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Q&A What should my kaiju eat?

So, strength is a bit unusual in that though he's a kaiju that's clearly inspired by Godzilla, he's completely artificial and was created deliberately to serve as a mobile fortress in The Union's (...

7 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mephistopheles‭

Question food logistics kaiju
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Q&A What could some alternative eating utensils be like?

I know it's not really all that exciting, but things like eating will be very prominent in the cultures and show up a lot in my story... In my world I want my race to have at least two different t...

17 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Jester Gleeful‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Jester Gleeful‭

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Q&A Would an obligate carnivore eat bread/grain?

Say I have a race of obligate carnivores (for simplicity, we'll say they're felinoid). They have carnivore dentition, and must eat meat as a major component of their diet, but they can also eat fru...

4 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Matthew‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Matthew‭

Question biology food
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Q&A Where would a technologically advanced group of people forced into space by a calamity obtain water from?

The fleet in my setting are forced to leave the planet due to a volatile virus, and leave in pre-prepared spacefaring vessels capable of transporting ten million people per ship. The ships have alg...

7 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Niobium_Sage‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Niobium_Sage‭

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Q&A Would it be possible to build numerous spaceships that could transport 10 million people in the late 2100's?

The crafts would have to contain large farms in order to sustain the immense amount of people, and they'd obviously have to be large and spacious to have good living conditions. I did some research...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Niobium_Sage‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Niobium_Sage‭

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Q&A Could a Species Survive Getting Nutrition Only by Smelling Things?

In Greek and Roman mythology, the Astomi, also known as the Gangines, are an ancient legendary race of people who had no need to eat or drink anything at all. They survived by smelling apples and f...

5 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Capillary Cumorah ‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Capillary Cumorah ‭

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Q&A Transhumans that replace eating with breathing

We are in a far future setting where humans (or transhumans I should say) achieved two things: be able to modify themselves genetically to the point where they can have completely different organ...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Marv‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Marv‭

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Q&A Developed, highly advanced metropolis short on exotic foods

I have this setting, about an advanced city state in the middle of a sparsely inhabited wasteland/grassland type area. This state has the 90's level tech on consumer level, and a wide range from 9...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Zoltán Schmidt‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Zoltán Schmidt‭

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Q&A Digestive system of the "Ultimate Omnivore"

I'm designing a creature that is supposed to be able to eat "basically anything", within the realm of plausibility for what is essentially an organic creature. Its digestive system can be as compli...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by IndigoFenix‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by IndigoFenix‭

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Q&A Food Production ...IN SPACE!

One of the basic requirements for life is effectively food. One of the basic requirements of engineering is that we lift off with as little mass as possible. If we choose to explore the solar syst...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Englishman Bob‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Englishman Bob‭

Question food biochemistry
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Q&A Adverse effects of reduced food variety on microbiome

We often see, in Sci-fi, food being produced from, say, algae or yeast. What could be the effect of such a limited diet on the gut microbiome? Would there be any believable side-effect that would h...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Marc‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Marc‭

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Q&A Eating Titan's oceans

Imagine a Mark Wattney-like scenario, only on Titan and involving a decent-sized base being isolated instead of a single person. There is not, and never has been, the possibility of growing potatoe...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by BenRW‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by BenRW‭

Question food chemistry
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Q&A Can a human colony survive on a 'hot' world?

A colony ship headed for its new home countless light-years from Earth suffers an unfortunate malfunction on the final part of its descent phase and crashes onto the planet. Thankfully, the ship cr...

11 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Raznarok‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Raznarok‭

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Q&A Artificial food digestibility decrease

Good day fellers. My question is - how can one decrease the digestibility of consumed food? I mean, if two characters consume the same amount of the same food, the one with such ability will get...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by nameless noob‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by nameless noob‭

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Q&A What sort of beak would a bone marrow eating bird have?

My world is very earthlike and I am looking to create a bird that primarily eats bone marrow. I wanted my bird to crack the bones of the carcasses to eat the marrow inside. What would the ideal bea...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by bog shrimp‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by bog shrimp‭

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Q&A Can anything survive by eating rocks and other ground minerals?

