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How does the time to die from venom change for very large organisms?

Let's say that an untreated snakebite kills a human in 2-3 days. Now consider a much larger mammal, such as a blue whale. If a proportional amount (equal chance of lethality) of the same venom was ...
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How can a gigantic creature combat neural lag?

For the purposes of the question, it doesn't really matter if the creature's a continent-sized amoeba or a particularly large kaiju. Speed of thought is relatively painfully slow in organic creatures, ...
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How big can a young mad scientist make their homemade Clifford before he overheats?

Long story short, a child mad scientist wants to scale up their pet dog - they read about Clifford, and wish to replicate that story, as a young mad scientist generally does. The billionaire mad ...
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How durable would a kaiju-sized human be?

I am writing a story that centres around a person who slowly grows larger and larger overtime, to the point of kaiju-size and beyond. They grow due to magic, so other than their vastly increased size ...
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What would be the equivalence of these feats of a 6 inch tall and 4 ounce android when translated to a 6 foot tall 160 pound android?

Ok, so I have this OC(original character) called Tomoniki(which means 'action figure' in my language/conlang) that is an android that is 6 inchs tall, and weighs 4 ounces. She, to my knowledge is ...
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Is this giant realistic?

Okay, I have an humanoid giant that’s 50 feet, or 15.2 m, tall. If we were to scale an 1.7-m tall, 60-kg individual up to that size, they would have a mass of 43.2 tonnes. The proportional strength of ...
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Scaling anthropomorphized 'ship girls'

Currently i'm building a world where conventional warship is largely replaced by Kantai, anthropomorphized human female posessing power of modern warship. They are basicly a human sized girl that is ...
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Hydrogen Dragons

Let's talk about dragons for a bit. Giant, flying, deadly predators with teeth and claws and fire and scales. Unfortunately, "giant" and "flying" don't play together nicely in physics' playground. ...
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How can a giant avoid collapsing on itself? [duplicate]

Say you have a giant, similar to those of Dungeons & Dragons. For the purposes of this question, we'll say it's twenty feet tall. Is there any way one can alter its anatomy to save it from ...
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How much would a 1 foot tall human weigh?

Trying to figure out how much a 1 foot tall fairy would realistically weigh using these 2 guidelines Fairies are just scaled down humans. Their bones are not hollow because their flight is assisted ...
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Can we scale down humans to the size of a mouse?

Can we make a human brain and body the size of a mouse’s while still retaining the same level, if not more intelligence? Like how tech has evolved to be smaller but more efficient or how cars are ...
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How large could a giant turtle get?

Assuming a turtle or tortoise evolved adaptations to become large comparable to that of sauropods. How large could they become (in weight or potentially carapace size)? The turtle needs to be ...
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Mega-human: What are the largest possible dimensions of a human? [duplicate]

How big can a person be while retaining all the functions of all their organs (including bones)? I am wondering if it is possible for large people to exist without compromising some part of their ...
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How to tell that you are a giant?

In my novel, my main character has come from earth to a fantasy world. She has been reborn on an island of giants (10-meter tall humanoids) where everything is scaled up to match what they would look ...
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Scaling Up Internal Mass Drivers?

Internal mass drivers are a potentially useful space drive, due to the ready availability of reaction mass (you can use anything from spare parts to literal dirt as a propellant, assuming you have a ...
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Good approximative function to extrapolate weight of scaled clothing

Motivation The Square-Cube law is usually cited where questions of scale arise. Actually applying it to real-world objects quickly shows that it is completely unusable to approximate weight ...
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How would ant-sized humans be able to Blacksmith Metals Safely?

In this world I'm creating, humans are shrunk down to 2 centimeters tall, and have been teleported down to an earthlike dimension consisting only of insects, plants, fungi and other invertebrates. The ...
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How much would a giant differ from us normal sized people? [duplicate]

My dad and I have been talking at the way home about really high people and how they must feel (basketball, volleyball!!) and how it would be to be like them. But then the conversation leaded into a ...
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Upscaling Insects and the effect resulting upon their biology

Assuming the information in this video by the Cambridge University is correct, Planthoppers can jump as far as a meter. Their size ranges from 1cm in cooler climates to 5cm in the tropics. With ...
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What would be the effects on the enviroment if a Giant walked by in a world with Earth like physics?

I recently came by the many questions of scaling creatures and the square-cube law in real world physics right here, and it piqued my interest a bit to make this question. Think of it as an exercise ...
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Long term effects of erosion

What could be the effects of erosion on a rocky Earth-sized planet on a universal time scale (in the order of $10^{40}$ years)? Let's assume that: The source of sunlight is endless and almost ...
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Larger swords vs larger monsters

How much larger and heavier should swords be in order to combat massive monsters? Fiction and RPGs are somewhat notorious for over-estimating or exaggerating the weight of swords. For instance, a ...
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How far could a maglev elevator travel in two hours?

Thinking of a future world with immense buildings and massive cities. Instead of large trains, people travel on "elevators" - pods travelling on a maglev-type system. Each pod can hold about 15-20 ...
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Anthro Animals to Scale

If animals were scaled up to be about the same size in anthro form (human-size) regardless of species (i.e. wolf-people and hare-people both become man-sized as well as man-shaped), would the ones ...
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How big could a Mecha be?

We've established that you can't simply scale up animals because as the creature gets bigger the square-cube law (if you double the size of your animal the weight increases eight times). This quickly ...
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What would be the tallest possible height for humanlike creatures in earthlike conditions?

This is about "giants" inhabiting a fictional earth-like planet somewhere in the Universe (like those in the movie Prometheus, for example). Assuming that all the conditions (temperature, gravity, ...
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Just how big can I make this dragon?

For over a thousand years, the dreaded dragon Lohebrand has roamed the plains of the east. His breath melts mountains, his shadow blots out the sun, the earth trembles beneath his talons – or so the ...
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If a naga was 7' tall how long would it be?

A naga is a snake with a human's head and torso. I want my naga to be huge, probably seven or eight feet tall. However, if you look at a picture of a snake in real life: Source You quickly see that ...
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What would a large and habitable constant twilight zone on a rotating planet look like?

I want to build a world with inhabitants living in a constant twilight zone, although the planet itself should still be rotating and not be tidally locked with the sun. Optimally I'd want it to be a ...
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Would fantasy giants be possible due to the square-cube law? [duplicate]

I read here about just scaling up creatures and that it wouldn't be a good idea due to the square-cube law. It would increase the weight times 4 but only the bone structure by two. Are giants ...
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What minimal radius is needed for rotation to simulate gravitation without adverse effects on humans?

A quite common idea to provide "gravitation" in space stations is to make them rotate, so the centrifugal force gives an effective gravitation. A possible design is a ring-shaped space station. Now ...
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Plausibility of Massive Maelstroms

Maelstroms are ginormous whirlpools. They can exist continuously in an area. They're cool. The question is, how large can they get? As large as an island? Could a maelstrom have a diameter of ...
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Resolving Environmental Implications of an Extremely Massive Mountain

I am doing some work within the setting of the Exalted tabletop role-playing game. In broad brush strokes, the defining feature of the world is the five elemental poles: Water (west), Wood (east), Air ...
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What basic principles should I keep in mind when scaling things up and down?

Making things bigger or smaller is common in speculative fiction (giant ants, tiny people, planets bigger than stars, and stars smaller than light bulbs.) What general principles should be kept in ...
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Can you simply scale up animals?

There have been a number of questions focusing on mythical creatures where the logical approach to answering has been to scale up an existing animal. For example dragon's wings can be extrapolated ...
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