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What kind of scientist would be ideal for studying zombies?

One of my side characters is a scientist, and he is zombie immune. This lets him get close enough to study the zombies. However, I feel like just saying he is a "biologist" might be too ...
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How far across the sea can mosquitoes disperse?

One of the more interesting facts about the biogeography of Hawaii is that mosquitoes were not always present; they only arrived in the early nineteenth century, as stowaways aboard oceangoing ships. ...
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How could I calculate the necessary power to kill a fictional beast?

Say we have a pterodactyl-wyvern or a huge dragon-anaconda, maybe something like a t-rex, or a sand-crocodile, or a slime--- you get the idea. Assuming one wanted to make a fictional manual with ...
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Why would a species take until ~50 years to 'mature' and stop being teenagers?

I'm writing fiction in a shared world that I have some control over, and for my own benefit I'm trying to figure out a reason why the Dwarves in this world wouldn't be 'mature' until they'd reached 50....
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How can I bypass Bergmann's rule in cold weather populations of humans?

I am working on a setting with a large native population of humans who live in a year-round freezing environment, somewhat akin to the real world Antarctic. These humans should be as biologically ...
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Races based on zodiac signs: what would Libra be? [closed]

I am right now in the middle of designing a race for my world, but I have run into a problem. You see, the form a member of this race has depends on when they are born in the horoscope. I have a race ...
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How does my symbiotic fungus silicify its own cell walls to armor its host's bones?

Fungi have cell walls which - unlike those of plants, which are made out of cellulose, xylan, and lignin - are instead made out of chitin, glucan, and mannans. A fungus I'm planning on writing about ...
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Does this creature have good head and neck balancing? Final(?) Draft

I feel bad and guilty for doing this one AGAIN, but I've improved and want to further perfect my hyperfixation character. I've learned more of how things work from previous iterations, now I wish to ...
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How long can stubble get before it becomes clear it isn't made of human hair?

The werewolves in my setting have a problem. Letting humanity at large know that either they or any other sort of magical creature actually exists is illegal, and so they have to pretend to be human. ...
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How do I justify the evolution of merpeople within a few million years?

I'm creating a sort of fantasy world that I'm still trying to keep scientifically accurate (it's more alternate history than anything since I'm having it take place in our world with a few points of ...
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The believability of flesh eating plankton

Context I am disigning a place called the Poisoned Sea, see this question for description, there are clouds of purple plankton that eat the tough flesh of the dead God-Eaters and anything that enters ...
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The immediate and long term effects of slashing wounds in microgravity

What would be the specific long term and short term outcomes of slashing wounds in microgravity? The scenario is that a normal adult is slashed with a knife in a microgravity environment. Assume ...
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Could non-avian dinosaurs survive if introduced into modern world? [duplicate]

Lets say Jurassic park somehow came to existence and someone cloned dinosaurs genetically identical to ones of the past and tried to keep them in a zoo. Could the dinosaurs survive as is? I'm ...
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Geyser as drinkable water source in arid climate

My world is a life-bearing moon orbiting a gas giant. There will be plenty of geysers due to gravitational tectonic activity. Is it possible for geysers to happen in the middle of hot and arid biomes? ...
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Knuckle-walk in snow / very cold climate

Is knuckle-walking efficent on snow / ice / thick snow ? Can a predator large as a polar bear evolve this? Is protecting the claw in such way, to far fetch considering the fact that the beast need to ...
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What kind of reproduction methods would allow for an only male animal species to exist?

I was reading that there are certain species of starfish which fission made them in some locations to have a scarcity of female starfish and in other locations there are species which only male ...
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Biological adaptations for tunicates to become terrestrial animals

I am currently designing evolution paths for tunicate which are a chordate invertebrate marine animal. In their larvae stage they are mobile and resemble tadpoles but in adult form some attach to hard ...
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How does the time to die from venom change for very large organisms?

Let's say that an untreated snakebite kills a human in 2-3 days. Now consider a much larger mammal, such as a blue whale. If a proportional amount (equal chance of lethality) of the same venom was ...
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Why Would Serazor Wield Axes? [closed]

Serazor. These odd dragons in Dracoriri are unusual in that their eyes appear dark, but they act about as intelligent as a primate or bear (yes bears are, in fact, intelligent). With their chiseled ...
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How would human body evolve on a super-habitable world?

Assuming that a person can survive on a world that's super-habitable, with it's 1,5 atm atmosphere consisting in 38,4% of oxygen, with increased concentration of (~0,5%) hydrogen and (1,2%) carbon ...
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How would a person's abilities change on a super-habitable world?

Suppose that humanity arrives on a super-Earth. Surface gravity = 1,24 g. Atmospheric pressure = 1,5 atm. Atmospheric composition includes 38,4% oxygen + 1,2% carbon dioxide + 0,5% hydrogen How ...
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How can plants reliably intentionally poison those that eat their fruit?

For sake of metaphor, I want to include a plant that bears fruit that is poisonous, with the intent that when an animal eats it, it will walk away and die within a few hours, such that their corpse ...
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What minimum percentage of the population can be allowed to reproduce?

A immortal dictator controls an island with about 1,000,000 people. Apparently, he's super into eugenics and wants the population of the island to be "the ultimate humans". Assume he can ...
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If we accidentally spread microorganisms to other planets in our solar system, could they evolve into complex life?

Is the following story plausible: a spacecraft transports microorganisms from Earth to another planet or moon in our solar system. Those microorganisms survive, and eventually, evolve into complex ...
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What changes to a humans physical form would occur if society lived inside the Earth?

