Unanswered Questions

82 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
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What should an inactive planet's topography be for nutrient circulation?

I'm trying to engineer an Earth mass planet built initially out of pure silicon dioxide (silica). So basically, imagine a glass sphere slightly larger than Earth somewhere in the Goldilocks zone, ...
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Questions about the potential characteristics of a hypothetical Planet 9

So, I'm writing a story. Most of the main story is set near Planet 9, which has finally been found somewhere far out in the outer solar system. So first, I’ve been working on determining the probable ...
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Visual gravitational effect of cosmic string network on background light

A scientific paper last year proposed the idea of cosmic string life-forms which could flourish within stars. The basic idea is that cosmic strings,theoretical topological defects from the early ...
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How would a "plasma torus", generated from Phobos to create a magnetosphere, look from the surface of Mars? How would it work?

One theory for how to create a magnetosphere around Mars is to generate a plasma torus by "evaporating matter from Phobos or Deimos, ionizing it and using electromagnetic current drive techniques ...
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Day/night cycle and tracking celestial positions in S-type binary star system

I know this has been asked before but I'm going to pose the question again under slightly different circumstances and with a more specific goal. I'm trying to work out the details of how the day/night ...
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Molecular ecology for endogenous formamide formation?

Kind of a follow-up to this earlier question: How could formamide lakes form on an exoplanet? Suppose the problem of how to get an initial quantity of formamide is solved, and microbial life has ...
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Alpha Centauri/Binary Star Planet Orbits

One of the physical constraints to planetary systems around Alpha Centauri A and B that many papers have pointed out is that the planets would need to orbit in the plane of the A-B Orbit, not the ...
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There is an Arcane Dome around a Continent -- What Happens Next?

So in my home-brew world, the Gods basically put a giant, magical dome around an entire continent. Nothing can enter or leave except energy, so there are no concerns about green-housing. Bear in mind ...
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Passively redirecting air currents with forest gardening

A group of evil farmers have developed a technique for manipulation of the weather on a large scale whereby the land is altered to effect the temperature of the air above and to act as a trap for ...
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What would social media look like in a setting where communication wasn't instant, and where content quality might be deliberately downgraded?

It's the near future, humanity has discovered a new element in the asteroid field that allows faster than light travel and communication through a brute force methods that's largely handwaved away at ...
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What is the altitude limit at which plants can grow on a low gravity planet?

(My Universe Sandbox Almost Terraformed Mars) How high can plants grow on a low gravity planet like Mars? Since lower gravity planets tend to have a greater height differences in terms of geography ...
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Can this town gain ecological advantage from their limnic explosion region?

I want a war between two iron-age cultures, Town A and Town B, based on the "haves" and the "have nots" where they both exist in the same exact climate and geography, however, Town ...
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How much damage could hoof fingers do?

The scenario we have is a creature with a body like the chalicotherium but with a little straighter posture, so it has a bit of hunch. It has hands but at the end of its fingers where our fingernails ...
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Griffin with Hybrid Foreleg Anatomy

Griffins, as winged quadrupeds, have a rather implausible anatomy at first glance. However, they also have many traits that seem to allow for a distinct anatomy Specifically, this anatomy would ...
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Extending the lives of indeterminately-growing animals with magic

The whole question goes like this: What magical abilities such animals could develop or magically enhance existing ones to greatly increase the likelihood of drastically outliving an average specimen ...

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