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What would a civilization living in a cold, permanently snowy climate eat?

The setting would be an almost permanently snowy climate. Average temperature 10 to -5 degrees celsius, with little difference between seasons. Edit: This is a human civilization. I suppose the ...
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Honey as a form of currency?

I was watching Shoddycast's video on the value of bottle caps as currency in Fallout 4 today, and after having read part of Brandon Sanderson's Words of Radiance earlier this morning, my mind started ...
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What sort of animals would a civilization of small feline omnivore humanoids domesticate

I'm playing around with the idea of making a world heavily based on one of my favorite childhood book series. (basically a fanmade rewrite of sorts). The series is called Warriors, and is about ...
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How to feed parity transformed John Doe?

We do not know how exactly it happened, but poor John Doe made a space-time trip along a three dimensional analog of a Möbius strip (a Klein bottle). He is now back on Earth, but he is now the mirror ...
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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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How do the people of Hjårdan 'farm' the Booze-Rat?

Why certainly! We have all sorts of exotic drink. Can I excite you for a pint of Tarnesian Starköl - bitter, tart, nutty brew this stuff; or rather have shot of H'elvanian Whisky(?) - 7 years old(!), ...
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How do marrow adders move house?

Listen. You hear that crunching, cracking noise? That's the marrow adders. They're all around us. Tiny, timid, pretty much harmless. If you break open one of the larger bones left behind by the ...
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Can you make a meal in a cemetery? [closed]

My main character, and two other people are transported to a graveyard that they can’t escape from, at least not yet. No food was transported with them, but they do have these items A shovel Nail ...
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Is it logically or scientifically possible to artificially send energy to the body?

Is it possible to use a power plant-like machine to create small amounts of electrical (or other) energy directly inside the human body, making it such that the human has energy for activity without ...
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Can you catch a fish with a fishing rod… from orbit?

Hijacking DaaaahWhoosh's backstory, let's say our sniper takes the shot anyway, but he accidentally hit one of his weather balloons he set up, and now he's out of tungsten bullets. Frustrated, he ...
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How to design a hyper-coffee plant

How much caffeine could you fit into a roasted coffee bean (that will later be ground and steeped) while still having a strong coffee flavor? I'm aiming for a super-caffeine boost -- something where ...
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Crop production in mountains?

Would potato- or grain-like crops be able to flourish in northern alpine regions? There's a lot to be said about the Andeans, but the have the benefit of living near the equator that other ...
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Liquor making with Time related magic in an ancient-medieval world

So you can accelerate or reverse time of an inanimate/non sentient object within a limited space. Despite having such powers, you don't want to rule the world. Instead you want to make alcoholic ...
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In a medieval setting, where would large amounts of food be stored?

Where would large amounts of food be stored in a medieval setting? For example stockpiling for winter. Would there just be one large place to store all food, like a cellar, or would different foods ...
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Realistic Alternatives to Dust: What Else Could Feed a Plankton Bloom?

Phytoplankton are not to be taken for granted. Not only do they form the core of marine food webs around the world, they also release half of the world's oxygen. But phytoplankton, being plant-like ...
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Would a fat humanoid last longer in a famine?

This might seem like an obvious yes but I asked my Momma this question and she said that there are more nutrients in muscle but she isn't sure whether a fat humanoid would last longer than a muscular ...
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How would merfolk store and preserve their food?

I've been reading this question about agriculture for merfolk and more specifically the accepted answer. They mention the problem of food preservation only minutely. Now I'd like to pour that thought ...
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How to keep the brain alive?

So, let’s say Bill wants to gain immortality. Bill is a billionaire, and so invests a large portion of his estate to Brain Transplant research. After a bit, the doctors vivisect him, and encase his ...
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How do old people sustain themselves?

I thought there had to be a question like this here, but I didn't find one so I figured I would give it a shot. Within my Dungeons and Dragons campaign I invented a tiny village only with about a ...
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How big would a farming spaceship have to be to support a country-sized population?

In the Mass Effect Series, the Quarians have a population of 17 million individuals and they get all their food from 3 massive "liveships." I'll round this down to 5 million individuals supported by a ...
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Farming in Space: SHEEP

I have got a big rotating space station (radius is 5 km and length is 30 km) which provides its occupants the luxury of full terran gravity and atmosphere. The biggest part of the cylinder's inner ...
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How fast could a large creature feasibly grow and how much would it need to eat?

A creature in my story was largely inspired by the xenomorphs of the Alien franchise. In wondering how long it would take one of these creatures to grow from conception to maturity, I decided to look ...
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How would an organism drink water on a planet where the water is pH11?

Background: The oceans and waters in my setting have an incredibly strong pH between 11 to 14, this calcifies anything that enters them (not instantly but pretty quickly). I know in nature that some ...
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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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Making food last for a large group

In my world of the zombie apocalypse, the zombies are slightly easier to kill, meaning that if a group keeps calm and stays strong, they can last as long as the food does. But this means I have to ...
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What factors determine the type (shape/color/consistency) of fruit?

