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What observable traits set the MilkyWay apart from other Galaxies?

Since we're bringing this question up again, I feel I should offer the counterpart to Daron's answer The Shadow Path (Milky Way from the ALMA telescope, Atacama desert, by Miguel Claro) The Milky Way ...
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What observable traits set the MilkyWay apart from other Galaxies?

The most notable observable trait is that the Milky Way can be observed. The vast majority of other galaxies is too faint to be seen by the naked human eye. Andromeda is 3x the apparent diameter of ...
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What observable traits set the MilkyWay apart from other Galaxies?

Nothing Cosmology demands, that no spot is special. Milkyway is just another galaxy, it isn't more special than others. Only because it is home to humans, they think it is special because of that. But ...
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What observable traits set the MilkyWay apart from other Galaxies?

The Milky Way is notable for being one of the largest galaxies in the Local Group, smaller only than Andromeda. It also has several satellite galaxies, so alternative names for the Milky Way could ...
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Planetary Colonisation; how to retain ethno-racial appearances over millennia?

Your "races" are actually different species. https://allthingsfoxes.com/can-foxes-breed-with-dogs/ On our world race is a sociocultural construct - all human races are the same species and ...
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Which factors determine the political system of the various species from the Homo genus?

The first factor has to be how the genetics drive social behavior. Modern humans are partial social creatures. If you have creatures that have no social genetics, then there won't be any political ...
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Does it make sense for my "zombie" to drink blood?

In my opinion, (modern) zombies are difficult to get right. By modern zombies, I mean everything post-Romero... undead zombies that attack and consume the living. (Classic zombies, the singular ...
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Does it make sense for my "zombie" to drink blood?

Mythic Mashup: A lot of fictional monsters often appear to contain the elements of more than one monster. Your particular creatures sound a lot like nosferatu, a variety of vampire that looks ...
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Does it make sense for my "zombie" to drink blood?

You have invented your own creature. Name it! And more power to you! This thing that your character has become has elements of other monsters but is its own thing. I encourage you to name it a new ...
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Does it make sense for my "zombie" to drink blood?

The Stomach is not the Bloodstream Animals that eat blood don't use it to replace their own blood. A vampire bat's fangs don't connect to its bloodstream. In fact they don't connect anywhere. The bat ...
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What kind of side-effects might stimulating the pain-sensitive nerves have?

Any stress related response Though over stimulation can have some interesting side effects, they all pale in comparison to stress and the psyche. Especially as it doesn't take longer than a minute ...
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How can I bypass Bergmann's rule in cold weather populations of humans?

Technology. Sufficient technology can overcome evolutionary pressures. If, for instance, they have sufficient technology so that shorter, stockier bodies to retain heat isn't a biological advantage, ...
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How can I bypass Bergmann's rule in cold weather populations of humans?

Another stronger evolutionary pressure could become more important than the baseline evolutionary pressure to be short, stocky, and fat (with those evolutionary pressures dealt with another way, such ...
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What kind of side-effects might stimulating the pain-sensitive nerves have?

The side effects would be similar to capsaicin Capsaicin binds to the same receptors that activate nerves related to abrasion and heat sensitivity. Thus, why it feels like it burns. The body isn't ...
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What kind of side-effects might stimulating the pain-sensitive nerves have?

Since the mechanism isn't well explained, there is no objective answer to this question. I will give my $.02 based on things I would consider reasonable consequences, but this is not as much an answer ...
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How can I bypass Bergmann's rule in cold weather populations of humans?

Coat. Scandinavia is cold and snowy in the winter. In some places the Sun does not come up for months! But the mighty Scandinavians do not care. They are cold resistant and taller than most ethnic ...
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How can I bypass Bergmann's rule in cold weather populations of humans?

Relatively recent climate change This can be explained by e.g. an ice age setting in. The onset was about say, 10,000 years ago, average sea temperature went down 12 degrees Celcius. There has been no ...
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Evacuating earth in favor of a off-world habitat: Just how many people can be saved?

Frameshift (but you're not going to like it): A high tech society (and it has to stay high tech to maintain it's facilities) has a large minimum population requirement due to the fact that people and ...
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Evacuating earth in favor of a off-world habitat: Just how many people can be saved?

You Need to go to Mars There is only one scenario where these new moons could cause a world ending event, and tidal/wind sheer is not it. To even make this question make any since, lets assume these ...
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Evacuating earth in favor of a off-world habitat: Just how many people can be saved?

If space has to be the only solution (and as others have pointed out its very tough to get to work), then there is one obvious "best" location. First, lets consider your resources. It's ...
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Evacuating earth in favor of a off-world habitat: Just how many people can be saved?

Half a million. I remember when smoke was rising the second Trade Tower, some of the news announcers started to speculate openly whether it might have been an act of terrorism. On that note, the pair ...
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Evacuating earth in favor of a off-world habitat: Just how many people can be saved?

From an astronomical point of view there are several scenarios There are two main possibilities: 1) the objects proceed in an elongated, elliptical orbit and 2) the objects follow a hyperbolical ...
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Evacuating earth in favor of a off-world habitat: Just how many people can be saved?

With a 60 years heads up, a lot of effort can be devoted to altering the trajectory of the incoming object, some of these methods can be relatively passive like altering the albedo, but even ...
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Evacuating earth in favor of a off-world habitat: Just how many people can be saved?

0. The amount of farming land required to support one vegetarian is measured in acres. The cost to launch a kilo of stuff into space is about 10,000 dollarydoos. This is too much to launch into space. ...
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How might these advanced humans restrain their dragon test subjects?

The dragon-burrito Many animals can be successfully restrained and soothed by wrapping them in a blanket, thus immobilising their limbs: This works well for winged animals, too: Of course, you can't ...
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How might these advanced humans restrain their dragon test subjects?

Formulate a special drug with anesthetic properties. Tranquilize the dragon and then inject it with the drug. The drug should keep the dragon in a state of semi-conscious, but unable to move about. ...
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After we drain the Sun and migrate, why would humanity find the Solar System important?

Neutrality: Every human stellar empire formed by colonizing new stars or conquering really valuable ones. But Earth was never colonized. Earth had nothing worth fighting for. So Earth by it's ...
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Why would a settlement set up shop INSIDE a supermassive creature's mouth?

Your humans are just like giant bacterias... We have to remember that mouths are host to hundreds if not thousands of microspecies. And, as far as I know, we don't kill all of them just by closing it! ...
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Why would a settlement set up shop INSIDE a supermassive creature's mouth?

Potion Seller There is not much of a market for potions these days. But if a single adventurer comes by you can make it big selling them 200 red potions and 400 green potions. Adventurers have lots ...
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After we drain the Sun and migrate, why would humanity find the Solar System important?

The reason could easily beSentimentality. If I had a chance to go visit the remains of the ancestral home of all humans, the place where history began and technological advancements began to happen, I ...
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Why would a settlement set up shop INSIDE a supermassive creature's mouth?

Well isn't this interesting. The "why" of the question reminds me of the iconic response from Alastor of "Hazbin Hotel" to being asked "why does anyone do anything?": ...
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How much could humans change in the span of 20.000 years?

Social Adaptations: While a 'mere' 20,000 years isn't enough to cause radical speciation in humans, selection will favor existing body types well adapted to regional differences. New archaeological ...
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How much could humans change in the span of 20.000 years?

Basically, I need traits that could have emerged naturally in humans, and that either don't reduce or increase the chance of successfully procreating There is a wide range of possibilities. Taking ...
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