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Sonic weapon used by necromancer — does air have enough density to transmit power like that? [closed]

I think there are real-life sonic weapons that can kill people but the actual explosions/almost complete disintegration that the necromancer's weapon causes seems unrealistic -- no matter how much ...
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How does Spider-Man track chemical trails?

In Spider-Man PS4, Peter Parker has the ability to identify and track certain chemicals he comes across. The identification process is most likely a form of spectroscopy, probably Raman. But after ...
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Short story about a farmer who unearths a mysterious motor or engine [duplicate]

He is working his field and digs up a large object that seems to be humming. There is an opening in the case, so he inserts a piece of lumber and it spins with such torque that it almost kills him. I ...
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First work where a traveler from afar arrives to a backward society and he tries to help its scientific progress

There is a traditional trope in science fiction: an alien arrives in a backward world and tries to advance its scientific and technical progress. I would like to know the first novel or story in which ...
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Are there any specifics given as to how the Genosha mutant power suppression technology works?

In the X-Men franchise, there are numerous human made tech which somehow stop mutants from utilizing their abilities. It doesn't matter if the power is physical, psionic, or energy based; once applied,...
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Do any non-Federation starships have deflector dishes?

One of the answers to this question says The visible dish itself is a bit unique to the Federation. (emphasis added) Is that true? Do any non-Federation ships have deflector dishes?
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Does interdiction technology exist in other universes other than Star Wars? [closed]

In Star Wars Rebels, we see an Interdictor cruiser, which is capable of pulling other ships out of hyperspace. Since most other science fiction universes have hyperspace as a means of trans-galactic ...
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How was the base on Pandora built in Avatar?

I understand that ships like the Venture Star were used to bring people to Pandora, but the Venture Star's actual payload is quite small (the fandom page says payload is 350 tons, you can also compare ...
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Are these three Star Trek characters all a result of the same “glitch”?

In the various Star Trek shows, we have seen at least three examples of a Holodeck character achieving sentience: Professor Moriarty (TNG) Vic Fontaine (DS9) The Doctor (VOY) In all three cases, the ...
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In the Star Trek universe, why is cloaking technology so rare?

The ST universe predominantly only depicts two main races with cloaking technology: the Romulans and Klingons. In universe, the Klingons originally got the technology from the Romulans as part of a ...
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What is the communications range of a standard Starfleet combadge?

This has been suggested to pretty far, even light-years, plus have been turned into a subspace beacon or transponder especially if damaged to aid in finding the owner either to rescue a survivor or to ...
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Why do the Rebels probe the section of the shield within the gate?

In Rogue One, during the Battle of Scarif, once the shield gate has closed, Y-Wings and X-Wings from the Alliance are seen probing the shield by dropping bombs and firing torpedoes at it, to no avail. ...
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What was Han searching through when he found where Lando was?

In The Empire Strikes Back we have this exchange between Han and Leia HAN: Then we've got to find a safe port somewhere around here. Got any ideas? LEIA: No. Where are we? HAN: The Anoat ...
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Why wasn't the Moties planet overrun by Watchmakers?

In the book "The Mote in God's Eye", by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, the humans are forced to evacuate one starship due to it being overrun by the rapidly breeding Watchmaker caste of 'Moties'. ...
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When and how was wheeled transport introduced to Middle-Earth?

In The Lord of the Rings, wheeled transport is common. Gandalf has a cart, travelling dwarven merchants have them, Gondor had many, the siege engines of Mordor obviously use wheels to get around, and ...
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Is there a name for the style/genre of Sci-Fi using floating, illuminated technology elements?

Astral Chain, Mass Effect, Halo 4 (with the Forerunner technology and weapons) and Black Panther are all examples of Science Fiction that make use of floating, illuminated elements in their technology....
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What is the first work featuring noise cancellation?

Alternate Question Title: Did Stephen Bartholomew invent noise cancellation? I just read "The Rumble and the Roar" by Stephen Bartholomew (Worlds of If Science Fiction, February 1957) It is a story ...
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How is Iron Man's nanotech suit supposed to work given what we observe in “Endgame”?

In Infinity War, we're introduced to Iron Man's nanotech suit. In particular, it can emerge from his arc reactor chest amulet and it can form his helmet and reconfigure other parts of his suit ...
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Why aren't stealth field generators more common during the Clone Wars and Galactic Civil War?

The fan-favourite RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was the first to introduce a device known as a stealth field generator - a small and portable cloaking device that can be worn as a belt. ...
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Have all the diseases that plague Homo sapiens today been conquered by the time of the original Star Trek?

The Enterprise has an elaborate Sick Bay, well equipped with diagnostic and curative equipment. Dr. McCoy and his colleagues are busy repairing traumatic injuries and diagnosing weird diseases of ...
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Do Iron Man suits sport waste management systems?

Obviously, it is difficult to be an effective superhero if you need to take potty breaks. And Iron Man's suit affords a unique opportunity to fix this problem. Do we have evidence of integrated ...
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Is there a Star Trek episode that completely lacks futuristic technology or non-human traits?

I'm wondering if there's any Star Trek episode which could have been set in any pretty much any other (non-futuristic) setting without modification, even if the appearance of the technology is ...
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Are wizards able to avoid Muggle detection after the invention of media cloud storage? [duplicate]

We understand from the books that there are multiple parts of the Ministry of Magic and its counterparts devoted to deceiving Muggles, including concocting explanations for Muggle head of states in ...
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Short story about scientists playing grooves on old pottery like an old vinyl record

Read a long time ago so not recent, maybe in the 1970s or 1980s. It might have been Bradbury, but maybe not. Some kind of researchers (anthropologists? physicists?) figure out how to play the ...
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Do repulsor lift vehicles exert a reaction force on the ground below them? [duplicate]

Let's say I am lying on the ground when my friend runs over me on his speeder bike, does it feel like I've just been run over by a bike or as though a light breeze just passed over me? There doesn't ...
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Aliens, technology, duck hunt: what's the name of the short story?

