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Questions tagged [life]

For questions about the characteristics of living beings in different settings. This tag is not for questions about the daily life of characters.

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Can we ever come out of the loophole if we're just characters in this game of universe? [on hold]

What if we human beings and the world around us, or say, the universe is just a game, a virtual reality game or maybe a game like second life, would anything be able to wipe us off, then? There are a ...
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What items from the Roman-age tech-level could be used to deter all creatures from entering a small area?

Please assume the following: There is a item on the ground and I want nothing but bare earth touching it. I cannot move the item myself. The item is impervious to fire. I cannot afford to guard ...
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Is there enough fresh water in the world to eradicate the drinking water crisis?

Lets assume, by the means of some advanced scientific discovery, scientists find a way to teleport simple matter to any part of the world and use this process to teleport fresh water and/or small ...
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How can one manipulate elementary particles to make a person live forever?

Assuming that a person has the power to manipulate all elementary particles in any way (i.e. changing them from one elementary particle to another, nuclear transmutation, moving groups of them at a ...
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Life evolving on a artificial Floating Island on a ocean world [closed]

I'm having troubles with developing my ocean world. Same size as Earth, same atmosphere and gravity. The idea is that on a planet with an endless ocean with no continental landmass. The only form of ...
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How would gravity affect a torus-shaped planet? [duplicate]

My planet is a Super Earth about twice the mass of Earth. I'm not asking how it formed, although that would be nice to know. I mostly just want to know how long it would stay a torus shape, and how it ...
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Could fruit (specifically oranges) evolve into intelligent life? [closed]

Is it possible for oranges to become intelligent life while still retaining some of their essential qualities such as skin that can neatly be peeled off and reproduction through seeds and growth off ...
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How would a world evolve with regular blizzards? [closed]

Imagine there are severe magical blizzards coming from the south pole at regular intervals. Since they're magical, let's assume they can cross the equator and don't lose strength over time. They are ...
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How long a human being could live with stem cells?

I once saw an experiment with mice, where they connected the bloodstream of a younger mouse to the bloodstream of an older mouse. And the older mouse became "younger", or at least healthier. If I ...
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Life on a gas giant?

I know of the conceptualized "Sinkers", "Floaters" and "Hunters" that Carl Sagan and Edwin Salpeter of Cornell conceived of - as possible life forms that might inhabit a gas giant. At the time they ...
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Iron based life

Lately I have been thinking about possible forms of life on planets that would have radically different experiences than here on Earth. I was wondering if life based on transition metals was possible ...
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Would carbon-based lifeforms be able to eat silicon-based lifeforms?

In the South Galaxy, the overwhelming majority of life lives on planets, breathes air, and is carbon-based. All sentient life is carbon-based. However, in the vast reaches of space, there are some ...
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Planet Orbiting a Red Dwarf

I'm trying to create my planet orbiting a red dwarf, honestly I've thought other scenarios but it's like every answer opens new questions. I'll just say what I want my planet to be and I'd like your ...
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Can I make the carbon cycle shorter - by metamorphosis from plant to animal and vice-versa

EDITED to address the above suggestion. See below. Most animals breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon-dioxide. Most plants take in carbon-dioxide and release oxygen. Waste products from animals ...
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Planet Blob - variable gravity

On the planet Blob there is an unusual phenomenon. It is known to emanate from the planet's core but 2018-level scientists have no understanding of it. The phenomenon Gravity isn't constant. It ...
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What amount of forrest-fire in square km or metric tons, would be necesary to bring oxygen levels below 19.5% that humans require to stay alive? [closed]

I read that oxygen makes up 21% of the Earth's atmosphere. I'm guessing it would take a lot of burning to decrease that level, but I am not sure how to calculate that. The problem is: Roughly 400 ...
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If humans were biologically immortal, but had an average lifespan of 100 years, what would the distribution of ages be?

Let's say that humans were biologically immortal. Once they reach adulthood, they effectively stop aging. Due to disease though, the average lifespan is 100 years. (In practice, your access to ...
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Could this moon of a gas giant orbiting a neutron star support life?

Making the following assumptions: 1. The three moons of the Gas Giant are safe enough distances from and massive enough not to pull each other apart or send themselves careening into the void. 2. ...
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What would happen to us if animals, excluding human being, were mute? [closed]

Most of us live in big cities where we hear unnatural (mostly unpleasant) sounds, created by things we've made ourselves. We hear less natural sounds like birds' songs or other animals making sounds, ...
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If a human's lungs stretched to the lower abdomen, what would it feel like? [closed]

I was considering a human-like race of aliens, where their lungs are huge. Their lungs would reach to the lower abdomen. Due to the science-magic of the setting, they can survive just fine with ...
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What would happen if all (higher) life magically became sentient and reached human-level intelligence? [closed]

Overnight, all higher life, multicellular life forms from trees and grass to dogs and elephants reached a level of intelligence similar to that of humans. For example, they can communicate effectively,...
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Is it possible for humanoid life to develop on a 1.4 G planet?

I'm writing a JRPG-inspired novel set on a planet with 1.7 Earth masses and 1.4 Gs, but is it possible for life to even develop on such a high-gravity planet in the first place? I tried scouring the ...
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Live Body Preservation…A way to live for many centuries? [closed]

I was thinking that if there was a machine which preserved live human body without aging would that be a way/solution to live for many centuries? ex- A person at age 40 sleeps in that machine & ...
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Is there a way for the concept of life to be evil? [closed]

I have been formulating this idea where there are two, all-powerful beings that embody the concepts of life and death. For the purpose of this question, I will refer to them as L and D. L and D are ...
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How to kill trees?

