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Would direct use of kinetic energy be able to simulate a solid object?

For context, imagine that a human being has reality warping powers based on knowledge. Basically, if you know how something works and what manipulations have to happen for a certain result to occur, ...
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Is there really no realistic way for a skeleton monster to move around without magic?

One of the solutions I think is making the muscle go inside the bone, something look like an exoskeleton creature. either mechanical or organic making the artificial muscle developed inside the marrow,...
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Can spiky arm guards/bracer be an alternative weapon for blunt attack or will wielder get broken bones upon hitting?

Basically what's in the title: If someone uses a spiky arm guard/bracer (long bracelet type armor not gauntlet) while bashing/battering an opponent (with or without armor) would this result in the ...
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What advantages would a “night watch” of Androids have compared to just the ship's onboard systems?

The industrial company Astor since 2124 has equipped all "Long Hauls" (voyages beyond 3 months) with cryopofs in accordance with a new company bylaw and cost cutting measure (less resources the crew ...
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After the head, what part of the body is most vulnerable to blunt force trauma?

I'm in the process of re-evaluating what weapons my superhuman characters would find useful when fighting each other, and something recently occurred to me regarding blunt weapons like hammers, maces, ...
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Hierarchy: Protect, absorb and reflect vs destructive parasitic or vampiric spells such as leech or draw [closed]

Suppose there are two wizards, one using light magic to protect himself and others, via wards, barriers, shield spells and with some focus on drawing and absorbing energy whilst also attempting to ...
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How could an uplifted falcon's brain work?

In JJBA: Stardust Crusaders, there was a two-parter with a falcon stand-user, called Pet Shop, as the antagonist. The character kinda intrigued me, so I decided to steal it while Araki wasn't watching....
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Dragon forelimb placement

Most dragons (before Skyrim and GoT) had six limbs in total, four legs and a pair of wings. The question is how would a dragon's forelimbs be placed? It's obvious they have good terrestrial ...
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Fencing style for blades that can attack from a distance [closed]

Due to all the edits and clarifications asked I will re write the question tomorrow, thanks for your patience. Leaving this up until then, for reference. In the setting I'm working on, magitech has ...
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What would our food taste like to a far-out alien civilization? [closed]

In my world, aliens who have been able to create wormhole tech and visit earth to immerse themselves in the culture here. they split into groups and visit the largest cities (NY, London, Paris, ...
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How many unique sounds should be in a Conlang? [migrated]

When making a constructed language what number of unique sounds should I aim for? At the moment I have 90 unique vowel/diphthong sounds that use tonal and length distinction. In addition I've chosen ...
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Minimum level of technology to have a modern tax system?

As is my understanding (this is not my specialty), for the vast majority of history the crown (whatever sovereign entity exists at the head of the state) gathered income through a few means: Tariffs (...
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Plants That Use Chitin in Place of Lignin

What would the appearance and structure of trees be like if they used chitin, instead of lignin, for cell walls? This is assuming that all other properties are basically unchanged. These trees would ...
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Could an aircraft fly or hover using only jets of compressed air?

In a world with practically unlimited energy and advanced technology they have no need to burn fuels for energy or even use fire. To travel around their huge planet cities they use aircraft and hover ...
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Mutually beneficial digestive system symbiotes

On an Earth-like planet, an intelligent species evolved in symbiosis with another species that lives in their digestive system and act as the microbial gut flora in humans do. What implementations of ...
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A fast apocalypse with survivors, but very low chance of rebuilding [closed]

I need an event which could make the world go from "similar to today" to post-apocalyptic in one lifetime, preferably in 20-40 years. It needs to happen fast, because I want to focus the story on ...
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6answers
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What would happen to a modern skyscraper if it rains micro blackholes?

Set in present day New York City, an unknown spacecraft of alien origin expelled millions of micro blackholes each with the mass of a grape in the earth atmosphere. I like to know what happens if ...
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How can a race remain “good”?

There is a world where gods exist—but they are just mighty beings. Not almighty and surely not omnipotent. However, far beyond any capabilities of any mortal beings (they're gods after all). Gods, ...
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Submarine propulsion using evaporation

In a post-post-apocalyptic world with adequately schizophrenic tech, a tinkerer decides to build a submarine engine around a lump of radium, or some other reliable source of heat. But instead of using ...
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5answers
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Important resources for Dark Age civilizations?

In a time period with medieval technology, what would be the most important local resources? I've put together a small list and broken it down into categories, but I'd like to know if there's anything ...
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How does one intimidate enemies without having the capacity for violence?

I'm building a world in a nation role-play community. I recently have begun to use ftl technologies (ftl information transfer and travel) while the majority of the community has had ftl technologies ...
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Is it possible to break the sound barrier in space with a really fast spacecraft

I was doing some research online about slower-than-light interstellar spacecraft, and it got me thinking about a couple things. Although it may seem empty, the space between stars isn't a perfect ...
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Are healing potions scientifically plausible?

As clarification we're talking about those common fantasy healing potions that recover health over time and their scientific plausibility. Here are some results from my research on the subject: ...
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Would it be possible to create a spandex looking suit that at the same time offers physical protection?

I'd like to know if such a material would be, at least, theoretically possible nowadays, if we somehow were to be able to have enough material of whichever one we wished for and the theoretical ...
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Could gravitational lensing be used to protect a spaceship from a laser?

Suppose Ship A is being targeted by Ship B, which intends to use a laser weapon in an attempt to destroy Ship A. Ship A has special technology that allows it to alter gravity (mainly used for ...
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Non-causality-violating FTL travel. / Can omnipotence beat causality?

