Crowley
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Why would a language be undubbable by universal (machine) translator?
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It is hard to translate on-the-fly from german to other languages, because in german language predicates are easy to stack at the end of long sentences. Make your language to stack important words at ...

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Creating Fictional Slavic Place Names
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As Cyn already suggested, many names are related to the river it is close to. You can use the list below to sythesize your own names and then let them checked to avoid names that just sound slavic but ...

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Would earthlike planets in other solar systems have well-known Earth gemstones such as rubies, emeralds and sapphires?
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There are two questions you ask. L.Dutch provided very nice answer on possibilities of existence such structures elsewhere. The other question is whether they are about to be identified as valuable ...

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Why would aliens ally with humans against other humans?
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If aliens wanted to conquer whole Earth they have two options: Force all earthlings to form monolithic resistance. Every single defender would have to be defeated by the alien force. Make some ...

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Is there a way to make a metal sword resistant to lava?
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Why to use bulk materials only? You can use conventional material for the body, cover it with thermall barrier coating and protect it with hard coating. So when you start with titanium blade, cober ...

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What would happen to the internet if Google disappeared?
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For the internet as an infrastructure nothing would change at all. For the community called Internet(s) only minor changes would happen. Youngsters wouldn't understand UTFG prompt, something like "...

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How desolate can I make a habitable world?
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tl;dr If the vital resource can be replaced by synthetic one, you can spoil that resource. Long version: Only thing you need is energy source. Anything else can be recycled. Our Earth can be ...

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Strategy to make extraterrestrials fear us
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Its the year 2050, and extraterrestrials have popped up next to the Solar System. We know they are coming our way and we know they are most likely hostile. Thinking of our history and how we theat ...

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How could a smaller country successfully take control of a much larger country?
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Military operation The strike must be fast, hard and focused. New government must be set and new laws enforced prior the "resistance" can be organised. New rules must improve the life quality ...

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Advantages of an electrified sword?
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One approach that wasn't mentioned is piezoelectricity. Wield your blade with piezocrystals and everytime you block attack or your attack is being blocked the crystals get charged and you can ...

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What makes trading cities rich?
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Trade and services accompanied with it make the citizens rich and the city taxes them. Merchant buy and sell with profit; the larger market, the smaller profit but the more opportunities for trade; ...

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What shape of a ship would be most effective in real life space combat?
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The ship and warfare are designed within your world and therefore it must obey the rules you created. Where the ship take its power from and how? Where are the ships supposed to maneuvre and how? ...

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Any motivation for racism still existing in a transhumanist future?
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Yes, racism will persist. Even though we all merge into one race - same skin shade, same shape, same hair, same crotch/infant-feeding equipment, same abilities... There will persist the reason to ...

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Why is ground warfare smaller scaled than space warfare?
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Ambient force field. When on the planet's surface everything is under influence of high gravitational forces. On the other hand, in the "free space" you have much weaker forces to bare with. Life ...

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Sword in the rock - make it last the ages
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Do we know whether whole blade was stuck in the stone or just a part of it? Suppose whole blade is emerged in the fake-solid stone. There is a hollow full of synthetic oil to suppress any degradation ...

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Why would the whole of mankind live in a single, gigantic city?
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Apocalypse, Alien invasion, whatever that makes the world hard to survive in. it is well known fact that the volume increases with third power of radius and surface increases with second power. It is ...

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Why are alien buildings/ships unusual looking?
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We are used to earth-bound structures. Aliens came from different part of the space. The have different aesthetics. When two nations on one planet have different tastes why to expect the aliens have ...

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Do all devices go out at the same time in an EMP attack?
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As the other noted, the EMP blast propagates from origin with the speed of light and its intensity decreases with a square of radius. Also, some components are more vulnereable to the overload - ...

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Designing fictional non-competitive games
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I'd like to answer the question, but, in my opinion, I cannot find it. tl;dr: Game is about competition; otherwise it is activity. I think non-competetive game is oxymoron. If I play a game I am ...

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Can a NASER be used as a weapon?
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The key feature of LASER, same for MASER, is within the particle beam that is amplified. In both cases it is a photon, theoretical particle of raw energy with zero static mass. In other words, photons ...

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Is my river map even remotely realistic?
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Your rivers are quite straight which indicates steeper terrain. Meandrous rivers indicates, on the other hand, much flatter terrain. Water tend to flow in the direction of the steepest descend. When ...

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How to get cool night-vision without lame drawbacks?
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I think some answers touch the approcha I am to suggest: Polychromacy People generally can see in three-dimensional colourspace with bases of Red, Green and Blue. Therefore Homo Sapiens Sapiens is ...

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Advantages of "Spider Mechs" over Tanks?
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Can the question be reworded to "Can spider-mecha replace conventional tanks" or "Can spider-mecha effectively destroy conventional tanks"? There is a plenty of answers why the first option is not ...

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Creating a uncopyable physical key
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Under your limitations there is no way how to prevent a key and lock from being compromised. Once it is identified as a lock or key there is a way how to prepare a forged key. The only way is to ...

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How far back in time can I go before people stop accepting my money from the future?
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I'm not sure if it applies in general, but in czech notes and coins there is year of the issue. So we have notes in design of 1993 but issued with 2013 timestamp. Of course, more and more security ...

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Creature design: Is beauty exclusive to humanoid things?
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Beauty is highly personal scale. What one calls beautiful the other may call ugly and vice versa. Also (wo)man to be called beautiful has to fulfill different attributes than, for example, horse, car,...

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How can I prevent the collapse of the Soviet Union?
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The eastern block was run on fear and paranoia. The Soviet union and all their protectorates were sentenced to fail from the start. On the both sides of the Iron Fence it was a race where the ...

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Can I send S.O.S in space with just a conventional cellphone?
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You absolutely can send any signal from the ship. Anywhere. The trouble is, that intensity of the signal, and thus signal-to-noise ratio, decays with the factor 1/r2, where r is the distance. So, ...

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How to tell a clone apart?
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Cloning in today's point of view is not copy-and-paste process... You take DNA sample frm one being and insert in the seeding ovum. This clone will grow from scratch in vivo. Therefore the original ...

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How can I develop names for my fantasy land?
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If you are creating in-universe language choose the name according to this language. It may soud weird for you, or the reader, but it is part of the universe, you've created. I don't think that names ...

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