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How would you modify certain cash crops (like coffee, pepper, or cacoa) to grow in colder climates?

The tropics as far as I can tell seem to have a near monopoly on luxury products that we enjoy. Whether it be sugar cane, coffee, pepper, chocolate or tea. My question is how I would I go about ...
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Anatomically Correct Mermaid/Merman [closed]

This is a submission for the anatomically correct series. Mermaids were famous temptresses from Greek Mythology. They looked like a woman on top and a fish on the bottom. Merman are the male ...
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What could be done with 120,000+ liters of animal feces? [closed]

Due to a very weird series of events a government has ended up with 120,000 liters of gorilla feces. What could be done with it? The gorilla feces is stored in 18 tanks, diluted with water. The tanks ...
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How could a ruminant become a carnivore?

I have a speculative evolution project regarding giraffes. For those unfamiliar, giraffes are ruminants and rumination is not viable for carnivory according to every site I have wandered upon in my ...
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Other terms for oxygen breather for naming an interstellar nation [closed]

I thought of an idea for my interstellar nation, which is that it would be unified by all its member species requiring the same biological requirement, in this case, my nation would be a union of ...
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Anatomically Correct Sea Serpents

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series. Sea serpents appear in various mythologies. Mesopotamians have Tiamat, Greeks have Hydras,Jews have Leviathan, the Norse have Jormungandr....
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Regenerating brain could get rewired differently after getting damaged?

So, the protagonist of the story I'm developing is not a normal human, she was basically a guinea pig for illegal genetic experiments when this whole CRISPR thing was still a novelty(AKA "now&...
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Anatomically Correct Elves

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series. Elves are a supernatural creature from Germanic creature. Their appearances and abilities vary a lot in fiction and mythology but things they ...
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Anatomically correct Sandworms [closed]

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series. Sandworms are a famous creature in fiction and mythology. Various mythological creatures are the Mongolian Death Worm and the Lambton Worm. ...
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Dealing with extreme heat and pressure in an underground colony on Venus

A colony has been constructed by robots for human habitation deep under the surface of Venus. They are totally sealed off from the surface, and the galaxy beyond, and live like a ship in a bottle What ...
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Disease that rapidly kills and replaces cells - severity of symptoms

I have conceptualized a disease that rapidly kills cells in the human body and replaces them with modified copies over a period of 7-10 days. After this time, every cell in the infected person's body ...
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Anatomically Correct Asian Dragons

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series. In the culture of China and other East Asian countries, dragons are legendary creatures that resemble snakes with 4 legs. They are big and ...
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Hypothetically, can early humans have an alliance with giant ants? Maybe even assist humans in the agricultural revolution?

Any ant-keeping geeks out there? I know what it's like to keep ants and they are quite fascinating, I was wondering if there were giant ants (their gigantism is due to high O2 levels) could they be ...
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In an alternate world, can giant bugs and humanoids be in the same planet?

There must be a rise in oxygen, but too much O2 might poison humans so I thought the increase was a gradual change and both invertebrates and humans evolve the necessary respiratory systems and other ...
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How could a creature make its feathers or hairs glow?

The Context In the world I am designing there are creatures known as a Dazzling Griffin. These griffins act in a similar manner to some birds of paradise when mating, putting on elaborate displays ...
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Altering the muscles of giant creatures to let them stand without collapsing by changing their proteins

One of the problems with scaling up creatures without increasing their proportions is that their muscles won't be strong enough to support their weight due to the square-cube law, which I'm sure you'...
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Is there a scavenger or carrion feeder (Or anything associated with death) that's actually BAD for the environment?

I'm designing a dualistic pair of factions of post-apocalyptic scrappers with views based on opposing concepts of scavenging; renewal, re-use, and removal of hazards versus thievery, opportunism, and ...
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What are the maximum and minimum day-night cycle lengths humans can adapt to?

On habitable planets, rotational period can be assumed to vary significantly. What are the limits of human adaptation to these different conditions while maintaining a normal sleep schedule? The ...
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Idea for rapid healing? [closed]

I'll keep this a short as I can. For a biological worldbuilding exercise where humans possess far greater biological abilities. I imagined a pancreas-sized organ that contained a huge reserve cache of ...
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Idea for a more "efficient" brain?

So if my incredibly basic understanding of how brains across animal species work is that the brain is compartmentalised into a bunch of different sectors that handle things like sight, language, fight ...
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What kind of creature would be able to provide nutrients to my floating plant mat?

My ocean biome is almost entirely covered by a mat of linked free-floating plants. You can read further details on my original question "What challenges must oceanic plant life overcome in order ...
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Can an organism have body structure materials that crumble upon being injured?

I'm working on building a species of wild animal, and I have several criteria in mind, and I'm looking for any glaring issues I may have missed that makes such a creature entirely infeasible ...
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How to remove or greatly reduce the effects of menopause?

The reason menopause lead to hot flashes, vagina atrophy, osteoporosis, lose of muscle strength, brain fog, great memory and concentration loss, ect. Is because estrogen production is greatly ...
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A planet in which Natural elements , emits heat energy - Is Inhabitable?

On my alien planet, many natural elements (Soil, some plants, a certain type of stones...) emit a kind of heat energy. Will this affect flora and fauna of my planet? Since the natural elements emit ...
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What challenges must oceanic plant life overcome in order to create a mat on top of the ocean?

The ocean of my very earth-like planet is covered in its entirety by vegetation, forming a kind of carpet on top of the water's surface. This free-floating halophyte is a superorganism formed by ...
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biochemistry of a silicon based sulfuric acid planet?

