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How might a race of microscopic humanoid organisms clear and maintain a humans only safe zone? [closed]

As part of a series of questions that I've been doing about microscopic humanoids ... In my world , there are a race of microscopic humanoid organisms ( 0.2 mm - 0.22 mm ) . They live in a variety ...
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What organism would be needed to make mars hospitable?

question 1 : What type of organisms would we have to place on mars for its atmosphere breathable for large mammals ( and human beings Question 2 : are there any organisms that could transform ...
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How long does it take before dialects branching from a single language become new languages themselves?

In the setting I'm constructing, humans migrated in a single major wave to a pair of large continents within the last thousand years or so (the exact value is partly dependent on the answer to this ...
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How to blanket moon with a permanent atmosphere?

There exist numerous theories on why the Moon lacks a layer of air if any, however the main culprits are gravity and the lack of Geo-dynamo simply put the Moon does not have the necessary mass nor the ...
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What does my moon colony need?

I have a group that's building a moon colony. The final end goal is a self-sufficient colony of at least 1 million humans. They have access to one million metric tons of lift per week at nominal ...
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I'm stranded on an alien planet. How can I tell what's good to eat?

Survivor, Season 435 (teaser trailer): The holocamera pans over the night sky, revealing an utterly unfamiliar set of constellations. A blur, familiar to viewers, starts to disturb the seeming peace ...
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Colonizing a fresh Earth : where to place the first settlements?

Context A God contest is organized. Each participants starts with a human-free alternate Earth and a certain amount of god-credits to buy humans and supplies. Some Gods used a big part of their ...
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Good name for a colonial planet? [closed]

Specifically the first to be colonised by Humans (so it's more of a big deal for them) what names do you like from pre-existing media, or what name can you think up?
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if you had to choose a planet to colonise with humans, what planet would it be and why? [closed]

within our solor system or beyond, what planet is most like Earth that humans could possibly colonise? Assuming our ability to travel there was safe and when we arrived we could reproduce.
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Planetary colonization by a female crew

I'm working on a planetary colonization story where a crew of 36 women are sent to populate an earth-like planet. The crew takes with them the tools needed to survive the first years. Enough to build ...
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How many people would it take to repopulate the Earth? How large would the population get before degradation? [closed]

I'm wondering how many people it would take to start a new civilization. I'm thinking generally speaking in the following scenarios: Scenario A) A group of people are exiled from their home. They are ...
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What would the facilities of a Moon colony look like?

What would a human colony on the moon look like? I already asked a prelusive question here about the safest place to start a moon colony but I needed further informations. After some answers, I ...
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Death from old age stopped, with expansion to new worlds to handle population growth

One of the biggest 'immortality sucks' issues has always been the question of what to do with the new people being born. Without death, a world's limited resources can't keep up with a never ending ...
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What average percentage of settlers is required to ensure the supply of food?

In a world similar to the earth, a new colony (let's say 1000 settlers) is installed in a wild environment without any other colonies around them (i. e. no commercial routes). The technology ...
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What are the most important raw resources for a human colony?

I'm working on colony development. The word is similar to the earth around 5000–4000 B.C. and humans basically known how to hunt, farm, build houses/structures and share their knowledge between ...
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Rapid Planetary Colonization: How to Build a City, Fast

In a futuristic sci-fi world (galaxy?) I'm building, warfare has become highly regulated and commercialized. When two corporations meet on a deserted planet to do battle, they're followed by all sorts ...
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Building a Base on the surface of a planet like Venus

I know living on Venus would be virtually impossible for us now. But I'm trying to picture what life would be like on the surface of such a world, and how advanced in technology a species would have ...
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A city to last ten million years: Maintenance

See A city to last ten million years: Construction for background. Third question on Forevertown: What are the key issues for maintaining the physical infrastructure of a low-tech city over ten ...
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A city to last ten million years: Location

See A city to last ten million years: Construction for background. Second question: What would be the best choice of site on the planet's surface? Assume the planet is more or less Earthlike in its ...
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A city to last ten million years: Construction

In the future, a high-tech human civilization has colonised a distant planet. The planet is basically Earthlike in gravity, climate, terrain and vegetation. They want to build Forevertown: A city with ...
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What way to go about interstellar colonization is likely to be the first one technically and monetarily feasible?

