Questions tagged [science]

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Real Time Machine [closed]

Is there an existing time machine in film or literature that exists or is specifically based on research in the applied sciences?
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Is there a “mathematics fiction” genre? [closed]

The science fiction genre has been and is still an area in which visionary authors can express their ideas about new sciences. Many successful academic research were influenced by works of science ...
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Equal Mass in both universes in Fringe

I'm only just getting to season 3, so if this has been answered later, just say that. In 2x14, Jackson, Walter says that the two universes will try to fix an imbalance in the mass of it's own ...
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Jean Johnson's “An Officer's Duty” - pores invert in decompression?

I've enjoyed the first two books in Jean Johnson's "Theirs not to reason why" series. The science seems relatively well thought out to me. The emergency pressure suits were described as being a ...
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Does the computer-system on the Enterprise NCC-1701-D still follow the basic architecture of a Turing Machine?

Although the Turing Machine is a theoretical model to describe computing power, in its basic idea today's computers are still (quite sophisticated) implementations of this basic concept, although you ...
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What is the science behind Lightsabers in the Star Wars franchise? [duplicate]

I have seen all of the Star Wars movies, but I have not read any of the books. I would like to know if the science of the Lightsabers was ever explained, and, if so, what is it?
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How, if at all, does Midi-chlorian count relate to blood volume? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When Jedi lose parts of their body, does their midi-chlorian count and strength in the Force diminish? This question is based on Is the relation between midi-chlorian count ...
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Acceleration of Cosmotron Express in Tom Swift Jr Vol 32

In 'Tom Swift and his Cosmotron Express' (1970) by Victor Appleton II, Tom invents his fastest spaceship that can go to the moon in 3 hours and tour all the planets in the solar system in 2.5-3 days. ...
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What FTL drives in science-fiction are the most scientifically plausible? [closed]

Science-fiction has used wormhole travel, hyperdrive, teleportation, even sub-FTL flight combined with time travel o get characters there and back again. Even hard science-fiction writer Larry Niven ...
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Does Douglas Adams use of 'Infinite Improbability' allude to P=NP?

Having just re-awakened the old P=NP post, I started to think: Is Douglas Adams's description of the discovery of the Infinite Improbability drive via use of the Finite Improbability device a ...
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Is this retrovirus actually science fiction? [closed]

In the second book of Dean Koontz's unfinished Moonlight Bay trilogy, there is a retro virus that takes DNA from one creature alter itself accordingly and deposits itself into another cell, causing it ...
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Escape into electrons after galactic explosion

I was once reading a book about a civilization that escaped into an electron after the galaxy had a core explosion. They did this again and again, many levels, sometimes into 4+ dimensional spaces. I ...
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What science fiction trilogy has the dead coming back to life

This has been driving me crazy. There is a science fiction trilogy where the dead start coming back to life. It wasn't zombie fiction though. In this trilogy, humanity has expanded to the stars, but ...
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How do story-related dreams happen? [closed]

I am curious to know how dreams happen in our mind particularly when we sleep. I read many fictional stories and when I went to sleep after finishing the book, I used to get dreams in which I was the ...
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How fast should mutations be for hard science fiction? [closed]

I was disturbed by the rate of human evolution in Waterworld- maybe 500 years to evolve humans with gills*, and about a 1000 years to evolve into (back into?) something that is stronger than a ...
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Is it possible to build an instrument which can travel faster than light? [closed]

I have heard about atomic rockets in novels which have the capablity to travel faster than light. I have also heard about fictional stories where objects capable to travel faster than light. My ...
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Trying to identify “I will measure the dust” story

I have a distant memory of a story which involves a person conversing with an intelligent space probe before it's launched on a long-term mission. As I recall it, their conversation goes something ...
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Are the language elements in Snow Crash supported by science?

After reading Snow Crash, I have to wonder if any of the premise or main/supporting plot points are backed by any science, or even plausible based on our current understanding. For example: Little ...
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Ejected into space — survival tactics [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What would really happen if you were exposed to space? In several Sci-Fi adventures (e.g.: 2001: A space Oddessy and HHGTG) the protagonist survives a markedly brief stint in ...
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In “Spin” by Robert Charles Wilson, why was it called “the spin?”

I just finished this book, and I never understood why the phenomena/event was called "the spin."