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Would police robots affect the economy? [closed]

We have all viewed at least one film/movie/video/series that depicted metallic police officers in a dystopian (or utopian, take your pick) future. As the link points out we are already building said ...
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Can I build a space elevator from superman's hair?

In Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (imdb) a single strand of Superman's hair is seen suspending a 1000lbs weight. Is is possible to build a space elevator from strands of a super strong human-hair-...
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Moving people from a dying planet onto the moons of a gas giant

A class F star (1.4 times the mass of the sun — it has to go supernova) is expanding into the red giant phrase. Its Earth-like planet, with life on it, has slowly been pushed out of orbit as it ...
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Is the north pole at Antarctica? [closed]

If opposite magnetic poles attract North<===>South South<===>North Whys is the geographic North Pole called a magnetic South Pole?
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Is there anything that would accelerate the death of the sun?

I am writing a story that is meant to take place after the death of the sun. However, 7.5 billion years might be a little long for most people to stomach. Is there anything that could cause the sun to ...
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What are the most important raw resources for a human colony?

I'm working on colony development. The word is similar to the earth around 5000–4000 B.C. and humans basically known how to hunt, farm, build houses/structures and share their knowledge between ...
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How would the worlds look like when they are part of Dual Gravity?

The film Upside Down showed a fiction movie where 2 planets of gravities exists within a fairly short distance. One may also assume that all parts of one planet is parallel to the other, which means ...
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A psycho-active energy source

Related to this question. Imagine a newly discovered, and thoroughly scientifically scrutinized element, which has been discovered to have the following traits: The substance is semi-gaseous. It is ...
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How would science handle inexplicable yet predictable behavior in an element?

Let me set the scene: A team of scientists in their lab one day is told that some miners have discovered some strange new substance. Its properties are extremely peculiar, unlike anything ever before ...
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Science, Religion, Magic: Can they be maintained in equal and parallel opposition?

This has been a burning question of mine for many years: If magic is real, can it be true that rational scientific thought should exclude it? In the course of discussing it, I've realized I need to ...
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Why would history repeat? [closed]

I'm working on a little project in where humanity has expanded beyond the known solar system to it's fringes and constructed numerous, large spatial stations that have their own atmosphere, some with ...
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Deity generation through the ages

In a thing I'm writing, the plot revolves around 'shards' fragments of a divine power that attach themselves to a rare few humans at birth- one in some many million. When that human hits a massive ...
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How to handle a tri-gendered race

I'm working on a story set in a world with a tri-gendered race of intelligent creatures, the protagonists in the story. I want to be able to explicitly describe sexual intercourse among other things. ...
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Anti-zombie warrior squad

Scenario: A major stock holder in the stack exchange group is a survivalist. And he is fearfull of a zombie outbreak and apocalipse. He has a lot of money to spare. He intends to store a certain ...
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What if the attack on Pearl Harbor had been defeated in World War 2?

It is widely known that the US Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was attacked in the morning of Sunday, 7th December, 1941 - resulting in the US entering the Second World War (source: History.com). ...
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Planetary nitrification: could it work?

Imagine an alien species arrived on Earth, to find that the nitrogen in the air was toxic to them. Imagine they wanted to terraform our planet, and decided to fix this problem by nitrifying a lot of ...
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Possibility of a Spindle Shaped World

We live on this lovely, assumed naturally shaped almost sphere (accepted as an oblate spheriod) that makes everything really nice and easy when it comes to things like constant gravity and horizon ...
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Humans moved to different planets

Say that humanity was lost in a war against alien invasion (denefasan). Another advanced alien (not the one that attacks them, say Aucafidian) which had built an outpost on earth, then decides to ...
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SEAL Team Six versus Mages [closed]

Setting Set in present day Washington D.C, USA. Scenario A group of special operation task forces gathered at a history museum to safeguard a relic believed to be from a lost civilization in ...
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Physics of magically enhanced travel

Background I have a character. He is the master of a particularly specific martial art that is pretty much only movement. But it's pretty powerful, in that he can separately: a) move in a manner that ...
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How to make Rune-Based Magic interesting?

I'm trying to design a world for a fantasy setting where some disgruntled god decided to give the general population magic powers. However, rather than recite a spell or use sheer will to use magic, ...
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Consequences of a Dragon's Hoard

In every fantasy setting, dragons are famous for their massive hoards of treasure. But the economic consequences of money suddenly disappearing from circulation are never really addressed. Smaug, for ...
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How can my skeleton be preserved *and* easily found by my Mars Rover

In my story, I would like to have a contemporary Mars Rover find not only evidence, but a mostly complete skeleton of a homo sapiens that perished around 50,000 years ago when it was exposed to the ...
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Is mining the riverbed in a Venice-like canal city for metal ore feasible?

