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What experiment were they running on the sand?

In Spider-Man 3 we see Sandman transformed into sand and he then manages to reconstitute himself. This is all because some crazy scientists were running an experiment, that he got in the middle of. ...
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How did Ant Man interact with Yellowjacket's suit after shrinking to sub-molecular levels? [duplicate]

In the movie, when Ant Man realized he needed to shrink to sub-molecular levels to enter Yellowjacket's suit - how did he then interact with the components to destroy the suit? Titanium has a density ...
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How much G-Force do people transported by the Flash experience?

How much is estimated g-force experienced by people grabbed and moved by Flash, and many times does it exceed fatal dose of (around) 65g? Why don't these people die because if the G-force?
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Is Batman a scientist?

Batman clearly does a lot of research and development (apparently on his own in many timelines). The question has been posed before. Is Batman a scientist?
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Novel called “(Something) World”. Nanotechnology / world-wide speed limit displayed in the sky, enforced by satelite weapons

The protagonist awakes to find himself with amnesia, and the story is his journey to self-discovery. Two features of the story are nanotechnology in his body, and a world-wide speed limit, displayed ...
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Inconsistent science in Planet of the Apes

In the original Planet of the Apes, the reason for their travel forward in time is their near light speed travel, which causes time to move slower for them. This is scientifically accurate, allows ...
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Boy discovers his life is a science experiment

Children's story I read 13-15 years ago about a boy who finds out his whole life is part of a science experiment. It would have been a fairly short book with easy to understand language as I couldn't ...
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Link between Brian Aldiss's Heliconia books and Kepler 22b

There's an article in the Guardian with Brian Aldiss claiming "I was there first" about the discovery of Kepler 22b. I've read the books, however the article doesn't make clear on what grounds Aldiss ...
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Does the ending of Tau Zero make sense?

Warning: I'm trying to obfuscate much of this question, and hiding the key elements in spoiler blocks..but some spoilers will probably be inevitable. At the ending of the book Tau Zero the ending ...
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Book where a mysterious force transports most of the humans from Earth to various other planets and times

I forget the title and author, but he described the opening as such: a mysterious force, likely aliens, removes a large proportion of humans from Earth, and transports them to different planets, while ...
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Is the car from Army of Darkness even remotely plausible?

In the classic Sam Raimi epic Evil Dead: Army of Darkness, the hero Ash uses a high school chemistry book, a medieval alchemical lab, the contents of his trunk, and his trusty 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 ...
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Is the claim by Kim Stanley Robinson about Carbon Dioxide being poisonous true? [closed]

I've read all 3 books, and loved them except for one small claim that keeps bothering me. Specifically, is Carbon Dioxide as poisonous as we are lead to believe? I always thought that if we were in an ...
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Chemical Elements in the Star Trek Universe

Star Trek commonly refers to chemical elements we "haven't yet" discovered, such as "bilitrium", "illirium", "veridium", and "yominium". A few might correspond to isotopes found in the Island of ...
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How does time travel take into account the rotation/revolution of the Earth? [closed]

Hypothetically, if you were to travel say, 6 months into the past with no spatial displacement, you would end up floating in space because the Earth would be on the opposite side of the sun. I know ...
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Can the “mind” make injuries real like in the Matrix? [closed]

In the original Matrix movie, when Neo falls off a building he receives minor injuries in the simulation. When he "wakes up" in the real world, he feels pain and when he reaches for his mouth he sees ...
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Is a sonic screwdriver possible? [closed]

Keeping it simple, is it possible to use sonic waves to apply rotary force to an object? And, if so, would it be possible to provide enough power to it via conventional battery tech?
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How does ash cool the planet?

It said that the Lord Ruler moved the planet too close to the Sun and it became too hot. So he kicked the ashmounts awake and let the ash cover the atmosphere and cool the planet down to a habitable ...
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Potatoes were alive and sprouted on Mars: How were they preserved on the journey there?

Please note: The biology related aspects of this question are posted here. In "The Martian" (2015), the protagonist grows potatoes on Mars. We see him using seemingly fresh potatoes as his seeds. ...
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Earliest use of Relativity in SF?

Einstein proposed the theory of Special Relativity in 1905, and General Relativity in 1916. I knew that the use of Relativity as a story concept appeared in Heinlein’s “Time for the Stars” (1956), ...
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Can tree frogs modulate their infrared output? [closed]

In Jurassic World one of the scientists said that tree frogs can modulate their infrared output. Is this science fiction or science fact?
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Where did the daylight come from in the interior of Babylon 5?

The interior (open space) of Babylon 5 had night and day; whence came the daytime light? Light sources bright enough to account for the ‘daylight’ were never depicted in the show. In Arthur C. Clarke’...
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Economics of the Empire

The Empire seems very similar in a lot of ways to Nazi Germany, which only survived because it was able to plunder resources from its neighbors, but the Empire was basically the only real force in the ...
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What was the first story where a universal constant had a different value?

In some stories, the value of a universal constant is different than it is reality. For example, in Going Postal: 'Something like that, sir, probably, something like that,' said Groat. 'Three and ...
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Story where stardrive test-pilot visits alien solar system and is attacked by a psychic (alien) child

Looking for story title and author. Can't remember if the story was a short story, novella or novel. Here's the storyline as I remember it. In the near future humans have just created a prototype ...
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When did zombies become “infected” rather than corpses raised from hell?

