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What is the minimum level of technology needed to explore a large flood volcanism event?

Exploring hot basalt lava is fairly easy. Simply walk up to a point where you can watch it. See the recent tourism in Iceland to watch the lava flow or the tourist boats to watch Hawaii build new land....
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Bronze Age phonograph

And they need to get it to it before written language, at least in the way we think of it That's your deal killer. Could they do it? Sure! There's nothing about the metals available to bronze-age ...
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Bronze Age phonograph

The basic idea behind photography is not hard, anyone can build a basic Pinhole Camera in a couple of minutes. The biggest challenge is to make a photosensitive substrate, otherwise known as ...
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How might civilization develop if hunter-gatherers and/or early agrarian civilizations had access to highly advanced technology?

Near-immediate extinction People "without memory, identity nor culture" are basically helpless, especially since that list of deficiencies presumably means that they have no language to ...
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How might civilization develop if hunter-gatherers and/or early agrarian civilizations had access to highly advanced technology?

Try to picture what would happen if you left a kid with no experience or education in a room full of various gadgets: the kid would start playing around with them until they would get either hurt or ...
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Bronze Age phonograph

It is possible, but very odd. Have a look at Archeoacoustics, and scroll down the the section labelled 'discredited theories'. People have tried to reconstruct sounds from the surface of pots, and oil ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

Gearbox On early stages of development (maybe) there are a belief that first (front) stages of compressor must have lower rotation ratio than turbine and second compressor stage, and gearboxes for ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

WWII delayed jet development. If you want to further delay it, extend the war by making some rather minor adjustments that further reduce the viable roles for planes that had a sortie time of a few ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

Instead of trying to delay the onset of jets, move it forward! However, due to aforementioned material problems there was an explosion--killing high ranked observers--at the unveiling demonstration. ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

No Korean War The end of WW2 saw a huge cut in military budgets and a glut of WW2 surplus. WW2 jets were expensive and loaded with flaws, while even better piston aircraft coming off the production ...
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Could these technologies be fabricated and utilised by this semi-industrialised society?

You could have all of it You do not need fossil fuel to sustain an industrial revolution when your population is only 400 million. A civilization with the desire to preserve the environment could ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

Volcanic Ash An atmosphere with a lot of volcanic ash would definitely change the development of aviation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volcanic_ash_and_aviation_safety An internal combustion engine ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

Third-world warfare It's common for least-developed countries to rely on airplanes decades behind the state of the art. Some can't afford or maintain jet fighters, even early generation ones. And ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

Great Depression extension by 15-17 Years. Although it is plausible for fuel supplies to be constrained, or to limit the individuals involved in Jet Engine development - in reality an economic ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

The outbreak of WW2 is delayed or else never occurs While as another poster has pointed out research into jet engines commenced and patents were taken out many years before the development and wide ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

Two changes: Frank Whittle was never born, and operation paperclip never existed. The jet engine was invented independently by Englishman Frank Whittle and German Hans von Ohain in the 1930s. ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

No specific reason is necessary. 15-17 years is nothing. If you are writing an alternative history, it is completely plausible that jet engine development was delayed. There is no need for alternative ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

Skepticism New technology can easily run into skepticism. At the time people felt planes were already going plenty fast. If you then have a new engine that is guzzling fuel like crazy, and might even ...
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Could these technologies be fabricated and utilised by this semi-industrialised society?

They can have all these technologies, but some of them only in the same sense that we have Lamborghinis: they exist and can be bought by anyone with enough money, but in practice are way too expensive ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

Just remove WWII. Jet engines were designed in the early years of the 20th century, just like fusion reactors which were originally designed in the 1950's (although never constructed). The reason we ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

Lower fuel abundance As with cars' development causing increase of oil digging and refining, airplanes also cause demand for highly refined fuel (say, in Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

I see some serious problems with your goal. Looking at the history of jet engine, we see that first patents were granted around 1906, with development ongoing until 1939 saw the Heinkel He 178 first ...
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Could these technologies be fabricated and utilised by this semi-industrialised society?

Not enough people Looking at this planet, Earth hit the 400 million people mark sometime between 1300 and 1400 (probably). A civilisation with a technology level equivalent to circa 1900 could exist ...
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How would the road network change, after all cars are self-driving?

One important factor: there would be far, far fewer cars on the road, since car-sharing and automatic-taxi services would be significantly more efficient, faster, cheaper and more eco-friendly. Most ...
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If 120 experts in 12 different fields were sent back 10,000 years, could they recreate the 21st century in 100 years?

There are many answers already, but the following has not been articulated enough: Surviving beyond a couple of months will be already be a daunting task. The natives are nomadic hunter-gatherers ...
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