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Everyday tasks on a space ship
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...once they reach a planet, they do research. Nope. They're doing research all the time. That's their full-time employment. Aside from the usual time off, it's nonstop research. Once they reach ...

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Lying is illegal. How to make joking not an offence?
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It will be a crime for civil servants to misrepresent or present false information with the deliberate intention of deceiving fellow government officials or members of the public while acting out ...

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Why would an invisible personal shield be necessary?
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Holding a shield is like an invitation for others to throw stuff at you. It's a pretty aggressive move actually. You're saying "I know you're violent and I'm prepared." You're telling them you're ...

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Why would "dead languages" be the only languages that spells could be written in?
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Because they're the original spells and no translation could ever get it right. As an example of a holy book, the Torah (the first 5 books of the Bible) is written in Hebrew and will always be ...

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Why would a blood transfusion of midiclorians not make my force abilities stronger?
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Because the blood level midichlorian equilibrium point is determined by your body's biochemistry. You can't alter this by adding more midichlorians. All that does is cause a temporary imbalance (way ...

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How to make female breast armor viable?
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Armor is for protection, not sex appeal. A live woman is a far better marriage prospect than a dead woman. The whole sexy armor troupe is about serving the male gaze, not doing anything for the ...

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Why bother programming facial expressions for artificial intelligence if humans are bad at recognising them?
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Humans are actually very good at recognizing facial expressions and body language. While it's true that large numbers of people are terrible at it, it's only in comparison to the average human. ...

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Creating Fictional Slavic Place Names
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You will likely have an easier time if you pick a Slavic language that uses a Roman alphabet. Like Czech or Slovak (which are very similar to each other). Then you don't have to deal with the unknown ...

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How can a new country break out from a developed country without war?
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In 1991, the Soviet Union ceased to exist as a country and the land was divided up into 15 countries, generally along boundaries of countries that existed when the Soviet Union formed in 1917, ...

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Is it possible to perform surgery on your own spine?
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Yes, this is possible. Here are some real-life examples: Woman carries out caesarean on herself - and she and baby live A pregnant woman in Mexico is reported to have given birth to a healthy ...

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What could a Medieval society do with excess animal blood?
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38 votes

Growing the sacred crops. Blood is an excellent fertilizer. You talk about the blood not being able to touch the ground, but then you ask for domestic or commercial uses for it. So either enough ...

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Semi-accessible continent
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Dragons, Like Birds, Navigate via Magnetic Markers Part of the sea near the far continent has something that causes the magnetic pull of the earth to behave erratically. Or add in some sort of ...

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Would humanity go extinct if pleasure ceases?
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No. The drive to have a child is one of the strongest ones out there. Not everyone wants a child of course, but a great many people do. We humans may get children via intercourse but that is not ...

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How do I scientifically explain a specific type of wood piercing through armor when not even bullets can?
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The bullets are made from Adina cordifolia. Adina cordifolia aka Haldina is a decideous tree that grows up to 20 meters (65 feet) high. Haldina cordifolia, syn. Adina cordifolia, is a flowering ...

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How can a kingdom keep the secret of a missing monarch from the public?
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Building on the excellent answers involving regency and grief, there's also that old trope: a body double. In that time period there are no photographs or TV. Only the palace staff would even know ...

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How advanced would human civilization get if it was destroyed by insects every 20 years?
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Presumably the insects swarm, gorge, breed, then either die or hibernate. Then come out in force 20 years later after the eggs have hatched and the larvae mature into adults who can fly and who need ...

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The logistics of corpse disposal
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The path to heaven is at the top of a mountain, at the end of a long treacherous trail that leads over several smaller mountains. The region is isolated (though not terribly far from settlements), ...

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How do I keep my slimes from escaping their pens?
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A Pithos The term in English is applied to such containers used among the civilizations that bordered the Mediterranean Sea in the Neolithic, the Bronze Age and the succeeding Iron Age. Pithoi ...

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How to keep the anonymity of people attending a regular event taking place at the same location everytime?
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With this setup, someone determined to discover the identity of a participant is likely to succeed. There are too many places where a tracker can get a clue. The tracker needs to know: That this ...

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Help, my Death Star suffers from Kessler syndrome!
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Capitalism Sell salvage rights to the worlds you don't destroy. They'll pay you for the privilege. Most of the exploded planet bits will not stick around in your orbit as you move from star system ...

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Earth under one roof: Feasible?
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Could an entire neighborhood or even an entire city be that crowded? Sure. Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City was probably the densest neighbourhood in history, with more than 1,000,000 people per sq km. ...

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2 weeks and a tight budget to prepare for Z-day. How long can I hunker down?
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You have several concerns and the limiting factor here is money. We'll have to assume you're a handy person and can do your own installations. 1. Security. You want to buy a security screen door ...

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Is a world with one country feeding everyone possible?
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Monica laid out the main issues quite well and I'm not going to attempt to duplicate her answer. My answer will focus on some additional elements. Not allowing people to produce their own food is ...

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Summoning A Technology Based Demon
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You need a trigger word. Right now, I can summon a big red round demon with the trigger phrase "hey Siri." My parents summon a materialistic demon with the trigger word "Alexa." Your demon bots (...

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Blood-based alcohol for vampires?
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Yes. Sort of. Snake blood wine involves fermenting the drained blood of a snake, along with its body. In some versions, the blood is simply added to the alcohol. Winemakers on Quora speculate that,...

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Managing heat dissipation in a magic wand
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Treat the wand like it came from a blacksmith's forge While some blacksmiths don't use gloves at the forge, others do. And they generally wear them for very short exposures to heat (a wand going ...

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Why would a country persecute people with autism?
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NOTE: My notes are for the United States, though there will be many similarities with other industrialized countries. And non-industrialized countries. This is not unique. Capturing and ...

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Best Foods/Plants to Grow in Generational Spaceship?
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Protein: Crickets are not only the food fad of the moment but they are easy to raise, don't have the same ethical problems to kill as most meat animals, and are loaded with protein. My spouse ...

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What kind of animal could a centaur ride, and how?
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Use Chariots Others have suggested carts but I will go one step further and suggest chariots. Chariots only have two wheels so they can handle terrain that carts can't. They can be designed to fit ...

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Is there an element or compound that is highly reactive to any component of milk?
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It's a food intolerance Whether a true allergy (histamine mediated reaction using IgE, IgG, IgA, etc), a metabolic issue (lactose intolerance, celiac disease, etc), or a reaction without a known ...

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