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A person contracts a biological pathogen that is collectively intelligent, forming a symbiosis

Trying to identify a story where: A person (man/woman?) somehow contracts a pathogen that leans to communicate with him. The pathogen is something like an amoeba. the person is hunted by others ...
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How many alien species are compatible with humans?

In the various incarnations of Star Trek across the decades, there have been some important characters who are half-human, one of their parents being an alien: Mr Spock, from TOS, is half-human and ...
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Novel with intelligent sperm whales and their legendary heroes

A novel with intelligent sperm whales which I PARTIALLY read in a supermarket book display back about the 1980s I guess. Obviously it counts as at least partially fantasy and science fiction. I ...
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What Star Trek humanoid species has the longest natural lifespan?

I don't mean due to advanced medical technology, cryogenics, stasis, time travel, etc. I don't mean due to being a Q or a Borg or some other non-corporeal lifeform or a totally alien biology. Which ...
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Are Gallifreyans reptiles, mammals, or something else?

I recently saw a claim that Gallifreyans are reptiles. I know that their normal internal temperature is significantly lower that that of humans. From Wikipedia (emphasis mine): Physiological ...
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Why does human racial diversity exist in Star Trek?

In Star Trek, humans of different racial appearances exist, such as Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura. But I assume that if humans have been able to travel easily around Earth, and that there is ...
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Is Priss' death plausible for normal humans?

We have no doubts that Priss is a replicant: we see Deckard read her file, then we see her showing off in front of JF Sebastian, and finally the matter of her death: ...
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Toilets in the Galaxy Far, Far Away

For many years now, I've been curious about what bathrooms - and especially toilets - look like in the Galaxy Far, Far Away1. I'm quite sure we never see one in the original trilogy, even in settings ...
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Where do the Mother Trees came from?

Warning: this question is a significant spoiler to the "Speaker of the dead"! Lets talk about sex. No, not the ordinary one but that of the Pequeninos (Piggies) from the Enderverse, which have a ...
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In Dune was a D-Wolf a Dire Wolf?

In looking at this question What is a Dire Wolf I was amazed to learn that it was once real and subsequently became extinct. In God Emperor of Dune Frank Herbert introduces the D-Wolf Is there any ...
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Are Formic queens the only fertile females?

We know that Formics supposed to be similar to our ants, which have only one fertile female - the queen - that is a mother to the whole swarm. Is the same true to the Formics as well? I remember that ...
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Are the humans in the Star Wars Galaxy really humans?

Related: Why are there humans in the Star Wars Universe? This is a subtly different question because I'm not asking whether there's a historical relationship between the two lineages. I am asking ...
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How does the Space Slug (Exogorth) breathe in the vacuum of space?

Whilst answering this question, an interesting question came to mind. In the chase through the Hoth asteroid field in The Empire Strikes Back, the Millennium Falcon takes refuge in a cave, which ...
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Why doesn't zombie blood coagulate?

In The Walking Dead (as opposed to the book World War Z, for instance), it has been consistently shown that zombies have red, liquid blood, apparently indistinguishable from human blood. But we ...
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Do characters in Star Wars address how odd it is the universe is filled with humanoids?

In Star Wars, basically everyone is a human with facial make-up; is there an attempt at an in-universe explanation of this within this franchise? Note:formerly this question was for Star Trek and ...
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Do Shapeshifters, like Odo, shift just shape, or composition as well?

When Odo is shaped as a humanoid, for example, is his eye just the outward shape of an eye? Or does he have a lens, and a retina, and an optic nerve, and a brain made of neurons processing images?
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Can tree frogs modulate their infrared output? [closed]

In Jurassic World one of the scientists said that tree frogs can modulate their infrared output. Is this science fiction or science fact?
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Infection by dead Things

Based on John Carpenter's 1982 film The Thing and its 2011 prequel (also titled The Thing), is it possible for someone to get infected by a dead Thing?
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Was the Thing trapped in its current form until assimilating another, or could it retake the form of previous assimilations?

In the 1982 film The Thing, was the creature trapped in its current form until it could assimilate another, or could it retake the form of previous assimilations?
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Is The Thing biologically compelled to infect other worlds?

In John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), is it a biological imperative of The Thing to eventually travel to another world? The Thing that was unearthed in Antarctica had travelled to Earth on a ...
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Is Superman's strength related at all to his muscles?

Superman is generally shown in most appearances with a single iconic physique: buff as hell. He's also super-crazy-ultra-mega-strong. But as any fan knows, the two aren't generally related: he draws ...
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Is Ferengi behaviour better explained by biology or culture?

Obviously some characteristics will be based on biology (Trills not being good in the heat while Cardassians are for example.) However, in the various incarnations of Star Trek, there appear to be ...
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Are there Star Trek Species that are explicitly biologically incompatible? [closed]

We know that Klingon and Human DNA is compatible enough to reproduce (B'Elana Torres); same with Human and Vulcan DNA (Spock), and Cardassian and Bajoran DNA (Tora Ziyal). Are there any examples of ...
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What is the gestation period of a Klingon?

I am aware of the gestation periods of Betazeds is 10 months and (obviously) humans, but is the time span ever addressed of Klingon gestation? (Perhaps VOY might have a reference with B'Elana's ...
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Short story about mis-delivered cloning kit from the future,?

Short story about mis-delivered cloning kit from the future: Subject man clones himself using scanner and ingredients from the kit(add water), agent arrives (from future) to reclaim the kit, but ...
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What function do Xindi cheek holes serve?

