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How would one design a superhuman?

Amateurs talk strategy; professionals talk logistics. What kind of fighting is your "super" human doing? That will affect the type of modifications that make a difference. The Greeks and ...
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How does a regenerator keep their memories?

There's a big difference between a head injury and having your head chopped off Truth be told, we still know very little about how memory works. But we're working on it! Let's look at some recent ...
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How does a regenerator keep their memories?

We already have memories which survive the regeneration of organ which made them. Think of the immune system: the cells which make the memory when you get a vaccine are very rarely the same which ...
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How would one design a superhuman?

Whenever people start talking about super-soldiers, they often fail to realise the trade-offs that must be made. Without considering the difficulty of making any effective biological changes to ...
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How would one design a superhuman?

What is a super soldier these days? Soldiers these days have guns so biologically, you're not going to be able to make them bullet proof to any real extent. What you could do is improve eyesight and ...
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How would one design a superhuman?

Denser Bones. This will work for your blunt-force attacks (kicking/Punching) - it won't 'stop' injuries, but it will make for considerable advantages. Look at the over-success of peoples of Dutch and ...
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Emotive Plate Eyes

No need for eyelids. Many cartoons and drawings emulate the body language of eyelids by changing the shape of the eye itself. I can't draw because I am typing on a phone, but here is a super ...
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Would creatures that drink liquid instead of eating have a stomach?

Yes. There are people who don't have a stomach or don't use a stomach and are able to get adequate and appropriate nutrition and be healthy. Think of people who are tube fed - you can be tube fed ...
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Could a bird evolve into something like a Gryphon?

First Problem; You'd have to posit an ancestral hexa-pedal life form, probably an entire evolutionary clade of 6 limbed animals (probably aboreal) that co-existed with quadrupedal species. Something ...
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Could a bird evolve into something like a Gryphon?

Naturally, no. In history the biggest birds that still could fly were the Haast's eagles with a wingspan of 3m, and still those flying giants only weighted 15Kg and couldn't carry much. If we go ...
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Regular travel to planets with higher surface gravities

Not directly the same, but for a first approximation you could imagine that person to carry a (perfectly strapped) backpack with 0.05 times to 0.2 times their own bodyweight (including cloths etc). ...
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Could you breed livestock with structurally colored wool?

Yes and no. Some colors of butterfly wings are structural in nature, so this effect definitely can happen in nature. The problem is, you want it to be wool. Structural coloration due to its nature ...
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Can we get rid of all illnesses by a year of Total Extreme Quarantine?

FRAME CHALLENGE: Why is it necessary for your established colony to undergo Quarantine, when it would be far easier and obvious to quarantine the settlers DURING TRANSIT to the colony planet? Not to ...
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Is it possible to live without killing?

Genetic Engineering People already living, who want to join are genetically modified (with the help of carefully designed viruses, a future tech that outperforms CRISPR/Cas9 or something different) to ...
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Is it possible to live without killing?

No, it is impossible The only way to achieve their standards would be to go for a mind-upload tech path and live in space: probably in matrioshka brains. But then we wouldn't be human anymore... Not ...
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Combining a electrocyte and a muscle fibre

The problem with making a dual-purpose muscle/electric organ is that muscles and electric organs perform their tasks in similar ways, but with very different structural minutiae. Muscles work by ...
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Would hip attached cybernetic legs result in atrophy of nearby tissue?

If you want something medically accurate, you aren't going to do something like "slice diagonally along the plane of the hip socket." The idea that a prosthetic's extents can be defined by ...
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Is it possible to live without killing?

Under a strict definition, no creature remotely similar to any life on earth can even come close. You said "They have a 'zero tolerance' policy on harming any life.". But for a strict ...
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Is it possible to live without killing?

Super Science! I think that if you super-scienced up a new GI tract and lungs for humanity you could basically remove the need to eat/excrete. You're adding the need for fuel rods or some such, but ...
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Is it possible to live without killing?

Many plants can be eaten without killing, for example fruits. If you eat an apple, you do not kill anything. You can even drink milk, because drinking milk does not kill the cow. Note, that is ...
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Is it possible to live without killing?

The alien word is not a perfect translation of "alive" and there is a loophole If we're not even allowed to kill bacteria, then it sounds impossible, but in a boring way. Since the aliens ...
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Is it possible to live without killing?

Why join if you can rule? Take their stuff. Eat them for breakfast if you feel like it. Someone have to teach the dumb tree huggers about survival of the fittest. While humanity tires to solve the ...
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Is it possible to live without killing?

No. Humans are the apex predator of their current planet whose entire system of survival consists of a chain of recycling materials through everything's life cycle. Unless we find ways to live like ...
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Is it possible to live without killing?

