the patriarch. One of the ...
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Temperature and climate “under” the gas giant in a tidally locked moon

I've begun the laborious (but fun!) process of putting another world together. Known constraints include: Habitable, (super-)Earth-sized, tidally-locked moon to a gas giant; the giant, where visible,...
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Basic amenities required for a low-tech, isolated colony to be self-sustaining [closed]

I am an indie game developer creating my first public project. This project is set in a post-apocalyptic world where there is a colony that is walled off from external threats. Characteristics of ...
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How long would the military stay supplied with high powered defensive gear

In our world, when the world breaks down because of an influx of mythological creatures(Krakens, giants, etc...) sea travel becomes nigh but impossible because of people dying on their ships and ...
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How would a teenage UK girl get 3 months off school? [closed]

The girl is 14 and wants to participate in a video game tournament, specifically The International DotA 2 tournament. She has found place with a team and it's 2 months before TI. Assuming they qualify,...
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What would Canadian accents, and Canadian English, sound like without American influence? [closed]

One of the major influences on Canadian accents was all the American Loyalists who came to Canada because of the American Revolution. If that had never happened, what would the various (English-...
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How to get rid of human waste without using bodies of water

A particularly religious people living in a land filled with rivers need to get rid of their excreta. They have disfavoured sewers and dumping waste on water because they venerate oceans and rivers, ...
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What advantages could I give to “Halflings” to make them viable

I'm my sci-fi setting's history, various hominid species are in competition with each other for dominance of earth and its resources. Among these races are "Halflings" ... okay, not haflings per se, ...
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A purely mechanical bell in a clock tower that automatically rings gradually faster on a specific night of the year

This question pertains to the videogame The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. In this game, the bell from the Clock Town clock tower can be heard from pretty much anywhere in the world at certain times, ...
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Why would blood transfusions not make my force abilities stronger?

Midichlorian's are chemical compounds found within every living cell that forms the basis between the connection life and the Force. Without midichlorians, life would be impossible. The amount of ...
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Separating light gases from heavy without chemistry

How do steampunk civilizations get lifting gas? Inspired by the above question I was tempted to suggest collecting the gases rising from public toilets. I know that human gaseous emissions contain ...
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Pocket Universe “Bethorm” [closed]

According to the writings of Prof. M.A.R. Barker, of Tekumel fame, the solar system containing the planet Tekumel was thrust into a pocket universe. The reason for the displacement is unknown, but ...
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Creating Video Game Armor

So, I find almost every video game funny. I mean, in the big picture, how many theoretical physicists did you see toppling interdimensional empires, punching elder gods in the scrotum, and killing ...
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Life in permanent shadow

I've been experimenting with a fantasy world that is flat, with the sun fixed in place over the centre. The day-night cycle is provided by the sun dimming and then brightening again. Most of the rest ...
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Would it be possible to genetically engineer Dragons? [duplicate]

DRAGONS. ARE THEY POSSIBLE? By current genetic engineering..? no. But let's say somehow we got shot 200 years into the future?! Would you think it would be possible scientifically? Defining "...
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How could a creator develop from pure energy to a conscious all knowing being [closed]

Let's assume the purpose of life is to reproduce to survive and on the quantum level for sub atomic particles to bond for longevity. Could an unknown force of energy throughout the ages of time ...
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How could the elevator at The Wall be powered?

In the show Game of Thrones there is this thing called The Wall. It is a monstrous, 300 mile (≈ 483 km) long bulwark consisting of a fortified ice wall that is 700 feet (≈ 213 meters) high (check the ...
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How to prevent superluminal traveling idiots from wrecking half of the universe?

Linked but not a duplicate of this question. An example of the problem During the last Star-Wars movie, I was dumbfounded by the sheer stupidity of admiral Holdo's move, during this particularly ...
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Aeolipile vehicle in the 14-15th century [closed]

If this was ever invented, how effective would it be? And how can it be improved upon to perhaps be the first steam train?
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Would a planet the size of Mercury with the gravity of Earth be scientifically possible? [duplicate]

I'm trying to do calculations for a planet around the size of Mercury with the gravity of Earth. Would the gravity be too high for a planet this size? Do I have to change some numbers, or is this ...
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Team of people need to destroy a highly guarded room without hurting anyone [closed]

In my fantasy novel, there is a rebellion that needs to be stopped. They have a weapon in a highly guarded room that is under ground. The team tasked with stopping the rebellion plans to drop several ...
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What would be the most viable form of lighting in future bladerunner-esque cities? By viable, I mean widespread and efficient [closed]

Neon has been around for a very long time in cyberpunk narratives. LED seems like the way to go according to some of the responses - any other viable candidates?
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Problems Blending Sci-fi & Traditional Fantasy? [closed]

I have been cautioned against blending: Traditional fantasy elements Such as magic systems and exotic, less plausible creatures (on a scientific level - magic tends to explain away these beasts) ...
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Occupation Forces

So, I'm well aware that Sci-fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale. This is an effort to avert this for intragalactic conquest. My mighty space navy has crushed a solar system's defensive fleet, and now ...
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What would it look like in the accretion disk of a feeding supermassive black hole?

