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How many people would you need to pull a whale over cobblestone streets?

A whale, lets say a humpback (~40 tons) has to be pulled about 250 m from the port to the town square. The road is classic cobblestone. People put hooks into the whale meat with ropes attached and ...
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What would be the consequences of a planet having a core predominantly made of Krypton?

So I'm currently working on a fan project to redesign Superman's home planet of Krypton. This new Krypton is 1.6x the size of Earth and orbits the red dwarf star known to us as LHS-2520, 27.1 ...
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How would flight factor into shepherding for Aarakocra (birdfolk, basically)?

So, my setting, as of now, is a singular supercontinent, with a large mountain system running across one of its sides, basically the fantasy equivalent of the Andes. On paper this (or at least its ...
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Why is transplanting a specific intact brain impossible if it is generally possible?

In the near future Science Fiction novel I am writing, the personality and memory of a person are transferred to an artificial brain after a fatal accident, creating an artificial intelligence with ...
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Which Stars Would Best Suit For the Habitable Zone of The Nine Norse Earths?

In an alternate universe, the nine realms of Norse mythology--Midgard, Asgard, Vanaheimr, Jotunheimr, Alfheimr, Hel, Nidavellir, Niflheim and Museplheim--are actual, real-life "Earths", in the sense ...
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How much agricultural land per person in medieval society? [closed]

In medieval society corresponding to approximately year 1200 in Holy Roman Empire, how much agricultural land would there be on average per person? What would be typical composition of the land? (...
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A practical post apocalypse bullet farm for the survivor on a budget [closed]

In a post apocalyptic society (let's say northern Arizona or southern Colorado) or just outside of a city what would be Needed to practically 'farm' (produce) modern bullets? The idea is to be able to ...
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How can an immortal surrogate pass on genes to a fertilized embryo?

I am part of a group of immortals from the planet Ziest. From the dawn of time we came…moving silently down through the centuries. Living many secret lives, struggling to reach the time of the ...
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Space Combat Friendly Physics: Jump Drives?

I'm doing some thought experiments towards a computer game that simulates space combat, and I want my engagements to be interesting to players but still be relatively hard-science. Yes, I know this is ...
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Could Devils Tower Be the Model for Rapunzel's Tower?

Many adaptations of the Brothers Grimm tale of Rapunzel have come up with ways to make Rapunzel's tower so unscalable that the only way up is to ask her to let down her very, very, very long hair. ...
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How to calculate the average temperature of a planet with greenhouse gases?

I am creating a planet with an orange dwarf as its host star and which is at a certain distance from it in such a way that it receives 1 % of the light received by the Earth from the Sun. Obviously, ...
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House blimp living [closed]

What problems might I run into if I live in an airship? I would like to entertain the possibility to park tethered to a sky scraper in an unpowered airship in order to save money and travel time. I ...
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Would creating a Hero Organisation be a smart move? [closed]

After watching One Punch Man for so long, I became interested in trying to create a "Hero Association" for my fictional fantasy world. See in the world i'm creating, there exists fantasy races ...
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What is my malfunctioning AI harvesting from humans?

The scenario described below is for a role-playing game. The setting is Earth-like but with a healthy dose of sci-fi. Even though the setting is sci-fi I would prefer answers be largely based in real ...
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Will my futuristic homing tracker signal be lost inside a mountain?

My protagonist is being pursued, and they have put a tracker in his arm he cannot remove, lest it blow up and kill him. Pretty standard stuff. It's the future, so maybe the tracker is more ...
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What is the best way to cause swarm intelligence to be destroyed?

In my story, there is a large group of humanoid clones that help the city function, doing mundane tasks such as cleaning and maintaining the city. Doing all of the minimum wage jobs and 95% of the ...
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Best gun to modify into a monsterhunter weapon?

In my post-apocalyptical-urban-fantasy setting, the main character is a mercenary mage who uses a gun with a big bayonet as his main weapon. The blade is supposed to be some kind of a glaive. The ...
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Plausibility of Ice Eaters in the Arctic

Could a creature plausibly exist with its diet consisting of consuming ice, possibly for hydration? I'm unaware if it needs a secondary diet for nutrition, but how would its metabolism feasibly work?...
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How could mega-biomes be possible?

I was wading in a creek today and imagined if a little rock was the size of a person. Then I thought about how something like that would even be possible. I came up with a few ideas but am still ...
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Steam-powered organ

Today I visited a two hours long organ concert (man, it was amazing) and weird idea have popped up in my head: organ powered by steam instead of pressurized air. This also made me thinking that it ...
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Interplanetary fighter craft

Am I correct in assuming that an interplanetary fighter craft using existing technology, that functions exclusively in the vacuum of space, could be made inherently lighter, more maneuverable, more ...
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Could a living creature produce silicon carbide?

Silicon carbide is a ceramic often used in vehicle and body armor, but could a living creature produce and use it the same way? Assume the creature was genetically engineered.
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How quickly could a country build a tall concrete wall around a city?

I'm currently in the world-building phase of my book (hence why I'm here). To add some perspective before I ask my question. The story is based in Britain, during the year 2032. In my story, there ...
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What gases could be present in a viable atmosphere for humans?

I'm working on a story involving humans looking for another habitable planet, and I have been scouring the net for days, finding lots of info on varying levels of oxygen and nitrogen, but none that ...
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If there were no space agencies, could a person go to space?

I'm writing a story and I was thinking about the ending in advance. I posted a question about how the population would be wiped out. I have developed from that and thought about the virus having no ...
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What would cause a world wide pandemic?