In a world where magic energy and life-force are compatible if not equivalent forces, woodcutting can be a problem in regions with high magic potential. If a woodcutter fells a tree and leaves it, it ...
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Could a person extend their life by having a living blood supplied organ donor? [closed]

An old person and young blooded close match person or clone to get some youth back? With a constant flow of fresh blood the older person the donor is not just donating blood but adding virtually all ...
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How can death change the magic? [closed]

My world is full of magic, even if it is not distributed equally in all areas. Most of magic is in the Cloudy mountains and their close surroundings. It is present in every living being (flowers, ...
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What evidence is there for silicon based life forms [closed]

What evidence is there for silicon based life forms. In writing a hard science book is there much 'science' to support such a notion. Examples of other work would be good
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Could life develop above a planet's atmosphere?

Imagine a planet with extremely low density, and thus low gravity and an equivalently thin atmosphere, but a very active and strong magnetosphere that prevents solar radiation from destroying complex ...
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How long would it take until we realise that suddenly nobody can conceive a child regularly?

Some time ago I asked: "How long would it take until we realise that people stopped dying from natural causes?" I today realized that similar but much more interesting (and more realistic...) ...
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Can you create a small atmosphere with giant walls?

Can you create an atmosphere on a celestial satellite by using giant walls? Perhaps assisted with some means of technology? In a story I am creating I want to create something different from the ...
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How would life on a planet without seasons evolve? [closed]

This also counts intelligent life as well, but I've been working on my universe more and have been considering planets without an axial tilt (thus not allowing seasons). What kind of plants and ...
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How do you get a thick atmosphere with less than earth-like gravity?

Basically: I want a highly viscous atmosphere but I want people to be able to walk around. I was thinking earth's gravity * 0.6 or similar. I was thinking that an atmosphere of Sulfur Hexafluoride ...
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Is a planet able to sustain life without a moon?

Is a planet able to sustain life without a moon? What are the major effects of a natural satellite on a planet and its fauna and flora ?
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Life on a water-ball planet

I'd like to explore some details on a so-called water-ball planet (i.e. a planet in the habitable zone of a sun, covered by a 100 km deep ocean). I am particularly interested where life could develop ...
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Are single-biomed planets (like in *Star Wars*) possible? [duplicate]

I know this may seem like an obvious no, but with the newest Star Wars movie just released, there is a mineral-rich planet called Crait which I have seen make a few debates about whether or not this ...
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Would it be possible to have three planets merge but still allow some life survive?

In my universe a race of humanoid beings caused 3 planets: Earth a larger rocky planet and another earth sized rocky planet to crash and collide into each other, but still allowed the humanoid ...
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If only the sun's light went out, how long would it take for all living things to die out?

If by some form of magic, the sun went out, but the earth was still warm a.k.a the Earth did not just freeze and kill us all, who would die first, and how long would it take for all terrestrial living ...
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What is intelligent life?

It has been speculated that one explanation to the Fermi Paradox is that humans have been observed by extra-terrestrial life and it was concluded that we are not 'intelligent life', so no contact was ...
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Could a decreased heartrate thanks to better hemoglobin lead to an increased lifespan?

When looking at mammals and their heart rates one can find a correlation between the lifespan of a mammal and their heart rate. Namely most mammals seem to get about 1 billion (the American one) of ...
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Advice on establishing a magical ecosystem? [closed]

A huge cataclysm struck the world several thousand years ago, in which debris from magical meteorites basically screwed up the whole planet, altering its ecosystems to include creatures that evolved/...
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How to explain human life expectancy increase?

What could be most reasonable explanation for rapid increase in life expectancy for all people on earth? Some points: Effect can be increased over time: 100 years in 2020, 140 - in 2030.. and so on,...
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Trust and build an alliance with a high-developed and more powerful alien race [closed]

Let's assume humanity meets an alien race who are more powerful and high-developed. What would it take to ally with them and trust them? Assuming we manage to communicate. Knowing that our leaders ...
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Life On Sale…? [closed]

Let's say that there is world having only one kind of species, in which if one of the living being kills another, the remaining life span of the 'killed one' is added to the life span of the killer. ...
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Surviving on a planet with an eccentric orbit

I have this planet that's 1.8 times the size of Earth on an eccentric orbit around a star that's 0.2 times the size of the sun. Its apses often change due to the influence of a neighboring gas giant. ...
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What happen if 95% of bees die? [closed]

Suppose that in 2 years due to a virus the percentage of bees decreased by 95%. How nature react to this change ? How would the man face the problem?
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How could a parasitic organism spread through humans?

I have an idea for a crazy super-organism which could wipe out the human race. Essentially, it is an organism (plant or fungus or bacterium depending on what would be more effective or what would be ...
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Is it possible to have an underground swamp inside a cave?

Acording to my understanding of the word "swamp", we must have at least 3 components put together: Water in abundance Vegetation Soil for the vegetation to take hold (and eventually to produce mud ...
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Space Whales, how to survive?

We have escaped the galactic government, and now our greatest endeavour yet, life in space. How will these gargantuan space entities eat and survive in space? The whale or other in question is the ...
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Space Whales, how to move?

We have escaped the galactic government, and now our greatest endeavour yet, life in space. How shall these gargantuan space entities move and travel through space? The whale or other in question is ...