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Rigorous Science Multi-purpose Fictional Chemical Element Needed

I am looking for some guidance in creating a chemical element. I want to know if it is scientifically plausible for a single fictional element to do all the things I need it to, even if at a stretc...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Michael Faraday‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Canina‭

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Rigorous Science Why would merfolk have hair?

A classic image of mermaids are their long flowing hair that swishes in the water. But in the scientifically realistic sense this makes none. The hair would be nothing more than a nuisance to the m...

21 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by PinoBatch‭

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Rigorous Science Are geographically typed planets realistic?

In many science fictions we see planets which are designated by a particular terrain type. For example, Dagobah is a swamp planet, Tatooine is a desert planet, and Kamino is an ocean world. Howeve...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Liath‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Canina‭

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Rigorous Science Is this planet's atmosphere stable and reasonable, and anything to keep in mind for lifeforms living in it?

Inspired by the answers to What can I add to an oxygen/nitrogen atmosphere to make it unpalatable or poisonous to humans, yet stable and breathable to local creatures?, I am building a planet that ...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Canina‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Canina‭

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Rigorous Science Earth where all of Equidae went extinct via Ice Age... - Effects

Assuming that all Equidae went extinct at around the same time as the American Equidae on OTL (Original TimeLine) Earth, 8000 BCE, and in the same way, via Ice Age... What would have changed for ea...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Malady‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by PinoBatch‭

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Rigorous Science Anatomically Correct Mokèlé-mbèmbé

The Mokèlé-mbèmbé (meaning "one who stops the flow of rivers") is a legendary water-dwelling creature of Congo River basin folklore, loosely analogous to the Loch Ness Monster in Western culture. ...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Canina‭

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Rigorous Science Anatomically Correct Vanara

Apart of the Anatomically Correct Series Vanara The Vanara is a group of people who lives in the forest in the Hindu epic "Ramayana." In there, it describes them as human-like, with reference to...

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

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Rigorous Science Could my leviathans exist?

Leviathans are closely related to hydrophis spiralis. Some characteristics of these leviathans include: continuing to grow until they die and are able to grow almost as large as a blue whale are ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by icewar1908‭

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Rigorous Science Exclusively underground creature experiencing sun-light for the first-time

I have this creatures which were hiding underground for millennia. They are, from the beginning of their history, exclusively nocturnal. They emerged back on surface after moon disappeared (irrel...

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

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Rigorous Science If the Earth would break apart, how likely would the large debris stay in orbit?

In the story I'm writing, Earth gets destroyed and the few million humans that survive go to live on another Earth-like planet. Since the destruction of the planet, the humans do visit their star...

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

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Rigorous Science Can a galaxy be formed from a black hole?

I'm writing creative text and I'm curious to know, just as possibility, can a galaxy by any chance be formed out of a black hole?

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by 01e5Dk‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by 01e5Dk‭

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Rigorous Science Could a Monotreme Griffin exist?

in the story i'm writing there is an island of mostly Monotremes which have diversified into a variety of ecological niches from giant platypus's to megafauna larger than the largest Placental Mamm...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by icewar1908‭

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Rigorous Science Alternative evolution mechanisms using cell fusion

I am trying to understand if it would be possible for organisms to evolve by different means other than random mutations and natural selection. Eukaryotes were predicted to be formed by fusion with...

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

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Rigorous Science anatomy or musculature to achieve full rotate jaw?

you know a jaw or mouth where the jaw full of teeth fully rotate like a drill or gear to shred their food or prey, usually show often in worm type of monster (my question is not necessary to be wor...

7 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Li Jun‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Li Jun‭

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Rigorous Science biologically or anatomically is there a problem with this type of double mouth or jaws?

i am not talking about xenomorph or moray eel type of jaws or multiple mouth or lower jaw inside the mouth. but this type of mouth/jaws or i called it double chin jaws where the chin also work as ...

5 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Li Jun‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Li Jun‭

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Rigorous Science What would encourage multiple animal species to evolve human features simultaneously?

