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What would a eusocial species of lepidopterans look like?

I am writing a science-fiction story that takes place some million years in a future Earth. There is a species of lepidopterans that evolved to become eusocial. They are my gnomes. My species is a ...
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Changes to firearms based on gasoline

I got a little question: how would it effect firearms if they would not be based on gunpowder but on gasoline like flammable liquid? What I think would happen: -because the liquid would need to be a ...
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How much of a tactical advantage does a single conspicuously dressed soldier give?

Why have one soldier dressed differently from the rest, ideally in a primary colour? Try looking at the picture bellow. This is the famous "black dot on a white page". As you can see, it is ...
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What are good structural and energy-storage molecules that don't release gas when synthesized?

Nicar is a carbon world (formed from a protoplanetary disk with more carbon than oxygen, so water is geologically unstable and the chemical environment is strongly reducing) with ammonia oceans and ...
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What would it take for a sky to remain completely violet or purple during the daytime?

I'm a fantasy author. I'm thinking about the setting in my next novel having something to do with a world that has purple skies during the daytime. I'm wondering how could this be done from a ...
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How to name cities [closed]

So this is a sci fi setting. I want to come up with good names for cities on other planets. For languages, I would say city names would be either English, Mandarin, Russian, Hindi, Japanese, French, ...
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How can the transfer of a soul to a new body lead to physical deformities?

The soul is the metaphysical spirit of a mortal being and is the seat of human consciousness. It retains all the aspects that we consider makes us human, from personality to memories to how we ...
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Genetic engineering for sea people (false merfolk)

What adaptations are needed for human-derived sea-dwellers? My people are not the classic half-fish, nor are they whale-tail-people - they wear ankle-length swimming skirts that bind their legs into ...
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What are the chances of finding uranium-238 ores on other planets?

I was thinking about aliens and space colonization and what the probability is of uranium ores being found on other planets. Would they be common? rare? medium? who knows? the cosmic abundance of ...
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What countermeasures can robots develop against nanites?

In sci fi TV tropes nanites or nanoscopic are autonomous molecules that can shut down robots by injecting them into their positronic brains, where they house all the important functions that dictates ...
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Why would dragons have plated bellies?

Dragons are often depicted with a set of plate-like scales along their belly like a snake. In snakes, this adaptation is to aid in their slithering locomotion. However, dragons don't slither; they ...
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Monetary system(or the abscense of it) in an economy where AI and robots have eliminated most jobs [closed]

I believe that if money and currency would become obsolete and disappear and most goods and services would become free if most jobs were eliminated by strong AI and automation. It is logic. If almost ...
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What would cause a moon to not orbit around the center of the planet that has it as its satellite?

There is no world or setting attached to this question but it does have me curious and might be useful for those who do actually want to build a world with this as a feature. Imagine a luna-like moon ...
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Altantropa vs Climate Change/raising sea levels?

Atlantropa was a geoengineering project to build a series of dams across the mediterranean sea to slowly drain it creating new land, satisfying the energy requirements of europe and even merging the ...
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Best place for wings on a dragon-eagle

The dragon-eagle is a large reptilian animal. It has no feathers or plumage, with the main flying wings being webbed like a bat, with the webbing between the second and third fingers of the wing, ...
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What to add to magic to make magical fights more understandable?

In both movies and written stories its somewhat easy to see or describe the balance in a fight. By showing/describing size, weapons or their skill you can set the differences between the fighters ...
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Aliens Using Both L and R-Amino Acids or Sugars - are they possible?

It's fairly common to see discussion of different chirality for amino acids and sugars whenever people ask for advice on plausible alien designs or biochemistry (e.g.: metabolizing left-handed sugars ...
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How might parrot's feet change if they adapted for semi-aquatic life?

I'm creating a fairly whimsical kid's fantasy world, so I don't need 100% accuracy- however, one of the major themes is respect for the environment (and spec evolution is a big interest of mine) so I ...
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How can ungulate humanoids conceal their weird legs in public?

In my story, mythical humanoids secretly live amongst humanity in modern day, but not all of them are created equal when it comes to blending in with the human race. While individual humans do know ...
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Effects of a creature longer than Jupiter getting too close to Earth

So basic introduction: my world has things which naturally should never exist due to seemingly violating certain laws we deem as natural, for this, let's just call them "anomalies". Among ...
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How does a dragon with plated tongue hunt?

Beyond the thick forest lies a colossal winged flightless dragon with a unique distinct feature that is its plated tongue! According to legend it seems to prefer diseased humans and animals that are ...
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How do I change this guy's ability so he isn't so powerful? [closed]

My name is Cacklo. I'm a villain, and my Ability allows me to alter other Abilities permanently. This system is somewhat inspired by My Hero Academia and Bungo Stray Dogs, though a lot more complex. ...
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Creating a scientifically semi-valid super-soldier, part 4: respiratory system

Previous parts here: Creating a scientificly semi-valid super-soldier, part 1: Skeleton Creating a scientificly semi-valid super-soldier, part 2: nervous system Creating a scientificly semi-valid ...
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Why wouldn't tribal chiefs use berserkers in warfare?

So in my setting, there's this magical elixir that can essentially turn people into berserkers for a short time. They enter a state of "murder high" where they basically become hardcore ...
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Determining the Best Wild Anklebiter Predator

The natural sequel to Making a Predator For Wild Anklebiters, which was inconclusive. You see, Wild Anklebiters are chimeric monsters-being equal parts flower, worm, and leech-with a rather ...
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How could people hundreds of years ago have protected themselves from radiation?

