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The science behind an invisible wall of pain

In this concept, a man is confined by a precisely-defined invisible barrier that causes extreme pain when any part of him crosses it. It affects only him, thus the source of the pain must be within ...
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Can two species from the same genus but with a different sex determination system interbreed and have fertile (or at least sub-fertile) offspring?

In my futuristic world, there are two coelacanth species that are the daughter species from the famous West Indian Ocean coelacanth. One has the XY sex determination system (like humans, iguanas, ...
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Is it possible for a plant to form a biological "greenhouse" to protect its delicate flowers using some sort of clear, insular material?

In my world, I have a type of plant with a two-stage life cycle. The first stage grows into a structure that functions like a greenhouse that allows in most of the Sun's light but insulates against ...
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How to survive a helicopter crash using alien biotechnology?

In the near-future, in a war between aliens and humans, the aliens hatch a plan to seemingly assassinate a human leader (on Earth), but make it look like it was done by other humans. They have it ...
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How would be society's reactions if scientistis created an hermaphrodite man capable of giving birth? [closed]

If genetic engineered and/or bioengineering was used to create a man with true hermaphroditism( he would also have male gender identity) who could get pregnant on his own by self fertilization or ...
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What would flora and fauna look in a world with a denser atmosphere? [closed]

Update - Ok to be more specific how would a denser atmosphere affect the terrestrial vegetation in this planet? For starters in Earth we can very broadly say we have 4 types vegetation Grasses - ...
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Could alkaline digestive system work?

So a human digestive system is generally acidic, especially at the stomach part, when it goes down to even 1.5 pH. Similar things must be happening in other mammals and to an extent, probably in all ...
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What parts of the human brain can a truth serum modify to prevent lying?

As I mentioned in a previous question, I am writing an alternate history story with many different countries by the time 2023 rolls around. Vitruvia is one such country that runs many experiments and ...
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Feline rider's position: reclining, seated or Prone?

I'm looking at the idea of a large feline as a rideable mount, and I'm running into a question about the rider's posture when riding. Would it be best to have the rider mounted Prone, like on a modern ...
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Can a device that causes memory loss be created with near-modern technology?

I am creating an alternate history world that leads to modern Earth having many different nations & cultures than it has in real life. One country is big on funding many extreme experiments to ...
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How would future humans be able to evolve large heads? [duplicate]

In my story there are future humans that managed to build a time machine and for research purposes decided to travel back in time to change past events from taking place. These future humans have a ...
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How would future humans be able to evolve large heads? [closed]

In my story there are future humans that managed to build a time machine and for research purposes and decided to travel back in time to change past events from taking place. These future humans have ...
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What Could You Learn From Someone Else's Persperation and Exhalation Using Nanites and Smart Sensors?

Several sources suggest that "smart dust" could be used to make observations about someone's health and the environment around you. Here are some sources that suggest you could make ...
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How bullet resistant would a person be who is 80 times more durable than a regular human?

The tensile, shear and compressive strength of all their tissues, including bone, skin, muscle, etc., is multiplied by a factor of 80. They are also very buff and so have a large body volume. How ...
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What would different groups of dinosaurs be called if they still lived with humans? [closed]

In my world, dinosaurs live along with humans, so I'm wondering what groups of dinosaurs would be called. I was wanting something unique, but still specific. A pack of velociraptors doesn't sound the ...
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Can human geniuses be cloned with modern technology?

In my story, there is a private institution called the GenoVate Initiative. The GenoVate Initiative wants to preserve the most exceptional individuals in the human gene pool. People who have ...
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Medieval Europe without animals [closed]

I'm working on a setting that in some ways looks like medieval Europe without domestic, or in general agriculturally significant, animals, and I'm trying to figure out what the implications would be. ...
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How could my organism lose most of its water?

I'm writing a short hard-science story about an organism that loses most of its water much like tardigrades before entering dormancy but this organism is the size of a cat, how could I explain this ...
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How much weight could a sauropod carry or pull?

I can find many sources for mass, but none saying how much any sauropod could carry or pull. Is there a formula for this stuff? Does anyone have a general idea? I want like a range that they could ...
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What are some evolutionary bugs in the human genome that could be ironed out by a god that is essentially intelligent evolution? [closed]

In my setting, humanity's gods are real and benevolent, but not omnipotent. They did not create the human species, but rather showed up early in its evolutionary history (equivalent of 300 kya in our ...
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How are custom organs controlled by the brain?

In various sci fi settings you'll often see soldiers that have been modified beyond their baseline human level. Sometimes they are genetically grown this way, but other times they're modified as ...
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Could Aluminum-Based Placoderm-like Tooth Structure Break a Human Skull?

I have a monster in mind, but a major part of its introduction to the story is that I want to have it bite a human soldier's skull clean off. Its teeth are similar in structure to a Placoderm's, but ...
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Could a planet 2 times the mass of earth have floating organisms in its skies

Can a planet 2 times the mass of earth have floating animals in its skys? I watched the netflix documentary series ailen world's and one of the exoplanets atlas was high gravity but was very dense so ...
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Possible reactions for Artillery Plants?

I am looking for a chemical reaction which can generate a lot of Gas in a short period of time, on the order of seconds, to build up pressure and allow a plant to propel a seed like projectile. The ...
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Precocial offspring in an obligate carnivore + ambush predator species

So, for an obligate carnivore + ambush predator species, what could necessitate their babies being born precocial? IRL, big cats' babies are fairly altricial, but I need a reason for them to be the ...
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How large could a tree theoretically become if its trunk and branches were (heavily) pneumatized?