While building my sifi world I dug into ftl-travel and encountered these mean bullies, causality and relativity. They told me I can't have faster than light travel, because effect can't precede cause ...
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How might a deepwater mermaid react to sunlight and heat?

One of my mermaids is on land in the daytime, and I'm just wondering what the sudden existence of sunlight and Florida heat might feel like for her, since she's from the mesopelagic zone and is ...
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Is it possible to create light that imparts a greater proportion of its energy as momentum rather than heat?

This is yet another question concerning lasers as employed by sorcerers in a particular fantasy setting, but this one pertains to the momentum that photons possess and whether it's possible to ...
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How to blow up water and fly through the wake

I want to achieve the following. Jet + secret base underwater + blow up water with bomb to gain entry to tunnel at bottom of the sea, see image: Say that the depth is 1000m, then Based on calculation ...
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In what sort of environment might a species with biological wheels evolve, and what would they look like?

So for a thought experiment I came up with the idea of a species that uses wheels for locomotion, sort of inspired by a species shown in His Dark Materials. Under what circumstances would such a ...
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What would a lethal laser attack by a sorcerer look like?

In a magic system that allowed the manipulation of energy by sorcerers, what would a bystander observe during such an attack? Some details are relevant: As I understand it, lasers are visible due to ...
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How to explain day is 10 times as bright but no warmer?

Set at the present day Earth, the daylight on average is ten times as bright as today, approximately 111,000 lux at noon for example and subject to geographic and the air quality etc. I am looking for ...
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How can I determine the largest possible population that a ring world can comfortably support?

The gods have given up on the habital planet scheme and have decided to design this universe differently. They have filled it with a space structure called a banks orbital. These habitats are purpose-...
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Could an entirely (or mostly) hydraulic muscular system work in terrestrial vertebrates?

In Invertebrates, Muscular Hydrostat, which is a form of biological hydraulic, is used for locomotion. On Earth, (as far as I'm aware) no system exists where hydraulics perform in conjunction with a ...
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Could a future, science-fiction submarine navigate almost vertical and/or turn upside down?

I have followed this forum for quite some time. Now is the time to ask my first question :) I'm currently working on a story in which a future, civilian luxury submarine is used to research some ...
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Which aircraft would be effective in medieval times? [closed]

Based slightly off the anime GATE, if I had excess to modern military technology and an army to operate them in medieval times like the anime, which aircraft would be better suited to destroy a city?...
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How can I prevent hyper evolved versions of regular creatures from wiping out their cousins?

The world is covered in mana, the life force that flows through all things. In certain places, this mana saturates to high levels. This affects the animals living in those areas, who absorb the high ...
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How could a medieval army only use unarmed combat and still be effective?

This medieval fighting force, we'll just call them the Bruiser Army, uses only unarmed combat, but how are they still effective? They have absolutely no range compared to the spears and swords of ...
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Little known, relatively unlikely, but scientifically plausible, apocalyptic (or near apocalyptic) events [closed]

We know the common tropes for an apocalyptic event: meteor/asteroid hits earth; crazy infectious virus/bacteria; AI takes over; we nuke ourselves; climate change; hostile aliens. But what are some ...
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Modern Landscape Lacking Wood Decomposers

What would a modern landscape look like with the absence of lignin decomposing fungi, bacteria, and etc. What I mean is...would a forested area just become filled with fallen trees instead of a more ...
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Could genetic engineering enable humans to make use of titanium or some similar material instead of calcium for bone formation?

I'm planing to create "super powers" born out of genetic engineering, but I don't want magic miracle stuff like an x-man, I'm looking for a realistic approach, so overall can you modify the materials ...
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How can I design a glamour spell for a creature that meets certain requirements? [closed]

The malcubi are demons from hell that consume people's souls during the act of intercourse. They have lived on earth since the days of early Mesopotamia, devouring men to feed their hunger and sustain ...
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Can the Meissner effect explain very large floating structures?

James Cameron's Avatar featured floating mountains which stayed aloft due to the Meissner effect; they contained large quantities of the room-temperature superconductor unobtainium, which, due to ...
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Would separating people into 2 groups help the economy in any way?

Would splitting humans into two groups, those that work and live during the night, and those that work and live during the day, help the economy in any way? What would be other considerations of ...
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Assassin's bullet with mercury

This is something I have been wondering: if an assassin wanted to kill their target with a bullet from a sniper rifle, can they dip it in liquid mercury so even if the bullet itself doesn't kill them, ...
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Can mass be shunted off into hyperspace, but the matter remains?

My question is this: can excess mass be bled off into hyperspace (the large and compact extra dimensions, not the Star Wars-esque swirling vortex), yet the matter remains in our universe? Is mass too ...
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Anatomy of a walking octopoid

I have some alien creatures which are essentially land-going octopoids somewhat larger than humans. Tentacles not being a good form of propulsion on land, they have rudimentary 'legs' with one bone ...
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Is it logically or scientifically possible to artificially send energy to the body?

Is it possible to use a power plant-like machine to create small amounts of electrical (or other) energy directly inside the human body, making it such that the human has energy for activity without ...
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Which edge shape is better to cut things with for a chain sword type/style?

To help you get the idea of what I mean, here is an example of the edge. Imagine the edge can move like a chain sword or chain saw, so don't take it too literally. Don't consider the entire sword ...
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Designing a worldbuilding workshop for policymakers [closed]

I'm an economic researcher and I think that worldbuilding as an exercise could offer some valuable tools to policymakers as they try to imagine possible futures and then design policies which would ...

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