Is it scientifically possible for a future human to exist without killing any life form? Without killing? Sure. Maiming is enough for sustenance. E.g. humans can easily go without killing a pig for ...
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Is it possible to live without killing?

Depends on how you define living. Even if we put ourselves in a completely sterile environment that has no contract with even single-cell organisms and place our minds into a digital dream world that ...
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Is it possible to live without killing?

No, because of definition There are many reasons why. We can already say the immune system is a harsh threshold. It kills pretty much anything, including your own cells. Apoptosis is another self ...
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Is it possible to live without killing?

I think this part needs more clarification: They have a 'zero tolerance' policy on harming any life. You said: This includes: a member is not allowed to kill animals (even to eat) a member is not ...
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Is it possible to live without killing?

We could relatively easily bypass the eating restrictions by transitioning to a diet consisting of synthetics, fruits, milk, honey and mushrooms - or if we allow for inhumane acts, the carefully ...
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Is it possible to live without killing?

There Is A Simple (Sci-Fi) Solution We can easily join the Federation, though not as we are now. But all we have to do is develop mind-uploading technology and live as machines on a sterile world. (...
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Is it possible to live without killing?

Yes. Milking, shearing and pooping bacteria. Now that my weird summary has your attention, allow me to elucidate. Food: Milk is a blood-like substance secreted by mammary glands. It contains all the ...
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Is it possible to live without killing?

No. Your immune system is constantly killing large quantities of life. You did ask about living in a non-bacterial environment in the comments, but even putting aside the question of if that would be ...
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Is it possible to live without killing?

Is it scientifically possible for a future human to exist without killing any life form? No, it's not possible in a strict sense. Our biology kills without us having to do anything. We could fake it ...
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Is it possible to live without killing?

It is inconcievable that any evolved non-autotrophic life form could exist without preying upon and killing other life forms for their sustenance, whether they be sessile or motile (that we call ...
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Is it possible to live without killing?

a member is not allowed to kill animals (even to eat) a member is not allowed to kill plants (even to eat) to satisfy these two, one would need to turn into a plant, which are notoriously autotrophic....
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Would the blood of Immortal beings be dangerous?

This is pretty much a self-solving problem. Immortal blood cells, and worse, immortal white blood cells, are going to be a nightmare to the new host's body. It would lead to a whole host of problems, ...
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How biologically plausible is my snake species?

@KEY_ABRADE has already given a great answer, but I wanted add one point. Overcoming the mechanical problems of such a large snake might be helped by making it aquatic or semi-aquatic. The largest ...
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Would the blood of Immortal beings be dangerous?

Don't worry about the complications of cross-species blood transfusions. You want the blood of immortals to play a role in your world, so a role it shall play. Immortal blood grants immortality, and ...
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How biologically plausible is my snake species?

The largest snake to ever exist in real life was Titanoboa — at the very absolute maximum 15 meters long, 1$\frac{1}{4}$ metric tons, and a meter wide. From this several conclusions can be drawn. The ...
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Would the blood of Immortal beings be dangerous?

Immortals Effectively Have a Different Blood Type If immortals still have antibodies for many diseases long gone maybe their blood causes a reaction like those to the antibodies of differently typed ...
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Would the blood of Immortal beings be dangerous?

A fairly common trope when it comes to immortals donating blood/organs/etc is the material in question being some degree of self-replicating (partially explaining how the creature can be immortal, ...
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Would the blood of Immortal beings be dangerous?

The combination of immortals and disease is interesting, because it suggests a virus could survive indefinitely in one host, without needing any mechanism for transmission. You could imagine an ...
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Can a clone be of the same age as the original

Real life clones were healthy We have done cloning in the past! A famous example is Dolly the sheep. It might not be the cloning you are looking for however. The DNA was harvested from a 6 year old ...
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Can a clone be of the same age as the original

Sort of. Dolly the Sheep started off as a lamb but her DNA had the telomeres of the older animal that she was cloned from, which meant she aged prematurely. We would have had to reconstruct the ...
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Would the blood of Immortal beings be dangerous?

In general you cannot get a blood donation from another species. It is already [expletive] complicated between members of the same species. Sure, medical tech made it so that giving or receiving blood ...
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Would the blood of Immortal beings be dangerous?

Just because a disease is old does not necessarily make it a problem. Rather, the issue is extinct diseases, which the human immune system no longer protects against. These could be a major problem—if ...
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Is a Selective Breeding Program to Create Enhanced Humans Plausible?

If you start early enough, getting rid of monogamy would accomplish it on its own. Humans are naturally attracted to the best partner they can find, with the areas of focus being intelligence, ...
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