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Q&A If this earth were cube shaped would it be possible during Magellanic era using a float ship to figure out that the earth is cube shaped?

If this earth were cubed shape would it be possible for Magellan to prove that the earth is cube-shaped without going to space and looking at earth? It might seem strange to think that earth might...

13 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by mvr950‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by Pastychomper‭

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Q&A Is the Caspian Sea becoming smaller since the industrial revolution?

It might be that between year 0 to the industrial revolution (say 18th to common era), the Caspian sea significantly larger than it is today. If so, is there some graphical illustration as part of...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by deleted user  ·  edited 2y ago by deleted user

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Q&A How large could an aquatic humanoid get?

Vertebrates on land are limited in size by various factors. However, in the water, they can get much larger. How large could an aquatic humanoid creature (like cthulhu) realistically get, and what ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Praearcturus‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Praearcturus‭

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Q&A how big does my creature's organ need to blind or stun predator of all size?

Ok so my creature will look like this They're not big, about 2 feet tall. They're technically amphibians but have the scaly hide of a reptile. They live near the sea. Their life cycle is simila...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user3556983‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user3556983‭

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Q&A Changing humans to their mirror image versions to become immune to infectious diseases

If we could replace DNA, RNA and the ribosomes in our cells by their mirror image versions, then everything would work in the same way, except that the chirality of all molecules would have been in...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Count Iblis‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Count Iblis‭

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Q&A Anatomically Correct Giant Seahorses

This is a submission for the Anatomically Correct Series Giant seahorses are often portrayed in fiction as being ridden by merfolk or other underwater people. I'm wondering if such a creature ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Richard Lindahl‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Richard Lindahl‭

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Q&A Ningens / Humanoid whale-like creatures

Ningens are an old internet legend/creepypasta. Supposedly living in the polar regions of the globe, these creatures are described as having white-skin, a roughly humanoid structure with clear hea...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Mr Glass‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mr Glass‭

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Q&A How large could sea creatures grow on a terraformed Ganymede?

If we assume a terraformed Ganymede has a global ocean roughly 800km deep, that food is bountiful, and that it has been populated by a variety of life from Earth, how large could these creatures gr...

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

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Q&A Could a marine plant have a salt-filtration system for when plants suck up the sea-water (providing a source of fresh water?)?

In a world I want to make, sailors would travel at sea for many years, perhaps up to ten, on sail boats. Obviously, they'd normally be stricken by scurvy and such, but I was thinking of some kind o...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Topsy-Scurvy‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Topsy-Scurvy‭

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Q&A Can 2019-nCoV be altered to be carried by the wind?

After surveying customers about their new product, 2019-nCoV™, E.V.I.L. Inc. realized that many of them would pay for an upgrade which allows for the virus to be carried by the wind itself in order...

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

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Q&A Is it realistic that mountain cultures use a different calendar than the low landers?

My fantasy setting is on a wet and humid world of innumerable islands; many of which are quite mountainous. With conditions ranging from Mediterranean to Tropical. The culture here experience onl...

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

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Q&A How do I preserve my Wendigo Prion?

Wendigo fever is a Prion (credit goes to SE is too politically correct for the idea) which is spread by the consumption of tainted meat. the main problem I have is to my knowledge Prions are solely...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A Archipelago worlds build up atmospheric oxygen faster?

I've read super-earths might become archipelago planets. Picture shallow seas, under a thick atmosphere that alternates between muggy and clammy. Because a bigger share of the surface would be cont...

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

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Q&A How can a terrorist group link a biological plague to a specific genetic signature?

A domestic terrorist organization has come to light due to recent terror attacks that they claim responsibility for. This group has developed a biological weaponized plague that attacks the nervous...

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

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Q&A How could an Earth-like planet develop huge pinkish-purple forests on ocean surfaces?

I'd really like to write a story taking place on an alien world that involves a totally new kingdom of life, and I'd like it to be at least somewhat realistic. The idea I have right now is a whole ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Eben Cowley‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Eben Cowley‭

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Q&A Creating a plausible Wendigo fever

It is believed that Wendigos are supernatural beings with an insatiable hunger for human flesh, or humans who are selfish and commit cannibalism and while the latter is more accurate, Wendigo fever...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A How does axial tilt affect atmospheric pressure and wind?

