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Questions tagged [adaptability]

For questions about how a certain species or object can change to fit a new criteria of living or other.

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What does the physiology and biochemistry of a vacuum adapted post-human look like? Part 5: Senses

I am a post-human adapted for permanent life in vacuum and micro-gravity. How might my physiology and biochemistry overcome the following challenges? Please note I have a strong cultural aversion to ...
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What does the physiology and biochemistry of a vacuum adapted post-human look like? Part 4: Movement

I am a post-human adapted for permanent life in vacuum and micro-gravity. How might my physiology and biochemistry overcome the following challenges? Please note I have a strong cultural aversion to ...
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What does the physiology and biochemistry of a vacuum adapted post-human look like? Part 3: Metabolism

I am a post-human adapted for permanent life in vacuum and micro-gravity. How might my physiology and biochemistry overcome the following challenges? Please note I have a strong cultural aversion to ...
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What does the physiology and biochemistry of a vacuum adapted post-human look like? Part 2: Temperature control

I am a post-human adapted for permanent life in vacuum and micro-gravity. How might my physiology and biochemistry overcome the following challenges? Please note I have a strong cultural aversion to ...
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How would animals adapt to darkness-made beasts?

Premise: In a world similar ours, whose culture is like our medieval era, there is one key difference. There is a "Darkness" (at night or in very dark places) which forms into "beasts" through some ...
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A Temperate Deciduous Monster--Too Big?

What is a flower or shrub back home is a tree in an alternate Earth, and vice versa. That is something worth exploring. For example, Taraxacum officinale can grow from stems typically up to 5-40 ...
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How long would it take for an array of introduced alien fauna to form functional ecosystems on a near-future “Dead Earth”?

Imagine that, in the near future, pollution, overpopulation and war leads to a massive extinction where almost all chordates, some invertebrates and many plants are wiped out. Small, resilient plants, ...
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Neutral, science-based Undead

I'm looking for one or more biological processes that could be bolstered, changed, or introduced to a human to create a severely extended lifespan, ideally requiring death first, in order to best ...
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What adaptations would an alien have to chew food in a humanoid manner without a tongue?

On Earth, most animals have tongues, albeit in many forms. This is due to the evolution from a common ancestor. Tongues are not necessary for communication, be it auditory or otherwise. However, they ...
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Implications of Exporting Animals to Different Planets [closed]

I have recently read about exporting animals to different planets (Asimov's Foundation's Edge for example), and I wonder what impact that would have on the animals, both physically and psychologically....
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How would a highly mutagenic (or shape-shifting) species have to adapt physiologically to achieve space travel? [closed]

An idea I like to write about a lot is aliens that are dependant on their own biological evolution over technology. I was wondering what kind of adaptations a species that could rewrite their own ...
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How do people sustain themselves in a siberia-like environment?

The climate is very similar to siberia, there are boreal forests, steppes and tundra in the north. The winters are rough but there is a short growing season, fishing is possible. I am mostly ...
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World with core of fluctuating mass, phenotypic differentiation during gestation?

I'm creating a fantasy planet with an interior that has a god phasing in and out of our dimension, adding to and taking away mass in mysterious fashion while keeping everything but the influence of ...
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Plant and Animal Life in a Taller Tibet--Possible or Not?

Back home, the Tibetan Plateau averages 4,950 meters above sea level with its highest point being Mount Everest, 8,848 meters--29,029 feet--above sea level. At such heights, problems are resulted as ...
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How will US government and other institutions react if all public leaders are compromised? [closed]

Suppose an anonymous organisation has the ability to take control of the minds of any people they chose, as long as they are able to identify who it is they want to control. The method they use to do ...
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Gorilla + Orangutan = The Best of Both Worlds

In the great apes, there are two worlds--ground and treetop. Representing the ground is the largest primate on Earth, the genus Gorilla. Representing the treetops is genus Pongo, the orangutan. ...
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Other than magic, how can a cold-blooded race survive in an arctic climate?

I have a race of lizard people who live in an arctic climate (tundra/taiga). I just realized that this might be a problem, assuming they're cold-blooded, and I refuse to change the fact that they're ...
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Properties of fictional material for artificial skin

How would one go about giving a scientific explanation for artificial skin gradually adapting to certain environments? For example, suppose character C has the ability to adapt to changes in ...
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Is playing electronic music on a custom set of instruments a feasible way of live performance for a culture?

