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How the environment affects height

I was always curious about that one - regarding humans, not other species - how different environments affect height? Are people living in the mountains shorter that those living in the jungle or the ...
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How can a movie drive anyone who watches it insane?

I have an idea about an alien that conquers the world by assuming human form and releasing a film that drives whoever watches it insane. The masses that see it go on to destroy civilization in a ...
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How to make humans compatible with a high pressure CO2 atmosphere?

We've found a habitable planet around Procyon and do have the technology to settle it. However, it is in the outer part of its systems habitable zone. So while it has a well-developed and mostly ...
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Sapient Apes - How to make them not Human? [closed]

What if our common ancestor with chimpanzees still became intelligent and sapient, how could they end up very different from homo-sapiens, physically? Could they evolve in a different environment, or ...
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If a human just so happened to be born with wings, can anyone give me a detailed way to remove them with little pain. Hypothetically [closed]

Thay don't have money, no surgical tools or experience, and not vary much time in a day to do it.
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Will the Anatomical Differences in These Humanoids Affect Baby Development?

Okay, here are two hypothetical species of the genus Homo. One averages 67 to 84 inches (170-213 cm) in height and 99 to 110 pounds (45-50 kg) in weight and gives birth to twins. The other averages ...
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What are some viable chemicals that can replace melanin? [duplicate]

I am looking for a way to make humans to have blue, green, and other skin colors, if chemically possible. I need chemicals that can replace eumelanin (Brown/Dark skin color) and pheomelanin (Pinkish/...
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How long would a human have to spend in zero gravity to no longer be able to return to Earth?

In the early days of space exploration, the crew of a prospecting mission gets stranded in the asteroid belt when their ship malfunctions. In addition, the group that sponsors the expedition has a ...
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What color would humans be if our blood wasn't red?

Humans, currently, are varying shades of orange and brown. Sometimes paler humans are more of a reddish color. But what color would a human be if our blood was blue, green, or any other non-red color? ...
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At what age is a knight most dangerous? [closed]

It is a common occurrence in fantasy worlds to have knights, armoured humans fighting with melee weapons. Naturally, as these people age, their reaction times slow down, and as they get very much ...
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If Earth suddenly become a rogue planet what would humanity have to do to survive [duplicate]

If Earth become a rogue planet leaving the sun's orbit and leaving our solar system what would humanity have to do to survive and how long could they survive? Edit: I should note that it is not a ...
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If properly regularized is a population of 8 individuals be enough to start a population [duplicate]

I am planning on writing a story/book and the idea I've got comes from other books I've read that start with a similar premise, never take where I'm thinking. I was wondering if it was possible to ...
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Maximum survivable time in the vacuum of space for an average human being [duplicate]

Suppose my character doesn't wear any kind of protection and is an average human being and the transitions from normal atmosphere to vacuum and back are instant. Further suppose that my character ...
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How to justify new diverse cultures from the same ancestors [closed]

I'm struggling a bit in my worldbuilding on justifying the creation of different cultures on my land, when all originated from the same ancestors. So on my continent I have a group of humans that ...
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In what evolutionary scenario can a hominid species evolve to have males and females of equal size and strength?

Is there any possible way that a hominid species could evolve into a human-like race that features males and females of the same strength and build? I still would prefer there to be an aesthetic ...
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Benefits of the Pyris Enchantment For Humans

This is Usefulness of Pyris Enchantment for humans. The Pyris Enchantment can be gained two (technically three) ways: Eating a Monster If your teeth and jaws or stomach and stomach acid are what ...
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What extra organs/organ modification a human would need to be able to sustain itself without food or sleep?

Recently I've been trying to create a sub-race of human species that's more efficient in... Well, war. Mostly stronger & more efficient, and because of that I want to ask a question. What "...
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What worldbuilding conditions would need to exist to allow a terrorist organization to inadvertently destroy their entire civilization? [closed]

Here is the question that most contains the scenario for this new one because it’s a continuation so I would recommend reading the scenario in that question. Note: this is about the Venus society ...
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Genetic personality [closed]

I want a family of humans born with insticts that come fron their parents. Father smithsman and mother vampire hunter = child attracted to metalworking and with a natural hate and instincts to murder ...
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Would epigenetics matter in cloning via human transmutation? [closed]

A character of mine (let’s call them A) is basically a ghost possessing someone else’s (B’s) body, but neither of them like sharing with each other. As they live in a world where magic is a thing, ...
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What kind of genetic problems would arise after three, five and ten generations of inbreeding? [duplicate]

In this case I'm assuming that the family has been inbreeding to a level of 2 or closer for a certain amount of generations. Given this what would be the likely issues that would arise after: Two ...
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How can a mute cast spells that require incantation during medieval times? [closed]

In order for magic to manifest in this world, one has to recite a specific incantation following a visualization of the anticipated result, and only then will the magic occur. Amazingly, many students ...
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Benefits of Quicken Enchantment on Humans

This is a sequel to Gaining the Quicken Enchantment. Once someone has gained the Runnark enchantment, they are granted the Runner title. This gives them the speed of an Olympian sprinter and the ...
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How Useful Would The Amphibiousness Enchantment Be For People? [closed]

This is an extension of Benefits of Amphibious Items? and covers the benefits of the Amphibious Enchantment for people. If someone swallows a Snapper (as in the monster, see the linked question above) ...
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How can the intelligence of a super-intelligent person be assessed?

One of the features of my story is a psychological examination of a certain person who lost his memory (found on a bench in a city park with complete amnesia) and after a short examination was taken ...
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Could a human develop echolocation while stuck in lightless cave for a year or more?

