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What would be the possible issues with an IQ based voting system
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This has been attempted in the US as a form of voter surpression by proxy. Actual examples of the test are available online (one example from Louisiana is here). As you can see from the sample below, ...

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How to avoid offending original culture when making conculture inspired from original
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There are degrees. Disclaimer: I'm (mixed) Apache and Cherokee (which are very different cultures even by stereotype standards). Research is always good Archeologically confirmed structures and ...

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Is it viable to build a city with a circle based architecture?
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Having "round architecture" doesn't necessarily mean every building's floorplan is a circle. The Round City of Bagdad is an example of high-level planning for a round city. The city was divided into ...

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What traits or behaviors would favor female warriors over males?
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Testosterone. Hyenas are real world examples of a species where the female is dominant and have high levels of testosterone (among other hormones), and their physiology is different enough from other ...

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How would one go about making a star map for a planet that is within 50 ly of Earth?
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I use software called Starry Night Pro. It allows you to "fly" to a star in the database and take a picture (with or without labels and guidelines). The software is not free, but it has many graphic ...

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Could two populations maintain a common language over hundreds of years following sudden isolation?
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Yes, as long as both have books. It's estimated the evolution of English has slowed dramatically with two major historical impacts: the Bible translated into common English and printed for the ...

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How could polycephaly evolve as a byproduct of natural selection?
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The heads are not identical. Each is specialized through adaptive radiation like Darwin's finches. The heads may not be limited to types of food, but for any reason heads evolve: to set a pair of ...

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Is there any real reason for Dwarves not to have cavalry?
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Horses are graminivores meaning horses are grazers. Horses actually develop health problems if they don't eat enough raw fiber (hay, not oats), and their stomachs are relatively small. The Dwarves ...

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Creating a living currency
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I think the problematic word is "currency". If that word were changed to "investment" then you could easily have a situation like the Dutch Tulip Mania that occurred in the 1600s. An investor class ...

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Harpoons... in space!
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I think you've mixed your metaphors.... Ships are not whales. Harpoons did not drag a whale any significant distance, actually the opposite: a harpooned whale dragged a small boat with the harpoon ...

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Robots with (specifically red) blood
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The red could be a dye so a fluid leak would be visible and therefore easier to patch without taking the whole unit off line for diagnostics. An internal gauge might show a drop in fluid pressure, but ...

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How short can Milankovitch Cycles be on a world with a stable orbit?
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It's the Sun that fluctuates, not the planet Our sun has natural cycles that fluctuate its brightness and energy. The most obvious cycle is the 11-year sunspot cycle, but there are other cycles that ...

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Artificial sky and sun for underground and remote colonies
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Switch the projection to actual lamps, it would be more believable and require less power than your bounce-light on an aluminum ceiling. Stars can be point lights. The sun would be a bright lamp on a ...

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An alien world with medieval level technology and some sort of mechanism or mode of space travel
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It's called Stargate SG-1. A long forgotten race of Ancients built a network of Stargates. They eventually evolved to a higher plane, but left behind many of their working portals to other planets. ...

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Possible to create and attach extra body parts to a human (e.g. wings)?
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Yes. It's possible and probably easier than you think. Our brains have plasticity and adapt to the loss of a limb, but also remarkably will adapt to "sensing" a tool as an extension of the arm, called ...

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Could an Apex Predator grow into an intelligent society?
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One theory of human brain development is based on Social Intelligence. As humans began living in larger social groups (tribes and clans) our brains doubled in size to track these complex relationships....

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Is it possible for a naturally occuring star system to have 120 planets?
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The vast majority are too close to the star to be habitable, while all in the habitable zone except 2 (Ryu 97 and Ryu 108) are uninhabitable due to toxic atmospheres. The rest are too far from the ...

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What evolutionary history supports sapient felines?
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Cat's already have developed brains based on how folded the cerebral cortex is (estimated twice as much surface as dogs, with features comparable to about 90% of humans), but to make them on par with ...

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How to explain human life expectancy increase?
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Bioengineer a food source that extends the life of telomeres. Telomeres are at the ends of our DNA strands. They don't seem to contribute to our genetics. They are a repeating sequence of DNA at the ...

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Foam-like water
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Water "sticks together" because the hydrogen ions are constantly being shared with neighboring water molecules. Surface tension is even stronger than the normal water bond because the molecules at the ...

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What can temporarily disrupt Earth's magnetosphere?
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Blame it on Magnetic Reconnection. It's natural. You are not inventing anything. It's not well understood, so you can fudge the specifics. It's the trigger for solar flares, so you can still use them....

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How long would civilisation take to bounce back after an apocalypse?
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"Bounce back" is a relative term. Just restoring population numbers is a math problem, but this would be a completely new way of life for them. I'm going to say the recovery will be uneven to the ...

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What would weather/geographical conditions be like on a tidally locked moon?
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There are several problems with your visualization of this moon, especially concerning the day/night cycle. I think you are confusing some research about tidally locked planets with tidally locked ...

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How would you make a planet have more lightning storms
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Solar storms. "Streams of particles launched from the sun in the solar wind increase the number of lightning strikes on Earth by 32%." From the article: "Activity on the sun ...

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Anyone know of a good software for making a galaxy map?
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You can carve up a galactic disk into colonial empires like Africa, if that is the metaphor you are trying to make. It has been done again and again. But carving a photograph into political ...

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Brine pool ecosystems
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Before tardigrades became the mascot for indestructible critters who can survive in outer space, there were brine shrimp. Brine shrimp went to the moon. They can survive dehydration, and extreme ...

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How advanced could someone make a firearm with Medieval Technology
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There is no way to know if your Immortal is smart enough to come up with innovations on his own, or have the vision to guide the development of a technology that never existed before (he's not a time ...

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Do Adventurers Actually Increase The Number Of Monsters?
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The idea that killing things makes them evolve is wrong. The cause-effect flaw in your premise is here: "If that happened enough times, over a long enough period, might monsters start breeding faster,...

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What would be the major drawback of machines with artificial morality?
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The drawback is that machines will expose humans as moral frauds. As with robot labor and computer-controlled flight (and soon: automated cars) the only problem is that machines perform better than ...

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Does a space opera have to feature supernatural abilities, à la the Force?
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It might help to recognize that Space Opera is more akin to action/adventure than science fiction. Heroes blast their way out of prison, villains become tyrants for the self-serving desire to have ...

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