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Q&A With as much scientific accuracy as possible, how would chemicals injected in one's body be removed?

I am currently writing the world, setting and characters for a project of mine called the ORION Project - a story set in a dystopian America in the near future of 2050, where the government has tak...

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

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Q&A Entropy, enthalpy, and energy through rapid mitosis

So I'm pretty new to chemistry and all this, but my world involves superpowers, which of course involves immense energy to have the characters use these powers. However, I want to stay consistent w...

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

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Q&A Could an animal evolve iridescent horns that appear metallic like chrysina resplendens' chitinous exoskeletons?

Sort of two questions here, but very related. One about whether a mammal-like animal could evolve to have a chitinous endoskeleton, I guess. Then a question of whether, if they grow horns, that ske...

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

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Q&A Would Chemosynthetic plants have any reason to grow tall?

I have a planet too far away from its sun for photosynthesis to work well, so the plants use chemosynthesis. But since they don't use sunlight, would they have any reason to grow above ground? Some...

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

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Q&A Can mercury compounds be used in chemosynthesis?

While watching Biblaridion's Alien Biosphere series, an interesting point came up: in Biblaridion's fictional world, atmospheric hydrogen sulfide is used as an energy source for chemosynthetic bact...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by pg4919‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by pg4919‭

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Q&A How do my plants trap so much carbon?

The boom-bust cycle answer I took for my question: Sustainability of Regular Global Wildfires due to Oxygen Rich Atmosphere pends on the atmosphere being rich in oxygen but poor in CO2. I, however,...

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

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Q&A Exploring a world with chiral biochemistry: chirality detection

Space explorers have landed on an Earth like planet and, to their surprise, the place is luscious and covered in life, to the point of resembling some earthly tropical atoll. What they don't know ...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by L.Dutch - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by L.Dutch - Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A How could medical petrification work?

So, turning people into stone. You only have to add reversibility to the mix, and it becomes the BEST paramedical tool available. But, what does petrification need to accomplish to become just tha...

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

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Q&A Relentless Super marathon?

Humans are not the fastest mammals on the planet, but for very long distances (more than 40 kilometers) we can overtake any species living on land. Except some dogs. The best runners on ultra-long...

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

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Q&A Werewolves and sense of smell, what is reasonable for them to accomplish with it?

I was thinking of a story with a Werewolf as a detective, using mostly conversational skills and his sense of smell to solve crimes similar to many of the UK types of detective stories (Morse, Lewi...

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

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Q&A Feasibility of a bone exoskeleton

First time posting here but I would like to get some help with an issue I have. I have a planet that has 30% more gravity than earth. I have terrestrial animals with an exoskeleton, they stand at ...

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

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Q&A A sound reason for vampires to be weak to sunlight?

So, vampires here are created from humans with the help of a stone mask. Now, they're supposed to be weak for two things: Having their brains destroyed Prolonged exposure to sunlight The first ...

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

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Q&A Alternatives to amino acids

Amino acids, the building blocks of proteins and, therefore, one of the key components of life as we know it. There are many amino acids in nature, but they all stem from the same basic structur...

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

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Q&A Could spasmoneme muscles be useful for a living creature?

I got an interesting answer to one of my questions and I would like to know some additional info. A myoneme (or spasmoneme) is a contractile structure found in some eukaryotic single-celled o...

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

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Q&A What chemicals or modifications are need for a biological creature to be able to develop as natural/organic suicide bomb?

So in my world there's a creature as big as a common rodent or as big as a rabbit in size. They live in packs, usually burrowed, but occasionally come to surface to get food. The alpha male is task...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Li Jun‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Li Jun‭

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Q&A How could space life deal with the cold?

I am workin on an ecosystem based on life within the rings of a planet. I will create creatures from single celled organisms, to algae/ lichen, plankton/worms and scales of predators leading to lar...

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

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Q&A Atmospheric isopropyl alcohol

Could a measurable amount of isopropyl alcohol occur naturally in an otherwise reasonably earth-like atmosphere? And if so, what is the highest possible concentration that a human could survive lo...

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

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Q&A Would it be possible for a humanoid organism to have bones made of a crystal like quartz or diamond rather than apatite?