I am writing a story about being "alone" on earth, I want it to be caused by a virus but I am unsure about the details of it. I know that the virus: Should kill most of the worlds population leaving ...
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Does it make sense to occupy open space?

I was thinking about space as a measured and marked series of boundary lines to denote ownership and governance. The problem is that I'm having trouble seeing that as useful. If there's no particular ...
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Supers as political refugees?

Scenario: two states, (A) and (B). Both nations contain a very small percentage of supers, or rather, citizens with extended abilities (though low-level in nature, more circus acts than comic-book ...
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Can we create a human recognition technology for long guns that disables it from mass shootings? [closed]

I have been imagining tech welded to a long gun that makes shootings of public groups of people -- public mass shootings -- almost or totally impossible. What if there was human body recognition ...
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What is more plausible, viruses in a host brain or a viral colony becoming conscious?

In my story I have a strain of virus capable of stealing parts of or changing its hosts DNA, so it could copy the abilities in nature for its next host of choice by taking the genes which control the ...
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How to care for your critically injured dragon: Medieval edition | Part 1: staying hydrated

After the Pucci Gang successfully reset D&D universe #405 into a physics compliant version of itself, things went south rather fast. For instance, somewhere high up in the mountains a village of ...
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Plants and Animals “Switch Places” - How Could This Have Happened?

Setting the Scene Say that you have a planet where, like on Earth, you have a taxonomic branch of its overall "Tree of Life" graph that has all the traits we associate with the "Plant" Kingdom on our ...
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Creating Border in Box-like World [closed]

I'm creating a world in outer space. The people live in a box-like structure because outside the planet is uninhabitable. In this box, the houses are built in rows of two or three with 5 columns, in a ...
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What would religious debates look like in a religion designed by a time-traveler to help mankind? [closed]

A time traveler, Roy, is marooned in the ancient era. Time and place are negotiable: ancient Greece, Roman Judea, ancient China, etc. There's no hope of getting back, but he's an intelligent fellow ...
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Can we realisticly ever land on alien planet? [closed]

This question is heavily inspired by Netflix series Another Life We build another worlds to be explored. Mostly by humans. However, reckless behavior of space crew of ship Salvare made me realize, ...
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How can glass marbles naturally occur in a desert?

I had a dream that on my alien planet, there was a large desert that had naturally occurring glass marbles in the sand. My dream logic was that the sand was melted into glass and natural weathering ...
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What is the bio-mechanical plausibility of a fox with venomous fangs?

For context, I've been working on a fantasy race for use in a science fiction novel, the gist of which is essentially a red fox that has had its genes manipulated by a supernatural force with the ...
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Cliches to avoid when developing a fantasy nomad culture [closed]

The hero of a fantasy or science fiction story goes to another world and meets a fictional group of semi-nomadic and/or hunter-gatherer people, but, like, maybe not in a transparently racist way. ...
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Boomerang fighting style?

Context: I'm currently writing a story where I'm giving unconventional and otherwise impractical battle weapons more spotlight. So I am currently contemplating making my main character a boomerang(s) ...
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is it possible to terraform a planet made of human excrement into habitable planet?

my question is pretty much in the title and i mean in "habitable planet" like earth, but not necessary to be same size or content. so i was thinking rather than finding habitable planet which ...
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Is this atmospheric composition breathable on a planet with 50% more surface pressure?

I've read all the related questions on here and as far as I can tell this should be breathable on my planet Liskuel, which has 1.5 bars of pressure. However, I'm really bad at maths and don't really ...
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Is a hot or cold environment better for intelligent beings? [closed]

I have always assumed that cold would be better for an intelligent being to work in mainly because of electronics. Electronics work better in the cold than the heat. Heat also makes it harder to work. ...
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How useful would a pharmacist be in ancient times [closed]

Would a modern pharmacist be able to improve life expectancy of the known world by a huge margin if they traveled back to ancient times with none of their equipment preferably around 1500bc Egypt
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Modern weapons in space [duplicate]

So in many space fighting games, if the game is 1st POV, there's aliens. And, it's common that the humans are fighting on alien ships. BUT, the weapons are often conventional (no plasma cannons) ...
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How to realistically deal with a shield user?

Fantastic universe, but not necessarily magic involved in the process. You face a guy who has a shield (tower shield of not). You do not have a shield, but you are a better swordsman. How do you win? ...
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Plausibility of helium dominated atmospheres on super-Earths

I've been using this helpful diagram a lot for worldbuilding. Now I came to think about the fact that helium is more massive than hydrogen, thus a scenario where hydrogen escapes, but helium is ...
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How many years before enough atoms of your body are replaced to survive the sudden disappearance of the original body’s atoms?

A magician summons a person to the material world to be their servant. Their body is not made from true atoms per se, but is some kind of force projection. In most ways though, they act as a person ...
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Where to Put Self-Reliant, Rugged Individualists?

In fiction that tries to provide a wide diversity of cultural stances on the collectivism-individualism stances, there is often a trope that self-reliant, no-nonsense, rugged individualists (as a ...
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Identify Batman without getting caught [closed]

Welcome to C.A.L.V.E.S. Consultants And Lawyers for the Villainous Evil and Stupid Your assignment is to discover the real identity of the masked vigilante commonly known as Batman aka The Caped ...
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Plausibility of (large) continents on a world with hundreds of tectonic plates

Suppose an earth-like world with roughly 500 major tectonic plates. Question What is the plausibility of such a world to sustain (large) continents? Why? Further clarifications: speed of plates: ...

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