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See more colors?

Normally, the human retina contains four types of light-sensitive receptors: three types of cones and one type of rods. The receptor proteins contain the chromo — iodopsin in the sticks, the rhodopsin ...
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Biological creation of respirocytes?

Respirocytes are an artificial analogue of red blood cells. Tiny sapphire capsules that can absorb oxygen in the lungs and release it in the capillaries. From the capillaries to the lungs, they , in ...
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My character has a healing ability. Would drugs work on him? [closed]

I have a character with the ability to quickly heal himself and others of most illnesses and diseases. I want to write a scene where he’s drugged with a sleeping medication (melatonin, or something ...
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Would a 4-dimensional being be able to see inside other people?

I have a tribe that is completely isolated from the outside world and there is a shaman that can see in 4 dimensions. He can identify disease before it manifests and is hailed as a god. This 4th ...
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Superhuman reaction speed (dodging bullets )?

My question is: I need to improve the muscle fibers and nervous system of my genetically modified human so that it has dexterity and physical responses 4 to 10 times faster than the average human.  ( ...
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What could be a plausible scientific explanation for a man who has skin made from rock and can manipulate the molecular structure of natural minerals?

Okay, so I want you to think of someone similar to Clayface here, only he's not limited to just clay. What I got for him so far is that he was once an ordinary man until a cluster of specifically-...
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How dangerous is someone who can make volumes of air act like immovable solids, measured by how expensive an army they could defeat?

Given a woman who can make volumes of air into solid, impenetrable barriers, how expensive of a modern military force could such a person defeat if her power has these conditions: Her effect is ...
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The chemical and nuclear science behind pyromancy

For quiet sometime now I’ve been stuck on one of the finer details of my world building. Namely that one of my characters is this world’s version of a pyromancer that, through the use of both the ...
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Immunity from all infectious diseases?

The human body can create a quintillion variants of antibodies.   Resistance to infectious diseases is mainly carried out by the methods: White blood cells (white blood cells) and phagocytes. White ...
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How would people in the 1920s-1930s explain or rationalize superpowers?

In June 1938 Action Comics #1 was published, introducing Superman to the world and codifying the modern idea of a superhero that the world has known for almost the past 80 years. There were ...
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How much would this super mutant have to mess up before the military discovers him?

So this alien super mutant is hiding out on Earth in human form. These are the things that make him different: Shapeshifting takes too much effort for him to want to change to something different ...
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How would humanoid creatures with powerful jaws, claws, and a tail efficiently use their anatomy in barehanded combat?

In the story I am writing, there are several fight scenes between clearly non-human combatants. These combatants have several natural weapons at their disposal that humans do not have, including jaws, ...
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How could damage reflection work?

So, there's this guy, Null, named after his ability that allows him to send any action, a person makes, into /dev/null. Basically, he can "No, you didn't" any attack. That's okay, but then comes his ...
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How would superpowers change bank security? (specific superpowers) [closed]

In a similar fashion than X-Men people have begun manifesting superpowers ranging from super strength to telepathy and society needs to adapt its security measures. Most powers are very mundane and ...
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How to speed up the perception of a person? ( more than 25 frames per second )

The response time of the human visual channel in a relatively quiet state is approximately 40 milliseconds, which provides a" frame rate " of 25 frames per second. At the same time, it is not just ...
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The creation of Superman? (Bone fracture)

This question asks for hard science. All answers to this question should be backed up by equations, empirical evidence, scientific papers, other citations, etc. Answers that do not satisfy this ...
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I need rough estimate of IRS taxes on $ multi-trillion asset

In my superhero tale, the protagonist acquires (long story) ~14 trillion dollars worth of nickel-iron chunks (: . Over a time period of 10 days he lands 14 trillion tonnes of the metal onto a sand sea ...
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How can a nation today become a super power without any nuclear programme?

I suspect being economically strong and independent aren't enough to become a super power in today world, I realised that US is slowly losing it's grip as a super power after it starts shifting focus ...
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Superheroes position about drugs [closed]

We often see superheroes confronting drug dealers and their henchmen, after all, drug use and commercialization in most countries is considered illegal. However, there is a growing current of thought ...
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What would a Hyperintelligent person look like out of the Information Age?

Imagine a Hyperintelligent guy in the early years of WWII. He is far beyond human capabilities. Things he is capable of: Absolute perfect recall. Every moment he has ever experienced is available for ...
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What would powers based of the strong force look like?

Or, what physical law can X manipulate in order to have control over the strong force. The strong nuclear force is responsible for binding the all matter together and opposes the force exerted by the ...
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Can force sensitivity be induced in non-force sensitive humans? [closed]

In the Star Wars Universe, Midi-chlorians are life forms that live symbiotically inside all living cells. Because of their properties, Midi-chlorians, when present in high enough quantities in an ...
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How can a being that can create electric attacks use targeted lightning storm strikes?

I found one question that deals with how to make lightning from clouds strike a target person, Can we make lightning strike a certain person? but I am looking for something that doesn't involve ...
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What would powers based on electromagnetism look like?

Or more specifically, What physical law can X manipulate in order to affect the electromagnetic force? For something to base our assumptions off of, lets assume that we can; Fly Cast lightning ...
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What would powers based on the weak force look like

In other words, What physical law can X manipulate in order to control the weak force? And as for the abilities, I...don't have the greatest grasp of what someone can do with the weak force as their ...
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How plausible is molecular disequilibrium from Ant-Man and the Wasp?