Im thinking about starting a speculative evolution project about this becauze i really like the idea of exotic biochemistry, ive looked at a few other posts and i have the gases that are breathed and ...
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Cold-blooded intelligent race: Is it possible?

I need my race to be highly affected by climate and nature changes. And they are more like a reptile - Humanoid. So making them Cold blood seems good for me. But they are an intelligent race too. They ...
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How could an organism reach escape velocity using only biological means?

The species in question that can survive in the vacuum of space for extended periods of time (say months). They can feed on stellar radiation and have an innate sense of orbital dynamics. They come ...
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Is it possible to have a planet where most of the sexually reproducing organisms are monoecious?

Creatures on Earth has 2 modes of reproduction, sexual and asexual. Most species employ only one of the two strategies, but a handful use both. Those that engage in sexual reproduction are either ...
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How thin theoretically would a cut (with energy or matter) need to be to not be perceived by the human nerves/brain?

In this specific setting, it would be a speculative sci-fi thing, but this matter in specific isn't central to the plot. The idea is that the time that it takes for a person to recover from a ...
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My creature's cells mix water and some of the stuff in pee to cool themselves. How does it get that stuff to its cells?

After reevaluating the creature that cools its blood with lye and sal ammoniac, I removed the middleman - the cooling chamber and use of blood as coolant - and replaced the potassium hydroxide/...
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Could cells use punch cards instead of DNA? [closed]

DNA molecules are made of nucleotides, these nucleotides have bases which connect A to T, C to G. These connections are made through hydrogen bonding. But what if instead of that, you have a long ...
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Is there space in an average animal cell that I could cram some extra organelles into?

From what I can tell, there's lots of room available inside a cell; certainly, all the graphic representations of them I can find seem to show that a lot of the volume of the cell is cytoplasm, as ...
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How Tall Can Flightless Birds Plausibly Get?

These flightless birds are under strong selective pressure to be able to feed on high up conifer needles, and avoid predation from T-Rex sized predatory flightless birds. The forests the birds are ...
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What would a dead body look like after spending 20 minutes at 1500 PSI? [duplicate]

You always hear "crushed like a soda can," but I'm pretty sure that the body wouldn't be much smaller than normal. The person wouldn't be breathing, so nitrogen narcosis wouldn't be an issue....
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Under what conditions could organisms using a magnetic field (magnetotrophs) as an energy source evolve? [duplicate]

At the moment I am writing a scientifically based project in the genre of speculative biology dedicated to the description of unusual alien organisms, and in this case I was wondering under what ...
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Synthetic animal with super skin: Looking for Biotic material that's Elastic, hard to cut and puncture with force

Hey first post here!! I have a species of Synth-animal that is designed to upset ecosystems, consume all crops and livestock, and depopulate cities. The animal is around the size of an American black-...
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What about Photosynthesis which uses oxygen?

So for a project I'm working on I need plants which make the air around them toxic to Earth life. A way I had thought of to make this was to make the plants photynthesize with oxygen and release a gas ...
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How do I shield my calcium bio-electromagnet's wiring?

I'm attempting to design a creature whose internal anatomy includes a powerful electromagnet so that it can do things like pulling guns out of people's hands at close range. Like many electromagnets, ...
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Possibility of male lactation as a nutrition-dense source for pregnant women?

Men already have the components necessary for lactation, but they are underdeveloped, and women can breastfeed a baby while being completely flat-second hand experience with my aunt-since the factor ...
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Would a human with electric powers be able to use them to strengthen their muscles?

I heard that electrical stimulation can lead to a similar effect to working out, so I was wondering if someone who can create and finely control electricity would be able to increase their physical ...
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What does a creature with green skin look like with more/less melanin?

First off, the creature doesn’t have melanin, as melanin is (from what I can tell) a dark brown pigment. However, the word “melanin” gets my point across well, hence why it’s in the title. Let’s say ...
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Would having nail polish applied interfere with any process in an animal's horn?

I'm talking about actual horns, not antlers that are shed. I'm interested in either a rhino-like horn or an antelope like horn. Would nail polish block any important natural process? I'm thinking of ...
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How about this Unnatural eyeball shape?

I'm designing an intelligent alien creature that lives in the jungles of a tidally locked planet, a little bit more massive than Earth, and which orbits a red dwarf. One of the things I designed about ...
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Can a big creature have a flagellar-like motor for flying?

The flagellar motor of bacteria seems to be a perfect way to have a biological motor but since no complex multicellular creatures have used that method for flight or other uses, it must be harder to ...
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What are some alternatives to tannin in plant bark?

When creating the plant life on alien planets, photosynthetic pigments other than chlorophyll can be the predominant molecule to create foliage of colours other than green, as we see on earth but for ...
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How fast and how coarse does a sandstorm need to be to sand a human down to nothing in the span of an hour?

I am designing a world with extreme weather, which uses human survivability as a measure of time. I've equated something close to an hour for the time I am using, for simplicity's sake, but this poses ...
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What physical effects would 3000 years have on the physiology of humans on Mars?

This is my first ever question on here. I've seen a few posts on Martian physiology but since the answers on here are answered so well and by so many I thought I'd be more specific. How would human ...
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Why are there so many mosquitoes in the Arctic?

TL-DR: How to create a world with ecology similar to ours, that doesn't have such abominable plagues of mosquitoes in its Arctic summer? It is tempting to think of mosquitoes as a pest of the tropics, ...
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Why would some species from the Homo genus be much more likely to be autistic than Homo sapiens?

In my world, there are three species from the Homo genus that make together a clade called "aquatic humans": merfolk (Homo maritimus) (their scientific name means "marine human"), ...
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