Questions tagged [survival]

For questions about the viability of life in certain conditions. For example, it could be used in questions asking about the possibility of life on a planet or other astronomical body.

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Earth loses its sun as is sent hurtling through space in darkness. How do humans survive for the next 1,000 years? [duplicate]

Let's say, whether for magical or scientific reasons, Earth and the moon are separated from their star, the Sun, and are sent hurtling through space. Ignoring the reasons for such an event, how could ...
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Self cannibalism - Why no fat?

I'm creating a species of beings that are able to eat part of themselves when they are starving. In a sense, Earth animals do this already by putting on fat. When there is a shortage of food, they can ...
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What are the easiest/most suitable fruits and vegetables to grow in an apocalyptic scenario?

My story is set in a sort of apocalyptic world, the main characters live in an old house and they’re too afraid to go out as there’re creatures hunting them. They obviously still need to eat so my ...
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What 25 books would be most beneficial to survivors of an apocalypse? [closed]

An apocalypse has occurred. Only one human in an area with a population of 250 knows how to read and write in English; he also knows basic mathematics and sciences (ex. subtraction, the Solar System, ...
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How do hardy flowering plants that thrive in low 'g' and thin atmosphere disseminate their seeds?

Imagine a type of flowering plant capable of growing on terrestrial planet with surface gravity a tenth of Earth and it has a thin atmosphere with composition similar to Earth's but as thick as ...
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Prisoners on the rooftops. How do they survive? [closed]

Fictional world In my fictional world, this is the normal way of solving the lack of prison space. Prisoners must survive or die. Many such people do die but some manage to live like this for years. ...
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How could primitive tribes survive in the post-apocalyptic Grand Canyon?

It’s the post apocalypse. Thermonuclear warfare between the United States, Russia, and China. There are a group of Americans living in Northern Arizona. With all the cities destroyed and whatnot, ...
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How does trophy hunting helps in conservation of rare “Poop Bomber” dragon?

In the modern days, World Wildlife Fund has promised a donation of a lump sum of $100 million to save a certain endangered dragon species found only in the Sahara desert. The adult dragon weights 1.5 ...
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Blowing fragments of the moon off, sending them to Earth as meteors - what is the impact? [closed]

Pun not (originally) intended. In my story, a fairly advanced, newly space-faring civilisation manages to land on the moon and establish a colony, where they do some industrial work e.g. mining. ...
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Can you survive in a pub cellar for a week? [closed]

This is for research for a kaiju horror story. I'm toying with it being set in an English pub cellar (like that of a Wetherspoons) as the surface is crawling with newly emerged kaiju, the plot ...
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Humanity is doomed because of succubi

The first two answers in the anatomically correct succubi question suggest a parasitic approach to the concept of succubi which snatches off human organs, either the tongue or the vagina and feed off ...
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How much space would a city need within a ringwall to survive for an indefinite period of time?

I'm writing a D&D campaign and the premise is that a big bad thing happened and sent waves of energy pulsing over the landscape. A High Mage type character throws up an enormous wall, surmounted ...
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Finding water underground, Earth is 500f on the surface

If you had a tunneling machine and wanted to tunnel towards fresh water underground, how would you find the water? I'm imagining some sort of sonar, but would you need triangulation of some kind? ...
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All humans but one vanish in each country. How would they be able to find each other? [closed]

Imagine as of 2019 (just to avoid the coronavirus thing), every human vanishes (literally) except for one per country, chosen randomly. Assuming around ~200 countries, that means there are 200 human ...
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How to survive outside a bunker during nuclear winter?

Nuclear War has just destroyed much. You’re a human living far out in a rural community in the US, or Russia or wherever. You’ve managed to avoid the direct destruction caused by the bombs going off. ...
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How to survive a supervolcano eruption in short term and a post-apocalyptic world in long term?

A supervolcano has erupted (with a Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) of 8 or higher1) at Yellowstone Park. I am not in the kill zone and not in at least 300 km (~185 miles) radius so I have time to ...
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Would making a last ditch effort to skip save the spaceship?

Imagine a spaceship entering Earth's atmosphere, it has lost control of its engines and is relying on its reverse thrusters to decelerate before crashing into the Pacific ocean. So in an attempt to ...
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What would happen to all life on Earth if the planet started suddenly receiving reduced sunlight? [duplicate]

Let's say that the Sun suddenly almost completely shuts down and the Earth is now able to only receive an amount of sunlight equal to that received by the Moon during a full-moon night. (Assuming ...
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Would civilization collapse if everyone becomes invisible to one another?

Set in the modern day, a meteorite lands in the pacific ocean and green flash of light sweep the entire globe. All of a sudden we are blinded to the presence of another human being, it seems that the ...
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What kind of magic or technology would be necessary to survive in a stone spaceship?

Imagine a typical fantasy setting: magic is fairly common, and technology is the usual combination of medieval Europe with a dash of steampunk. The world goes through a cataclysm and the people are ...
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Colonies on Jupiter

I'm making a series where a multi-purpose frigate travels to Jupiter in order to help in the Mars versus Jupiter war. However, I don't know what the colonies would look like. Maybe floating with ...
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What can I expect these humanoids to look like?

I am designing a race of human-based creatures for my story. This race has developed as regular humans until roughly 500BC until an event forced them to start living underground for several centuries. ...
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How would people survive anti-gravity curse? [closed]

Set in the modern day, a meteor lands in the pacific ocean and a green flash of light soon sweep across the globe. All of a sudden every human being alive or dying are experiencing a gravitational ...
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If a portal scroll is cheap and easily available why they are not used when one's life is in peril?

Set in the medieval period, adventurers like to frequent the guild hall to check out the bounty lists, which are updated on a daily basis. Many of the requests on the list requires adventurers to pit ...
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Feasible and rational way to give food and water to a prisoner?