So if you haven't watched the film, basically there's this one character who suffers from a (fictional) condition referred to as “molecular disequilibrium.” As described by the character, it's a ...
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What is better for a runner with superpowers, running in long bounding strides or continuous short strides?

A runner has superpowered legs, allowing him to run extremely fast (as in, each of his legs can "push" the ground very fast.) However, he has two different options for how he should run. Should he run ...
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How would someone with electric superpowers make a railgun?

So, in my story, there's a guy that can produce electricity, and functions as pretty much an endless power supply of electrical energy. With that, I was wondering, what would be required to make it so ...
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How would one defend against a being that can turn parts of itself intangible at will? [closed]

There are a number of stories that contain a being that can turn parts of itself intangible at will, meaning it won't interact with most objects: The twins from the second Matrix movie; The demon ...
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How do I create a “magic particle” to make magic work with physics?

I'm trying to make a fantasy-esque magic system in which everything works pretty much the same as real life, except there's a sort of "magic particle" that makes magic possible, but with physics. In ...
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Money-making super-power? [closed]

I'm trying to come up with the super-power that would be best for making money. I define "best" as: Simple: as easy to describe as possible Legal: should be possible to explain it legally. Example: ...
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What would powers based of Gravity look like? [closed]

In the post What would powers based on the four fundamental forces look like? @rschpdr gave permission to ask the question that is stated, but looking at each force one at a time. And so, this is the ...
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Thunder Clap Armageddon

In a superhero setting, a thunder clap is where someone claps with superhuman strength, causing damage such as broken windows and burst eardrums. What I want to know is, taken to the extreme of the ...
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Is there a way to trap a super-being like Dr Manhattan?

This linked video explains who and what Dr Manhattan is and what are his super-powers Dr. Manhattan’s Superpowers EXPLAINED. Dr Manhattan character is from Watchmen Here some quotes from Wikipedia ...
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Whats a good way to make the antagonists goal morally wrong, in the context of my story? [closed]

So this one might be a bit difficult, but still, here goes. In this world, in ancient times, humans used to hunt this very specific type of creature. These creatures where the only source of a ...
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How can communication with ancestors be explained without magic?

The world I'm currently writing is an alternative Earth with Space Age tech that advanced much faster than our Earth because of Ancestral Guidance: In the middle of every graveyard, there is a patch ...
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Drawbacks for Fate-altering magic

In my setting, a magic cast is able to alter the fate of a given person. In this context, fate is not "set in stone" from the moment you are born, but rather given by the endless chain of causes and ...
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Speed of repeat teleportation

Teleportation is a mightily fun superpower. What I have problems with is how many times this is abused for no reason at all. As an example, the Nightstalker (I think) in X-men can teleport short ...
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Trying to use Newton's Third Law as a superpower

I'm trying to make a superhero that becomes as strong as he needs to be for whatever situation he's in; he supplies a reaction equal to whatever's acting on him. So if a car was coming at him with the ...
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Energy manipulating superhero — how would it work

I want to make a superhero that can control all forms of energy. From what I've heard you can do a lot like, manipulate time and space, open blackholes, teleport, shape shift, and manipulate matter. ...
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How will forced memory loss work?

So I'm writing a gag comic about a superhero blessed with a plethora of abilities collectively called "Omnipotence" but with it comes two catches. Everything that is directly or indirectly affected ...
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Everyone believes everything Joe says. How can he get around it?

Joe is an average bloke, who has a passive superpower that he's lived with all his life. People believe everything he says. Implicitly, unquestioningly and absolutely. If he says that black is ...
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How would a city police department handle a super-hero joining as an officer?

Inspired by some of the comments on How to safely capture someone when you have super-strength I am wondering how police departments would handle a super-hero entering the police academy and joining ...
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Would a being with electrical powers be able to stick to things using electricity in some way?

I have a character that can produce electricity. Would he be able to stick to things and move around on walls and ceilings using his electricity power in some way? It would need to be able to support ...
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Can Superspeed Cause Illusions?

My story involves people with supernatural abilities. I want to create a character that has classic superspeed like the comic book superhero The Flash, but I want my character to only have realistic ...
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How to catch creatures that can predict the next few minutes?

These creatures have the ability to see all possible outcomes within their vicinity within the next 30 minutes or so. This is not the same as foreknowledge that they have no choice over. Even if ...
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what liquid or substance for rainbow colours oil patterned alien skin?

I was thinking of an alien humanoid charcter for my super powered beings story that would be completely black and faceless with similarities to venom and its strings of symbiotic goo but this ...
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If I believe something, it becomes true- how do I convince myself I'm stealthy? [closed]

This is my first question on Worldbuilding, so hopefully I can get the format and so on correct. In my world, some characters can "will" what they believe to be true into being. If they believe ...
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Superhuman muscles that can stop bullets; would they look vastly different?

I've plans for somewhat 'realistic' (and that's already quite a stretch of the word) superhuman characters whose muscles have the strength, density, and tensile strength that can stop most low-powered ...
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How fast can a speedster run without creating damaging air pressures and wind?

It's no secret that super-speed comes with a slew of nigh-mystical secondary powers to protect both the speedster and their surroundings. There are common exceptions when writers want the speedster to ...

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