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Is there a paternity test method given medieval level technology with low false positive rate?

In the Middle Ages they had not one but two absolutely certain paternity tests. If the mother was married, then the husband of the mother was the father of the child, according to the legal maxim ...
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Is there a paternity test method given medieval level technology with low false positive rate?

Given medieval technology there is no reliable paternity test. It wasn't until the 1960s when genetic testing to determine paternity became possible. HLA testing had a 80% success rate and couldn't ...
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Is there a paternity test method given medieval level technology with low false positive rate?

Short answer: nope Longer answer: Too much science and technology into a reliable test for what you can do in medieval times. And stay assured that, considering how picky were monarchs in keeping ...
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Can the princess escape using shoddy craftsmanship in a one-sided lock?

Frame (ahem) challenge. The prison's walls are very thick. The handyman who has to install the windows also does the cleaning, once every two months, and he can see that it would be a right pain to ...
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Can the princess escape using shoddy craftsmanship in a one-sided lock?

Actually, it is trivial, even with today's technology. Most door locks are built to lock from one side and open easily from the other. If the locksmith wasn't told about breakable glass, this could ...
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Can the princess escape using shoddy craftsmanship in a one-sided lock?

Yes... and no... All due respect to David's answer, he's thinking of modern door locks, which didn't become the form we're familiar with today until the early 1800s. Medieval locks were either ...
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Is there a paternity test method given medieval level technology with low false positive rate?

it depends on how your genetics work You said that your world has medieval technology but that it is not necessarily our medieval past. This opens up the possibility that, in your world, genetic ...
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What factors would contribute to a medieval era mechanical revolution?

Massive wealth. Scientists are extremely wasteful and don't produce useful goods most of the time. In fact, with their experiments they often use up a huge amount of stuff. For a scientific ...
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Is there a paternity test method given medieval level technology with low false positive rate?

Is there a paternity test method given medieval level technology with low false positive rate? No, hence things like chastity belts and harems and, perhaps more usefully for those who were really ...
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Can the princess escape using shoddy craftsmanship in a one-sided lock?

Medieval locks weren't unpickable. They didn't have the technical knowhow to make especially unpickable locks. It wasn't until the 1700s ish that they started developing that. Medieval locks you could ...
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Is there a paternity test method given medieval level technology with low false positive rate?

In 1931, before modern paternity tests, one could use phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) as a substitute: the compound is very bitter for part of the population, while the others find it completely tasteless. ...
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Could medieval Native Americans domesticate the bison?

Short answer yes. And it could be done in the Stone Age. No metal working or other “advanced technologies” required. People often think that domestication starts by grabbing a group of animal X, ...
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What factors would contribute to a medieval era mechanical revolution?

Accumulation of capital for investment Cutting millstones or maintaining ponds for watermills would be a significant charge to the local economy, but much of it could be funded the old-fashioned way. &...
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What factors would contribute to a medieval era mechanical revolution?

Not expecting this to be a complete answer but, If I had to pick one single thing that spurred the spread of mechanization, the first thing that comes to my mind would be standardisation practices. ...
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If people in Iron Age times had access to uranium, would it be used over iron?

Bad Idea: There are a number of bad qualities to Uranium. Let's skip the radiation part. Heavy: Uranium is just slightly less dense than gold, making it extremely heavy. Oxidation: Uranium oxidizes ...
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Is there a paternity test method given medieval level technology with low false positive rate?

One reliable test would be comparing the date of birth to the date on which the mother had intercourse with the potential fathers. Even though the length of a human pregnancy can vary naturally by as ...
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Can the princess escape using shoddy craftsmanship in a one-sided lock?

Some frame challenges More like "you need the following conditions to have the scenario you describe", not the "this is impossible" challenges. Economic constraints There were no ...
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Can the princess escape using shoddy craftsmanship in a one-sided lock?

The window uses a ward lock. Before the 1800s, there were very few styles of locks and those that existed were pretty easy to beat assuming you had the right tools and knowledge. The two basic styles ...
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Is there a paternity test method given medieval level technology with low false positive rate?

It depends what you mean by "medieval level technology". Some things could be done with the tools available, but they did not have the knowledge to do it. Other things could not be done ...
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Is there a paternity test method given medieval level technology with low false positive rate?

Speaking as a statistician here: You ask for a low "false positive" rate. I can give you a 0% false positive rate: Always answer "No." If the answer is incorrect, that is a false ...
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Is there a paternity test method given medieval level technology with low false positive rate?

Depending on when you need the test to be done by, you say "no more than 5 years" and if knowledge is as functionally unrestricted as you're saying, while only technology is restricted... ...
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What factors would contribute to a medieval era mechanical revolution?

The most important cause of a technological revolution is improved communication. That improved communication allows for technological advance to build on previous advances. This improved ...
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What conditions would bring a kingdom/country to want a dark lord ruling them (again)?

He Is needed to protect their country from external threat. As we've seen he already has super power so hes very valuable as a soldier. And if he is anything like other dark lords then he probably ...
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What factors would contribute to a medieval era mechanical revolution?

Access to Inexpensive Energy A lot of the above answers focus on social and economic aspects. There definitely needs to be a market, an interest to motivate the '...
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What factors would contribute to a medieval era mechanical revolution?

The central requirement is that mechanization must be profitable. Everything else follows from there. The necessary condition for that is that labor must be expensive. Cheap labor, let alone slavery ...
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What factors would contribute to a medieval era mechanical revolution?

One thing that is easy to overlook today is the viewpoint of society before 1400 was so very different from ours. From our vantage point in the twenty first century it is easy to miss the importance ...
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What is the timeframe for this abandoned space colony revert to a medieval society?

Never A medieval society means superstitious beliefs, often feudal politics, non-existent medical care, terrible sanitation practices... ...None of which are necessary to happen just because your ...
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Building 3 floor building in medieval days

Consider the Eatons building, which previously stood in downtown Winnipeg. This was a wooden structure with a brick facade. You can see the wooden structure in the picture showing its demolition. Note ...
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What factors would contribute to a medieval era mechanical revolution?

On a society level, 3 things are needed for scientific/engineering innovation to flourish Literacy and education, raising a scientist has a chance component, you need widespread literacy and ...
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What conditions would bring a kingdom/country to want a dark lord ruling them (again)?

Chaos One Dark Lord is better than a thousand feuding petty tyrants and bandits and sorcerers. Oppressive taxes that are at least consistent are better than having everything you own seized at random ...
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