A recent question concerning generation ships made me come up with a rather original alternative in my answer. It was pointed out that the concept of embryo space colonization has already been thought ...
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How would human societies change after being confined on large interstellar transport ships for several generations?

I want to build a world populated by humans descended from colonists from Earth who have traveled a long distance and time to arrive (say, 80 years.) They come to this new Earth-like planet in dozens ...
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Interstellar commerce: why would planets be valuable?

The Background: I am going to be asking a series of questions that will be relevant to forming some sort of a picture of human space commerce. Let's say that Earth-based human civilizations have ...
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Time required for isolated colonists to forget about their origin

Let's say that I have got colonists going to a far island, or to another planet far away. Let's say they have no means at all of communicating with the place they come from. How long would it take ...
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What technical expertise would be required to create a sustainable colony?

A ship is sent through a wormhole to an unknown planet to create a sustainable colony. The colonists know that they won't have further contact with their home planet - this is a last ditch effort to ...
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Interstellar commerce: how accessible are oxygen sources in space?

The Background: I am going to be asking a series of questions that will be relevant to forming some sort of a picture of human space commerce. Let's say that Earth-based human civilizations have ...
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Interstellar commerce: how easy would it be to find sources of potable water in space?

The Background: I am going to be asking a series of questions that will be relevant to forming some sort of a picture of human space commerce. Let's say that Earth-based human civilizations have ...
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The Space Race - Do we remain countries or unite?

In a world where three or four, at least, other sentient, intelligent civilisations (of non-human species) with a few planets each exist, earthly humans are getting more advanced. We've finally got ...
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How long would a Martian colony take to gain independence?

Assuming only plausible advancements in science, a Martian colony is established before the end of the century. (Sooner if possible). What materials would be needed in regular shipments from Earth? ...
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Would dinosaurs render a planet unfit for colonization?

So an amazing thing happens and we locate an Earth-like planet and we also achieve the technology that enables us to travel there. Upon arrival we discover that dinosaurs are roaming on the entire ...
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What would a lunar calendar look like?

First see this great answer on considerations when making a calendar. Consider a human colony on our own moon. Let's assume that the colony is influenced by the Gregorian calendar. Let's suppose the ...
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What are the minimum local environment requirements for a human colony?

In a new self-sufficient human colony, what are the minimum requirements of the local environment (i.e. what resources would it need) for long-term survival? Let's suppose that the colony land on ...
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How long would it take to terraform a lifeless but somewhat earthlike planet using bacteria, fungus, seeds and eggs?

What are realistic time-schedule expectations for far-future terraforming and developing earth-like plant and animal/fish/bird populations on distant planets, by means of robotic space probes with "...
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Motivations for interstellar colonizations

Question is ultimately asking why would we do this? A few parameters first... Technological: Our current knowledge of physics is correct and there is no such thing as faster than light travel, nor ...
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Could Mars-colonized humans survive a return to Earth?

Mars' gravity is 38% of that of Earth's. Supposing a human born and raised on a Mars colony traveled to earth later in their life, would they be able to survive the increased gravity? ...
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Wouldn't building down make more sense when colonizing a dead planet?

Most science fiction stories has humans building large domes on the surface of planets like Mars or the Moon. But wouldn't it make more logistical sense to dig down and build down into the planet? I ...
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Where in the solar system is the most viable place to put my colonists, after Mars and Luna?

Mars and Earth's moon already feature in a lot of fiction about space colonization. After these two planets, and assuming that other solar systems are too far away, what is the best place within this ...
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Would a civilization that is trying to colonize a landless world be able to do so?

Would a civilization that is trying to permanently colonize a landless world with no atmosphere (think Europa's sea) be able to do so? Permanence matters - it means you can't simply build domes that ...

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