Questions tagged [science]

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Documentary: Scientist holding guns gets shot from self version in a portal and marble balls animation demonstrating gravity?

I saw a documentary or movie about a long time ago (8-10 years ago), where it delved into the to sort of moral or hypothetical situation about space-time or something about that. EDIT: (Most likely of ...
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Earliest story involving a Man-Made Creature turning on its creators?

Does anyone know of the earliest known record of a story involving some sort of artificial creature, brought into existence by humans, that, at some point, becomes violent and attacks its creators or ...
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Why couldn't the crew of the Phoenix use known pulsars to determine their position?

In C J Cherryh's novel Visitor (17th novel in the Foreigner series), it's revealed that: In real life, we made a point of engraving the solar system relative vectors of known pulsars on the Pioneer ...
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Why can't metalbenders/earthbenders affect pure metallic platinum?

In the episode, The Aftermath the Metalbending Police Force has been investigating Future Industries factories for collusion and production of weapons by Hiroshi Sato with the Equalists. The ...
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Can Matt Murdock feel radiation pressure?

I was singing in the shower holding a near empty bottle of shampoo when I felt the vibrations on the bottle. Having a dumb moment I thought to myself "If only Daredevil could see vibrations, then it ...
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Which Bone is Leela Missing?

In Season 8, Episode 9 of Futurama, called "Fry Am the Egg Man", Leela says that she has 205 bones in her body. A normal human has 206 (at adulthood), so what bone is Leela missing?
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What does the term 'serum' refer to in science fiction stories? [closed]

Most definitions say that it is a component of blood that has been in a centrifuge, but I haven't seen any definitions that is associated with sci-fi. I often came across this word when people talk ...
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Novel where “sub-standard” humans are sent to perform space exploration

When I was in my early teens, I read a science fiction novel I have since lost track of, and can remember neither the title nor the author. I can remember only a few details about the novel, but ...
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How is antimatter produced?

In Star Trek, the fundamental concept of warp drive requires anti-matter and matter combinations to produce the needed energy. Yet, despite this importance, I haven't come across any reference to how ...
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Did Robert A. Heinlein “Invent” the elastic inertiometer?

In The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (1985) by Robert A. Heinlein, a novel approach to measuring mass in zero G used. For a mass reading Budget Jets does not use a centrifuge but the newer, faster, ...
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What is the best scientific explanation for how The Flash moves so fast without issue, or is it just “magic?”

The Flash goes from zero to ??? in an eye blink. As he does not have a Saturn 5 rocket on his back, how do you explain the acceleration? How do you explain his ability to stop on a dime and turn ...
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What radiation is present in Star Trek TNG The Drumhead?

In Star Trek: TNG Episode "The Drumhead" (4x21) there was a breach in the dilithium chamber that caused a radiation leak that caused them to have isolation doors drop and prevent the crew access to ...
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Is it possible for Supergirl to have sex or offspring?

Can Supergirl have sex and have children? Strange question but worth asking.
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Television episode about scientists discovering the Grand Unification Theory, as each one discovers it they begin to vanish

I'm still trying to find another sci-fi show/series/episode - it has similarities to the one Twilight Zone with the downed WWII aircraft. But in this one, a bunch of scientists stumble onto ideas that ...
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Is it possible to journey to the center of the Earth as described by Jules Verne? [closed]

Are there volcanic tubes that could possibly lead an exploration to the center of the Earth as stated by Jules Verne in the movie "Journey to the Center of the Earth?
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Where does light come from in Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth?

Disclaimer: I haven't read the book yet, but am really curious about this, but am trying to avoid spoilers that give away the whole story. I'm trying to get just an answer to this question without ...
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Echo Death, obscure novel from 1972?

Can anyone help to find the exact title and author of a novel I read in 1972? It was checked out of a library, and I believe it was a new release at the time, though I may be wrong about that. I ...
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Why did DS9 need a Science Officer (pre-wormhole!)?

There is some suggestion that there's a position of Science Officer aboard starships. On NCC-1701, this was Spock. On NX-01, this was T'Pol. But there really isn't such high-ranking position on ...
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How exactly does one farm moisture?

This question has been bothering me since I was six years old- we know that Aunt Buru and Uncle Owen are moisture farmers, but what is it that they do? What is the process? Is it profitable? What ...
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How many calories does the Human Torch burn?

I mean the guy has to burn a lot of calories, literally. So how many calories does he need to take in, to engulf himself in flames for at least an hour? Assumption(?) for this question: he does draw ...
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Transporter Displacement [duplicate]

I'm aware of the "Heisenberg compensator" plot device to explain how transporters get around the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. However, it occurs to me that there is an even more basic (i.e., in ...
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What were the power sources of the rings from Captain Planet?

Captain Planet's 'Planeteers' each have a powerful ring. What is the source of their power and does the use of this power itself cause pollution (e.g. is their use a ...
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The slide rule in the science fiction [closed]

Inspired by this cover of (a particular case of the more general phenomenon of "Futuristic" Worlds Where Everybody Uses Obsolete Technology) I will ask: How popular is the slide rule in the science ...
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Could the ocean really evaporate due to nuclear war, as shown in Mad Max: Fury Road? [closed]

In Mad Max: Fury Road, it's strongly implied that the Pacific Ocean has evaporated (or almost entirely evaporated), and is now just "the Great Salt." In particular, Max says that riding across the ...
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Movie about a mad scientist stealing life/talent/enthusiasm from unsuspecting teen girl or girls. Black guy hero

It was an older movie, probably 80's-ish era. Medium budget. Scientist was trying to defy the aging process. Girls he used were young teens, and the process killed them, I think. I only caught the ...
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Earliest story about civil nuclear power

Does anybody know which is the earliest SF story about the civil uses of nuclear power (possibly, power generation)? The best I can find is a 1940 short story by Robert A. Heinlein, “Blowups Happen” (...
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Which science fiction work had the most habitable worlds in our Solar System?