I love electronic music in various subgenres, and I really often wish I could see the tracks performing on instruments in a way that makes it much more theatrical and visually appealing. Of course, ...
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What changes would the body have to make in order for it to survive at high altitude?

One of the tribes in my world exists among the mountains of which the tallest is almost 16,000m. A major city for the tribe exists on the mountain at around 8000m. Therefore, what internal - or ...
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The Boreal Bamboo Forest

This is the classic winter picture of a boreal forest, or taiga. This habitat exists only on subpolar latitudes, where the climate is too extreme for broad-leaved angiosperms to take root, thus ...
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Three-Toed Sloths in Temperate USA

Bradypodidae is the family consisting of the three-toed sloths, the one we most associate the word "sloth" with. As far as we know, they exist only in the tropical forests of Latin America and never ...
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Shapeshifting an individual's physiology for environment (Space Whale)

So let's say you have a typical Space Whale: 27 km from stem to stern, an ecosystem for many creatures in and of itself. I feel that I don't need to explain this part... just picture an average space ...
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The Western Birds--Ideal Substitutes to the Penguins?

Anytime one thinks "flightless bird" and "aquatic bird" put together, one would immediately think of Sphenisciformes, the penguins. But during the Late Cretaceous, there swam a different kind of ...
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A Freshwater Octopus?

One of the oddest of cryptids is an octopus haunting the lakes of Oklahoma, a landlocked state. The reason this is odd is that although freshwater mollusks are common, Cephalopoda (the class ...
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Fiction Accuracy: American Nightmare

I checked yesterday the movie The Purge: Election Year (American Nightmare in French, which does not make sense because the title is already in English but nevermind), and I found it to be a correct ...
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Is it possible for a civilization to advance beyond 17th century tech without electricity or steam power?

In my world , a race of sea faring half elves now possesses 18th century maritime technology , and 16th century ..... Everything else. Given that they spend most of their time at sea , they lack - A) ...
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Technological adaptations for colonization of a higher gravity world

Suppose humanity found a rocky planet outside the solar system. It is in the habitable zone of its star, has breathable air, clean water etc. A true paradise. Only problem is, its surface gravity ...
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Lowland Deciduous Trees Against Highland Conifers

In this alternate scenario, there is a clear ecological distinction between broad-leaved deciduous trees and coniferous trees based solely on altitude. The broad-leaves and other angiosperms are the ...
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Effects of continuous but varying levels of precipitation?

The situation: A planet largely composed of water, with land masses being island chains scattered planet-wide. At all times there is precipitation of some sort, whether it be snow or rain based on ...
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Would it be possible for a species to adapt to extreme temperatures over a long period of time?

So, I have a species in my story, one of many, called a Baldrethian. They inhabit a planet called Baldreth, which has been moving across the galaxy for eons. It started off closer to the Sun than ...
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Could human beings evolve to have a higher body temperature in order to survive in cold climates?

Basically I want to create a world in which some of the humans have developed a higher body temperature in order to survive cold, harsh climates, such as the poles or even tall mountains. The reason ...
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How could children from the past, who have magical abilities be introduced into society? [closed]

The initial time they come from would be after 1900. And the different children would come from different years. These children would have control of their powers and could keep them hidden if needed....
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All data has gone [closed]

Something just happend to our universe: all data storage on our devices disappeared (mobile, computer, server, camera, pen drive, HD, CD, magnetic disk and any other device). Our physical networks are ...
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Can a technologically advanced society exist in parallel to a backward society?

In the universe that I'm creating, the earth has been destroyed by nuclear wars fought by human kind. Nearly 98% of the population has been wiped out. There exists a society of technologically ...
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Would the human body support living on planets with a greater gravity than Earth?

I once read a novel about a prison-planet which was chosen to make the prisoners suffer. One of the different "tortures" was a gravity three times higher than that on Earth. Would the human body ...
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Would a human individual adapt to a change in the day-night cycle?

I'm thinking on the colonizing of another planet by humans. The conditions of this planet are quite different from Earth, and particularly the day-night cycle is much larger. In my fictional planet, ...