The setting is fifty-five million years in the future on Earth, with multiple humanoid species that have different ancestors, but share similar characteristics. Their ancestors would be animals tha...

8 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Lizardsaurus‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Lizardsaurus‭

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Rigorous Science Are these traits for my planet mathematically accurate? Could it support life?

Mass of star: 0.75 M☉ Radius of star: 0.69 R☉ Surface temperature of star: 4,620° K Luminosity of star: 0.2 L☉ Satellites: 2 Place in solar system: 2nd Mean radius: 8,725.1 km Mass: 2...

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

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Rigorous Science Could we build a roof over the Grand Canyon?

(or some other Lesser Canyon) I'm playing with story ideas for a videogame that takes place in the post-post-apocalyptic US. Everything is overrun with monsters and ocean horrors and whatnot, you'...

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

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Rigorous Science Proportions of a giant humanoid?

In a humanoid mammal, say 15-20 feet tall, how would the brain, heart, reproductive organs, facial feature and other attributes scale up? In very large mammals, the brain seems to be comparatively ...

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

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Rigorous Science Feasibility of six inch space-faring aliens

I've recently been playing a alien game with various alien species. After playing for a bit, I wondered whether or not a 6-inch tall intelligent race could exist. I can already see some major disa...

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

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Rigorous Science Could time travelers go back in time and help teach homonids how to build a civilization?

I'm writing a short story where a group of explorers found a mysterious cave in a remote jungle , Inside the cave they find strange paintings of spirals resembling portals , after exiting the myste...

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

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Rigorous Science 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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Rigorous Science Alcubierre Drive without FTL?

Would the principles at work in the theoretical Alcubierre warp drive apply to a slower-than-light starship? I'm building a setting in which FTL communication and travel is impossible, (due to vio...

5 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Tim McClelland‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Tim McClelland‭

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Rigorous Science Cylindrical radiators on spacecraft?

Having your radiators tactically protected from enemy fire by the armor shape of your space warship is nice, but having a regular one or double-sided radiators is still a vulnerability. Other conce...

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

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Rigorous Science How feasible would non-jawed vertebrates be on land?

In my alien world life has evolved very convergently with life on Earth. Carbon-based lifeforms managed to evolve multicellularity and evolved a lineage of organisms in line with early fish, howeve...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by syrus2010‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by syrus2010‭

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Rigorous Science With dunkle-like Jaws, how long could the neck be?

The Apex predator of the Sea of Grass biome from planet Andromeda is mostly bipedal, but capable of facultative quadrupedalism, it has long limbs, powerful claws on its hands and is roughly the siz...

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

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Rigorous Science Can one (re)learn empathy if they have the necessary structures?

In my world, I plan for an alien pathogen to cause drastic mutations in all lifeforms, reshaping animals and humans alike in a scenario of near inversion of positions, with animals achieving human-...

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

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Rigorous Science Rifle and Bullet Technology

I'm currently working on something where breechloading rifles and cartridge shot are developed very quickly over matchlocks and flintlocks. What major technological hurdles need to be overcome for...

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

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Rigorous Science A clothing material or other method to slow free-fall descent down walls

I'm working on a military sci-fi piece that involves a lot of exo-skeleton enhanced, well, parkour -- for lack of a better term -- and was wondering how to deal with descents from great heights. ...

23 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Delirium‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Delirium‭

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Rigorous Science How Would I Make an Oceanless World Feasible?

The planet I'm thinking of is of similar size and distance from its star relative to Earth, but it lacks oceans, instead consisting of one massive continent with a huge mountain range (reminiscent ...

8 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭

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Rigorous Science Superfluid lifeform

Could a life form that uses superfluids as part of its biology exist? I've read in places that the issue for life outside of Earth and especially the theorised silicon lifeforms is that the existe...

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

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Rigorous Science How quickly could a "shapeshifter" lose mass, realistically?

