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What skin, hair and eye colors would people living under different stars have?

My setting includes several natural and terraformed earth-like worlds orbiting various main sequence stars, from M class dwarfs to A class giants. Humanity has independently developed from stone age ...
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Barren Rock: Habitable?

I was roleplaying with my siblings, and one of them had selected the Shaman Class I devised. A Shaman's power over the elements comes from their connection to said elements, so their place of origin ...
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How to have humans evolve the same on multiple planets

How to have humans evolve the same on multiple planets In my fantasy universe, almost all sentient life, and most non-sentient life including humans, was teleported to hundreds of planets after a ...
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How could my world's transplanted human population reestablish contact with Earth in as stable of a manner as possible

Over the course of millennia, some of the people of Earth have been transported to entirely new worlds. Over time, they reestablish civilizations, expand, grow culturally and scientifically, and ...
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How would humanity fight against a neolithic aquatic race

In the early 1950s an aquatic race called merfolk for simplicity sake was discovered. But they weren't friendly in order to scare them off the crew that discovered them fired off a warning shot which ...
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Genetic disease that makes thermoregulation voluntary

I wonder if the disease I invented is realistic or a total fiction. There is a real life genetic disease called congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (or Ondine's curse, if you want). People ...
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What adaptions would a human need to open their jaws as wide as a snake's?

Would it be a simple change of bone shape? Muscles? Keep in mind, this adaption is not for swallowing bigger food, as the human throat path makes that difficult, but is instead is for intimidating ...
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How would reincarnation affect the evolution of a species?

For purposes of this question, reincarnation works in the following manner: The transmissible personality, memories skills, knowledge and experiences of a person shall be referred to in this question ...
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How to populate an empty small town?

My work in progress involves a small town which has been set up in an isolated part of the United States. The backstory is that some very advanced aliens want to set up an observatory on Earth, to ...
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How would my Homo autisticus evolve?

In a satirical white drama/lighthearted tragedy (the opposite of black comedy/dark humour) science-fiction live-action film I am writing that takes place in 8991 of the Gregorian calendar, it has been ...
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Can blessings actually work?

Bishops bless and send prayers to reinforce warriors. In my world those +10 strength prayers work simply because motivational speeches/rituals can influence the brain of a person to think in different ...
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How could these aquatic humans survive and reproduce?

The aquatic humans resemble regular terrestrial humans almost perfectly as adults. This means they have hands, feet, and all of their bodyparts identically to humans (H. sapiens sapiens) As children (...
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How to avoid muscular atrophy to parts locked into place for years?

So basically captured or detained mages are restrained by keeping their hands or fingers from moving, requiring rather heavy and specialized restraining devices used for during their trial and for the ...
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How well would a transplanted human civilization keep its technology and culture?

The people's of the 12 World's draw their lineage to various earthly civilizations.The magical 'events' that brought them to there new home's would also often bring along their belongings and ...
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How would this island tribe survive when a tornado meets a volcano?

What would happen if a hurricane went inside a volcano and sucked up all the lava at the same time that the volcano was erupting? Details: The island is 10,754km$^2$ and has just under 4 million ...
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What is stopping an enemy army from hiding underground?

This question follows Why would warring AIs need humans? NOTE: This takes place in a far future earth setting. Two AIs are fighting each other in the solar system. (Although this may be irrelevant, ...
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Indicators of Ai Super Intelligence [closed]

Given the certain state of Ai, what indicators would show some level of ‘Super Intelligence’? Here are some of my ideas of 'Super Intelligence' this is subjective, of course. Able to operate on ...
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How would a groups of scientists, engineers, architects, survival experts, smiths and archeologists survive back in the mesolithic-era-ish of humans? [closed]

A group of 25 people, which consist of scientists, a musician, a linguist, engineers, architects, survival experts, smiths and archeologists from the year 2021, lets assume all of them are experienced ...
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Why would warring AIs need humans?

NOTE: This takes place in a far future earth setting. Two AIs are fighting each other in the solar system. (Although this may be irrelevant, they cannot really leave the solar system since they lack ...
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Feasibility of an amateur setting their own broken nose

I am working on a fantasy set in a medieval age (the exact time period is loose due to magic progressing science differently to the real world), and an experienced fistfighter gets their nose broken ...
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How can a repressive government quickly but non-permanently disable human vocal cords in a way that allows only that government to restore them?

Exactly what it says on the tin: how can a repressive government quickly but non-permanently disable human vocal cords in a way that allows only that government to restore them? Said government uses ...
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Surviving and using lighting strikes

Character 1 has the ability to summon thunder strikes down on himself and has learned how to redirect them through the surface of his skin. He uses a 25 kilograms 5 meters long metallic pole to call ...
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Turn everything into instinct [closed]

Looking at a person and recognizing their face as something human is a calculation done automatically by the brain that took 61 years of study to replicate into a camera. Some people are born without ...
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Your body is just a machine, now it's my turn to drive

Perfect genes, all around a good body and perfect health. Except everyone has their own drawbacks, perfection can't exist. That's why the owner of those perfect genes is a complete utterly idiotic ...
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Complications from drafting human breeding stock [closed]

We all know about the various obsessions of the kings from olde times... Some women liked bathing in the blood of virgins, well ex virgins after watching them being raped by guards and animals...some ...
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How much weight can a human wear without tipping over?

Let's say that there's a group of humans walking across a plain. Incredibly strong winds blow across this plain at predictable intervals on an hourly basis. For one hour, the wind magically blows in ...
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What would two planets connected by traversable wormholes trade that is worth the travel risks?