Could a person develop the capacity of echolocation by himself if he is stuck in a lightless cave for a year or more? I know that born blind people can develop echolocation by themselves and those who ...
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How could the brains of a human/humanoid species could perceive, emit and understand radiowaves without or with limited drawbacks?

For a « realistic » way to have telepathy, here what I know and think so far : 1. I know that technologies using brainwaves as interface already exist in some form. Many animals have electroreception ...
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Plopup Masquerade: Will It Be Effective?

This is a sequel to Just How Dangerous Would a Plopup Be? and concerns an idea I had for making Plopup more dangerous. Basically, the problem with Plopup is that they are too predictable. Hurt one, ...
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Would Calcification Benefit People and If So, How?

This is a question in the series of Enchantment Benefits for Humans, the successor of Would Rubberizing Benefit People and If So, How?. When an item kills a Chomper (you can see link one or link two ...
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Would minor superhuman durability and regeneration allow adult gymnasts to perform on a similar level to teenage gymnasts?

It is often said that in gymnastics that gymnasts usually peak between the ages of 16-19. A lot of this has to do with the extreme wear and tear on the joints that intense gymnastics practice causes. ...
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What Would A Carnivorous Species Of Hominid Look Like? [duplicate]

Lets say, in an alternate timeline of hominid evolution, humanity (or at least some kind of human-like species) evolved for a strictly carnivorous diet, like true carnivores. What changes would need ...
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How Would Computer Traits Benefit Codeborn As Compared To Regular Humans?

Okay, so in one of my stories an AI is given life through 'magic', and this AI is programmed to create not only the ideal version of the human species (advance human evolution) but to create the ideal ...
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How to explain humans growing wings as a mutation from contact with an unknown object?

Background history Year 2150, humanity is expecting the most devastating winter of all times and they know it 6 months before it happens. Every scientist of every country are trying to develop a ...
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Would A Neanderthal Skeleton Be Better Suited To Handle Gigantism?

I've done lots of studying into gigantism. Whether it's from acromegaly or simply a quirk of genetics, humans often suffer once they reach past a certain height. There's plenty of variables of course: ...
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Why do demons need to wear clothes when they detest everything about us?

Humanity have been fighting the outcasts since ancient time, their ancestors whom had betrayed the gods and angels now dwells in the mortal realms feasting upon our flesh and blood turning the surface ...
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Would Rubberizing Benefit People and If So, How?

This is an extension of What Weapons Would Benefit From the Rubberizing Enchantment? and covers people instead of items. Basically, when someone kills a Plop with an item, that item is Rubberized; ...
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Superpowers from a Blood Transfusion

Okay, in a lot of pop culture, blood transfusions can give you superpowers. In Metroid, Samus Aran was given Chozo blood to enhance her strength so that she can survive Zebes' gravity. Zebes having a ...
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would it be reasonable for antfolk to integrate into human culture in the 21st century? [closed]

for context, antfolk are an intelligent species native to an area of africa, and are technically a species of ant. their description is "abnormally large (4 to 6 inch long) winged ants with three ...
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What if we all grew down? [closed]

What would the global impact be for growing down? Let me explain: Today, we all grow with our feet on the ground and our height goes up. But what if we (at birth) started at the maximum height that we ...
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How soon can we realize that we stopped aging?

One night a meteor impact occurred over the Pacific and a strange green glow sweeps across the entire globe, in that moment our body can no longer age in fact this phenomenon seems to only affect ...
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How Can Dragons Get Humans To Accept Living Inside Their Mouths?

This is an extension of How Dragons Can Hoard People, and it concerns something that I realized would be quite problematic: transportation. You see, dragons share the world with various other ...
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how would various human religions react to finding intelligent aliens [closed]

im wondering how human religions (specifically christianity) in the 21st century would react (referring to cultural change and religious division) to encountering and establishing communications with ...
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Why are they so good at magic?

Magic, humans are not good at magic, actually they need thousands of hours of ACTIVE studying. A person needs to to put full mental effort and energy into magic studies for 1500 hours on average just ...
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Would carnivorous people be obvious? [duplicate]

If humanity were fully adapted to eating and digesting nothing but meat, would the differencewith normal humans be visible from the outside?
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What Can Be Done To Make The Human GastroIntestinal System More Omnivorous? [closed]

It's often hotly debated online that humans are not true omnivores, but rather herbivores that have conditioned themselves to be able to handle certain degrees of cooked meat. Honestly, I don't care ...
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Can A Hominid Species Possess Anime-Girl Proportions?

Just to clarify, this is a serious question. I mean it. I'm legitimately wondering and am looking for feedback on this following question: How close can an intelligent homonid species get to having ...
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How would a human body behave if the atmosphere pressure were 2Atm at the sea level?

I am wondering if on an otherwise Earth-like planet the atmosphere pressure were constantly 2Atm at the sea level, how would a human body behave if we landed there? Suppose the air composition would ...
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Why Would New Greek Gods Create Humans and Olympus?

So I'm setting up a setting for Genesys that I have placed in a alternate dimension inhabited by humans from ancient Greece that would build their own world according to how they perceive their ...
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How would an environmentalist society deal with pests?

Imagine from birth you are taught that all life matters, no matter how small. From the enormous elephants to the tiny mice, it is immoral to harm them. A person of this culture would rather die to a ...
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How should the human body be arranged, adapted to the lethal level of radiation?

A lethal dose is considered to be 6 Sievert and above, but absolutely lethal exposure to a dose of over 10 Sievert. The main reason for cell death under extreme environmental influences (in our case, ...

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