This question is in relation to speculative biology/evolution: A genre of science fiction and hypothetical branch of science which seeks to explore "what if" questions about life using ...
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How plausible might planimals be, and what would they be like?

This question is in relation to speculative biology/evolution: A genre of science fiction and hypothetical branch of science which seeks to explore "what if" questions about life using ...
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Explosive Plant/Chemotrophs [duplicate]

I'm looking for an autotroph that produces an explosive compound for either reproductive or defensive purposes that an intellegent alien could harvest and domesticate for the purposes of producing ...
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Animals with fur that fluoresces under UV, and a star with high UV levels--how dramatic is the affect, and how badly would it mess up camouflage?

I am considering the possibility of giving the creatures on my planet fur with UV-florescent pigments as an extra defense against the high levels of UV radiation from their star, an F3.5V This planet ...
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What tissue / organ is most vulnerable to an attack from nanites? [closed]

What tissue / organ is the most vulnerable to an attack by nanites? Assume the nanites are very primitive -- something would could conceptualize today. Assume the nanites can communicate via the ...
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Can 'prions' help me avoid a genetic engineering temporal paradox?

On the world of Ruquelis, the horrific practise of cannibalism stands on three legs, however, this question is concerned only with Leg #1: Genetics. In How to have 'easy' sexual morphs in ...
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What kind of physique would a Voswuinian Mastiff need to fight a Voswuinian Liguar in the way described?

Before I start, I want to say that this is not a repeat of my previous question. It’s merely a continuation of the topic, with updates to the nature of both fictional animals involved, with a more ...
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How would burn-proof people react to enflamed alcohol?

The Ardeites are a group of humans who are wholly immune to being injured by heat and flame. Furthermore, they cannot feel pain. All other features (including instinctive reactions to extreme ...
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How big would a dog like the one described need to be to survive an attack by the big cat I’ve described?

The Voswuinian Mastiff has a similar build to the English Mastiff. It was bred to protect livestock from predators such as the Voswuinian Liguar. The Liguar has the overall build and musculature of a ...
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Will my Hydra sink into the bog?

Hydras in my world are much like a brontosaurus in form, but has three heads. Much like a hippo, hydras have incredibly dense bones, and sink rapidly in water. Hydras are almost exclusively swamp ...
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Can nature adapt to life without constant access to sunlight? [duplicate]

I create a world where the sun's rays no longer reach the planet, due to the clouds completely covering the sky. Nature must therefore adapt to life without constant access to photosynthesis. I haven'...
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Can there be habitable moons despite heavy changes in axial tilt of their mother body?

Ok so i created a gas giant with 10 Jupiter masses and like 9 moons between 0.8 and 1.5 earth masses. All exept the most distanced of those moons are tidally locked to the gas giant and their axial ...
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How do human girls who are sterilised at age 9 develop as they mature?

On the world of Ruquelis, there are three genders, men, women, and lilim who are a female sex, with wings and clawed feet. Because of the genetics of this situation, lilim are less fertile and can ...
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How large of an initial population would it take for these new traits to average out into the standard population of the world?

Let's say, many years ago, hybrids between humans and other mammalians were created and introduced into the world for various purposes. They have the same cognitive abilities as the other humans, and ...
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Motivations for creating "brainstar" bioplanets [closed]

I define a "bioplanet" as any single organism that completely covers the surface of a planet. In my scenario, humans pass Kardashev Type I status and build a Matrioshka brain around the core ...
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How can a moon-sized creature evolve? [duplicate]

I wanted to write the evolutionary history of one of the creatures in my story based on scientific principles. This creature is the size of the moon and can live in space. I initially used the limited ...
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How to support the evolution of a giant creature across generations [closed]

In my story, in which I want to rely on scientific logic as much as possible, I want a creature to evolve to become at least the size of a country and you can live in space. The means of evolution for ...
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Could You Use Mitochondria to Power Your Cell Phone?

Halfthawed replied to vicky_molokh in 2019 regarding her question associated with External ATP Synthesiser Plausibility. Halfthawed stated: ATP is kind of already synthesized by battery power. In fact,...
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What features would a creature that could see radio waves have? [duplicate]

What physically apparent features and what organs would a creature that could see radio waves have to have?
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Adaptations for a planet with high atmospheric pressure, to avoid nitrogen narcosis?

I'm building a some hypothetical habitable planets for a book, and one of these planets has a thick atmosphere (around 10 bar). I'm not sure if it's even possible, but I want to figure out how the ...
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Would isolated populations of humans still be the same species after a million years?

Let's say we drop a few hundred thousand people on several different planets. We'll have intentionally picked the planets to be similar in physical attributes (temperature, gravity, etc.), have ...
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Spacecraft Design of a Cold-Blooded Humanoid Race

I was talking with a friend recently and he reasoned that a cold-blooded race would take longer to get to space, but survive more easily once the technology progressed enough. The rationale was that a ...
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Optimal Organ Preservation in a Steampunk World?

In a steampunk world where multiple more-or-less humanoid species (with varying levels of intelligence) coexist, organ hunting is prevalent and authorized (outside of cities). The harvested organs are ...
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How much could a real world quetzalcoatlus carry? [closed]

This question has been asked in dnd5e, and that is all google is pulling up for me is dnd related. Is there a study or a simple explanation anyone has I can look at? I'm looking to see if it would be ...
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If humans were able to domesticate Azhdarchidae, would humans be able to get them Jurrasic World size?

If humans selectively breed Azhdarchidaes, would humans be able to make them absolutely massive? Could humans breed them to be able to carry a pilot and fly them?
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