All 5 of the extant sapient Xindi species have the same holes (and a line of bumps) on their cheeks, as can be seen below: Has it ever been explained what purpose they serve, or how such ...
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Do ST:DS9 Changeling/Founders Regenerate Their Matter?

On a number of occasions, e.g. S07E21 with Odo, Changelings give a sample of themselves for studies. As they don't seem to eat or consume, are they permanently losing mass when they do so? They seem ...
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Why aren't there any recognizable elf children in Middle-Earth?

Why aren't there any recognizable Elf children in Middle-Earth? I don't remember reading about younglings, only adults. Hobbit children, goblin imps and human children are all represented in the LOTR ...
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Is Wolverine sterile?

Pretty much just that...it seems like there would be a lot of little (and not so little) Wolverines running around by now if not. Surely this is addressed somewhere in the comics.
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What about all the dragon-poop?

Was there ever a definitive description of how dragons and fire lizards defecate and what was done about it? I have read some descriptions saying that they do so between, while other sources stated ...
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Does Hulk have joint problems? [duplicate]

I just saw Hulk punch a tunnel through a mountain, and jump over others; and I've seen him throw cars so started thinking: he has this strength and muscles but don't his joints wear and tear? Has he ...
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What about Pandora's atmosphere is toxic to humans?

On Pandora, humans have to wear oxygen masks when moving about in the open air. On arrival, the soldiers are told, "you lose that mask you're unconscious in 20 seconds, you're dead in four minutes." ...
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How do the Dune sandworms move?

The sandworms of Dune are huge and powerful. But how exactly do they move beneath all that sand? They don't necessarily skim above the surface as they apparently only raise smallish (relative to their ...
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Poké Balls. Can any such device exist? [closed]

I was wondering if anything such as a Poké Ball can exist. They are said to transform the physical creatures into energy. Could something like this ever be possible? I was also wondering if matter ...
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What color is smurf blood?

Is it known whether smurf blood is red or blue? I checked the UNICEF ad (an ad where the Smurf village was annihilated by warplanes), but couldn't spot any blood in the ad.
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Can you genetically engineer powerful Force users?

Can genetic engineering be used to create more powerful force users than naturally born life forms can become? I was thinking about Vader's claim that the ability to destroy entire planets is nothing ...
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Why would Tony Stark need to drink Chlorophyll?

In Iron Man II, Tony Stark is suffering from Palladium poisoning due to having to use the element Palladium as the core for his ARC reactor. In order to combat the effects this has on his body he ...
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At what point does the biological portion of the (Arnold) Terminators fail?

In the film franchise we see the Terminator(s) get shot, burned, flayed and smashed. In T1, it begins to rot without medical attention. In T2, Uncle Bob tells Sarah Connor that it will heal as she ...
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Story Identification: Carnivorous Pack-Hunting Chipmunks

I recall reading a short story back in the 80's that featured some biologists who ran across a pack of carnivorous chipmunks in a national park. They would gang-up on larger creatures, like owls, and ...
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Is this retrovirus actually science fiction? [closed]

In the second book of Dean Koontz's unfinished Moonlight Bay trilogy, there is a retro virus that takes DNA from one creature alter itself accordingly and deposits itself into another cell, causing it ...
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Does Clark Kent have a weight problem?

This question came to mind while watching an overloaded vehicle tilting down the road ahead of me. Are Kryptonians Height & Weight Proportional (H/W/P) to humans? I'm curious to know if Clark has ...
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Would an alien chestburster be classified as a parasite or as a hybrid?

Aliens or Xenomorphs, form the Alien franchise go through several stages of development. One of these is hard to define. The chest burster feeds on its host like a parasite, Wiki - Parasitism ...
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Do Aliens (Xenomorph) have cells?

Do the aliens from the Alien franchise have cells as we know them? I want to know as I assumed they didn't and just secreted a resinous exoskeletal system.
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Why does Lyra-a have two belly buttons?

In the 1973 TV movie Genesis II, Lyra-a, a Tyranian (a mutant played by Mariette Hartley), shows Dylan Hunt her belly buttons. Did Gene Roddenberry provide an in-universe explaination as to what ...
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Do Vulcans get a patina when exposed to the sun?

Does exposure the sun add color to the skin of green blooded Vulcans in the same fashion that it tans red blooded humans?
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Can people Exercise in the Matrix?

When Neo is brought onto the Nebuchadnezzar, his muscles are stimulated so that they grow (having atrophied from not being used). However, if in the Matrix fighting can cause real damage (since your ...
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Is obesity ever addressed in Star Trek?

I was pondering, as I am wont to do, and it struck me how I could never recall anyone being overweight or obese in Star Trek. As it is such an issue today, and has been a major one issue for the last ...
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How does cross-species (Klingon/Human, Vulcan/Human) breeding work genetically in Star Trek?

While humanoids across the galaxy theoretically share a common remote ancestor, from what I remember each species has evolved convergently towards humanoidness by different routes. So we end up with ...
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Why do the Walking Dead zombies stop decomposing?

Zombies must have a half-life. They exibit signs of decay as soon as they transform into the undead. Their rotting flesh would attract decomposers, like flys and beetles. Those insects should be able ...
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Why are Vulcan lips Human-reddish instead of green?

We know that Vulcan blood is copper based instead of iron as in Humans, making it appear green instead of red. This is shown when bruised or bleeding as well as in Bones' insults to Spock. The lips ...