By habitable worlds I mean worlds where humans from Earth could live without spacesuits or airtight enclosed habitats. The creator of this website attepted to build the ultimate solar sytem, a ...
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Trying to find a book about slaves on a barren planet

I read it 10 years ago. It started with them on a planet that looked barren. Later on they're captured as slaves. The story centers on one person, who toils through the slave labor but later escapes. ...
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Is the Magic School Bus actually magic?

Is The Magic School Bus, of the The Magic School Bus franchise, actually magic? On one hand, it's called magic and does many things that science probably can't achieve. On the other hand, it is only ...
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Star Trek Discovery (Episode 9) Klingon Cloaking Device Explanation [closed]

Not sure if this is a question for SciFi SX or Physics SX. In Star Trek Discovery (Season 1 Episode 9) the USS Discovery (aka good guys) are in war with the Klingons (bad guys). The bad guys have ...
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Book (pre 1982) - recalled mercenary only survivor of radiation weapon

I read a book somewhere around 1981 or 82 at our local library. It was the first book in a series. I can almost remember the entire book just not the title nor the author. I would love to find out if ...
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Why do the Starfleet vessels always get cold so quickly when the power goes out? [closed]

The ISS is mostly concerned with expelling heat. So if the power went out the instruments would stop giving off heat but the bodies should produce quite a lot and if the ship is only losing heat by ...
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How does the scientists version of the Lords Prayer (Our Father) go?

I read this in a book from the 60s-70s, surely not 80s. But there was a version of the Lords Prayer adapted for Scientists. Now, the normal Lords Prayer goes something like this: Our Father, who art ...
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YA Novel where the main characters family have been replaced by impostors

There's not much I remember about the book. I know it has a green cover, the hardback version anyway. The green is almost shiny with vertical lines, sort of like the matrix. This could be way off, ...
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Is there any evidence of relativity in the Star Wars universe?

In the comments on How is age kept track of in the Star Wars universe? we started discussing the relevance of relativity in the star wars universe. Is there any evidence in Canon or Legends of any ...
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Smallest creature an Animorph can change into?

In the Animorphs series book series, you see them change into mosquitoes, fleas and all sorts of small creatures. Could they go into single celled organisms? Also, when they changed into mosquitoes, ...
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In Flowers for Algernon was Charley actually less intelligent than he was before the procedure?

We note that Algernon, the rat, died and that seems to indicate that the procedure not only wore off but had some severe after-effects. Charley Gordon did not die but was it suggested that he was left ...
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What are the units of mass and the standards of comparison in Westeros?

In Game of Thrones S07E01, someone weighs a body part (not being specific to avoid spoilers)-- and finds that it weighs 147 (or something). It always bothers me when people specify unit-less ...
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Explanation of this quote “it took man six thousand years really to discover science”?

The quote is from Theodore Sturgeon's "Microcosmic God", 1941, and in full is: It took man six thousand years really to discover science, three hundred to put it to work. It took Kidder's creatures ...
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Why couldn't Morpheus have used the emp at the end of The Matrix while Neo was still in the Matrix if it doesn't fry their own tech anyway?

As shown at the beginning of the movie, using the EMP doesn't damage anything in the ship, so why did they have to wait until Neo was out of the Matrix to use it ? Even if it only damages online ...
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How did they get away from the tsunami if there were 45 minutes before the next slide?

In Sliders season 1, episode 6 "Summer of Love", at the end of the episode they slide onto a world and Q-Ball (Quinn Mallory) says the next slide is in 45 minutes. Then they hear a rumbling and they ...
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Is bacta a substitute for Nanomedicine in the Star Wars universe?

No mention is ever made of nanomedicine in Star Wars canon. Is it because bacta can accomplish what nanomedicine can accomplish or could the two exist as different procedures?
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Why not make “supermen” on Krypton?

As a scientist and a father, Jor El wouldn't send his son to a planet with an environment that could potentially kill him, so he had to test what the yellow Sun's rays would do to the Kryptonian body. ...
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Is there any example of gene therapy in the Star Wars canon?

I tried researching it, but sometimes Wookieepedia is incomplete and I haven't read all the literature. It was used in Legends, but was gene therapy used in the new canon?
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Is there any scientific basis behind the “Big Mistake” theory in Hyperion? [closed]

The Big Mistake of the Hyperion books says: The "Big Mistake" was a cataclysmic event thought to have destroyed Old Earth, having been brought about when a team of physicists in Kiev created an ...
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What's the technical explanation for gravity to exist inside a spacecraft in science fiction? [closed]

Specifically, spacecraft that are not obviously using centrifugal force to simulate gravity the way that the space station from 2001 does.
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Where did the apes find another Icarus spaceship from to return to earth?

Where did the apes find another Icarus spaceship from to return to earth ? & How did they have the knowledge to pilot it.
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What's the nutella for?

In the image below, Captain America is hugging the Winter Soldier while telling Stark and Banner ... I have my own secret club now Cap's club is Army Bros so I'm assuming that implies Stark and ...
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To build the Iron Man suit, what fields did Tony Stark need to be an expert in?

I have been thinking about superheroes lately and Iron Man seems to be the safest one. His suit allows him to practically be bulletproof. In what fields did Tony Stark have to be an expert in to ...
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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. ...