Are there bacteria or other types of lifeforms that feed on rocks and other ground minerals? And if there aren't, is it technically possible? It can eat other things but the majority of its diet sh...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by CrazySlayaNinjaBear‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by CrazySlayaNinjaBear‭

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Q&A Rock/Mineral Ore Eating Organism

How would an alien organism survive on a diet of rocks and mineral ores, and what kind of materials would be the most sufficient? Also, what kind of teeth and evolutionary traits would they possess...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by ViolaVerse‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by ViolaVerse‭

Question biology aliens food
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Q&A What would be the dangers of creating matter from nothing

Dear top secret science network, Humanity was visited by visitors from another universe altogether (one which doesn't obey our laws of physics) - the D'jini. A diplomatic convoy of them apperead o...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Lause‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Lause‭

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Q&A What would be the major body changes if we were obligate carnivores?

As you see my other question What would be the major changes to our body if we were herbivores?. Instead of being herbivores, what would happen if we were obligate carnivores?

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by CrazySlayaNinjaBear‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by CrazySlayaNinjaBear‭

Question biology humans food
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Q&A Dietary Requirements of Giant Spiders

Giant Spiders are a traditional element of fantasy worlds. They prey upon most human's primal fears, and are easy to make as evil as possible. (Note: Not to scale) But are they actually plausib...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Danny Reagan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Danny Reagan‭

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Q&A Mutually beneficial digestive system symbiotes

On an Earth-like planet, an intelligent species evolved in symbiosis with another species that lives in their digestive system and act as the microbial gut flora in humans do. What implementations ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Halhex‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Halhex‭

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Q&A What giant insects would fill the role of our domesticated cattle?

All our mammalian friends are replaced by domesticated giant insects! Man's best friend are now dog-sized hissing cockroaches, fireflies are lighting our houses and harvestmen are used for transpor...

8 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Pelle Lundkvist‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Pelle Lundkvist‭

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Q&A Is there a way to stop undigested food from leaving the body?

WARNING PROBABLY CONTAINS DISGUSTING STUFF So base of my previous question about will there complication to the body, especially the guts, if basically a single Senzu bean make a person never need...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Li Jun‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Li Jun‭

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Q&A will there complication to the body especially the guts, if basically a single senzu bean make a person never need to eat for the rest of their life?

this video surprisingly has some similar properties i try to make and better at explaining the science properties (without me knowing the science stuff before) warning!! don't watch the video when...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Li Jun‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Li Jun‭

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Q&A How do semi-sapient yeti/ogres live in the wild?

Assume that a species of bigfoot-type animal/person exists. Most of this also applies to ogres or trolls, whatever big dumb giants your particular setting has. My world's specs: They range 7-10 f...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Maddock Emerson‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Maddock Emerson‭

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Q&A How could a creature derive energy from radioactive elements?

Have a creature that doesn't really need vitamins or minerals, it only requires energy which goes through a energy-matter conversion to build what it needs. Radioactive materials would be great sou...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Chickenpeep Chickenpeep‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Chickenpeep Chickenpeep‭

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Q&A Human with super efficient metabolism

So I read recently this article as I was trying to design a sci fi alien race for my story and I found out that a human only has an efficiency of converting food to energy of about 25%. What would...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Efialtes‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Efialtes‭

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Q&A Can a creature sustain itself by eating its own severed body parts?

I was inspired by geckos which can sever their own tails. I wonder if a creature which has such an ability, especially with a high regenerative power to grow its body parts, can sustain itself ove...

12 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Li Jun‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Li Jun‭

Question biology fauna food
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Q&A What's the minimal space/mass required to feed a human indefinitely with advanced technology?

I know there are similar questions on here already, yet this is different because I don't care about traditional farming in this question. Environment This meant for food production on interplane...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by TheDyingOfLight‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by TheDyingOfLight‭

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Q&A Crop production in mountains?

Would potato- or grain-like crops be able to flourish in northern alpine regions? There's a lot to be said about the Andeans, but the have the benefit of living near the equator that other civiliza...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Cygnus X-1‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Cygnus X-1‭

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Q&A Could human civilization live 150 years in a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier colony without resorting to mass killing/ cannibalism?

An un-treatable virus starts infecting and killing people. Societies are on the brink of collapse, and it is decided the best way to save the most amount of people is to move everyone who can fit i...

10 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Alex‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Alex‭

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Q&A How large would a mega structure have to be to host 1 billion people indefinitely?

Ruins of buildings, abandoned cities and suburbs dot the coasts of Earth's landmasses, inhabited by wild animals and the pieces of a once vibrant civilization. The oceans are relatively empty, the ...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Alex‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Alex‭

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Q&A Is it possible for a creature to exist that uses lye instead of acid to digest food?