There is a lord who is being kept prisoner in a castle tower by a griffin who has taken over his home, but requires the lord be kept alive for political value. Naturally this requires the griffin ...
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How could human-like aliens survive on Pluto?

I apologize if I continuously ask different questions about different concepts for stories. It’s just that I can never make up my mind on what to write, and sometimes, my ideas change. But anyway, I’...
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Alone, locked inside an empty and dark room. From where to start eating oneself? [closed]

If I was locked in a empty room which is completely dark, from which body part should I start eating my body to maximize the survival time? Also can we survive longer if we eat our flesh or keep ...
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Feasibility of a griffin living in a castle?

In my story there is a griffin who has a long time grudge with the lord of a castle. When the lord ends up in a very weak position, the griffin takes the opportunity to kill him and seizes his castle ...
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Emotion to replace fear

I want to make an alien species evolve without fear, or atleast not fear as we know it. Intelligent life, as I understand it, requires fear to encourage an organism to keep itself alive. What ...
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World with low amount of oxygen like Everest dead zone: can life be complex?

Imagine an Earth-like world with oceans, some complex vegetative and animal life, but with an extreme low amount of oxygen in the atmosphere, let's say one third of what we are accustomed to, like the ...
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How would Europeans fend themselfs in a Zombie apocalypse? [closed]

Most of zombie apocalypse movies, series, comics, etc. are set in the United States, but how an outbreak look like in European countries? Would it be different at all?
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How much “value” would someone able to make certain commodities have in a post-apocalyptic world?

I'm still unsure how much technology will be available in this world, I don't know if there will be "pockets of working grids", if people can only get energy from generators(which also adds the ...
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Could Cats Add Lots of Plants to Their Diet?

Because nature is never straightforward, there are different levels of carnivores. On the lowest rung of the ladder are the hypocarnivores, in which meat can't take any more than 30% of their caloric ...
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Astronaut Survival on a Toxic (Ammonia) Watery Planet

My story begins with a group of colonists on a ship when something happens (spoilers) and the colonists are forced to abandon ship and land on a nearby uncharted moon of a gas giant. The good news: ...
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Is there any way for humanity to cope with perpetual acid rains?

All of a sudden, overnight, abruptly, weather forecast guys go on strikes... everywhere is raining nitric acid non stop so that on average the amount reported is 100mm and the pH level is 3 ...
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Would humanity go extinct if suddenly a parallel magnetic field of 1T fills the entire universe?

Imagine one day the universe becomes a bar magnet except all the line of force are running in parallel and the magnetic flux density is 1 tesla throughout, could this be a doomsday scenario for us? ...
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How long would a medium sized city last if transplanted to another world?

I'm creating a story where a couple of cities across the globe have been transplanted into a different world. About a five mile sphere around a centered point in a city has been taken. They are neatly ...
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Can this underground culture survive for 200 years

I have a underground culture that has been cut off from the surface for near on 200 years, and I am trying to understand what issues will I need to cover and am most likely to run into for there ...
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What plants would lizardfolk cultivate in this hostile world

Lizardfolk are sentient and sapient humanoid reptilian creatures with heights between 190cm and 180 cm. Lizardfolk are partially mesothermic, with most of the waste heat, their muscles generate, being ...
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How to get attention when being shrunk to size of a flea? [closed]

One evening a group of teenagers got arrested for taunting a queen's guard and was brought to a temporary holding cell, all of a sudden a radioactive mosquito seemingly escaped from a nearby lab bites ...
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How to survive a Jaculas (javelin snake) attack?

So if you were running through a forest and stumbled into a nest of Jaculi? Jaculuses? They are up in the trees around you and they start flinging themselves at you, trying to pierce through your ...
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Is it necessary to wipe out vile man-eating dragons?

Set in the modern day, reports of dragon sightings came flooding in from all over the world. No one know where they came from or why are they here but these monstrous creatures seemed to be hostile to ...
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Would it be possible to survive on a world with only plants?

If you were air dropped onto another planet, where multi-cellular non-plant life did not evolve, could you survive on what was only around you? The planet in question is a clone of earth, in almost ...
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The Validity of Hunting with Fire

I'm planning an RPG character who's supposed to emulate dragons and to live up to the image he'd use as little equipment as possible. Without weapons, his main tool for hunting is fire attacks. I ...
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Magical Heat Sink - Mobile

In this world there is magic but it works on the basis on moving either a property or energy from/between objects. Hopefully I can have this make sense! Using Matweb.com to get my numbers. Working ...
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Flash-heating humans

I'm working on a version of wormhole-based FTL travel, and one of the side effects of passing through the wormhole is going to be instantaneous heating of every molecule of the thing passing through. ...
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Building a society of “fungus people” where humans have developed a symbiotic relationship with a parasitic/fungal organism [closed]

In this universe, humans discovered a previously unknown fungus. Similar to the cordyceps fungus, this particular organism uses its spores to enter the body of its host, and grows within it. It will ...
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Ideal world for challenging manhunts [closed]

I need a world that is hard, but not impossible, to live on but also to be found on. How can I best accomplish this? I am working on a world sort of like the planet in the movie Predators. In the ...
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Could a blood transfusion from immune survivors of a deadly, bioengineered virus grant the same immunity to those who don't have it?

First question so hope I'm doing this right! Working on a setting right now where a bio-engineered virus/plague is wiping out a large portion of humanity. Most died upon first exposure. Some survived, ...
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I'm on the Titanic, what should I do to survive? [closed]

I time traveled to the date of April 14th, 1912 with my time machine. It’s evening, 6:00 PM to be exact and my location is the deck of the ship Titanic. We all know what is going to happen not too ...

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