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Transhumans that replace eating with breathing

We are in a far future setting where humans (or transhumans I should say) achieved two things: be able to modify themselves genetically to the point where they can have completely different organs to ...
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A food item only made possible by time-freezing storage?

Premise: It's the modern day, and humans have various magical abilities through a runic magic system. One of these abilities, which I'm currently trying to visualize the implications of, is called ...
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Developed, highly advanced metropolis short on exotic foods

I have this setting, about an advanced city state in the middle of a sparsely inhabited wasteland/grassland type area. This state has the 90's level tech on consumer level, and a wide range from 90's ...
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Food ingredients in the medieval ages compared to their modern counterparts?

One of my characters (who comes from Earth) wants to open a restaurant in a fantasy world. This world is currently in its medieval era. The restaurant would serve all sorts of modern food; deep fried,...
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Chicken nuggets are very expensive for an infant [closed]

I just want some chicken nuggets. I spent all of my money on light sabers. How do i get money as an infant? My parents are telling me that i am not allowed to spend their money on chicken nuggets. I ...
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The eating habits of metabolic wizards

If wizards had to draw energy from their bodies, using only existing biological processes and bound to vanilla human metabolism rates, how would they be inclined to maintain their bodies and diets to ...
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Feasible and rational way to give food and water to a prisoner?

There is a lord who is being kept prisoner in a castle tower by a griffin who has taken over his home, but requires the lord be kept alive for political value. Naturally this requires the griffin ...
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In what ways would cryomancy affect the food eaten by medieval people?

Cryomancy is magic involving the removal of heat from an object by converting thermal energy into magical energy, thereby cooling the object. The conversion to magical energy is not perfect (some ...
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Is popping corn still viable as seed stock? [closed]

In a very near-future (as in, assume no spectacular technological advances or changes to society) post-apocalyptic situation, would a group of survivors scavenging a store after all of the fresh ...
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Is magical humanoid by-product allowed in restaurants by the FDA?

What steps should a monster take to make good of their ability to create food, without getting shut down by the Food and Drug Administration in America? For instance, a dryad summoning her own leaves ...
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can human sized humans feasibly live on an immortal dead human the size of Earth?

it sounds like it's an impossible thing, but what i mean is that the immortal is dead, but its body isn't decomposing. it has about the same atmosphere as earth as well. it could be curled up into a ...
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Digestive system of the “Ultimate Omnivore”

I'm designing a creature that is supposed to be able to eat "basically anything", within the realm of plausibility for what is essentially an organic creature. Its digestive system can be as ...
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is it possible for a kingdom to live off of rice, beans, eggs, potatoes, and chicken, and general food from foraging and hunting?

my question is literally right there. the general amount of people is about 2500 people. 1000 are men, 1000 are women, and 500 are kids. whatever farm area amount is required, I won't mind. as long as ...
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How long can an adult survive on pure carbs?

In reference to the classic Indestructible Edible Trope, how long can an adult subsist on largely junk food? I realize that "largely" is vague, so feel free to clarify as desired to give a helpful ...
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Food Production …IN SPACE!

One of the basic requirements for life is effectively food. One of the basic requirements of engineering is that we lift off with as little mass as possible. If we choose to explore the solar system ...
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How does Santa eat every cookie?

Cookies are left for Santa Claus every Christmas in nearly every home. How can he possibly eat all of them every year without getting type 2 diabetes? And if he likes them so much (for we know that he ...
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What plants would lizardfolk cultivate in this hostile world

Lizardfolk are sentient and sapient humanoid reptilian creatures with heights between 190cm and 180 cm. Lizardfolk are partially mesothermic, with most of the waste heat, their muscles generate, being ...
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Adverse effects of reduced food variety on microbiome

We often see, in Sci-fi, food being produced from, say, algae or yeast. What could be the effect of such a limited diet on the gut microbiome? Would there be any believable side-effect that would have ...
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Eating Titan's oceans

Imagine a Mark Wattney-like scenario, only on Titan and involving a decent-sized base being isolated instead of a single person. There is not, and never has been, the possibility of growing potatoes. ...
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Can a human colony survive on a 'hot' world?

A colony ship headed for its new home countless light-years from Earth suffers an unfortunate malfunction on the final part of its descent phase and crashes onto the planet. Thankfully, the ship ...
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Artificial food digestibility decrease

Good day fellers. My question is - how can one decrease the digestibility of consumed food? I mean, if two characters consume the same amount of the same food, the one with such ability will get ...
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What sort of beak would a bone marrow eating bird have?

My world is very earthlike and I am looking to create a bird that primarily eats bone marrow. I wanted my bird to crack the bones of the carcasses to eat the marrow inside. What would the ideal beak ...
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How to increase army size without modern farming/preservation inventions

i want to make renaissance era armies that are large in size and able to travel far( without plundering for resources) but I'm running into a problem regarding how to feed them since there is no ...
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Can anything survive by eating rocks and other ground minerals?

