Jontia
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Martians want to keep their weeks roughly in sync with Earth. How would they do that?
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Frame Challenge: When asked why you responded with this comment. I think it could reduce surprises for the people who need to interact with Earthlings. Sending an email on a Tuesday on Mars could ...

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Humans are gone - what can I harvest from their cities 30M years later?
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While your new species might have trouble harvesting anything from the previous human civilization, see all the other answers for details, they may still find out about humanity in a limited way. An ...

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A “time capsule” that can last for trillions of years?
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You're already talking about Human society existing towards the end of the universe. This is an excessively long time by any standards to even think that current technology has any real meaning. So a ...

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Export economy of Mars
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Rocket Fuel. @aadv's answer mentions the key component. Mars' gravity is 1/3 that of Earth's. This means getting anything off Mars is significantly cheaper than it is to launch it from Earth, ...

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Why would a technologically advanced society recruit 14 year old children to train them to become the next political leaders and how could this begin?
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We should start from Dragongeek's answer, which basically states that this already happens today. PPE : The degree that runs Britain. Or 2/3rd Cabinet Privately educated. As in my comment on ...

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What differences would there be between an intelligently designed human and an evolved one?
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Look into childbirth. It is a very risky process. Any proper design would not risk both the mother and child during the reproductive stage. A really simple (to describe) change could be to have your ...

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Demographic consequences of closed loop reincarnation
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As a direct counter to one of the other answers, bear in mind that some of the points below may be mutually exclusive; Your Elves will end up reckless Once the Elven population reached ElfMax, each ...

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What would cause full body armor to return?
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Secret police or collaborators from an occupied country. Occupying another country is hard. Doing it with just my troops from home? Now that's tough. So I need some locals to help out, but the local ...

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Pragmatically, what is the ideal shape for enchanted jewelry to take?
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Let's try to provide an extra hook for the story, how do we prevent people from using such jewelry. Earings You have attachment points for many different pieces. Generally visible, specific action ...

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How can I prevent witches from cheating the magic system?
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If I'm reading the question correctly, your specific problem seems to stem from the idea that you want good witches to be able to access these higher power/level spells if the occasion warrants it. ...

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Believable way to make missiles and drones inferior to analog starfighters?
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AIs are pacifists. While AI is used extensively on Earth and throughout mankind's vast interstellar empire AIs by nature are utterly incapable of conducting war. A true AI is based on the ability to ...

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Time keeping across several star systems
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Ignore it and use Escrow. The financial community is notoriously conservative when it comes to adoption of technologies and financial risks. Rewrite your interstellar trading and banking communities ...

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What would be a realistic size for a werefox race?
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While the other answers make clear the significant difficulties involved in conservation of mass one potential approach is to include other changes. Achondroplasia Achondroplasia is a genetic ...

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Why do my monster minions all have obvious weak points that instantly kill them?
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It's a distraction. Those heroes, always talking to each other and learning things. But the most important thing is to use your enemies strength against them. Here they go again, rocking up knowing ...

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Could you design a fighter plane for a centaur?
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I want to highlight the opposite approach to IronEagle rather than leave it as a comment. The safest posture for your Centaurs in a plan is to be laying down. This avoids having to stand when pulling ...

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After the aliens had established first contact, where would it be most rational to put their embassy on Earth?
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Paris. With the option of raw resources off the table our visitors are interested in unique cultural artefacts and human intellectual capital. Statistica puts Paris as the city with the highest number ...

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Artifacts NOT being used for war
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Artifacts leak. Specifically, while they recharge like a living mage does, in the presence of large numbers of people this magic will leak out into others. Leakage rate is a function of population ...

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Realistic large spaceship crash effects
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Crumple zones. The centre of the biggest pieces remain mostly intact as the bits in front of it take the impact. The ESA Schiaparelli used an analogous mechanism for the final landing. Though ...

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What secular civic space would pioneers build for small frontier towns?
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Depending on the age of your settlement it is possible they would use a re-purposed building. The Old Dormitory Immediately after landing everyone needs somewhere to sleep. Can't sleep in the ship, ...

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What could be ethical reasons for deep sea mining?
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Long Term thinking. Like really long term. As in David Brin's Uplift series your culture has started thinking on the order of millennia instead of days. Recycling via geological undersea subduction is ...

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Why are potions always brewed in extreme bulk?
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Magic potions require a magic catalyst to "spark". And a magic catalyst is created by the witch brewing the potion using their personal mana, being a catalyst rather than a reactant they are ...

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How can Scotland become an independent country, before the next UK general election on May 2 2024?
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Irish Reunification The Good Friday Agreement requires a border poll to be held if support for a United Ireland rises above 50% with Northern Ireland. Given NI voted to remain in the EU, and the now ...

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How can I justify a Type III civilization using planetary jump drives instead of FTL starships for galactic commerce and travel?
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The planets don't have the jump drive, it's just a hole in space. Your civilisation has figured out how to make artificial wormholes by ripping holes in space. Tearing space open requires a colossal ...

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How can I prevent a backlash in the mountain fortresses?
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Having the Orcs be susceptible to the Mage's mind control powers poses a significant problem for many of the King's advisers. Given the well know existence of the forts, the mage obviously knows of ...

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Naming parallel universes
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Looking at all the previous answers it seems clear that you can only achieve the things you require, instant naming and single individual IDs (no accessing my facebook or bank account) if you invent a ...

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Justifying Affordable Bespoke Spaceships
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The spaceships are alive and attuned to an individual. To become a spaceship captain, you don't need money you need time or rather commitment. Backstory Some years from now the rotation of the ...

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How can drunken, homicidal elves successfully conduct a wild hunt?
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Approaching the problem from another angle, don't have the Elves get drunk and then go on the hunt. Have going on the Hunt cause the drunkenness/euphoric high you're looking for. On the human plane, ...

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What could be some limitations to magic to make it less overpowered?
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Conservation Elemental Insist on conservation of energy. Yes the mage can throw a fireball, but the energy has to come from somewhere. Over eating becomes a requirement. (See Robin Hobbs' Solider Son ...

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What might stop people from destroying navigation satellites that are used for FTL plotting?
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Self Preservation FTL beacons don't just help guide spacecraft, they also stabilise space. FTL beacons are distributed much more densely than is required for navigation. Navigation can be achieved ...

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How to limit population growth in a utopia?
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Free Market Economics. As presented in Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson. Ration that amount of children the population as a whole can have without explicitly enforcing limits on any individual. ...

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