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How can a pacifist country protect itself?
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Their land and they themselves are considered holy by the other peoples. So offending them is a sin that will bring your soul to the hell after death or damage your karma. Or they believe gods will ...

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Humanely reducing the human population?
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Mass hybernation. People are frozen and stored in underground storages. Then they can be awakened at some shedule, then hybernated again. The technology exists today but currently used only for ...

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Would glass bullets be feasible in a hypothetical world?
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One less iron carcass flat and you have bullets for a good army. Cost of just one flat will provide you with a lot of bullets. If iron is so expensive, people most likely wouuld not use it for ...

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How can I transition from a democracy to a dictatorship, from within the government?
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This depends on what do you mean under democracy and dictatorship. In most cases you would be able to keep the democratic procedures while having firm control over the political system. Your first ...

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Methods of containing/combating "grey goo" Von Neumann nanomachines?
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Grey goo is just another form of life. So the experience in combatting undesirable forms of life on Earth may be useful. From the experience with Earth's life we know that life over billions of years ...

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How do scientists know whether a virus is man-made or not?
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The alien only want to increase the death rate instead of eliminating all humans. They cannot do it with a disease. With any disease the death rate (the number of deaths for given number of births) ...

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What crime would be illegal to uncover in medieval Europe?
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Possibly, a crime where she had been involved herself. Crime needs extensive proof like seven witnesses, but without proof considered slender. Prosecution of this kind of crimes is solely entitled to ...

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How close to interstellar space travel could humans get in the near future?
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Most likely space colonization will not go as you envisage. Actually there could be hundreds and thousands of planets within 1 light-year from the Sun. If there are no stars that close does not ...

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Where in the solar system is the most viable place to put my colonists, after Mars and Luna?
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For a space colonization except the cases the planet is located in the midst of habitable zone, it is usually desirable the planet/planetoid had no atmosphere. Vacuum works as a perfect termo-...

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How to make rich have more children?
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Make men not to be afraid of losing property and money on marriage and divorce. Make divorce less beneficial for women. Having kids should not put at risk one's business. Here in Russia more than 80% ...

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Is it possible to have a logically consistent world where F=mv instead of F=ma?
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This is what you have in a viscous liquid. The risistence in such liquid is nearly proportional to the force exerted and in absence of foce things stop moving. There are two possibilities though. In ...

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Murder on the Moon
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Trial in absentia. The murderer will die soon anyway, but trial in absentia can appease the mob. Legally the government can prosecute the crimes against own citizens commited abroad.

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Why would the whole of mankind live in a single, gigantic city?
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This is only possible with extremely hostile environment, which needs complicated systems to make habitable. Such conditions may be on Mars or the Moon, where most likely the colonization will start ...

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Epidemic friendly time traveller
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Human viruses in certain cases can infect animals (transmission from animals to humans are the ways the novel coronavirus and HIV epidemics emerged) and even amoebas. So if you want your time ...

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What single change would have given the best chance for the Soviets to win the Cold War?
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The author did not specify what he considers the winning criteria. So, here I envisage the development. This is from the point of view of expectations of an optimistic Soviet citizen. Let's start ...

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Can estrogen be used to lower the criminal rate of a civilization?
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Well, this already happens in places like Thailand, Philippines and other places in the world. There is a lot of men who voluntarily take feminine hormones. Regarding crime rates, those populations ...

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Pure vacuum zero-g spaceship design
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A big spaceship possibly would use trusses for unpressurized components, but for pressurized components cylindrical parts are optimal because they can withstand better pressures and deformations than ...

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A poison that only works if you know it is there
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This may work this way: the poition makes your heart very vulnerable to any stress, so it stops at any panic or fast movements. If the person does not know he was poitioned, he is relaxed and ...

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How can I create a poison that kills a person after a specific amount of time, and is treatable by an antidote?
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I know no substance that has such effect, but... what about things which while not killing instantly, bring unavoidable death after 48 hours? Dimethylmercury. It will kill you in several months. ...

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How can I prevent the collapse of the Soviet Union?
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No Gorbachev or Perestroika, that's it. If you want details, you even can keep Gorbachev but get rid of Yakovlev, and, desirably, Suslov.

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Why would a country make a declaration of war instead of just invading?
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There are two things to this question: First, why to declare war at all Second, why to declare war before attacking For instance, when Nazi Germany invaded the USSR in 1941, they declared war. But ...

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Why would a staff increase the magic power of a mage?
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In addition to other answers. Depending on magic attack type, the staff may store electricity (for lightning), poision or fuel (for fireballs), or radioactive materials for passive damage. The staff ...

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Non-Eukaryotic multi-celled life?
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There is non-eukariotic multicellular life. For instance, Nostoc pruniforme: Spirulina:

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What were the machines really doing with humans in the Matrix?
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I suggest to take a look at the Architect. He says he is the creator of the Matrix. This may mean that being a computer program, he is an image of the real creator of the matrix, a human. This may ...

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What would happen if a virus could not be cured or contained?
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A virus that kills people is not a human virus. The most deadly viruses are usually those who usually infected animals, but were somehow recently transferred to humans. It is not an aim of a virus to ...

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Deflecting an incoming star, railgun style
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To deflect a star they would have to launch an object, comparable with the star in mass. 70% of the speed of light cannot change the required order of magnitude of mass. So, it would be much, much ...

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Unworkable metal
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Gold is useless for weapons because it is too soft. Your metal also can be too soft to be useful for weapons. On the other hand, silicon is too brittle so again, hardly can be worked and used. If you ...

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If I have an Earth-like world with Earth-like fauna, and I want brightly-colored mammals, what would be a realistic way of causing that to evolve?
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You cannot. There is no way an extraterrestrial creature to be classified as a mammal.

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How could a planet have one hemisphere way warmer than the other without the planet being tidally locked?
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The planet is a part of a binary star system. It orbits one star in a plane which is perpendicular to the line connecting the stars. This way the other star will always be over one pole of the planet.

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How do you solve the copied consciousness conundrum without killing anyone?
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As of how quantum mechanics teaches, it is impossible to exactly copy an object. Moreover, as Thomas Breuer has mathematically proven, from a point of view of any observer, a system properly ...

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