Are there bacteria or other types of lifeforms that feed on rocks and other ground minerals? And if there aren't, is it technically possible? It can eat other things but the majority of its diet ...
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Rock/Mineral Ore Eating Organism

How would an alien organism survive on a diet of rocks and mineral ores, and what kind of materials would be the most sufficient? Also, what kind of teeth and evolutionary traits would they possess in ...
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If the Moon was made of cheese, what should we do with it? [closed]

The Moon is made of cheese. So: Should we eat the whole moon or should we keep it until the famine breaks out? Will the moon melt or freeze or neither? Can you still eat the cheese after a while or ...
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What would be the dangers of creating matter from nothing

Dear top secret science network, Humanity was visited by visitors from another universe altogether (one which doesn't obey our laws of physics) - the D'jini. A diplomatic convoy of them apperead one ...
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Why would a berry have a slow-acting poison?

Plant poisons in our world (that I'm familiar with) have operational half-lives in the order of seconds to maybe a day to reach full effects. This is because poisons are a defense mechanism and work ...
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What would be the major body changes if we were obligate carnivores?

As you see my other question What would be the major changes to our body if we were herbivores?. Instead of being herbivores, what would happen if we were obligate carnivores?
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Dietary Requirements of Giant Spiders

Giant Spiders are a traditional element of fantasy worlds. They prey upon most human's primal fears, and are easy to make as evil as possible. (Note: Not to scale) But are they actually plausible? ...
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Mutually beneficial digestive system symbiotes

On an Earth-like planet, an intelligent species evolved in symbiosis with another species that lives in their digestive system and act as the microbial gut flora in humans do. What implementations of ...
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What giant insects would fill the role of our domesticated cattle?

All our mammalian friends are replaced by domesticated giant insects! Man's best friend are now dog-sized hissing cockroaches, fireflies are lighting our houses and harvestmen are used for transport. ...
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Can a species eat ice? [duplicate]

At age 9, I drew an alien which I described as "eating ice". Occasionally I've wondered if that's possible. Carbon-based Earth life only uses water as a solvent and consumes carbon compounds for ...
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A sentient carnivorous species trying to preserve life. How could they find a new food source?

This is a bit of a strange one but I have an idea for a purely carnivorous species (land or water based, not determined yet) that gains awareness and even fondness of the animals they hunt. Not in the ...
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Medieval Crop Yields

I'm the DM for a D&D campaign, set in a sort of "realistic-fantasy" setting. There's monsters and magic and stuff, but there's not enough of that for the average medieval community to see much ...
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Would dragons using domesticated goat-like animals as a source of food be viable?

I'm designing an earth-like planet with a relatively similar biosphere to earth's. The explanation I have for the close parallels is mostly a hand-wave: This planet and earth are linked by a number of ...
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What kind of food would be common in a culture that tries to avoid fire as much as possible?

The people of A. are a race of small, lemur-like people that build their villages deep in the forest on treetops. Since they live directly surrounded by forest in a vaguely Mediterranean Climate with ...
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Is there a way to stop undigested food from leaving the body?

WARNING PROBABLY CONTAINS DISGUSTING STUFF So base of my previous question about will there complication to the body, especially the guts, if basically a single Senzu bean make a person never need to ...
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will there complication to the body especially the guts, if basically a single senzu bean make a person never need to eat for the rest of their life?

this video surprisingly has some similar properties i try to make and better at explaining the science properties (without me knowing the science stuff before) warning!! don't watch the video when ...
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How do semi-sapient yeti/ogres live in the wild?

Assume that a species of bigfoot-type animal/person exists. Most of this also applies to ogres or trolls, whatever big dumb giants your particular setting has. My world's specs: They range 7-10 feet ...
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How could a creature derive energy from radioactive elements?

Have a creature that doesn't really need vitamins or minerals, it only requires energy which goes through a energy-matter conversion to build what it needs. Radioactive materials would be great ...
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How to butcher your dragon?

READ ME FIRST: There seems to have been a great deal of misunderstanding stemming to equal parts from the words I chose for this question as well as the human nature of only seeing what one wants to ...
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Human with super efficient metabolism

So I read recently this article as I was trying to design a sci fi alien race for my story and I found out that a human only has an efficiency of converting food to energy of about 25%. What would ...
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Would a carnivorous diet be able to support a giant worm?

In my fantasy world there is a large valley. At the northern end lies the 'endless desert' called the "Sea of Glass" due to its shimmering sands. Within these deserts live great wyrms that swim ...
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How to check what is edible on an alien world? [duplicate]

You've landed on another planet. There are some forms of plants and animals on this world but how do you know what is safe to eat? Obviously we went through this on earth, finding the right berries ...
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Can a creature sustain itself by eating its own severed body parts?

I was inspired by geckos which can sever their own tails. I wonder if a creature which has such an ability, especially with a high regenerative power to grow its body parts, can sustain itself over ...
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What's the minimal space/mass required to feed a human indefinitely with advanced technology?

I know there are similar questions on here already, yet this is different because I don't care about traditional farming in this question. Environment This meant for food production on ...
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Can a human eat alien food for the tastiness? And vice versa [closed]

Would it be plausible for a human to eat an alien's food (and vice versa) not because said being needs nutrition or such but purely to enjoy alien cuisine. Assuming the species is fairly compatible; ...
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What's the smallest patch of land a single person could be food-sufficient on indefinitely, in a temperate climate?

One person lives alone with access to a small patch of useful land. They have to grow all their own food and survive indefinitely. This small patch of fertile soil is the only useful land. No grazing,...
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How much raw pig's blood could a person swallow without getting sick? [closed]

I know there are some animals that you can safely drink from. Bear Grylls once drank the blood of an Elk, for example. In a story I'm writing, I'm including a birthday ritual where the sons and ...

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