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Why would cyborgs, assuming they are rare, be found in the lower classes rather than the elite?

You only notice the Cyborgs who don't pass And it's really expensive to get a body mod that is indistinguishable from the natural form. There is actually a reasonable number of Cyborgs amongst the ...
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If magic is accessed through tattoos, how do I prevent everyone from having magic?

Magical tattoos are insanely complex and have to be made accurately or they might backfire terribly. Accordingly, the tattooists who can do them are rare, in high demand, and can ask for steep prices. ...
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If magic is accessed through tattoos, how do I prevent everyone from having magic?

The Lovecraftian Solution You can go down to a local magi-tattoo parlour and get a new spell inked. It's not proprietary, or particularly difficult. Most people have the "good health" ...
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Why would cyborgs, assuming they are rare, be found in the lower classes rather than the elite?

Modifications are detrimental for quality of life. Replacing a normal arm with a mechanical one may be better than living with a stump, but there will always be low-grade pains, worry about infection, ...
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Would life expectancy increase if we replaced healthy organs with artificial ones?

No - not in a worthwhile way. Given the current state of medicine, organ break down is not your main problem any more. Operations to replace organs with artificial ones work, although there is still ...
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Making Dual Wielding Possible-And Effective

but according to research is way too impractical; two weapons get in the way of each other, striking with both blades is akin to punching with both fists, and attacking with two weapons isn't any more ...
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How can a repressive government quickly but non-permanently disable human vocal cords in a way that allows only that government to restore them?

Shock Collars Simplest method is just a shock collar around the neck. Easy to do and undo by the untrained. Also doubles as a bugging device and GPS locator for true big brother action. Surgery gets ...
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If magic is accessed through tattoos, how do I prevent everyone from having magic?

Giving someone a sword does not make them a warrior. Giving someone a bow and some arrows does not make them an archer. Giving someone a pen and paper does not make them a writer. Using them well also ...
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Making Dual Wielding Possible-And Effective

No Anatomical Changes Needed A lot of sources say that duel wielding is not historically accurate, or practical, or even doable, but this is simply not true. What is true is that duel wielding was ...
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Is it theoretically possible for the human body to not defecate?

The tricky problem is bile. If a person is fed and watered completely by vein (this is done routinely; total parenteral nutrition) the guts can atrophy but they still make mucus and bacteria still ...
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Why would cyborgs, assuming they are rare, be found in the lower classes rather than the elite?

Job requirements There are certain jobs that require modification. Undersea miners get their lungs replaced, road workers get their skeleton and muscles reinforced, skyscraper workers get gyroscopes ...
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I'm a mad scientist and want to give my Frankenstein's Monster steel plating on the outside of his limbs. What considerations should I think about?

I suggest you search the corridors of your gothic castle until you find one of these. The reason is that years of research and testing went into the design of suits of armour - there is no need to ...
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Why would cyborgs, assuming they are rare, be found in the lower classes rather than the elite?

Bodypart Dispossession As Payment Or Punishment Imagine a world much like ours, but where mechanical science is just a little more advanced and biological science just a little sideways. What happens ...
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Would life expectancy increase if we replaced healthy organs with artificial ones?

TL;DR: No, as transplanting an organ have drawbacks. Replacing a functional organ is just asking for trouble Transplants can fail: Everyone talks about the success rates of kidney transplants. ...
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I'm making a tattooed repository of paramedical knowledge for a religious ceremony. How small can words be if they're tattoos made of cremation ashes?

Tattoos will fade and blur over time, though just how quickly depends on many factors. Some examples here. Tattooists are generally reluctant to do small text, because it can become illegible and/or ...
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Why would cyborgs, assuming they are rare, be found in the lower classes rather than the elite?

The rich get cloned tissue, the poor settle for cyborg prosthetics. If you lose an arm you can get a mechanical arm or you can get your arm back, most people will pick their arm. It works even better ...
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Disadvantages to Liquid Breathing Space Fighter Pilots

Realistically they're still not going to be very good Liquid breathing isn't going to help with the brain which is nothing more than a mass of jelly in a hard box. You don't need to crack a skull to ...
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Why would cyborgs, assuming they are rare, be found in the lower classes rather than the elite?

The flesh is pure. Altering it is sin (or at least looked down on). While a religious route is quick and easy, it's not even needed, as there could be a societal stigma attached to not being imperfect....
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If magic is accessed through tattoos, how do I prevent everyone from having magic?

Bad tattoos can still allow access to magic, but with sufficiently bad side effects that most people don't want to risk it. By "bad" tattoos, well, there are options. Only certain kinds of ...
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Are black eyes advantageous?

There is no visual difference The white you see is, as Frostfyre linked in the comments, down to the sclera. It just a connective tissue that supports the optical parts of the eye. Social differences ...
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Is it possible to get molten metal to effectively bond to skin?

YES Just recently scientists figured out how to print circuits directly onto the skin source. The are printing silver directly on to the skin with no barrier layer in between, by using a secondary ...
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How can a repressive government quickly but non-permanently disable human vocal cords in a way that allows only that government to restore them?

How About Nooo! This is no way whatsoever a plausible or even a possible method of state sanctioned terror --- I mean! --- correctional reeducation. Vocal cord paralysis is a life threatening ...
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How would one go about making a subdermal Faraday cage?

Frame shift: subepithelial (superdermal) Faraday cage This is an answer to a slightly different question: Putting the conductive layer under the dermis is hard, because the bottom edge of the dermis ...
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If magic is accessed through tattoos, how do I prevent everyone from having magic?

Duplicate real life, which is full of practical magic that nobody bothers to do for themselves. Why don't most people hunt, write computer code, or do their own baking - skills of magical potency that ...
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I'm a mad scientist and want to give my Frankenstein's Monster steel plating on the outside of his limbs. What considerations should I think about?

Mad science knows no limitations. There are no constraints, rules, regulations, considerations, or any of that other namby-pamby stuff regular people worry about incessantly. You're making science ...
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What's a reasonable location in the body for a bio-implant?

Upper Arm. This is where current tech implants go, eg hormonal or contraceptive. One of the main advantages of this location is it can be accessed quickly, and with only local anesthetic. In the ...
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Is it possible to get molten metal to effectively bond to skin?

NO There are only two molten metals (elemental) that would not instantly deep fry (or deep freeze) a person's skin: gallium and mercury. As you can see in this video (get up to about 6:15), mercury ...
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If magic is accessed through tattoos, how do I prevent everyone from having magic?

What if drawing the tattoos is not enough: they need to be infused with magic for them to work? Which would mean the tattooists themselves have to have the filling-other-tattoos-with-magic tattoo ...
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Retroactively modifying humans for Earth?

Make us become less fertile as conditions change...except we already do that. Slowing down the human reproduction rate overall will not work - The cause of the human reproductive boom is not our high ...
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What's a reasonable location in the body for a bio-implant?

If you want the user to regenerate any body part, you want this implant in a place where it has access to major blood vessels. You also don't want this to interfere too much with anything vital. The ...
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