As far as I could gather the digestion relies on enzymes which in turn set requirements for pH. Is it possible for an alien creature to have a different set of enzymes that require basic environme...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by MadCake - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by MadCake - Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A At what temperature should the earth be cooked to prevent human infection?

Humans are the equivalent of bacteria to planet-eating monsters. And since, as we all know, eating humans is dangerous business, these monsters have decided to cook our great planet Earth before ea...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Halhex‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Halhex‭

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Q&A How to produce milk that's similar to blood?

How could a mammal produce milk which resembles blood? The blood milk should keep as many properties of milk as possible, curding for example, while resembling blood as much as possible. The mamm...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Halhex‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Halhex‭

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Q&A A 'vampire' who still eats normal food

The hero of my story has been cursed to be forever 'bloodthirsty' in the literal sense of the word. Effectively, he has been turned into a vampire. But drinking blood will cause him to lose his sen...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by ASH-Aisyah‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by ASH-Aisyah‭

Question biology food vampires
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Q&A How to keep the brain alive?

So, let's say Bill wants to gain immortality. Bill is a billionaire, and so invests a large portion of his estate to Brain Transplant research. After a bit, the doctors vivisect him, and encase his...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by DT Cooper‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by DT Cooper‭

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Q&A What farming practices would allow the Earth to support a population as high as 200 billion

Welcome to the year 2170, the predictions of our grandparents were so wrong: The human population didn't cap at 20 billion, it went far past that. The global population is now roughly 200 billion. ...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭

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Q&A How can Dwarves produce honey underground?

I have often heard/read/watched in fantasy about dwarves drinking mead and lots of it. I recently learned that mead is made from honey which requires bees and flowers which require sunlight. I doub...

12 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Nikolay Arabadzhi‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Nikolay Arabadzhi‭

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Q&A Can you survive by growing and eating your clothes?

On Blue Planet 2: The Deep (at least, that is the title in the US version), there is discussion of crabs that grow bacteria on themselves as a food source. In the show, they kind of looked like the...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by kingledion‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by kingledion‭

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Q&A Is it logically or scientifically possible to artificially send energy to the body?

Is it possible to use a power plant-like machine to create small amounts of electrical (or other) energy directly inside the human body, making it such that the human has energy for activity withou...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Li Jun‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Li Jun‭

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Q&A Will food logistics limit the population of a civilization of obligate carnivores with modern technology?

I'm imagining a world populated with a species of intelligent, social, and "modern" (in terms of technology) humanoids. For the purposes of this question, they and their world can be near identica...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by conman‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by conman‭

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Q&A What sort of animals would a civilization of small feline omnivore humanoids domesticate

I'm playing around with the idea of making a world heavily based on one of my favorite childhood book series. (basically a fanmade rewrite of sorts). The series is called Warriors, and is about ta...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Sami No‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Sami No‭

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Q&A How can I feed an entire population on corpses?

In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war. The world has become a barren wasteland that is inhospitable to the the human race, which has been forced to take residence in hive cities...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A If a civilization could plant only three crops, which ones would cover all nutritional needs?

For example, beans and rice cooperate to make a "complete" protein, providing all of the amino acids the body can't synthesize on its own -- in fact, most traditional dishes that combine legumes an...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Sundemg‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Sundemg‭

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Q&A How long could humans survive only on other humans?

A tragic event strikes the Earth, killing all living plants and animals except humans. With no other food source, humans turn to cannibalism. Assuming fresh water and oxygen is still available, how...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by JeffThompson‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by JeffThompson‭

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Q&A Is it theoretically possible for the human body to not defecate?

Assume that I have some way to introduce nutrients into the body of a healthy human but I do not have any method of changing their biology. No surgical procedures nor special "drugs" that would aff...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Makogan‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Makogan‭

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Q&A Convenient teeth for a bloodsucking vampire

So I got this species of vampire-creatures (no conversion of other species, just mating and reproducing in typical mammalian fashion) that subsist entirely on blood. I'm using a bit of magic to imp...

8 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Pinion Minion‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Pinion Minion‭

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Q&A Proper technique for eating grass?

In my world, a species of vertically challenged humanoids spreads out from their island homelands to the wider world, entering the interspecies race for global dominance. Now, this species of human...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Fluss der Flüsse‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Fluss der Flüsse‭

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Q&A How fast could a large creature feasibly grow and how much would it need to eat?

A creature in my story was largely inspired by the xenomorphs of the Alien franchise. In wondering how long it would take one of these creatures to grow from conception to maturity, I decided to lo...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Automatic Utopian‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Automatic Utopian‭