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Q&A Why would a race constantly deafened by ambient noises still hear?

In a story that I'm writing, there is a giant waterfall which flows down a cliff face. The waterfall is extraordinarily large, and the torrents of water which flow over the side are deafening. Beh...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by DonielF‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by ajekb78‭

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Q&A How might natural teardrop shaped markings on my humanoid aliens be connected to their empathic abilities?

Why I've Chosen Not to Handwave: The fictional galaxy in which this humanoid species (I'll refer to them as Empaths from here on out) lives is protected by a space-faring military/law-enforcing leg...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by P. M. B.‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by P. M. B.‭

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Q&A Is Superman a peeping Tom? or Would x-ray vision be biologically reasonable?

Real x-ray vision, the ability to (at least) detect X-rays as a 'visible' light (or any other detection system) seems it would be very problematic. X-Rays are a high energy form of electromagnetic ...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by bowlturner‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by bowlturner‭

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Q&A What happens to a human who receives more information than the brain can process?

Often in films and television shows when a person's brain is 'injected' with more information than it can handle, they suffer from immense pain. What would actually happen if you did supply a huma...

11 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Beta Decay‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Beta Decay‭

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Q&A Biological touch based high bandwidth communication

My alien race is supposed to have the ability to communicate a lot of information extremely fast, more akin to uploading something to your partner's mind than telling him. This should happen via si...

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

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Q&A Is it possible to "Smell" in Space? Viable Equivalents?

I am currently creating a Spacefaring Race that regularly travels between planetary systems in order to harvest resources, but due to the fact that the conditions required for them to Breed are fai...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by BonnetBee‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by BonnetBee‭

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Q&A What would humans need to sacrifice for a better sense of smell?

Humans have some genes that allow for a precise sense of smell, but they were turned off millions of years back, just like in many other primates. To name an exeption, lemurs are primates with a de...

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

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Q&A Alien Senses: Active electrolocation

In the course of designing fictional species I often find myself wishing to use exotic senses which we humans lack. This poses a unique and interesting challenge as without possessing the sense mys...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Mike Nichols‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Mike Nichols‭

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Q&A Could an organism see in infrared light as well as normal light, using its brain to process what it sees into a single image?

Tl;dr: Humans create a composite image out out what each of their eyes see Humans process the two images into one using their visual cortex Humans can't see infrared because of a lack of photorec...

7 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Lutro‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Lutro‭

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Q&A What is a reasonable sensitivity for this race's sense of smell?

If there were a group of primates very similar to humans, and they had vomeronasal organs, what should the sensitivity or accuracy of such organs be? The race has a lengthened face to accommodate ...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Cas‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Cas‭

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Q&A What are alternative particles to photons that would allow vision?

I swear I saw this question elsewhere. Let me know if this is a dupe. Photons are great. They're little bundles of energy that Reflect off of nearly everything, allowing us to see faraway obj...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Zxyrra‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Zxyrra‭

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Q&A Advantages of human view with spectral analysis capability

When it comes to processing hearing and visual signals, our brain has different capabilities. While it seems to be able to execute a spectral analysis for sounds, so that when we hear the superpos...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by L.Dutch - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by L.Dutch - Reinstate Monica‭

Question evolution senses
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Q&A Would it makes sense for an intelligent race originated from snakes to possess the ability of hearing?

I want to explore the possibilities of an alien species not much unlike that of known to Earth: snakes going through evolution in a way that made them able to reach the intelligence necessary to us...

9 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Zoltán Schmidt‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Zoltán Schmidt‭

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Q&A What does a small fusion reaction sound like?

I am familar with current reactor (experimental) fusion reactor design. But imagine a fusion reaction happening without a reactor, so there is no reactor hull to shield the sound from an innocent ...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What if we can feel magnetic field?

Suppose human being evolved a special type of sensory organ that can detect Earth's magnetic field, beside discarding compass when hiking what else can we benefit from this extrasensory gift in the...

6 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Four Color Receptors and One Mirror--A Good Mix?

So, to make it normal for a human to have tetrachromacy, having four color receptors, would make our night vision nonexistent. In an answer in the question linked above, someone brought up the tap...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by JohnWDailey‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by JohnWDailey‭

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Q&A Will privacy disappear if our sense of smell was strong like that of a bear?

Mythbusters did an episode about trying to foil a blood hound, when Adam played a convict who tried to make the dog lose his trail. Every trick he did failed like washing, changing clothes, going ...

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

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Q&A Could aliens naturally evolve synesthesia?

For all who are unaware, synesthesia is a condition in the brain where two or more senses are connected; for example being able to see sound or hear color. Of course they do not actually see color ...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭

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Q&A Alien analogues to the vertebrate ear?

How could an auditory organ perceive sound waves with a completely different anatomy from the vertebrate ear (e.g. canal, typanum, bones) at the same effectiveness?

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Anonymous‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Anonymous‭

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Q&A How would we see the world if we could see polarized light?

I am often fascinated by one of Earth's most magnificent beings, the mantis shrimp (also known as 1-2-3-death). These beautiful animals have sixteen kinds of colour receptive cones - compare to our...

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

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Q&A How could a blind alien race interpret video broadcast into space?

I've got a race of aliens that have no sense of sight. They can measure electromagnetic radiation with instruments, but have no concept of vision. All I know about video encoding and transmission...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Karen‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Karen‭

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