I'm working on an earht-like map and I'm having a hard time understanding where to put the high and low pressure zones. Here's some background info first. Axial tilt: 25 degrees Tropics latitude:...

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

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Q&A Habitable Planet with Highly Eliptical Orbit

Would it be possible for life to develop on a planet with a highly elliptical orbit? (Similar to a comet, but possibly less extreme.) If so, what conditions would be necessary and what would the li...

12 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by WillRoss1‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by WillRoss1‭

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Q&A How do donut fish eat?

Imagine a particular species of eel that resembles the shape of a torus or donut. It is capable of generating an alternating electric current in the water as a form of communication between other d...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Could a genetically modified coral polyp be used as a pathogen?

Is this even remotely possible? Source Outline: Coral Polyps (along with their copious Calcium Carbonate excretions) are the individual organisms that make up the super-organism we identify as...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Hsasaradd Tsinthos‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Hsasaradd Tsinthos‭

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Q&A Fictional Space Plague - Pandemic - Does this timeline make sense?

For a book that I'm working on I am plotting out various points in time to make sure my plot is following accordingly. I apologize in advance for the lengthy post. It is a fungus-like infection tha...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Nick Quillin‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Nick Quillin‭

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Q&A Could a waterborne virus contaminate the entire ocean?

Is it plausible that a virus could contaminate the entire ocean to where humans that enter it are highly likely to contract the virus? It doesn't necessarily have to be the whole ocean what with th...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Crimson Bloom‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Crimson Bloom‭

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Q&A How to explain the absence of transmitted diseases between two unconnected cultures

In my story, I have two late renaissance era cultures discovering each other for the first time and I plan for the story to develop into more of how they both understand each other. However, I don'...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Hasan Alsudani‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Hasan Alsudani‭

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Q&A what makes a disease deadly?

I am writing a story, in which a mad scientist (based on Ted Kaczynski) wants to kill as many people as possible with an artificially created disease. The idea is, that more complex societies are ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jonathan Böcker‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Jonathan Böcker‭

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Q&A An underwater creature that could take down a boat

Imagine that when Christopher Columbus sailed West in his Carrack to travel around the world to reach India, he had never made it to land, because halfway across the Atlantic Ocean between Europe a...

17 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Mike.C.Ford‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mike.C.Ford‭

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Q&A How could a plague that killed off the dinosaurs come back?

In my story, something pretty insane happens during the 3rd season. The common conception was that an asteroid strike contributed to the extinction to dinosaurs, but unbeknownst to all it was not...

22 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Noble‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Noble‭

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Q&A Could coral float?

I've been thinking about worlds like Keplar-62e, thought to be covered in deep oceans, and wondering about floating reefs. Could a bio-structure substantially similar to terrestrial coral hold eno...

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

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Q&A How can I make gene therapy using a retroviral vector go wrong and mutate into an airborne contagion?

I've been reading about viral vectors and am looking to incorporate it into my setting. From what I can see, it's possible to use viral vectors as a form of gene therapy, and retroviruses can work ...

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

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Q&A What's a plausible reason for a bacteria/disease to only exist near the surface of a planet?

Context: Humans have escaped a a super-bacteria, similar in situation to the Bubonic Plague, that they could not create a cure for. They've done this by engineering gargantuan trees and adapting to...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Sol-RR‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Sol-RR‭

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Q&A How would the American government deal with an incurable biological (virus/bacterial/parasite etc.) outbreak?

We're in the United States, sometime in the next few years. Through a series of circumstances, a viral outbreak occurs in the country. For the sake of detail, this is how it happens: A scientific...

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

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Q&A Could a blood transfusion from immune survivors of a deadly, bioengineered virus grant the same immunity to those who don't have it?

First question so hope I'm doing this right! Working on a setting right now where a bio-engineered virus/plague is wiping out a large portion of humanity. Most died upon first exposure. Some surviv...

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

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Q&A Is It Possible to Have Different Sea Levels, Eventually Causing New Landforms to Appear?

I'm trying to explain a large continent-sized archipelago that doesn't run in any particular direction. As such, plate tectonics cannot possibly explain its existence. This is an Earth-like planet....