Starting at the most basic of theoretical questions, is it chemically possible for these minerals to be deposited by an organic enzyme? I'm particularly interested in diamond because it's pure carb...

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

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Q&A Bacteria can produce sulphuric acid with pH values of <1 Could a more complex organism use them?

Previously, I asked about the plausibility of a sulphuric acid dragon. As it turns out, the answer was right on Wikipedia, namely a. thiooxidans and the snottie Snottites are highly acidic biof...

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

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Q&A Electrosynthetic Autotrophs

Photosynthesis has an abysmal efficiency with regards to converting solar energy into useful fuel for a plant, and I was wondering: 1) If it would be possible to engineer a plant to accept electri...

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

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Q&A Biochemistry (mostly) Questions for Science Fiction

I'm Wyvera, a young female writer. I've been working on a science fiction project for more than a year now. This project, which I will eventually turn into a novel series, is supposed to remain as ...

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

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Q&A Could life generate twice on a planet using slightly different materials?

Extremely low possibility, but if life synthesizes from scratch after life has existed on a planet for a few million years, would the two separate lineages be able to co-exist?

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

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Q&A Dinitrogen monoxide as a gaseous oxidizer for life

Could alien life use nitrous oxide, N2O, as its oxidizing gas, like oxygen on earth? What biochemical reactions would be needed to produce and utilise this gas? I've also heard conflicting messag...

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

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Q&A Is a sulfuric acid dragon possible?

So, aqua regia is a somewhat safe material for a living being to work with, but the problem is that it isn't metal enough. Somebody suggested in an answer to another question, that dragons would f...

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

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Q&A How could genetic engineering be used to create an opposite sex clone?

Do you think it will become possible to create opposite sex clones in the future? A male clone from a woman or a female clone from a man? I think it will become possible. To create a female clone ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Sabrine Crystal Santos‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Sabrine Crystal Santos‭

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Q&A What is a realistic outcome of what will happen to the body if all the flammable materials in the gut spontaneously ignite?

I am writing a story where a person suffers from a medical condition where the gut produces too much of a liquid called diphosphane. Diphosphane is pyrophoric past a certain small concentration, an...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Lars Knowles‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Lars Knowles‭

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Q&A How would a creature like this work?

This lifeform is a carbon based humanoid that uses ammonia instead of water, breathes chlorine gas, and its body uses the mineral olivine to toughen its skin. Its blood is blue; apparently an ammon...

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

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Q&A Internal chemistry of a melon bomb

I am a giant, intelligent, fortress-like, plant-based organism, able to forge many structures, defenses and organisms from my flesh by altering my own DNA and rapidly growing new constructs wheneve...

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

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Q&A Proofing dragons against their acidic breath weapon 2/2: Preventative measures

Previous question: Proofing dragons against their acidic breath weapon 1/2: Smart Neutralizing Agent So, I decided to find an alternative breath weapon for my dragons, that maximizes destructive p...

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

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Q&A How would chemosynthesis using ammonia(NH3) work?

On a terrestrial planet with a high amount of ammonia vapor in the atmosphere, would any organism have a strong enough incentive to develop some form of autotrophic chemosynthesis that derives ener...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Burke Edward Hofmann Tinsley‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Burke Edward Hofmann Tinsley‭

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Q&A Proofing dragons against their acidic breath weapon 1/2: Smart Neutralizing Agent

So, dragons here use aqua regia (an acid that dissolves even gold) as their breath weapon. This acid is made up of the dragon's stomach acid and some nitric acid, stored in a separate organ. On to...

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

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Q&A How did the Booze-Rat evolve its defensive mechanism?

In a specialised organ, the Vesica Spirite, which in function and makeup resembles a cross between the Ventriculus and the Vesica Biliaris, the animal creates and stores potent spirits by the me...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by dot_Sp0T‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by dot_Sp0T‭

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Q&A How does the ecosystem of the Underdark/underground world work?

The Old Ones build continent-sized bunker complexes to protect themselves from the enemy, which followed through the cosmic ocean. The Hunter succeeded easily despite their efforts and their corpse...

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

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Q&A Can you replace goethite with something else in limpet teeth to decrease its density and maintain its strength?