I have read this short science fiction story in the early 90's and am trying to find the author and the title. I hope someone can help me based on the outline of the plot: Aliens land on Earth and ...
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Norby’s time travel capability?

When did Norby, of the series of the same name by Isaac and Janet Asimov, gain his hyperspace and time travel capabilities? My guess is he gained them when he was first made. I first put this on the ...
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How do Star Trek viewscreens show perceivable depth?

This has bothered me ever since I noticed it; the viewscreen in The Next Generation shows perceivable depth even when viewed from an angle when, I would imagine, such an angle should start to warp the ...
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Was the viewscreen in TOS viewed as novel or incremental at the time?

Obviously the original Star Trek presented a number of amazing technologies (even if it wasn't necessarily the genesis of all of them). Today we have amazingly huge high-resolution screens becoming ...
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Sci-Fi short story: Side with the most advanced technology loses [duplicate]

Looking for an old sci-fi short story where the side with the most advanced technology loses because of unexpected side effects of their high tech. The story is told from the perspective of the ...
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Are R-series astromech units obsolete?

Having watched TFA and TLJ a few times, I noticed that the only non-BB astromech droid we see is R2-D2, and he spends most of both of those movies in low-power mode and looking fairly worn out. Are R-...
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Author of 60s/70s sci-fi novel called Sphere, about a clear personal transport device made from Martian technology

Found it in a used book store, don't have it anymore. I'm almost certain the title is Sphere, but it was written about 20-25 years before Crichton's book of the same name. I'm trying to find out the ...
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How do Starfleet comm badges know how to connect between personnel?

How do Starfleet comm badges work as far as connections? One user taps their badge and says “me” to “receiving person”. It’s obviously heard as an inter-comm on the ship, so I can understand how ...
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A device that reassures its owner by telling him that he would have died if he had done things differently

I'm looking for a book I read during the last 5 years, I guess, but it could be really old. I read it in French, but it's probably a translation from English (or another language). I thought it was in ...
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Was Ian McDiarmid’s face modified when playing Sidious in the prequels?

This is a follow-up to: Was it a spoiler that Palpatine was Darth Sidious? In the prequel trilogy, Sidious is supposed to be disfigured by the dark side, even before the fight with Mace Windu, while ...
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Where do replicator patterns come from? [duplicate]

We take for granted you can get almost anything you want. But, Where do replicator patterns come from? I don't recall any discussion of this. (Possibly the only evidence I can recall is that ...
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Where did Mrs. Beaver get a sewing machine?

In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Mrs. Beaver has a sewing machine that she uses in her first appearance (emphasis mine). The first thing that Lucy noticed as she went in was a kind of ...
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Has human child-bearing age been extended in Star Trek?

We know that life expectancy has been radically increased due to significant medical advancement. For example, Dr. McCoy lives to be at least 137 per his depiction in "Encounter at Farpoint"...
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Peter F. Hamilton Night's Dawn: Zero-Tau technology

I am in the process of reading the Night's Dawn trilogy by Hamilton. I think we can consider it hard sci-fi, since the explanations provided are quite plausible for all the technical and scientific ...
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Nature of the Orville Shuttles' cloak

In a few episodes of The Orville, namely "Majority Rule" and "Mad Idolatry", we see that the Orville's shuttle are equipped with a cloaking device of sorts (referred to simply as "cloak" by Orville ...
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Do multiple warp fields stack?

Warp cores use a huge amount of energy to create a warp field, and then a comparatively lesser amount of energy to maintain it. At warp 1, this is 20 gigajoules and 200 megajoules, respectively. Is it ...
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Why aren't tractor beams used more commonly in the Star Wars universe?

We all remember the classic A New Hope scene where the Millenium Falcon gets caught by a tractor beam and Obi Wan-Kenobi has to switch it off. Considering it's a major plot point of the movie which ...
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How common is Geordi's VISOR technology?

As far as I recall, various people were not familiar with the VISOR when they first encounter Geordi. Yet he was apparently fitted with it when he was five. Is the VISOR extremely rare or unique? ...
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In Altered Carbon, is there technology that lets people understand foreign languages?

In Netflix's new TV series, Altered Carbon, based on Richard K. Morgan's novel of the same name, there are several instances where characters will speak foreign languages and other characters will ...
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Why does Batman's grappling hook never miss?

In every incarnation of Batman I've ever seen, whenever he uses his grappling hook, it always hits the target and does whatever he needs it to do, such as saving himself and the person he dove over ...
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Why did the Resistance automatically assume the use of this tech in The Last Jedi?

In The Last Jedi: As soon as the FO ships appear, the Resistance immediately come to the (correct) conclusion as to the tech that was used. Why would they assume the use of this tech, that they have ...
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How could the First Order see the Resistance ships at the end of The Last Jedi?

I found this particular bit at the end of The Last Jedi pretty confusing. I've only seen the movie twice so my recollection may be off, but as far as I can remember: Were these ships cloaked or not? ...
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Would Harry Potter Wizards use the Internet?

The Internet has a lot to offer that you cannot send by owls, like sub-second latency of messages. Same things for computers and technology in general. Since Harry Potter seems to take place in the ...
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Looking for title of anthology about alien attack and rebuilding then future of Earth

Aliens attack because we are close in technology to them but instead of completely wiping us out they set up some shields around a few small groups so the Earth can rebuild while they advance further ...
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Why do people in the Star Trek universe still use transporters?

There seem to be many malfunctions, people getting duplicated, merged, and what not. Why do people still use the transporters? They don't exactly seem safe or reliable.

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