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How could advanced bioprinting be used for single people to reproduce in a world where single parenthood is more common than the traditional family? [closed]

In my story which is set in the 22nd-23rd century, the average person is single and married couples and even people having serious relationships are relatively rare(even when they don't want to create ...
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Could you breed livestock with structurally colored wool?

Imagine you have low magic, low tech nomads with a magical equivalent of microscopes, and a rudimentary understanding of genetics and optics (blame magic). They are selectively breeding livestock for ...
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Regular travel to planets with higher surface gravities

Say you are born on a planet with 1G surface gravity and are of a species adapted to this. Your society has well-established colonies on other planets in your system which have been extensively ...
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Combining a electrocyte and a muscle fibre

Basically the title itself. Is it possible to combine the function of a electrocyte and a myocyte, such that muscles double up as electric organs? Electric organ Myocyte Observing the anatomy of a ...
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Would hip attached cybernetic legs result in atrophy of nearby tissue?

Main Question: Would hip attached cybernetic legs result in atrophy of nearby tissue? Follow-Up Question: How could this be avoided, minimalized or resolved? Context: The patient has both of their ...
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Is it possible to live without killing?

Hooray! Aliens are discovered, the alien community is out there, and we want to join them. However to join their illustrious organisation, the Galactic Federation, it is a deeply moral group, and the ...
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How biologically plausible is my snake species? [closed]

How biologically plausible is my snake species? The young are about 25 meters long, and the adults average 90 meters. Their proportions are like an ordinary snake’s. What kinds of advantages and ...
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Can a clone be of the same age as the original [closed]

If I clone a 50 year old what are the ways I can get a 50 year old clone ?
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Would the blood of Immortal beings be dangerous? [closed]

I am currently writing a world with several very very old mammal adjacent beings. I’m wondering to what extent their blood could be a hazard if spilled or given? if say a demon with warm blood and ...
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These creatures eat human fear - how do they justify it? [closed]

Humans have particular pheromones in their sweat that represents fear (very interesting study - tldr: there are particular chemical odors emitted through sweat when humans are fearful that can be ...
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Anatomical requirements for human speech

I am writing a species of humanoid whose skull shape more resembles that of young baboons, with somewhat large canine teeth. They are fellow primates and have a similar upright posture to humans, ...
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How much energy would this robot need?

Please forgive me if this isn't the right part of Stack Exchange or if my knowledge is poor. If you need to tell me about anything scientifically I encourage you to simplify it so me and other laymen ...
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Non-Human language

Is it possible for an intelligent species to have a language based on making a whistling sound through a hole for breathing located on their side? What is the plausibility of this? Anatomy for ...
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Would creatures that drink liquid instead of eating have a stomach?

Is it possible for a creature that exclusively relies on liquid consumption? Specifically, considering the absence of solid food, would these creatures have a stomach?
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How to feed a vampire blood spontaneously

Suppose a common situation with a vampire occurs. They're short of blood, you want to save them, you need to deliver a moderate amount of blood to them to revive them but you don't want to be ...
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Could a bird evolve into something like a Gryphon?

Gryphons are a staple fantasy creature. But for my world I prefer creatures to have some grounding in realism. Is it possible for a bird to evolve into an effective Gryphon? Increasing number of limbs ...
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What would the effects of drinking reverse gravity water be? [closed]

If you drank a special type of water that falls in the opposite direction of gravity, what would happen? Since you can drink water while upside-down, it might just be the same, but I wanted to make ...
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How strong would a realistically evolved orc be? [closed]

In my worlds Orcs are species/subspecies that branched away from homo sapiens in response to evolutionary pressure to be more powerful and more adept at surviving in a much more hostile environment. ...
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How could an aquatic race hunt land animals?

This is tied to my previous question!: How to allow a sentient cephalopod to live a long lifespan? An intelligent aquatic cephalopod with adults having roughly 15-40 cm long mantle. They typically ...
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How large and tall can a bipedal, upright standing, mostly herbivorous therapod get? [duplicate]

I was originally gonna post this as one question with my previous one, but since these are two different topics I've decided to split them. Previous question: What is the best Foot shape for a Bidepal ...
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What is the best Foot shape for a Bidepal uprighting standing dinosaur?

I'm working on a idea for a Gojirasaurus/Godzillasaurus species of dinosaur (a fictional dinosaur that was the dinosaur that would eventually become Godzilla due to the effects of radiation.) The ...
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Does a deep sea electric ray creature sound plausible?

I was making a species for a school project and would like to know if my idea is plausible. It is kind of barebones though. I was thinking of a deep sea electric ray that uses its tail as a sort of ...
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How would benthic marine organisms like shellfish and crabs adapt to a hypersaline environment? [closed]

In this world of mine, through a mysterious phenomenon called magick(tm) a God made it so all the salt in the world is either in a few location, alpine salt lakes or at the very bottom of the ocean. ...
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A world with edible plants only [closed]

Would a world with exclusively human-edible plants despoil the soil? Or is it possible to have an hypothetical world where there is no grass but potatoes and tomatoes, and no pines or oaks but only ...
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Elf eye proportions, feasible?

In more modern media, elves are typically depicted as slender humans with pointy ears. However, in some settings like DnD the appearance of the elves is much more distinct from that of regular Human. ...
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Furries' perks evolutionary possibility

I wanted to create a world inhabited by sapient canine-like Furries, but I asked myself: is it possible in evolutionary and anthropological plans? My main question is about tails and fur. There's a ...
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How can human sebum be harvested and how much could you get out of a human?

So, some aliens discover that human skin oil has unique properties that are desirable for them. They cannot synthetically synthesize it for whatever reason. So, to be clear, they really want the stuff....
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Viability of heated plants via fission as a power source

This is something I haven't seen before, so it might not be viable, but still, I'd like to put it out there A biological organism takes in radioactive material, encourages it to undergo fission, the ...
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Is it biologically possible for one species to need another species to reproduce?

I'm writing a speculative story about a planet in another Solar System. On this planet, there are five types of reproduction strategies amongst the sapient species. There are androgenic, gynogenics, ...
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How would humans evolve if they began living underground? [closed]

So I am creating a world where some humans begin to live underground and in caves under mountains but I am struggling a bit with how they might evolve. My problem is that I don't want them to just be ...
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Bioluminescence due to photosynthesis

I'm wondering about how to make my photosynthesising organisms all glow. Basically, I want to make bioluminescence a consequence of photosynthesis, as if the organelles themselves produce light in the ...
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Is this a realistic evolution for a flatworm-like species?

I have made two simple diagrams, each detailing the difference between two of my genuses (yes this is on purpose); Kuroribranch and Ennapoda. Kuroribranch is extremely similar to an Earth flatworm. ...
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Determining the step size, walking speed, and running speed of a bipedal, digitigrade humanoid species

In determining what units of measurement my fantasy species would have, I've run into the problem of figuring out what length a step would have, how fast their normal gait would be, and how fast they ...
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The science behind an invisible wall of pain

In this concept, a person is confined by a precisely-defined invisible barrier that causes extreme pain when any part of them crosses it. It affects only them, thus the source of the pain must be ...
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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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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? [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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