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by overlord - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by overlord - Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A what the aquatic creature need in order to live or survive in my acid water?

inspire by xenomorph acid blood from alien movies. so the water either rivers, lakes, and oceans in my world or some of the regions is highly acidic because some of the dirt or stone minerals cont...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Li Jun‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Li Jun‭

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Q&A Writing system of blind, sea dwelling sentients?

So let's consider a species of blind, sea dwelling, squid-like aliens. They are sentient, intelligent and highly social. As their societies develop and their available knowledge increases they req...

11 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by AngelPray‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by AngelPray‭

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Q&A Earth Has Four Seasons Lasting Years. Is This Too Much?

In this alternate Earth, the axial tilt is still leaning to the extent of the temperate and polar zones having four seasons--spring, summer, autumn and winter. The one key difference is that each ...

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

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Q&A Is this coral lagoon geologically possible?

BACKGOUND I'm working on a region for my world, and I have a very distinct idea of what I want the physical landscape to look like. Below is a description of what I'd like for the land, and an app...

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

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Q&A Creating an Anatomically Correct Lusca

The Lusca (its name meaning 'Octopus Shark') is a cryptid from the Bahamas, supposedly a 6-9 meter (or even 23 meter) long man-eating Octopus that lives within the blue holes, dragging victims down...

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

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Q&A Ecological implications of osmotic portals

Suppose some magical civilization on Earth-like planet can create portals. Any given portal entrances are spherical surfaces of the same radius. Any particle enters one sphere and exits another in ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Мікалас Кaрыбутоў‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Мікалас Кaрыбутоў‭

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Q&A A fictional island on Earth with "longer" springs and autumns

I want to write a story on Earth as it is now, with the sole exception of one large island nation. I plan to introduce elements of mysticism into the story as well, but I would like to keep these s...

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

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Q&A What underwater creature would be well-suited as a pack animal?

Suppose that there was a tribe of nomadic mermaids whose lives were primarily centered around following pods of dolphins to eat. They live in the equivalent of the frigid antarctic seas. As they ...

9 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by cuddlefish‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by cuddlefish‭

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Q&A Can a person who gained immunity to a disease become an infectious carrier?

If a person is sent out of their hermetically sealed community and in the process becomes immune to a deadly disease. When the person returns will the immunity make them a carrier and infect/kill a...

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

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Q&A Cold Weather Patterns

I'm working on a world with a mild but near constant winter. This weather pattern moves down the latitude and causes deep snows and some ice at worst in the mountains to heavy monsoons in tropic re...

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

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Q&A What effect would living underwater have on a mermaid's skin?

Mermaids are commonly depicted as mammalian, human-like creatures from the waist up and scaly fish-like creatures from the waist down. What properties (color, texture, etc) would their mammal skin...

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

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Q&A Does a character being allergic to water (specifically the $H_2O$ molecule) make rational sense?

I'm writing a drama book and it's meant to be taken 100% seriously, and the main character was born with an allergy to $H_2O$. She does not have Aquagenic Urticaria, as that only affects the skin. ...

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

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Q&A How would a supernaturally heated caldera bay affect the local climate?

A supernatural geological event occurred and created a huge caldera-like formation on the coast of a region similar to Scotland. Over time the caldera filled with water and became a bay surrounded ...

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

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Q&A Can immunity be reverse-engineered simply by using a blood or tissue sample?

I'm working on a novel, in which a character was given a cutting edge vaccination to a deadly disease. She is now valuable because she was the only one given the vaccine and the research to make mo...

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

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Q&A Order of Limb Pair Types for Amphibious Creature (Hexanewt)

I need to add a bit of descriptive detail on a species from a brief description. Essentially add a bit of finer detail to someone else's broad-strokes worldbuilding. An amphibious species' body lay...

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

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Q&A What's the disease?

In a near-future sci-fi world, I described a disease with the following characteristics: Affects human female children (not necessarily exclusively). Is a neurodegenerative or similar disorder,...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Monty Wild‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Monty Wild‭

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Q&A Is bio-luminescence possible in aquatic mammals?

Could a species of aquatic mammals develop bio-luminescence? What kind of bio-luminescence would it be? What circumstances could lead to it?

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by jeln‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by jeln‭

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Q&A World underwater: technical viability

I want to put a story in place where a country lived underwater, and I am wondering of its viability. Here is the world description: It is a square of 100 km*100 km on the ocean with the weather ...

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

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