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Lifeform - resistant to gunfire but vulnerable to melee

Is there a plausible makeup for a lifeform which is highly resistant to even very advanced firearms (or any ranged weaponry for that matter), but can be injured more readily (albeit still a major feat)...
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What would a Collective Consciousness look like?

The idea of a collective consciousness (Or Anthill) is pretty simple: instead of cells you have small sentient animal that make up a larger creature. This is different from a hive mind in that the ...
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Could a microorganism possess intelligence?

Moreover, could a culture of microorganisms form a collective hive-intelligence similar to ants or bees? I'm trying to design a scientifically plausible hive-mind, and I'm trying to decide whether the ...
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How can anthills use tools?

The idea of a collective consciousness (or anthill) species is pretty simple; instead of cells tissues and organs you have ant-like creatures, all making up a larger creature. This is different from a ...
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How does a collective consciousness species avoid overpopulation?

I have talked about collective consciousness. The basic run down is that a collective consciousness species replaces cells, tissues and organs with ants, specialized ants and groups of specialized ...
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Can an entire ecosystem be one giant organism with distributed intelligence?

I need someone to fact-check me and tell me if there's anything immediately bogus or physically impossible with the scenario I'm about to propose. Billions of years ago, under the ice of Europa, the ...
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What conditions would lead a hyperparasite (whose host is itself a parasite) to develop civilization?

A hyperparasite is "a parasite whose host is itself a parasite" and is the closest analogy to an apex predator in the ecology of parasites. Human sociability, intelligence and status as apex predators ...
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How do members of a collective consciousness separate themselves from another?

The idea of a collective consciousness is pretty simple: instead of cells you have small animals (such as ants or termites) that make up a larger creature. This is different from a hive in that the ...
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How smart can I make ants? [closed]

In the accepted answer to this question on ant size, it was suggested to give ants branchiostegal lungs, which taxonomically makes the ant a crustacean, rather than an insect. His suggestion was for ...
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How can I design spacesuits for Anthills?

The idea of a collective consciousness (or anthill) species is pretty simple; instead of cells tissues and organs you have ant-like creatures, all making up a larger creature. This is different from a ...
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How could a collective consciousness evolve?

We have talked about hive minds a lot here and relatively recently, a new idea of hive mind has become popular; the collective consciousness. The basic run down is that a collective consciousness ...
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What would be the best members for a collective consciousness?

The idea of a collective consciousness is pretty simple: instead of cells you have small hive insects (such as ants, bees or termites) that make up a larger creature. This is different from a hive in ...
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