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How can a gigantic creature combat neural lag?
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Solution: neurons that funnel flashes of light. Have you heard of fiber-optic cables? No? In a nutshell, the cable doesn't serve to transfer electrical energy but instead funnels photons within a ...

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How could pears be used as ammunition?
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Frozen Pears. I remember an anecdote of engineers testing the durability of a bullet train against birds. They used a chicken in the tests and the train did fine. The French on the other hand should ...

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How can an animal get "upgrades" at different stages of its life?
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Unless it’s already programmed in the creatures DNA it won’t spontaneously “evolve”. There’s a fine line between adaptation and evolution, the latter mostly applies to the immune system. Everything ...

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Explaining Giant Caterpillars that Chase Prey
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A plant eating caterpillar won't adapt itself for predating anything, however carnivorous ones just might do. There's just no way for a slow prey animal to turn into a chasing predator. If it's not ...

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Regulation of body hopping / mind copying / mind manipulation
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If the tech is perfected nothing can escape the mind-scan. If someone is lying, pretending to be someone else it won’t work. Recently played Subnautica below zero, the architect aliens also had ...

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Could a terrestrial animal evolve with dorsal legs?
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There aren’t because it burdens the joints. Legs on the back can work for tiny creatures but as they get larger the strain on their back leg joints, the equivalent of their hips, would get more and ...

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Anatomically Correct Sciapod
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Above the pelvis. Locomotion with one leg is rather... interesting. Not only does the ball joint of the femur have to be at the centre of the pelvis but there also needs to be room for the muscles ...

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Determining the Best Wild Anklebiter Predator
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Right, let's see what weaknesses we can find for Anklebiters based on their abilities: Subterranean motility: allows them to move through soft dirt giving them three dimensional movement as well as ...

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Explaining Chasers as a Evolutionary Stage of a Caterpillar
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It's not about wasting energy but about efficiency. Larger animals are counterintuitively more efficient than smaller ones. Larger animals need more food, but as in most things the square-cube-law ...

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How would a human/floral humanoid offspring look?
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It depends. What's the full appearance of the floral race? How human looking are they? If the petals are the only nonhuman trait we could assume their offspring wouldn't be that different. If they are ...

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Bokoblins: Biologically Feasible?
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Pigs are very smart but there's no way to develop. Here's why: Pigs are highly intelligent, clean and mostly nice animals. They are smart enough to solve puzzles and try to use tools, but just like ...

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Dealing with Arc Flash For Viji
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Their armor is lined with copper. Lightning rods are made of conductive materials like copper and aluminum. This helps direct the electricity in the wanted direction and earthing the lightning rod. ...

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How big can a land animal get on a planet with 97% of earths gravity?
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As big as the source of food allows until gravity comes along. Modern whales are huge, but that's mostly thanks to their food source. An average-sized humpback whale will eat 4,400-5,500 pounds of ...

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Extremely powerful jaws
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Saltwater crocodiles have the highest recorded bite strength of 3,700 pounds per square inch (psi), or 16,460 newtons, of bite force. This is enough to break steel. Steel can withstand about 3k–5k PSI ...

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Turn everything into instinct
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Why isn’t everything we do instinctive? Logically speaking there’s no immediate benefit to pondering what you’ll have for dinner in the coming week, after all you’re not doing anything and next week ...

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How two-limbed creatures could evolve powered flight? (Amphisbaenia)
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Okay, so... there's no real life animal to draw inspiration from so here's a Mutalisk from Starcraft. As you can see the beating wings lift up the upper body while the lower body hangs for balance (...

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Telekenesis is ruining sport: what to do?
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The ball itself is a trap. Depending on the telekinetic this may not work, but the general assumption is that to move something with your mind you need to be aware of what you are moving. If you can't ...

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How could an efficient respiratory system evolve for giant arthropods?
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Most insects have spiracles but dragonfly nymphs have the closest thing to an internal lung. The Odonata, which includes dragonflies and damselflies are insects that go through a complete ...

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Anatomically Correct Tarasque
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For starters, The shell is far too short. Out of all the chimeric components, the turtle aspect seems to be the most problematic. Tortoises are known for their ability to retract their legs into their ...

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Explaining Anthropomorphism In Later Development
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Chimerism due to magic I seem to recall that your magic system, mainly chaos energy, served to mutate creatures and occasionally give them traits from other animals. Humans are animals too aren’t they?...

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Explaining Symbiosis for Rhydar
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Vultures would benefit from the "road kill" of Rhydars. Something as aggressive as a blind mutant rhino is bound to leave a lot of rotting corpses behind, something vultures would gladly dig ...

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Determining Feasible Mermaid Locomotion Methods (Land Edition)
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Why try to walk without legs when you can roll? I’ve said this before about seals and I’ll keep saying it until the end of time: just roll. Seriously! Why do they waste so much energy bouncing on ...

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Feasibility of Giant Butterflies as Predators
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Liquefying its prey for more efficient consumption. Time for another answer that doesn't fit the mould! Guess what we'll be doing today? Making a giant butterfly that melts the insides of its prey... ...

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Interstellar Evolution
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Yes living things can survive being exposed to space, but navigating is much more difficult. As you probably know by now, Tardigrades (moss piglets) are microscopic bacteria eating critters that can ...

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Adapting Rhydars into Carnivores
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A weaponized body with spikes and a horn as a hammer! Your question was a bit vague but I believe this is the most suitable body plan for violence. Rhydars ram into their prey which means the bulk of ...

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How Could Giant Caterpillars Come to Prey On Leafmaw?
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Consider hammerhead sharks and their hunting strategy. Hammerheads unlike the great whites don't rely as much on strength and speed to catch their prey as much as their incredible senses. Sharks are ...

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Adapting Chompers For Land and Sea
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Behold! Torpedo eggs! I know it sounds like a stretch but let me explain. I'm a bit late to answer but hear me out. Eggs actually have this thing called the chalaza which holds the yolk balanced and ...

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Could plankton create civilisation?
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If they can link together to accomplish complex tasks then maybe. Taking ants for reference they can't accomplish much on their own but are an unstoppable force in great numbers. They don't have a ...

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Realistic reverse aging?
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We identify young living things by their proportions. Larger heads and eyes is what’s considered cute and infantile. The reason for that is the eyes, which don’t grow less because of the skull, ...

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Your body is just a machine, now it's my turn to drive
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You need a stealthy neural link hidden by hair, ideally on the motor cortex and cerebellum. I take it a simple earpiece isn't going to cut it. Controlling movement is in theory very simple, you need ...

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