Shapeshifters and mass... ever the bane of realistic science fiction. Basics: Let's say someone is changing shape (for whatever reason, voluntary or involuntary, it doesn't matter for this purpos...

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

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Rigorous Science Are 'tree waterfalls' possible?

Something like the above (Natural Springs by Ellie Cooper) - either where the water originates from atop the tree through regular rainfall, or is directed up and into the tree via the spring (or ...

15 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Vigilant‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Vigilant‭

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Rigorous Science Is it possible to retrofit white blood cells with neural network technology to fight infection?

I have been toying the idea of fusing our white blood cells which search and destroy malicious foreign bodies with artificial intelligence to fight various disease causing pathogens, my worry is th...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by user6760‭

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Rigorous Science Could a metal be indefinitely stained by human blood?

Say there's an in-universe weapon so odd looking that it is rumored to have been stained by the blood of a "holy" mortal, so much so that no amount of water can wash it away. Is there a chance hu...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Felix Icarus‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Felix Icarus‭

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Rigorous Science 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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Rigorous Science Is it possible for a moon to stay on the same side of its planet relative to the sun?

I'm building an earthlike world that has a moon orbiting a gas giant. Is it possible for the moon to always be between the planet and the sun? Also, is it possible for a moon to rotate around its o...

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

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Rigorous Science Space station scenario feasibility

I have settings with orbital colonies around the earth. First off my idea is, if it is not profitable we would not fund it en masse. Therefore I came up with the idea that in the future we discover...

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

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Rigorous Science Space-based black hole weapon effects

For the fluff of my story one of the space-ships is equipped with what I hope is one of the biggest F-you weapons in ship-to-ship combat: a miniature black hole launcher. The launcher fires a whop...

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

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Rigorous Science Infinite endurance

What is one factor or ability a creature needs to sustain infinite work? By work I mean physical activity, and to make it more specific running I want a creature that can output work, or run until...

6 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Kyu‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Kyu‭

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Rigorous Science How can a powerful acidic substance not break down inorganic material?

A Gelatinous Cube is a massive, slime-based jelly that haunts underground dungeons, and is composed of an acidic substance which breaks down material. These creatures are unintelligent and crawl ai...

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

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Rigorous Science Are large meteor craters possible with the survival of most human society?

In my world, I am looking for a crater formed by a meteor impact that deposited a large number of resources there. The final crater should be 200 miles in diameter. I would like to do this with min...

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

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Rigorous Science Inducing hallucinations to attract prey

Rock snails are giant slug like creatures living in the forest and underwater, they are not mobile in adulthood and their shell resembles a giant rock. They grow up to being 8 meters tall and the...

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

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Rigorous Science Temperatures on an Earth with a week-long rotational period

To make things simple, assume Earth had a slower rotation than it does. How would that affect daily highs and lows in temperature? Is there a simple way to figure it out? Was thinking a week-long r...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Ryan Williamson‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Ryan Williamson‭

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Rigorous Science What will the abdominal muscles of non-primate humanoids look like?

After looking at concept art of various humanoid creatures portrayed in science fiction I noticed many artists tend to make the abdominal muscles of their creatures/aliens look similar to those mus...

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

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Rigorous Science Is my planet realistic?

Is my planet realistic? It doesn't need to be able to support life as it's just another planet in my solar system, but is a planet with such a high density and gravity really possible? I calculated...

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

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Rigorous Science Creature that increases its own lifespan by killing other animals

An intelligent creature who's natural life span is around 50 years in which they need to feed to not die of starvation after which they naturally die. But killing other beings of their own species...

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

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Rigorous Science Net shift of humans towards introversion?

Extraversion and introversion are a central dimension in the Big Five personality model (or OCEAN model). Being introverted or extraverted may not be mutually exclusive, but, when averaging out ove...

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

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Rigorous Science How much energy would be needed for a sentient plant species

Let's say humanity is a type 1 civilization, ( essentially a civilization that can control there entire planet and harness its energy ), now let's also say humanity wants to make an intelligent spe...

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

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Rigorous Science 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