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Which economic class would a cannibalistic world benefit most?

Assume another world nearly identical to our own in technology. The only real difference between our world and this one is that that world is a cannibalistic one. There is no stigma around the ...
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A large bovine able to digest almost anything [duplicate]

I had an idea few years back for a species of "cow" living in arctic/tundra climate which could forage on "anything"- in their habitat it would be mostly vegetation, wood and remains of dead animals ...
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Chemoautotrophs and human edible food? [closed]

Autotrophs are lifeforms that consume simpler molecules than the large protein, carbohydrate and lipid molecules that heterotrophs like humans ingest, these large molecules are made by autotrophs and ...
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Should my people eat bone? [closed]

There are lots of different minerals and other nutrients in bone. Bone is also a multilayered part of any vertebrate's body. Layer by layer, here is what is in bone: Periosteum: Mostly protein and ...
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Calories production in plants per year

I am trying to estimate how much calories is available in form of plants to mammal herbivores per square meter per year in optimal conditions. By optimal conditions I mean that the climate is ...
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What are some technologies that could minimize the space it takes to support a space crew?

I'm designing a video game in which players command a small crew of aliens (10-20 of them) who are building an outpost on a planet. They are a bit larger than humans (around 2 meters tall) with about ...
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How would a humanoid race differ physiologically if it stored excess dietary calories in a form other than fat?

I'm thinking primarily in terms of the macronutrients, carbohydrates and proteins. I know that fats are 9 calories per gram and both proteins and carbohydrates are 4 calories per gram, which makes ...
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Nourishment of cave dwellers? [duplicate]

My world is set in a post-thermonuclear war scenario. Most life on the surface has died, but a few humans who survived in underground shelters. Once the radiation levels reached a non-lethal level, ...
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What’s the longest amount of time that a can of soda could stay fresh? [closed]

In the fallout series, people are often seen drinking Nuka-Cola, a rip-off of Coke. The earliest fallout game is 80 years after the war, the latest was 210 years. So how the hell could soda last that ...
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Effective 16th century military ration system for particular fantasy race

A race of pseudo-humans army must plan a system of rations for a long campaign on a faraway land in which they cannot rely on foraging. The campaign’s expected to last somewhere between a few months ...
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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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What would human characters eat in a world with no animals

I am developing a fictional world. There has been no animal life for 500 years. Assuming that humans were technologically advanced enough to keep the environment stable, what would they eat?
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Apocalypse To-Do List [closed]

Note : I've read some questions dealing with post-apocalyptic scenarios ( fuel and what next after apocalypse? ) and one on a apocalyptic situation, but I'm more interested in what to do immediately ...
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What is the best substance to generate enough energy in the body to fuel simple elemental magic?

My fantasy world is actually just Earth millions of years in the future, and as such I'm trying to superficially justify existence of some magic (mostly elemental based). Idea is, civilization as we ...
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Food crops for a planet with short year

Kjør bestillingen 92 umiddelbart. Frøhvelvet skal åpnes, skyttelbussen skal tilberedes. (Execute Order 92 immediately; the seed vault is to be opened, the shuttle prepared)    &...
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Is it possible for a creature to eat dreams and/or thoughts?

I was thinking of something akin to the Baku of japanese mythology, a creature able to eat people's dreams. If something like this existed, how would it be able to do that (or at least something ...
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Feeding in a new world-what we can avoid? [closed]

Imagine that there is a possibility of starting all over again, and create a new world. At the food level what mistakes we could avoid making so there are not so many diseases? What foods should not ...
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How to raise children in space? [closed]

How can we raise babies and have them survive/thrive, assuming: They are conceived/gestated/and raised completely by bio/mechanical means in a spaceship/submarine (no contact with the outside world) ...
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Which Cuisines Would Adapt Best To Space?

If you take all of earth's food and cuisines, which ones would be the mostly logically adapted to be made and eaten in a microgravity-freefall environment within the following constraints. Let's ...
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Diet on a Large Igneous Province

A large igneous province is a very large area that has been covered in igneous stone due to some catastrophically large volcanic even or something similar. In my story, a large, futuristic, city has ...
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How to stop cannibalism because of a world's lack of resources? [closed]

Create this mental picture in your head: A World named Gazon that used to be full of life until the Sentient Gazons you created used up all the available resources and started eating each other. Only ...
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It would be considered cannibalism if a humanoid-lizard eats other humanoids? [duplicate]

Even when they would be considered different species, a humanoid lizard from others humanoids, all the humanoid intelligent species are considered people with the same dignity and rights. So ...
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Resources that a new space colony cannot produce on its own [closed]

Setting: Sci-Fi Roleplaying Game Location: A large colony on the Fronteirs, far from any hub, but the size of modern city. I am writing a mission where my players are going to a relatively new ...
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In the face of global vehicle and electronic failures, who would get the food and good farming land?

