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Questions tagged [hair]

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Would a virus be able to change eye and hair colour?

The basic idea is that a small group of people, that were infected by the virus but managed to survive, has their hair colour changed to white and their eye colour changed to green. Said traits would ...
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What use is growing body hair in space?

It is important to tie up loose ends especially when in micro-gravity environment, we sure do not want to accidentally damage the delicate pieces of equipment crucial for keeping the spacers alive and ...
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Would Human Hair Be an Electrical Conductor or an Insulator

So in my world it is the future and ALMOST ALL NATURAL METALS are gone. They needed power to get delivered in some form. One scientist thought up a solution: Human hair. The science community was ...
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Would wearing clothes over fur be uncomfortable?

Wearing headwear over hair isn't very pleasant when hair is relatively short. Does this hold for fur? In case of humanoid creatures covered with short (up to 5mm) fur, like cats or dogs have, would ...
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A Strand of Hair One Inch Wide

It turns out that a single strand of human hair measures 17 to 181 millionths of a meter wide. But anyone who creates or reinvents a fictional species of humanoid has the freedom to change the ...
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Human hair color boundary?

I know that humans can naturally have more than 1 hair color, whether that is in a transition from 1 color to another or they are born with it. Like for example there are babies with both red and ...
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Impact of humanoid animals who can grow fur/hair very quickly and use it as a weapon?

I am creating a world which is mainly full of intelligent humanoid type characters who have direct control over the rapid grow of hair/fur which covers their body. Technology level is ~Victorian ...
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Why would merfolk have hair?

A classic image of mermaids are their long flowing hair that swishes in the water. But in the scientifically realistic sense this makes none. The hair would be nothing more than a nuisance to the ...
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Prehensile Hair

As I'm sure anyone reading this knows, our body parts move via the brain signaling the appropriate muscles to contract or expand. Now, for hair to function the way it does - its texture, malleability, ...
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Can Bluebeard's Blue Beard be Genetic?

In the original French folktale of Bluebeard, the titular villain was described as just that--having a beard that is blue. No backstory on why blue has ever been given. The most believable, ...
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Creating natural two tone hair growth

I seek a realistic method, either by genetic change or other scientific method that doesn't require magic or future tech, to obtain naturally occuring two tone hair for a race of humanoids. My idea ...
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Hair based architecture

Time for some hare brained architecture! I was thinking about elves living in their tree houses via the mapping of such inherently three dimensional settlements. Normal houses transplanted from the ...
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How to realistically increase hair growth rate

In the answer to this question, it is said that that is needed to be done to make the solution feasible is to increase the growth rate of human hair. But the problem is that I cannot think of any ...
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Melanin and you

Melanin is what causes the color to appear in the skin, hair and eyes. But in humans there seems to be a limit to this. For example human hair can be orange(gingers) but not green or blue. iris's can ...
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Will changing the DNA change the hair structure/color taking into account the fact that it gets constantly renewed? [closed]

I have read this comment on the website "...changing the DNA will not change the phenotypical effects that were caused by the code! So if you change somebody genes so that his eye colour would have ...
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Caste System of Hair?

Would a system of caste system based on hair color work for a medieval society? The lighter the color the higher you would be. This question assumes that the people of this worlds hair color is ...