I've posted here before about the realism of my wormholes and such, but I feel this question better fits the forums context of how it wants questions. I have multiple wormholes that are within the ...
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If someone was color blind in one eye could that be explained by being a fraternal chimeric twin? [closed]

Say you had a tribe whose members each had one color blind eye, could this be explained by the absorption of fraternal twins in the womb? (Say chimerism was prevalent because it helped fight off ...
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How long would it take for society to reform? [closed]

In this scenario, all of humanity spontaneously disappears. Earth is left untouched for a while, but not for too long. Buildings stay mostly completely intact, and most importantly, so does the ...
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Desert-Adapted Humans: Differences between Normal Human and one Highly Adapted for a Desert

I am writing a story about a scenario where about 12,000 Americans are dropped onto an alien planet, specifically in a desert region of the aforementioned planet. Because of handwavium, they all ...
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Any given couple is either only capable of having sons or only capable of having daughters [closed]

Consider a world in which every human is divided into two groups: call them Group 1 and Group 2. There's a completely random 50/50 shot for everyone to end up in each one, and it's not genetic or ...
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Via what mechanism could a humanoid entity regrow multiple sets of teeth throughout its life?

I am not asking what the consequences of this would be, nor what kind of humanoid entity might evolve such a thing - simply how it would be possible.
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"Refolding" muscle proteins [closed]

How does this concept check out?. A genetically-altered (i.e. raised from birth) human with muscle proteins that have been developed, "folded" (i.e. the way muscle fibers interact with one ...
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What effects would discharge of high-voltage supercapacitor through one's hand cause?

I'm trying to figure out what effects would this have on hand. Let's assume that we touch contacts of said capacitor with thumb and index finger of the same (dry and pretty clean) hand (but I'm also ...
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Could humans have eyes (natural or artificial) capable of resolving bacteria or even viruses on a surface without giving up our current vision?

I've been kicking around story ideas about how much different this pandemic would be if human beings could actually see the virus on our hands, on surfaces, in the air, etc. This lead me to wonder: ...
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What temperatures can be tolerated by a ''small'' human?

Temperature resistance is linked to size and bodily composition. An easy example is the small obesity rate in cities like Singapore, regardless of the modernized diet fat people don't hang around in a ...
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Would marriage exist in a parthenogenetic human society? [closed]

I'm working on something about an all-female human society modeled on real single-sex parthenogenetic species like the famous Whiptail Lizard. A few of the things I'm borrowing from Whiptails are: ...
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Does a cyborg have the need for a toilet?

Most of the guts and stomach are removed. The torso is cut short below the ribs. Instead of legs there are vehicular links which the cyborg can put on and take off like a prosthesis. There are ...
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Can my plant produce hormones that cause ultra-violent behavior?

A human without hormones or pheromones could be compared to something more like a plant, tool, or simply a reactionless amalgamation of cells without purpose, fears, and emotions. Such a person wouldn'...
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Permanent marker (sharpie) on an eyeball [closed]

I have a misguided character who will try anything to change their eye color. What are the likely outcomes of using a sharpie (permanent marker) for this? Would the color stick at all? If so, how long ...
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can I have a world where woman vs men in combat sports if they have superpowers?" [closed]

I don't know why but people still have a push back against the women fighting men in fiction thing. Because it's not realistic some say. Because men are biologically stronger than women. Despite ...
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Is my world top combat sport too vague? [closed]

In my world, I have a combat sport for superhumans who are peak humans. They are pretty much your typical quasi pseudo normal humans like Batman, Punisher, and Legends/Myth Bruce Lee. This sport is so ...
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Which combat sport makes more sense to be a super sport in a world, Peak Human MMA or Metahuman MMA? [closed]

In my world I'm trying to make a combat sport that is so super that normal humans can't join. But I'm going back and forth with Peak Humans and Metahumans. To give you guys a clear definition of the ...
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How do the inhabitants of my city-wide death trap figure out that nobody will be let out until only 100 people are left alive?

So, in my story, there is a city that gets cut off from the rest of the world. Golden translucent walls rise up on all four sides, going all the way up into the atmosphere and all the way down to the ...
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How to convince a lot of people to join a cage anarchist country?

The experiment requires 250 million people and a lifetime dedication; once in there's no way out. It consists on enclosing people in 5 artificial countries, each country with fixed rules. Each person ...
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Can a person whose brain was 98% destroyed but then recreated maintain some of their memories?

TL:DR A brain is turned into mush, destroyed, then 98% of the organ is replaced with other brain tissue. Can that 2% account for memories shared between both brains? Can the brain remember things that ...
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What Role Would Adventurers Have In A Modified Medieval Society?

In my world (Alendyias), just about everyone has Classes (explained here) but some people are different: they're adventurers, people who basically defy Tiers. My question is simple; What Role Will ...
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Benefits of Boomerang Enchantment for Humans

This is the long-overdue human equivalent of Benefits of Boomerang Enchantment on Items. On an item, the Boomerang Enchantment allows an item to fly back to their owner's hand after being thrown, ...
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Benefits of the Strengthen Enchantment

The Strengthen Enchantment is gained from Whackagi, which makes it kind of difficult to gain, but what happens if someone does? Essentially, my question is How Will The Strengthen Enchantment Benefit ...
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Large scale human migrations from jungles

Would that make sense? The jungle region I have is probably the 2nd or 3rd largest region in this world I'm building and I plan there being a large-scale migration event from this region. The reason ...
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