In a city built on a swamp, composed of many islands linked by canals, like Venice, would it feasible or cost-effective to build sealed tunnels down to the riverbed to mine an expensive metal ore?
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Carbon Fiber armour vs Zombies

I am trying to find an excuse for a bunch of armoured characters running down zombies on the city streets. Medieval armour was not well received. So now i am thinking. There are some places where ...
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Antimatter Storage

Is it possible to contain similarly charged particles in a magnetic field or traps, in generally large scale (say, all of them have positive charge), and could be utilized as power reserves quite ...
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Advantages of armour when fighting zombies

Scenario: A group of friends, stranded in a medieval castle/modern museum, need to go outside to forage for food. They managed to gather complete sets of medieval armour from the museum. Museum is ...
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the intelligent extraterrestrial gift of a single question [closed]

Lets assume that intelligent extraterrestrials visited earth and gave a human a gift of allowing him/her to ask one question and just one. These beings come from far away, humans can't see their ships ...
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Detecting Psionics

In the setting of this question, magic exists. Psionics also exist, but only in a sub-sect of the world's population, in a sort of cult. This instance of psionics requires no components, verbal or ...
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Economic Effects of 'The Rift'

This is going to require some explanation to set up, as I have been working on this world for a while. The world is an isolated alternate dimension (no stars in the sky) that contains a bizarre ...
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What goals to give to a desirable optimizer AI?

Most of people knowing a bit about AI know the concept of paper-clipper, an AI that was meant to produce more paperclips and eventually turn the entire universe into paperclips at maximum efficiency, ...
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Recommended book/framework for fantasy worldbuilding [duplicate]

I have been following worldbuilding for quite sometime. I am writing a fiction with a setup from ancient Indian mythology. It is an alternate universe where Aryans have dominated all the continents ...
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FTL travel is impossible. How is interstellar trade possible?

Assume a universe depressingly like ours, in which special relativity holds. No hyperspace, no warp drive, no wormholes, and even the limited get-out clauses offered by real world physics either don't ...
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How to make flashy fighting practical fighting

I have a friend who is a practitioner of HEMA (Historic European Martial Arts), and who adores telling me all about realistic fighting techniques and why all the fight scenes I love suck. Well, I know ...
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What would robots do after taking over the world [closed]

Assuming that robots have taken over the world (like Ultron, skynet etc..) and eliminated humanity then what would it do. Since those kinds of robots would have lost their purpose that is to eliminate ...
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What phenomenon/situation would thwart the development of electronics by a society?

I'm interested in exploring an advanced society where electronic technology and infrastructure were not developed. What plausible natural phenomenon or context would prevent, or at least strongly ...
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How large could a subterranean society be? [duplicate]

In my fictional world, there is an entire society that lives underground in abandoned mineshafts and the like. In this subterranean 'realm' , there are countries and towns just like on the surface. ...
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Preparation for Lycanthropic Transformation

So, I'd love to have werewolves in the world I'm building, but as it's a sci-fi setting I don't really want them to be magical. I can stomach some pseudoscience, but I want the process to be as ...
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Most effective long-term zombie killing weapon

So I asked this question a few days ago, with excellent and certainly useful feedback. I've decided I'd like to build upon that question with some ways to combat our 'new and improved super zombies'. ...
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In-Between Worlds: Building a Portal Interchange the Right Way

I am working on redesigning the deep-level setting for my Rynn series. The idea is to have several thousand (up to a hundred thousand) interconnected Places, spread out among a hundred or so different ...
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How to make a fictional anarchist society believable to non-anarchists?

I'm a free-market anarchist* and, not surprisingly, I enjoy writing sci-fi and fantasy stories about societies without governments. However, I do NOT want to write stories that only myself and those ...
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How would the earth be different if the crust was at most 1km thick?

Currently, the crust varies from 4km (oceanic) to 10km (continental) to 30km (mountains). How would the earth be different if it was all 1/4 the thickness? So it was 1km, 2km and 7km? Would we have ...
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Low-tech inertial dampener options

As mentioned in this discussion: How to keep humans pilots instead of AI in sci-fi future? the ability to handle G forces is a limiting factor on what pilots can do. Some of my solutions to address ...
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How would this country react to an unprepared war? [closed]

My country is located on 3 islands in the middle of the ocean. Its military/police force consists of a few special forces units. The tech level is mostly the same as today for the attacker with about ...
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How should I go about inciting a civil war in a primitive, isolated country? [closed]

The country in question is small, more like a single city than a sovereign nation, fear-wracked, and under the imposition of a fascist matriarchy. The country exists in roughly the early Middle Ages. ...
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The military application of predictive modeling

In the world that I am building there is what amounts to a militaristic application of psychohistory. Advanced mathematics are used to make tactical forecasts, and like the psychohistory upon which I ...
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How would really old people think or act?

A lot of fictional works contain people who are well over 100 years old, some 200, some 1000s of years old. The Emperor Of Mankind for example is over 10,000 years old. Colin from Highlander is over ...
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Is it reasonable to have a town that is only accessible by sea?

Let's say that in a medieval world, a town has been built on the coast, the location chosen as it has ideal conditions for a port town (natural harbor, lots of nearby resources etc.). It is a good ...
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Which Profession will be the fastest to build the world? [closed]

Which group of people belonging in the same Job/Profession will most likely be the fastest to rebuild the 2015 technological level and in how many years will they be able to reach it? Details: The ...
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Could a bird be a match for a small airship?

Could a large, aggressive bird of prey take an aircraft the size and weight of two motorcycles out of the sky? The bird is about the size of a child, but has sentient intellect. If it got through the ...

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