Question context: Posit basically our current world (focusing for now on the 1st/2nd world nations), but beset by increasing global failures in the technology-based infrastructure: failures of ...
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How many people can you feed per cubic meter? [duplicate]

With top notch existing technology (need not be currently industrially used, existing research application sufficient) and no regard for (external) ecology, economics or politics, we'll build a ...
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How much space is needed to feed 30,000 people? [duplicate]

also how much space is needed for 30,000 people? I need to build an orbiter that will feed and make sure 30,000 people survive on Jupiter.
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Would vampires survive on synthetic blood? [closed]

I’m writing a novella for a school competition. One of my other main characters is a vampire. I’ve found very good scientific explanations behind vampires and their mannerisms etc. But instead of ...
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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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The dangers of eating magical food [closed]

I'm working on a setting in which magical objects can be conjured, but will disappear once the spell that created them is no longer maintained. I'm curious about the specific effects that would happen ...
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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 would our food taste like to a far-out alien civilization? [closed]

In my world, aliens who have been able to create wormhole tech and visit earth to immerse themselves in the culture here. they split into groups and visit the largest cities (NY, London, Paris, ...
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How could humans survive 9 month winters in the classical Roman era?

I have a world I am building that is similar to ours, and is set in the height of the Roman empire era. The main difference is that the winter is half the year and full rotation of seasons is 18 ...
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Is it possible to extract all nutrients from human via blood? [closed]

You want to extract all nutrients from other human. You build some sort of machinery that processes blood, taking most of nutritions - fats, proteins, carbohydrates etc. and some blood, so nutrients ...
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What changes to civilization would exist if a humanoid species evolved with a diet of feces?

The year is 2018. Assume a species that looks near-exactly like humans. The only difference is diet. Instead of meat or vegetation, people consume feces; mainly from animals raised for the task (...
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How might a modern culture wanting to avoid excess trash deal with individually wrapped servings? [closed]

I like cheese. But I'm also absent-minded enough that I'll not think to grab a serving from the refrigerator for days, and lazy enough that I'll sometimes skip a snack so that I don't have to pull out ...
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Should humans design a replacement species for themselves? [closed]

Should humans design a replacement species for themselves so when they finally become extinct the new species can continue to inhabit the Earth? What should be the characteristics of this new species ...
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The Stone-age Limbo People - How do they hunt wild boar?

The Limbo People (who are hominids with intelligence somewhere between chimpanzees and humans) have long survived by hunting wild boar. They use spears with wooden hafts and flint tips. They are a ...
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Could you survive on all this food alone?

In this country, large amounts of the population are slaves. About 1 in 5. Most are used in construction projects, like building walls and aqueducts. These slaves have 14 hour construction shifts, ...
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What would mammoth meat and milk taste like? [closed]

In my book series, there is this planet called Ryu 108. This is a very cold planet, with a southern continent resembling Norway and a northern continent resembling Iceland. The civilization inhabiting ...
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What is the number of square kilometers of crops necessary to feed a population of 100,000? [duplicate]

Yo. I have a city. Pop. 100,000. They need to eat. Due to pantheism as their government-enforced religion, they do not eat meat. I need to know how much space in square kilometers would be needed in ...
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Livestock vs frozen food for interplanetary travel to Saturn's moon

Set in the year 2216 C.E. Imagine a spacecraft with a crew of twenty is leaving for Enceladus, moon of Saturn which is estimated 1.272 billions km away in a matter of months using the next generation ...
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Apples and mushroom diet [closed]

In my world, there is a disease present in all plants, animals, fish, insects and birds, which doesn't hurt them but is deadly for humans. What can they do with their diet (consisting currently of ...
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If the moon were actually made of cheese, how long would it take to spoil? [duplicate]

Let's say that our moon is actually made of cheese, except for the outer layer of rock. Although there are no microbes or oxygen, temperature is still a factor in its spoilage. Is there a formula that ...
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Would sleep deprivation be an effective way of mass execution?

My army of kobolds (Small, bunny-like rapidly-breeding carnivorous creatures) captured an army of 100,000 human soldiers. The prisoners were transported to my massive underground prisons. My kobolds ...
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Should pregnancy wait? [closed]

Robin and Lisa have run into a bit of a conundrum. They just planted a garden in the beginning of spring and are growing fruits, vegetables, and grains, some of which came from Robin's grandparents. ...
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Can humans survive using only minerals as food? [closed]

Can a human being lead a healthy life by consuming only mineral compounds? Mineral compounds are minerals that can be mined or synthetically manufactured from mined materials, no organics. For ...