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Anatomically Correct Rull?

The main barrier here is the fluorine resistance; once fluorine has bonded to something, chlorine or oxygen will not replace it! However, if the creature's tissues aren't already fluorinated, they ...
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Anatomically Correct Rull?

All terminally fluorinated. I imagine a being that swims in a sea of molten salts and metals. Above is an atmosphere of harsh oxidizers as described. The sea is not full of these oxidiziers- ...
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Anatomically Correct Rull?

Difficult to imagine due to the need for reversibility One of the requirements of biochemistry is that there is a certain amount of reversibility. Take haemoglobin as an important example. It gets ...
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Could space aliens be racist?

Is racism recent invention yes and no. Racism bast on skin color is farly new in ancient times skin color was just one factor that determined your "race " theses included language, ...
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Anatomically Correct Insect From Shaggai

Likely not happening like you'd like it to. 12 legs: We have arthropods with more than that, not big deal, especially since insects themselves likely come from ancestors with much more than 6 legs. ...
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Could space aliens be racist?

What History Tells Us: Racism, while it is widespread now, is a relatively recent invention This is a fundamentally untrue statement. You can pick practically anywhere in the world and find a ...
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Could space aliens be racist?

A few biological conditions First, evolution of your human-like aliens should have resulted in "races" that is creatures of a single species diverging into slightly different shape or color, ...
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Could space aliens be racist?

If your aliens are an evolved creature, then they have racism. No question. It's possible that they've culturally evolved beyond racism, but then you run up against Planet of Hats homogeny. Racism is ...
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Could space aliens be racist?

Why wouldn't they be ? If you look at human history, both present and past, racism seems to be the norm rather than the exception. See how many genocides already happened : European colons nearly ...
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What evidence could reveal to aliens that their sun is the result of a binary star merger?

Zircons. First, they need enough astronomical knowledge to predict the lifetimes of stars. Then, they need to know the age of their planet. When that turns out to thousands of times longer than the ...
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Blue star vision

Advantages of seeing under a blue star: (1) The range of wavelengths available is wider, giving the potential for "more colors" -- for any given chemistry more interesting transitions occur ...
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Anatomically Correct Insect From Shaggai

Body size. The size will be a major trade off point. to the point were I believe the desired pigeon size is very difficult borderline impossible. As a creature gets more massive the costs of flying ...
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Anatomically Correct Insect From Shaggai

Delusional parasitosis. https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/pests/dp.html ... Other than their delusion, patients usually appear to be normal. Most patients describe the infestation as being on ...
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Anatomically Correct Insect From Shaggai

There are many issues here. First, 12 limbs is too many for an insectoid species. Furthermore, the various constraints on the wings are quite contradictory. Finally, their size is a serious limit to ...
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Anatomically Correct Insect From Shaggai

Have 12 limbs: Easy. They are from another planet. Be sapient and intelligent Maybe you could get rat-level intelligence in something that size. There are no small sapient animals so either give up ...
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Anatomically Correct Insect From Shaggai

Have 12 limbs Be some kind of insect These requirements are in direct conflict. If it has 12 limbs, by definition it is not an insect. But if you just mean "arthropod", then there's no ...
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Anatomically Correct Insect From Shaggai

okay! this ranks up in a top percentile for odd questions, but i think the answer is straight forward. ** EDIT the two conditions added devoted to wings that make it capable of flight. majority of ...
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What evidence could reveal to aliens that their sun is the result of a binary star merger?

An alternative means of having life living under a blue star is that it didn't evolve there, but was transplanted from elsewhere. The most reliable way of doing this would be to have an interstellar ...
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What evidence could reveal to aliens that their sun is the result of a binary star merger?

This does not seem workable. Presumably, we start with a planet, orbiting a star in the red-to-yellow dwarf range, and life starts up naturally? Then another star collides with the primary, forming a ...
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Blue star adaptation

There is a serious doubt that complex life could evolve near a blue star. Conventionally, stars of classes O and B are called blue. According to the table here https://sites.uni.edu/morgans/astro/...
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What could a weakness be for a gaseous species?

You know they are gaseous, so in order to render them incapable, freeze or liquify them, by drastically lowering the temperature and increasing the pressure. This presumably does not kill them, so at ...
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Blue star adaptation

Physical adaptations would be less about hue and more about shielding. Colors would tend to be darker - consider that albinism is more dangerous and susceptible to more radiation damage. This article ...
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Blue star adaptation

There are way more factors than just the classification of the star in picking the adaptation of the organisms living under it. And don't forget that the color in the star name only indicates the ...
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Blue star vision

Evolution will find a way: on our planet there are animals who are blind because they don't have a use for vision, living in a very dark environment (moles, cave dwellers, etc.) and there are animals ...
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Would a carbon-based lifeform be able to emerge and live in Venus-like conditions?

I'm trying to make carbon-based alien lifeforms which live in a Venus-like world, where: The temperature is 650−750 K and the pressure is 0.9−1.1 MPa Sulfuric acid is abundant Because of point 2, I ...
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Would a carbon-based lifeform be able to emerge and live in Venus-like conditions?

Would a carbon-based lifeform be able to emerge and live in Venus-like conditions? The easy answer is no, and it is based on the empirical observation that there is no (carbon based) life on Venus, ...
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