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How could Mr. Fantastic’s computer see distant planets in real-time in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer?

Is the scene in the video clip below the one you're thinking of? REED RICHARDS: I've been cross-referencing the Surfer's radiation through every astronomical database. Altair Seven... Rigel Three... ...
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Embedded black hole in a manned spaceship counteracts the propulsive force

This sounds like the "McAndrew drive" from a couple of Charles Sheffield's stories, starting with "Moment of Inertia" (1980). "Moment of Inertia" was originally ...
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Please identify an Asimov short story with miniature typewriter

This sounds like the framing story for I, robot. The reporter interviewing Susan Calvin has a device in his pocket to record the interviews: I was taking it down verbatim on my pocket-recorder, ...
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How could Mr. Fantastic’s computer see distant planets in real-time in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer?

The film's novelisation indicates that these planets are "not far" from Earth. He pointed to a large monitor to his right and scrolled through a series of satellite photos of dead and ...
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Who is responsible for making the time machine in the Terminator movies; humans or Skynet?

According to the official novelisations of the first and second films, the Time Displacement Equipment (TDE) was developed by Skynet. As far as Reese knew, he was the first living man to be ...
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Does Spider-Man ever save his empty web cartridges?

Spider-Man has a utility belt with spare web cartridges There also is a panel where he mentions that all his web cartridges in his belt are empty Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 #230 So yes, he does in ...
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Why do (Federation) starships need Bussard collectors in front of their warp nacelles?

tl;dr: The Bussard collectors are there for emergency situations, and it's complicated. Welcome to the magical and slightly convoluted world of starship propulsion technology! Regular use of the warp ...
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How is Batman's grappling gun always loaded and ready to use, and never runs out of ropes?

The grapple gun automatically retracts and reloads, and you can actually see/hear it doing so in the videos that you posted. If you consider the Arkham video games to be valid sources here, then as ...
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What are the names and scope of the components shown in these images?

I would call those "greebles" since they have no apparent gameplay effect in the description of either vehicle. The first is a "Behemoth II Heavy Tank" (description at the ...
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What happens if a very heavy impact hits a person's Holtzmann shield?

Here is a list of relevant passages from Dune, the first novel of the series by Frank Herbert (key phrases in bold): Chapter 4, Paul and Gurney in a weapons training session: "The shield turns ...
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Earliest Depiction of Cultivated Meat in Science Fiction

I found a reference just one year earlier 1879. Though I am unsure if it exactly fits your question. A character in the story objects to eating both animals and plants on ethical grounds. He eats ...
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How is Batman's grappling gun always loaded and ready to use, and never runs out of ropes?

As another answer mentioned, Batman's grappling/batline is designed to retract, which not only allows him to re-use it, but also to climb up to higher areas when needed. Take these two examples from ...
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Aliens throw Earth's technology back to 19th century levels by stopping all rapid chemical combustion

I think you might be remembering "Pax Galactica" by Ralph Williams, Astounding, November 1952. It was collected in The Stars at War, the first volume of the Pournelle/Carr anthology series ...
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SF story about a multi-generational colonist ship?

If you can accept a space station instead of a ship, "Incommunicado" by Katherine MacLean is a perfect match for the description. There are two stations working together, Pluto Station and ...
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Short story by Ray Bradbury, man comes home to smart house, can't cope, takes a gun and shoots up the consoles, gets taken away by men in white coats

I agree with lucasbachmann. This has to be "The Murderer," filtered through a faulty memory. The viewpoint character is a psychiatrist interviewing the subject who has gone on a rampage of ...
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Did Wells consider how the Martians would survive the trip to Earth?

I think that "the storm burst upon us six years ago now" means that the Martian invasion was 6 years before the writing of that line. So there is no clue in that line as to how long the ...
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How could Mr. Fantastic’s computer see distant planets in real-time in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer?

This (viewing distant parts of space in real-time) is a long-running and common issue throughout Marvel and other superhero comics for decades. When explicated, the usual justifications are some kind ...
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How does magnetic sealing work in Star Wars?

There are no canon explanations of the technology. It's designed to block blasters and (now to some extent) lightsabers. In Legends, a "magnetic seal" more or less functioned like a Star ...
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How could Mr. Fantastic’s computer see distant planets in real-time in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer?

What Mr. Fantastic needs is not weird Clarkean technology but more like weird Smithian technology. In early science fiction it was a rather common idea that that a telescope X light years away from ...
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How did Cochrane obtain dilithium for the first warp flight?

After reading various older Star Trek Books including The Final Reflection dilithium is not the fuel source, but a focusing lens. Starships could travel up to Warp 4 without the dilithium crystals. ...
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What happens if a very heavy impact hits a person's Holtzmann shield?

Dune's Appendix Terminology of the Imperium is quite clear: defensive shield is utilizing the Holtzman Effect which, in great simplification: nullifies gravity within certain limits prescribed by ...
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Why did Poké Balls not work in the seventh movie?

https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/M07 Rebecca is glad to learn that the backup generators have kept the lights on, but remarks that even the Poké Ball Management System isn't working. With the ...
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Do Babylon 5 Starfuries shoot out radially?

After receiving some good comments and rethinking and doing some calculations I got it! What we see in the show is that the Starfury hangs in some device having arms. Maybe rails, maybe even a small ...
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Why do (Federation) starships need Bussard collectors in front of their warp nacelles?

I really think the answer is not as complicated as all that. Matt Jeffries designed the enterprise in 1964. He probably intended it to look like cool radar. In my opinion, he probably never even ...
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Has transporter technology ever been used to fight Borg assimilation?

As far as I am aware, the transporter has not been used to reverse the full assimilation of a Borg drone. In the episode in which the aging disease is reversed by the transporter (TNG 2x07 "...
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Does Heinlein ever elaborate on the physics underlying Shipstones?

A significant point in your question is the assertion that shipstones are “non-rechargeable” batteries. The statements about life-long tiny shipstone batteries mentioned in his stories is easily ...
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How did Cochrane obtain dilithium for the first warp flight?

He didn't use dilithium because he didn't need it. Dilithium isn't a power source. Dilithium is used to regulate a matter/anti-matter reaction. The actual fuel source in Star Trek is the energy ...
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Why wasn't the Moties planet overrun by Watchmakers?

Remember when the original brown on the Mac orders the watchmakers to give bury his watch back? Remember how Ivan(the ambassador movie) orders the two Mediators to obey, by saying "obey"? ...
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Any examples of wireless power or inductive power transfer in Star Wars canon?

It's a game mechanic, so its canonicity is arguable, but in Jedi: Survivor, there are locked chests that can only be opened by powering a nearby conduit. The chests appear to have some sort of ...
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