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Could an alien creature with an exoskeleton naturally including lead levels roughly twice as high as iron in human bones get natural RAD protection?

A small amount of lead - or even a large amount of lead - in an exoskeleton isn't likely to protect against gamma radiation, and even humans are protected against alpha and beta radiation by their ...
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How does a whistle language written with latin script work?

TL;DR: Do not try to represent the sounds of the alien language using the usual value of the English letters. Use the 26 letters of the English alphabet to represent the the meaningful distinctions ...
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Could an alien creature with an exoskeleton naturally including lead levels roughly twice as high as iron in human bones get natural RAD protection?

Lead Not Required Not only is lead not very effective for its weight, there is a much better approach that some organisms in nature actually use. The only time cells are particularly vulnerable to ...
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Using a Royal Harem as a Bureaucratic Corps

The answer to this question depends upon the nature of harems. The female occupants of harems were typically not free. Whether they were slaves or the daughters of the nobility, the nature of harems ...
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Using a Royal Harem as a Bureaucratic Corps

I don't think you need historical precedents to validate your scenario. Since there is nothing inherently problematic about training women as scribes or in other bureaucratic functions, this would be ...
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How does a whistle language written with latin script work?

They probably won’t. Latin-based scripts are hardly the only ones in use on Earth, and that’s not likely to change. Most writing systems for human languages are ill-suited for a whistle-click language;...
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Development of a multi-color writing system

With the development of a shell based writing system, someone will eventually get tired of lugging around a bag of differently coloured seashells just to take notes, tired of gluing them down so that ...
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Could a character go back in time and then "kill" the timeline they came from?

In Time Travel, Consistency is More Important than Exact Rules Because we do not have any time travel IRL, any possible explanation of how it works is equally plausible, especially magical time travel....
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What Kind of weapon would create a scar like this?

Anything with a hook It gets dragged down the arm and the hook stops it getting free.
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What Kind of weapon would create a scar like this?

I actually have something similar, irl. A scar that goes from my wrist to my armpit. My dog was running at me from across the field, with her collar on that had 2cm spikes all over it. I don't know ...
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Using a Royal Harem as a Bureaucratic Corps

Archeologists have found the remains of a medieval woman with blue teeth, and they think its due to her being a writer. several years ago, when studying the dental plaque of a nun from medieval ...
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How Do You Manage Religion in World Building?

Tread Carefully but Boldly! Although this is not a discussion forum, there are a few rules / strong guidelines that ought to be taken into consideration when worldbuilding and considering a fictional ...
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How does a whistle language written with latin script work?

Like ideographic languages Simply put, you're asking to pair an audible language to a written representation that has almost no meaningful direct correspondence. That almost certainly means that, as ...
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Could an alien creature with an exoskeleton naturally including lead levels roughly twice as high as iron in human bones get natural RAD protection?

If lead in the exoskeleton wouldn't be tenable in a realistic sense, is there any biological trait that could explain it? Actually water is a great radiation shield. To quote Ranall Munroe's book &...
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What Kind of weapon would create a scar like this?

The weapon of the gods - lightning! Some of the most spectacular (and amazingly shaped) scars are caused by lightning. They are certainly jagged but surprisingly not deep in some cases. Just look at ...
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Future evolution of an English Language and writing system

To answer the question "In a future where a large company is launching a series of interstellar colony fleets to nearby star systems, would it be feasible if they modified the English language ...
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Future evolution of an English Language and writing system

In a future where a large company is launching a series of interstellar colony fleets to nearby star systems, would it be feasible if they modified the English language and Earth didn't? Yes, but... ...
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Future evolution of an English Language and writing system

Machine translation will solve almost all issues. Communication between the two versions of English becomes problematic when the communication is written (when spoken, the languages are identical). So,...
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How to make a nonmagic user rise to power?

Make them invent guns. Wizards may be impressive and all, but guns can shoot wizards, and guns don't run out of bullets as fast as wizards run out of spells.
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What would bloodstains look like after 500 years?

Smudgy Brown. Bloodstains can last myriads of years; but that deep lustrous red of fresh blood doesn't hold up at all well: they end up a kind of dull rusty brown. We have plenty of bloodstained ...
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How Do You Manage Religion in World Building?

As a highly religious person myself, I would rather you write honestly and humbly than anything else. Ie. I would want you to portray what you think the real religions your representing are like, and ...
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What are the combat advantages of very large customizable robot body

Small robot is a more recent model. Big robot has thick nickel armor, fires huge high explosive shells and has a machine gun and a sword. It has a giant 8 cylinder diesel engine. Maybe a second ...
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Using a Royal Harem as a Bureaucratic Corps

Good idea - although you wouldn't want to give too much power to Bureaucratic Corps As it was mentioned in other answers, women could have been very active in ancient and medieval politics. They could ...
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Tanks, weapons, equipments and armor for super soldiers

The nature of a Tank I'm going to answer your questions in reverse - focussing on the Tank element, because I think that will help you understand the meta-answer. Currently, there is a lot of talk by ...
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Tanks, weapons, equipments and armor for super soldiers

Maybe They Wouldn't Use Vehicles at All I'm kind of thinking of Starship Troopers (moreso the book than the movie) but it's a common sci-fi trope: once you have powered armor, vehicles mostly get in ...
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Could a character go back in time and then "kill" the timeline they came from?

Seems fine to me. The only problem is that Hitler would not know why he made all those changes since it wasn't him that made them. He just had a 24 hour blackout where he was apparently quite busy, ...
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Using a Royal Harem as a Bureaucratic Corps

In history, there were queens more decisive and proactive than the king himself. Nur Jahan queen of Mughal emperor Jahangir. Elizabeth Woodville Queen of King Edward IV. Queens, if well educated and ...
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How to make a nonmagic user rise to power?

Democracy. The ability to rise to political power in a democracy does not depend on any single easily-definable skill (except perhaps starting wealth and social position). The ability to rise to ...
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What are the combat advantages of very large customizable robot body

Cost and Versatility. Having a modular robot body that can change up parts is more cost efficient than having loads of bodies with different parts. Change up your autocannon for a grenade launcher, ...
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How Do You Manage Religion in World Building?

Evil for evil religions often bring people out of the story. Immersion is key when building a world, and having a religion which is based off a real world religion often has the effect of smashing ...
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