The limpet teeth's microscopic structure is analogous to man-made short-fiber composites. Its strength depends on the direction of the force, relative to the orientation of the fibers. https://www...

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

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Q&A What improvements in the human body will allow it to withstand critically low or high pressure?

My question: What is it that needs to be improved or added to the human body so that it can withstand critically (fatally) low and high (if, my genetically modified person is underwater or a very d...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by French Thompson‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by French Thompson‭

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Q&A Substance that changes quickly from liquid/gelatinous to solid?

Question: does a liquid or gelatinous substance exist that once outside a body could solidify and be hard enough to be used once as a tool? The setting is low fantasy without magic, yet with creat...

13 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by TinyTinkerWorkshop‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by TinyTinkerWorkshop‭

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Q&A Creating a scientifically semi-valid super-soldier, part 4: respiratory system

Previous parts here: Creating a scientificly semi-valid super-soldier, part 1: Skeleton Creating a scientificly semi-valid super-soldier, part 2: nervous system Creating a scientificly semi-valid ...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Demigan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Demigan‭

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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 Which of these options is more achievable for a biological creature?

I have an alien species similar to a caterpillar, the original idea was that the creature could eat different materials, digest them then combined with a very sticky liquid created in its body, it ...

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

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Q&A Substance that counteracts one poison but accelerates/exacerbates the effect of another?

Is there an example of substances interacting with each other in the following way? A is a lethal substance, killing within minutes to hours when orally ingested; anti-A is an antidote for A (or ...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by A Y Mullion‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by A Y Mullion‭

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Q&A if there was a dragon that spits pyrophoric liquids like a spitting cobra

Ok, to be honest, I don't believe about dragons having a special bladder or organ that stores up gas (especially methane) and having flint-like teeth or whatnot, or even having six limbs. Here's m...

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

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Q&A Could a carbon based lifeform use the mineral olivine in its structure? Why would it?

Have a creature from a dream. It's a carbon based humanoid creature partly made of the mineral olivine. Could there be any reason it might contain this mineral? Perhaps a show of health - the more ...

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

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Q&A How strong, resistant and fast can a (humanoid) living being be?

How fast could run a humanoid being, how much damage could resist, how much weight could lift, how strong could hit, under the indicated evolutionary conditions? is there a limit? I have always tho...

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

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Q&A Alcohol-based organisms?

Would it be possible to have an organism to be based on alcohol, rather than water? Complexity does not matter, but a complex organism would be favourable. their environment would be in oceans of i...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Greenie E. - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Greenie E. - Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A How to make a microbe that can eat metal and breathe hydrogen?

I made an organism called the Skarlix for a art/xenobiology project called Sagan 4. The Skarlix is a eukaryotic, somewhat amoeba-like organism that "eats" various metal compounds and "breathes" (o...

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

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Q&A Boron based life- blood

I've been working on the anatomy of my boron based life using alternative biochemistry. But I've recently came across a problem that I can't solve on my own. In oxygen breathing life on earth, the ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Wither Fang136‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Wither Fang136‭

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Q&A How to transform a cells energy source into explosives

I'm basically searching for an ATP that can be used to supply cells and also have its energy extracted efficiently into a basic form of explosive material (the stronger the better) without a lot of...

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

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Q&A Realistic "Titan hardening" for living creatures: what's the hardest substance a biological process can produce?

SPOILERS FOR ATTACK ON TITAN, READ AT YOUR OWN RISK... Hardening, or Titan hardening is an ability posessed by certain types of titans in the anime Attack on Titan. Since the setting has rifles ...

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

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Q&A Neodymium magnets as nanoparticles bonded with atmospheric amide to create a magnetic 'air curtain'?

Amide bonds are extremely stable and their half-life for hydrolysis in neutral aqueous solution is estimated to be seven years. Amides bind to metal ions through the carbonyl oxygen. Neodymium Mag...

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

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Q&A Which are the poisons which make a person do things they wouldn't ordinarily do?

I have read unlimited news in which a person has knowingly laced the food items of a person with something to make him mad to fulfill an ill purpose like succession of property, frustration due to ...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by S. Sethi‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by S. Sethi‭