In my world, there is a civilization with about 1800's-level technology. There is a nuclear accident in part of the world that they need to access. Is there a way for a civilization with this level of ...
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I know Magic is real, but it’s not usable. How can you make it usable? [closed]

So I learned a bit of magic. I learned that magic is just energy. I poured myself a glass of milk from the fridge, but then I saw the cats outside were hungry. So I grabbed my glass of milk and poured ...
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The most entropic-friendly way to wipe out Earth

I’m writing a short story where a species of aliens wipe out all life they encounter because they see life as a threat since it accelerates entropy. However, many of the methods used for destruction, ...
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How can I make animal teeth look MUCH more demonic?

I'm trying to design my interpretation of Hellbound FNAF animatronics to be as terrifying as possible, and one of those methods is making their teeth, and claws be inspired by, heavily based off of, ...
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What would a gaint make it's house out of

For one the giant is much bigger than a normal human, To be precise about 110,000 feet tall and about 500 feet wide. Because of their size what would be some reliable things to make their houses and ...
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Can mirrors on the moon allow solar panels to operate at night?

Solar panels cannot operate at night. If we put self-adjusting mirrors on the near side of the moon, they could reflect sunlight back to the dark Earth, allowing solar panels to operate at night. How ...
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Feasibility of Velocisharks

This question is all about how a shark can evolve to have the following traits: Amphibious Pack behavior Dromaeosaurid form (bipedal, scaly, with four talons and a sleek but strong frame-resembling a ...
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What Could Explain A Solitary Mountain in a Grassland?

That title is probably way too specific, but essentially I'm trying to develop my book's setting. Currently, my characters (a team of six adventurers) awaken as amnesiacs who were once human but now ...
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How many generations to breed a goat that would be strong enough to carry the weight of a man [closed]

How many generations or years would it take to create a ridable goat? What about sheep or rams, etc?
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How to justify small Hominids not being conquered by (anatomically modern) Humans?

So in my setting there's a group of Hominids distantly related to humans. They live in a forested continent on the coast of which humans have created colonies. They have patchy light brown skin for ...
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How to Turn Protoceratops Into a Real-Live Griffin

It was believed that the discovery of a small, herbivorous dinosaur named Protoceratops was the inspiration for the creation of the iconic griffin, a belief challenged in 2016 by paleontologist Mark ...
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Can a planet have a day that's always longer than night?

This question has been rewritten to incorporate all clarifications. On Earth, half the planet is illuminated at any time (let's ignore eclipses). Axial tilt lets day lengths vary, but over the course ...
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How to explain a reindeer's nose mimicking a police blinker light when it senses danger?

There is an odd species of creature with striking resemblance to a reindeer called Rudolphie, it has a red hue on its nose due to constant exposure to the cold condition of Arctic tundra and being ...
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What could a weakness be for a gaseous species?

I am currently working on a space opera setting, and I wanted to include a gaseous species of sapient aliens that hail from a gas-giant reminiscent of Jupiter. Before I ask my question, I wanted to ...
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Santa's new delivery service: a... cannon?

Let's say Santa got himself a new toy: a present delivery cannon. With this new cannon, he wants to deliver presents to children by shooting their presents from the cannon into their chimneys. Let's ...
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What if the Germans captured Moscow in WWII?

During Operation Barbarossa, the Germans came dangerously close to capturing Moscow - in fact they were within 20km of the city, and some could even see its buildings. The failure to take Moscow is ...
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Could this gill system realistically develop?

Often, aquatic humanoids and other species are depicted with a set of shark-like gills in the side of their chest. Specifically, the gills and gill arches would replace the lungs and ribcage under the ...
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Adapting to normal gravity after spending time in centrifugal artificial gravity [duplicate]

So pretty much, my world contains a lot of space travel/colonisation, and people live on ships with artificial gravity via centrifugal force. The diameter of these big spinny cylinder things (?) is ...
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What could cause a planet to have hemispheres that rotate in opposite directions?

I have a planet in mind that is highly hostile to basically everything around its equator but is more or less survivable everywhere else(hopefully ^v^). One of the ideas I have in mind for making the ...
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How to power thin contact lenses that let us browse the internet?

Immediate to near future, we are talking about single digit nanometer size transistor and light emitting diode. That's actually very small, you can't see it with a conventional microscope let alone ...
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On a world that is ravaged by Carrington Events, is there any way for the inhabitants to develop electricity?

Inspired by the question On an Earth regularly ravaged by solar storms as strong as as the Carrington Event, how would technology advance? On a world that is ravaged by monthly Carrington Events, it ...
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What type of mechanics/required secondary powers would be needed to explain how a superhero might use pyrokinetic flight/propulsion?

A character in the novel that I'm working on is capable of pyrokinesis, and one of the applications in which he was experimenting on is using fire control to propel himself upwards in the air like a ...
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What would be a possible reason for a organism or plant being red-colored [duplicate]

The title says it all but I was wondering if there could be some sort of hypothetical plant that could harvest solar light via the red pigment.
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Trying to figure out clothing material for floral humanoids

I don’t want my floral humanoids nude because they evolved past that. They wear clothes made out of plants but I can’t figure what type of plants they were. It’s either: Abnormally large petals from ...
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Could silicon-based lifeforms eat carbon-based food? [closed]

Say a group of silicon-based aliens arrive on earth, would their bodies be able to extract any nutrients from carbon-based food?

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