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How can a bigfoot hide from satellites?

A bigfoot is hiding in the Canadian Pine forests. Why haven't the thermal imaging satellites picked up the huge animal all this time? Is there some way an animal can hide from thermal imaging cameras?...
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How could an illusion effect covering all senses scare someone to death?

The "Weird" spell in my world is basically a magical version of the US government's goals with the "MK Ultra" project from the 1950s: it induces a shared hallucination in every creature within a 9.1m ...
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Modified stem cells as a resuscitation serum after death by cyanide poisoning?

In large doses, the body's ability to change cyanide into thiocyanate is overwhelmed. Large doses of cyanide prevent cells from using oxygen and eventually these cells die. The heart, respiratory ...
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What modification is needed so a creature can't fart, while it can still excrete?

As the title says, what modification is needed, so a creature cannot fart while still being able to excrete their waste? So creatures that can't excrete or doesn't have an anus like the Demodex is ...
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The Validity of Hunting with Fire

I'm planning an RPG character who's supposed to emulate dragons and to live up to the image he'd use as little equipment as possible. Without weapons, his main tool for hunting is fire attacks. I ...
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What theoretically is the limit or max size and length for a serpent/worm before they get crushed by their own body?

Based on one of the comments in my previous question about What is the max size for underground creatures before the square-cube law takes a toll? Makes me want to know the limit size for a long ...
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Why would a creature only have feathers on its back?

I have a new creature from my complex remembered dreams. It's skin color is a dark color similar to the skin of a Silkie chicken. The thing I saw in the dream also has white feathers. It's body is ...
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What is the max size for underground creatures before the square-cube law takes a toll?

As far as I understand for land animals, the max size is as big as an elephant. For water or underwater animals there's no limit, or at least as big as biggest blue whale. So what is the max size or ...
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What would cause vast differences in lifespans between the sexes?

In this world, women generally live naturally longer lives than men. The typical female lifespan would be 115 - 125 years, and a male would be 30 years. Our society attributes this to an ancient curse ...
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How to make my matriarchal society more realistic [closed]

So I am playing with idea of fantasy matriarchal society. I want it to be realistic and coherent. This is what I have so far: Aim I wanted to avoid a simple patriarchal flip, where social structure ...
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Can Owl Ears Instead of Echolocation Guarantee Life in Cave Colonies?

In an alternate Earth, there are no bats. Instead, there are "flying monkeys" (which are actually lemuriform primates, rather like bushbabies or lorises.) And even though they have batlike ears, ...
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Would height and arms length affect the power and effectivness of a longbow like weapon?

My race has evolved in huge flat plains that offered little camouflage (hiding), with the animals having some sort of super-vision much better than an eagle (with no natural predators as the lands ...
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What would a lifetime of housework do to someone physically?

I'm thinking about making a dark (and I mean darker than Grimm dark) short adaptation of Cinderella. The gist of it is that, after a life of manual labor and emotional and verbal abuse at the hands ...
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How can a witch be prevented from getting weaker?

Souls are made up of mana, which is the basic element of life. It allows our bodies and minds to function, and is also the basis for magic in an individual. A person's magical potential is determined ...
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Would a magic-using society create living batteries?

Postulate My world has functioning magic which is capable of exerting kinetic effect. (That is, move objects, or generate heat, since "heat" after all is just motion at the atomic level.) It can't ...
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Maximum scale for “bumblebee” flight?

Bumblebees famously cannot fly under fixed wing aerodynamics--and they don't. Rather, they "row" the air, moving their wings back and forth and varying the pitch to push air down like a reciprocating ...
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Is there any biological reason an extremophyllic organism could not make a diamond?

In theory, could any organism using protein folding or another biological process “assemble” the diamond allotrope of carbon, if it were at the correct pressure to do so? In other words, could some ...
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The Itsy-Bitsy Insect Has Made a Web. How Differently Would it Look From Spider Web?

In an alternate Earth, a mass extinction wiped out a percentage of the most successful phylum ever--Arthropoda. All that survived of the class Arachnida were the really small varieties--the ticks, ...
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What different biological aspects would facilitate an elite race of warrior aliens?

A bit of backstory: I'm attempting to create a militaristic alien race composed of elite warriors capable of conquering the galaxy. They posses a variety of "enhanced" abilities such as immense ...
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Immortal Passing Ritual [closed]

On a different planet, humanoid creatures called immortals have achieved immortality. The society is built specifically for these immortals, so in general, the immortals enjoy and cherish their lives....
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How can human biology be built to allow consistent usage of 100% of the body's muscles without wear and tear?

The island of Themascryia is a nation of amazons, an all-female race that spend their lives training for battle. They are currently under siege by foreign invaders. This army comes from a powerful ...
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Is there a possible way that humans could experience rapid physical transformation into something more animalistic?

Physical transformation relies on evolution, which typically works n the scale of millions of years and in accordance with environmental needs. However, is there any plausible way maybe through the ...
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Anatomically correct banshee

The original, irish lore around banshees has it that they merely foretell the death of someone, but do not cause that death. American pop culture has changed this, so they do bring death and ...
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Designing flora: placing herbs

So I have noticed that most herbs come from the Mediterranean as confirmed by this site and those that do not often come from either actual Mediterranean climates or somewhat arid ones. So my ...
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Genetic engineering to cure a disease leading to a worldwide apocalypse - how plausible is it? [closed]

I'm planning on writing a story in a post-apocalyptic world where normal humans are hunted by genetically modified predators, both human and otherwise. However, I first actually need to create this ...
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Effects of a watermelon going from grape sized to full sized in your stomach?