I am curious as to the evolution of the zombie concept. In old horror movies from the 60s and into the 80s, zombies were depicted as "true" undead beings; people who have died and been inhumed, and ...
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What was the first story describing realistic zero-g during space flight?

Newton's law of universal gravitation has been known since 1686 and it states that gravity is proportional to inverse square of the distance, but never fades to 0. This led to stories where various ...
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X-Files - Waxman-Geschwind

In season 4 / episode 23 Mulder and Scully talk about the Waxman-Geschwind Syndrome. Sometimes Syndromes and/or Phenomenons that are part of the episode, exists in reality. Does Waxman-Geschwind ...
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Is there a scientific basis for the healing properties of chocolate?

A loud snap made them all jump. Professor Lupin was breaking an enormous slab of chocolate into pieces. ‘Here,’ he said to Harry, handing him a particularly large piece. ‘Eat it. It’ll help.’ ...
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Why weren't they already growing food on Mars?

This might be separated in to 2 questions but I have issues with Mark Watney(Matt Damon) growing his own food on Mars. Currently the space station is growing their own food. On a side note it doesn'...
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How does light from the Starkiller reach Leia? [duplicate]

OK, the StarKiller base in Episode 7 found a way to send energy from a star millions of light years away at warp speed. Obviously. However visible light doesn't travel faster than light speed. Right?...
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Science fiction show that was shown in middle school in the 90's

I remember being in 6th grade in Home Economics (or something) and the teacher had us watching this science fiction show similar to Doctor Who where this team of people who where (orange?) jumpsuits ...
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Early 90s story of kids shot into space in “pod” as trial by ordeal

I read a story (in the early 90s) about kids who faced some kind of trial by ordeal where they were shot into space (I think) in what I remember to be "pods". Does this ring a bell with anyone? I ...
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In Ex Machina, can this character survive?

This is not about who I'm quite sure is doomed, but Is there any way this character could survive for long?
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Looking for title and author of book where gun powder explodes

Like the title says I'm looking for title and author of a book where gun powder explodes. I read it sometime ago (15-20 years) The story starts in a university where they are testing a machine. When ...
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Is there magical science?

I know someone had a question about whether or not the magic from Harry Potter had science behind it[1]. What I want to know, however, is what is the magical view on Muggle science. What do wizards ...
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Trying to find the title of a science fiction novel where the monster is singing killer space fungus

Yep. Singing killer space fungus. I'm trying to find a science fiction novel that scared the bejesus out of me when I was a kid. This book was one of those paperback novels from the '60s or '70s. ...
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Looking for 50's 60's science fiction short story - radio waves and combustion

I can't remember the name of the story, but in it a character in a remote Alaskan outpost during a war between the US and the Chinese (or Russians, can't remember). This sentry makes a discovery that ...
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What is the 1st published example of Kal-El using the scientific method to benefit the general population of Earth?

EDITED FOR CLARIFICATION-What is the first published example of Kal-El using the scientific method to benefit the general population of Earth? I'm looking for the first time it was noted, not an ...
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What enables blood benders to levitate their victims?

In the episode Out of the Past, blood benders are seen being able to levitate their victims. I understand that a blood bender has power over his victim, but logically, shouldn't that power be ...
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Why does Ground Radiation cause mutation, but Solar Radiation does not?

In The 100, TV series: the Grounders have a serious problem with radiation caused mutants. We see that in the mutant child in the Deadlands, where it is stated that it is traditional to leave them ...
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What would really happen if you were exposed to space? [closed]

It seems that every science fiction story has a different idea about what would happen if a human were exposed to the vacuum of space. At the end of Total Recall, Quaid and Melina are ejected to ...
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Stainless Steel Rat warp drive?

In The Stainless Steel Rat universe, space ships would often travel quickly across the galaxy. There was one case when DiGriz traveled a long distance to meet an alien race. I can't remember if the ...
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Short story about a woman who has lost her right to use science

This story would have been in a short story collection or anthology over the last few years. I think it was about a woman who would not allow medical treatment for her children due to vague non-...
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Does the Ringworld have frozen belts near the rim walls?

The Ringworld is an object around 1 million miles wide and with a diameter of approximately 2 AU, encircling a Sun-like star. From what I can tell the surface of the Ringworld is "flat", as in the ...
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Looking for a movie with a young alien conected to a control room

Years ago I watched a science fiction movie about a young alien man connected up to the control room of a spaceship. On board were several earthlings, with one of them being a model of some sort. The ...
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Book where biological dust comes to Earth and causes havoc

I am looking for a science fiction book with a theme centered around an alien life form that sends a virus as a probe in space to look for life forms. This dust arrives at our planet and havoc ensues. ...
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Title of a book about a mysterious light in the sky from the late 90s?

I vaguely remember a book and it has been driving me crazy for years. It had these things: A mysterious light in the sky (maybe healing people) Religious overtones/themes (not a religious book to my ...
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Could a Warp Drive distort a planet or star? [closed]

Warp drives are supposed to be devices that alter the shape of space to facilitate very quick travel of very large distances. Now what happens if you take this fantastical potentially legitimately ...
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Are the coreward rimward names real science names or just sci-fi?

For example: http://www.ufstarfleet.org/wiki/index.php?title=Galactic_Directions It shows some names used for directions of the galaxy. Coreward Coreward refers the direction of the galactic ...
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Book about a brother and sister living in a futuristic world

It was 1981-1982 when I read it. My female English teacher told me to read it...not the class. Not sure when it was written? I remember it was written from the sister's perspective. There seemed ...