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Mosquito Armageddon
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For $100k you can have your very own mosquito chopstick bot and a years supply of tadpoles. Your mosquito chopstick bot will diligently pluck mosquito's from the air all day and night long until the ...

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Can there be a long-range railway system without industrialisation?
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Probably there is (or was) some centre of industrialisation somewhere. Mining was needed, and furnaces and presses and rollers to make the steel tracks. The track itself was laid for long-term ...

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How would one develop a transistor in a medieval setting
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It is not simply a matter of inventing the transistor. You must ask, "What will power it?" If you can refine copper to make wire, have magnetite and, lacquer for insulation then you can get most of ...

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Mosquito Armageddon
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For $100k you could build "The Oracle"! 1,000,000 lumens of irresistible ultraviolet light up a big pole surrounded by a cage energized with 100kV of electricity. Zap! Mosquito's come get me!

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Quantum Based AI getting around Isaac Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics"
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It is a plausible situation if the AI is capable of self-modifying code and the three laws are not sufficiently protected. In the case of a traditional PC, the BIOS was originally only accessible at ...

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What kind of a unit/army would prefer fighting from a low ground position?
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Since it has not been said, a platoon of army tanks. The lowland is some disadvantage to the climber but to the tank, bring anything. Big firing guns make thirsty work of those climbing hills. ...

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How to cut off a (unaware and unwilling) city (not an island city) from the rest of the world for a short period of time? (about 12 hours)
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Just broadcast a multi-frequency jam and cut the main phone/fibre communications lines - for most cities, there would usually be two or three of those at most. Drop tinfoil grenades all over the power ...

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Why might the dystopian government make its policemen patrol in fours?
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A response of fours allows actually for a lower grade of force to be used to make effective any action, such as observation, arrest, detention. If one person must make an arrest and the person being ...

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Why would an immortal make good on his loan?
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Very simply, those with a better credit rating are able to borrow more. As loans are paid back as soon as possible regardless of how long may be available to do so an ever-increasing stream of credit ...

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How to explain why humans weren’t encountered by alien species?
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Only about 0.0000000000000000000042 percent of the universe contains any matter. We are only a very, very small fraction of that and on top of that, we are also in a fairly sparse region albeit the ...

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How can paleolithic humans colonise the stars without direct help from aliens and still be primitive?
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If you look at a certain species of cricket or locust like insect (the specific name eludes me, but I will update if I can find it), it is completely capable of being totally frozen and coming back to ...

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How do I explain a unicorn discharging powerful electricity at a distance?
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The spirals of the horn form a resonant cavity with the atmosphere. The unicorn's horn is literally linked to the air and charges up. You know how lightning works. See tesla coil on youtube.

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How to tell someone they have travelled in time, by gesturing?
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Daisuke should use a calendar book since from the details in your question it will be recognisable with minimal difficulty, year to a page or opening, doesn't matter if it is 1,000 pages long. He can ...

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How would the United States of Oceania become a Superpower?
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"Superpower" is defined loosely as having "Excessive Economic, Political, Cultural and Military influence". AFAIK Superpower is a relatively new term, I would be surprised if I learned that was a ...

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Could a forest grow near a salt flat?
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There is no need to change anything for a dryland forest to grow near a salt flat, other than a change in altitude of perhaps only several metres and the right level of natural rainfall (not too much)....

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