(Mandatory I am new here, hello, nice to meet some fellow world builders, sorry for any mistakes, yikkity yak and all that) In my "world", it has been 500 years since the majority of human ...
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Do we have a solution if oxygen runs out [closed]

I'm not a scientist but I know at the moment we don't have a huge amount of Oxygen in our atmosphere but what would happened if the Ozone layer was broken and all the oxygen escaped how could we ...
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Augmented bones: Plausible ways to strengthen the skeleton?

While the question has been asked multiple times on this site. They almost all universally boil down to, "Use Carbon nanotubes!" While CNT do have impressive material properties and can be ...
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Does spraying oxytocin in the face of a ferocious dragon pacify it?

Instead of a pepper spray I like to adopt a more friendly approach towards hostile animal such as a fridge sized dragon, with an aerosol spray containing oxytocin of course. I think this chemical can ...
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Would tall arboreal humanoids make good swimmers?

These are tall, sapient great apes that primarily live in trees, but come down for occasional food or things that catch their interest on the ground. By tall, I mean 6-7 feet on average, but because ...
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Could bionics help freakishly tall people live normally?

I remember hearing about the tallest person ever, as well as the medical issues he faced. Painful joints, numbness of the lower extremities, heart issues, the general stuff that affects freakishly ...
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How Can I Justify the Existence of Dragons in My Realistic Post-Apocalypse Fantasy Setting? [closed]

Recently I have given myself an interesting challenge: To create an interesting fantasy world that does not have conventional "magic." In this setting I'm writing, our entire civilization ...
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Could cybernetic spinal cord implants grant superhuman strength?

In the 2018 movie Upgrade, the quadriplegic protagonist gets a cybernetic neck implant that reconnects his spine and returns his control of his limbs. However, this implant also appears to give him ...
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Why Would a Herbivore Become a Fang-Feeder?

In the forests of Dracoriri, one of the most dangerous herbivores is a Fangorant. This strange creature resembles an Ankylosaurus, but its entire body, even the eyelids, are covered in green scales ...
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What could possibly be the reason for a creature to have multiple sets of nostrils?

Nostrils accomplish two things: They filter out impurities and particles in the air. Thanks to the mucous membrane and hairs which act as a maze for the air to pass through. Snot is later drawn in to ...
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How Would Owls React in the 0 Gravity of a Space Station

The setting is the typical Earth is going to be destroyed by a rain of Asteroids/Bolides and so The ISS is repurposed be accommodate a lot of humans almost reaching 300 or so working together to ...
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How Would Humanoids Form Their Own Gems?

Sequinoans. This strange race of Amazonians has many unusual traits, but the foremost our scholars are concerned with are their gems. You see, Sequinoans somehow form gems naturally, perfectly smooth ...
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Could the movement of animals and plants be used by a future civilization to figure out that it isn't the first civilization?

I noticed that when it comes to the idea of humans going extinct, and how human civilization could be detected by future civilizations, a lot of the ideas for how human civilization could be detected ...
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Can this mind control parasite work? [closed]

I want to create a hard science parasite, this parasite consists of a symbiosis of a slime mold and neurons, it enters the host and branches by attaching to the organism. Could my organism control a ...
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Is my fictional climate zones world map credible?

I translated my question/text with a translator because English is not my native language. I hope there are no mistakes. Can you help me to define realistic climate zones and weather for my fictional ...
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What environmental or biological factors would result in assassination being more common and more respected than soldiering?

Essentially, I am imagining this scenario: Somewhere there is a world where, in all the major civilizations, assassins are more numerous and more highly respected than soldiers. In such a world, wars ...
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How Can a Bug Larvae Hijack a Robot?

When inactive, the robot looks like a Steelstone arch. Steelstone resembles marble only it is virtually indestructible. The knowledge to work Steelstone was lost thousands of years ago. When the robot ...
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How do we breed cats that can talk?

Are you fed up with never being sure precisely what your furry companion is pestering you for? Using selective breeding techniques & (initially at least) ignoring any changes to brain structures ...
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Why would a herbivore be armed and aggressive?

In Dracoriri, I plan to have a species of small dragon called a Malidge (by small, we mean about the size of a human). These dragons are red, shiny, and covered in plates instead of scales, a natural ...
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When a human gets petrified what happens to the blood?

The science team had the good idea of hitting Sharon with a petrification device. Good old Medusa. The device sends microparticles into the body inserting foreign RNA into each cell. These carry the ...
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How does an exploding dragon's scale work?

I'm designing a unique dragon called Vehement Dragon, I need it to be extremely hostile to all life. It evolved a trait that put it high up on the food chain, this is the only dragon whose scales can ...
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Can this town gain ecological advantage from their limnic explosion region?

I want a war between two iron-age cultures, Town A and Town B, based on the "haves" and the "have nots" where they both exist in the same exact climate and geography, however, Town ...
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How tall can trees get if water transport limitations are bypassed?

The setting is Earth, millions of years in our future. In this setting a species of tree has made an evolutionary leap, allowing it to bypass the water transport constraints currently thought to be ...
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How Can Crashdrake Live In a Pine Forest?

Crashdrakes. These dragons are, for just about any intent or purpose, a cassowary, or in other words they are big, flightless, highly aggressive and yet herbivorous death birds. Seeing that dragons in ...
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Chameleon harpoon tongue - plausable or not?

My future “chameleons” have evolved a harpoon-like tongue as an adaptation for catching larger prey as their own body size has gotten significantly larger over the milions of years. I drew a simple ...
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What kind of genetic mutation would make a woman produce more testosterone than a man? [duplicate]

Considering that in my story the woman has a XX cariotype( not AIS) and has PCOS or other condition that make her body produce a lot of androgens. I know that some conditions can make the adrenal ...
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