I wanted two characters unaffected by the heat and gravity to be close to a super massive black hole within the accretion disk, at times moving in orbit and at times completely still. Stars and ...
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How close could a planet get to a super massive black hole before being destroyed

I wanted to create a scene where two god-like characters are talking or fighting on a planet or fragment of planet to which they've teleported that's about to be obliterated by a black hole. The ...
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How would a world evolve with regular blizzards? [closed]

Imagine there are severe magical blizzards coming from the south pole at regular intervals. Since they're magical, let's assume they can cross the equator and don't lose strength over time. They are ...
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“Landing” a small asteroid on Earth

I've been poking around similar posts, but none seem to contain the information I'm looking for. I'll try to keep it brief. In the year 20XX, some powerful organizations are trying to "land" an ...
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How might my sea dwelling civilization defend against land-dwellers?

I've searched through a lot of merpeople related questions on this site and didn't see anything that related particularly to me as most questions have to do with underwater combat or dwellings on the ...
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Dwarfism in a 9 foot tall humanoid race

My story has a race exactly like humans, except they grow to be on average 9 feet tall. One of characters belongs to this race, but she is considered a dwarf to her people. This causes her to live ...
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How can I prevent the military from overthrowing the triumvirate?

This empire was founded on the basis of a triumvirate with each leader governing their own spear while being prevented from interfering with the others. The clerical spear is made up of the nation's ...
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Can-and-String Telecommunications Network - Repeaters and Amplifiers

Background We know about the can-and-string telephone. There are various claims about the maximum distance over which this is effective. Let's say 100 feet is possible without too much loss and ...
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How big is my Giant?

The hero saves the captured giant, and as a reward, the giant presents the hero with a magic ring... However, the ring is made for giant fingers, so the hero decides to wear it as an armband instead. ...
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How to stop cannibalism because of a world's lack of resources? [closed]

Create this mental picture in your head: A World named Gazon that used to be full of life until the Sentient Gazons you created used up all the available resources and started eating each other. Only ...
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Camel guns/ zamburak

How effective are these guys? And could they somehow be considered the predecessor to the modern tank just as the horses of the medieval age were?
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How can I create a new planet/satellite system that generates tides of 6-8 metres?

I'm creating a new setting for a novel. I'd like to build a world where the interaction between the planet and its satellite/satellites can generate a normal tide excursion around 6/8 metres. ...
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Possible sky colors compatible with life on earth

This question has been asked in similar forms on this site already with some good answers like here: What Color Can the Sky Be? How could the sky be orange in a breathable atmosphere? What would ...
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Can a troll hide withstand bullets?

The trolls in my story have a very thick and nigh impenetrable skin. In the time before guns, you would need a very sharp high-grade steel blade to breach the skin and, even then, after a few hits, ...
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What would be a source of iron to ward off faeries in todays world

In a story I'm writing, I'm going to need iron to ward off magical creatures, faeries to be exact. This iron should not be used in an alloy with other metals or coated with something like paint, tin,...
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What could make a ship made of pumice seaworthy?

I'm designing the type of ships an amphibious race could use for long distance travel, like a floating house, following oceanic currents. I imagine it shaped like an iceberg, with more structure below ...
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In a world with 12 moons but NO sun, how to define a day? [closed]

I made the map of my fantasy world before thinking about the physics, as you can see bellow the art! I'm interested to understand how to decide which moon is in the sky at a given moment, if it's ...
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If Earth's atmosphere were to be enclosed, what effects would what have?

A universe-destroying parasite is set loose, and basically earth is placed under magical quarantine. (Think of it like the world is wrapped in magical cellophane.) My question is, how would earth's ...
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Could the 14-15th century world build a tank/AFV?

Using technology already available to them at the time, could the 14-15th century world create a somewhat effective tank/AFV that could either be used to move artillery quicker around the battlefield ...
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How can a species of natural time-travelers have a meaningful society?

Consider a fantasy species of "natural" time travelers. To define some specifics: Relevant Rules While it is not effortless, this species can move against the "arrow of time" much as a human can ...
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Mining Metallic Hydrogen

The Hegemony is in need of superconductors for their fleets of stratospheric craft (stratocraft for short) as well as many, many, many other applications. I recently read metallic hydrogen is a ...
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how can I replace the center of power in Christendom from Rome to Constantinople?

I, Emperor Lucifer the 1st, am the undisputed ruler of the Byzantine Empire, better known as the True Roman Empire. To secure my dominance, I plan to cement myself as the ruler of all Christendom in ...
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How can I launch a projectile to hit something in orbit, using only geological structures and power sources?

As an ancient organism whom currently occupies a large chunk of a planet beneath the surface, I have a pesky issue with an invasive species. These humans have decided to colonize my home, mistaking it ...

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