I am creating a fantasy world on a planet entirely separate from our own. Since it is a different world, it makes sense that the food there would be different as well. Some of our fruit is similar. ...
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What is the maximum size of a tribe living off of one whale per year?

A small village of ice miners has popped up in the Northern Territory. They are a mix of southern workers who integrated with the native tribes. The group subsists on the meat of a single humpback ...
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Pros and Cons of Alternative Food Chain Bases

The vast, vast majority of food chains of earth use photosynthesis as a base for the food chain. But theoretically we as a community have talked about other ideas such as; Radiosynthesis (based on ...
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The Diet of Space Dwellers

I've looked around the forum but didn't find an answer to this particular question. In short, what food could realistically be produced in a space station assuming current (or near future) ...
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Is it possible for a creature to exist that uses lye instead of acid to digest food?

As far as I could gather the digestion relies on enzymes which in turn set requirements for pH. Is it possible for an alien creature to have a different set of enzymes that require basic environment ...
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Would it be possible to live on a yeast variant?

Would it be possible for a human to survive on a diet of modified yeast as seen in many fictional stories? Not necessarily be able to get perfect nutrition from, or live healthily on, but simply live ...
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Smallest set of plants to feed a population

What is the smallest set of different crops a (vegan) human population could grow to sustain itself? We'll assume they have an ideal environment, where anything and everything can grow and the ...
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Could a sedentary civilization prosper without agriculture?

In my world there are this people that live in a great jungle. They are as advanced as the other civilizations of the world (late medieval standards) with a complex society, work specialization, ...
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Plant that produces a lot of vegetable oil?

Wondering about a source of vegetable oil for my goblins. Something that produces nuts, perhaps? An underground nut-bush? Or something that produces a lot of seeds, the same way dandelions do? Or ...
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pet food for humans

We don't have a pill that can serve all of our nutritional needs, but we do have soylent, which supposedly takes care of the nutritional needs for a person ( and is reported to taste quite bland). ...
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How Would A Group of Undersea Explorers Survive if Their Food Supply Ran Out?

In my book series, a group of a few hundred explorers are sent from a planet called Ishgabangaloodoo to explore Sea World. Some things to know about Ishgabangaloodoo: Its citizens are referred to as ...
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Could super-sized and intelligent detrivore aliens exist?

For my story I have an alien species who are detrivore. They are also an intelligent species on par with humans. But many people have pointed out to me that intelligent detrivores don't work, because ...
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Get trapped for a long time without food [closed]

A group of people get trapped in an unknown construction. Uninhabited. Nobody takes care of the place. There are no living creatures around. They were prepared to go inside and spend some time there, ...
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Why should astronauts grow and eat Caulerpa taxifolia, the world's biggest single-celled organism?

Caulerpa taxifolia, an algae species popular with aquarium owners, is the largest single-celled organism known to us as of today. It is notable for being able to regenerate from any part of the body ...
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Would dragons cook their food?

Assumptions: Dragons are strict carnivores. Dragons are capable of flying, breathing fire, and otherwise sustaining life off some diet without the assistance of magic (however impossible that ...
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Technology to produce food without land, what will happen with the land next?

Let's say we have the technology to produce all of the human food in factories without the need for land (i.e. Solarfood, Memphis Meats). Right now, there is about 50% of all habitable land use for ...
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How long could an alien species survive at sea?

The species in question are Herbivores, bipedal in nature, around 50 to 80 pounds on average, and require around 2250 calories per day to stay healthy. The ships these populations would live on are ...
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Anatomically Correct Zombie

As requested by JBH, I edited this question to fit the Anatomically Correct Series. The classic zombie is no mystery to anyone: undead, eats people and multiplies by biting humans. Could they ever ...
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Mythical dragon diet

Would it be realistically possible for a firebreathing dragon to exist on an omnivore diet, but only eat fish as the main source of meat? The dragon is at this time in my story, a juvenile and can ...
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Efficiency of Aquaculture in a Neolithic Society

Being inspired by the lovely concept art of Star Trek's Nibiru, I have long thought that the Nibirans would use the tiered pools for aquacultural purposes, and would like to implement tiered ...
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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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How to tell what can I use in space bistro? [duplicate]

Imagine that humanity made a mining colony at some planet. This planet has its own biosphere. One of the retired workers decides not to go back to Earth, but instead wants to open up a bistro, so ...
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Aquiring caffeine after the apocalypse?

The world is mostly safe now, but everything has been scavenged from the old world. I live where winter always reached -20F or lower outside. Our colony has a hundred people and a few working ...
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Which crops to save to best ensure survival?

You're in a group of colonists, headed to your new home on Tau Ceti e. Due to some crazy accidents aboard the ship, the diverse flora that was brought aboard (for food during the journey and for ...
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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 ...