Basically my character is a wizard assassin who shrinks a watermelon down into the size of a grape. He slips it in with his target's bowl of grapes. After the watermelon gets to the stomach our ...
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Could echolocated images be used for a language?

So I have this underwater echolocation using species. I'm wondering if they could have a language partly based on recreating sounds from returning echolocation waves to 'talk' images at each other. (I ...
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Humans plus Hemocyanin

How would human appearance be different from what it is now if our circulatory system used Hemocyanin for oxygen transport instead of Hemoglobin? Limitations, restrictions, additional details, etc. : ...
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What would be the most practical way to use a dragon's scales as armor?

I'm working on a roleplaying game in a medieval fantasy setting with a focus on crafting and I am having trouble visualizing how armor made from scales of creatures would be assembled; both for art ...
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The Mad Scientist Asks, “What Would a Hybrid Between a Grey Wolf and a Dire Wolf Look Like?”

Within our society is a mad scientist obsessed with hybridization. His specialty is canids, and he could not get enough of the canid hybrids that had happened in the past--wolfdogs, coywolves, ...
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How can I make gene therapy using a retroviral vector go wrong and mutate into an airborne contagion?

I've been reading about viral vectors and am looking to incorporate it into my setting. From what I can see, it's possible to use viral vectors as a form of gene therapy, and retroviruses can work ...
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How would a creature with a higher body temperature interact with surroundings?

Say I've got a creature with a 15 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit higher body temperature than a human. (Trying to figure out what a good temperature for this creature would be. Not good with number ...
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Long term fever in humans

Scenario : Due to the effects of a magical overload, there are people in my world who lose their magic. Those that don't go outright insane are left with damaged nervous systems and a high body ...
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How to Justify the Enfield's Long Claws

Here is Carolina Lang's interpretation of one of Britain's heraldic beasts, the enfield: For anyone not familiar with the creature, here's A Book of Creatures' basic description of it: It has the ...
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Fauna (and flora) in temperate polar region

Due to the world being based more on magic than actual science, I have a "planet" with changing season everywhere. A "sun" orbits it roughly near the equator, but it only gives light, it doesn't ...
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Inherited powers from both parents

Not really sure if this belongs in here but here goes. Say there was a generic attribute that is inherited only if both parents have it. (I.e. a magical power) The chance that the child inherits it ...
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Flash-heating humans

I'm working on a version of wormhole-based FTL travel, and one of the side effects of passing through the wormhole is going to be instantaneous heating of every molecule of the thing passing through. ...
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What can a parasite offer its human hosts in a mutualistic relationship?

Working on a story right now where parasite-controlled humans essentially become the apex predators in the world, and harvest uninfected humans to further spread the organism. These kinds of mind-...
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what materials can I use to bioprint a human skeleton?

In the grim darkness of the 22,d century, there is only war. humanity has waged war on itself for decades, turning many areas of the planet into wastelands. With every decade that passes, new weapons ...
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How would an underwater race protect against pressure waves?

In my fictional world, there is a race of mermaid-like creatures that are having a bit of a problem. That problem is that the surface dwellers have made something called a depth charge. This makes ...
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How can a race that relies on echo location to “see” protect against sonic weapons?

I am interested in adding a race that relies on echolocation to sense the world around them in my scfi/fantasy setting. What I'm wondering is, how can a race protect against highly advanced sonic ...
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Which of these changes to physics will have the least effect on earth’s biology?

The sol system has entered a region of space where the laws of nature are slightly different. It will experience different physics for 3 years, then things will return to what we know now. Which of ...
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How to make a viable aquatic mount

Just as in the real world where horses were tamed to travel long distances quickly across land, would it be realistic for an animal to be tamed and used as an aquatic mount for quick transport around ...
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Could a dystopian society control non-perishable foods to prevent escape / mutiny?

Here are some sub questions: Are there habitable earth environments where non- perishables (even raisins and honey) are hard to discover? Are there agents that could be added to make foods more ...
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Can insects evolve their basic anatomy to grow in size?

In my fantasy world, there are several species - both sapient and non-sapient. They all originally evolved from a group of insects that, after millions of years of isolation and no competition, have ...
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What physiological tools would a humanoid need to generate ultra-low frequencies?

I'm interested that some ULF (ultra-low frequencies, especially the 17 HZ zone) can cause humans to experience sensations of fear, trembling, or even claims of seeing ghostly apparitions. What an ...
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Climate in an hypothetical Planet [closed]

Let there be absolutely none, exactly 0 axial tilt. Let the earth's orbit around the sun be a perfect circle with 0 eccentricity and a surface to surface ( constant) radius equal to the harmonic mean ...
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Merfolk lung system similar to dolphins

Merfolk are one of the major species in my book. However, unlike in most depictions, they're fully mammalian and lack gills. Because of this, they need to breathe air, but I still wanted them to be ...
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Building a society of “fungus people” where humans have developed a symbiotic relationship with a parasitic/fungal organism [closed]

In this universe, humans discovered a previously unknown fungus. Similar to the cordyceps fungus, this particular organism uses its spores to enter the body of its host, and grows within it. It will ...
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Bioengineering the ultimate predator [closed]

Bioengeneering the ultimate hybrid predator Much like the Indominus Rex from Jurassic World I seek to create the ultimate killing machine. However these hybrids that we often see in science-fiction ...