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9th Mar '17 9:06:46 AM Cuddles
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** It's actually predicted that there are islands of stability in places in the periodic tables, with some heavier elements predicted to have half-lives anywhere from days to millions of years. The first island is expected to be around atomic number 110, but only for isotopes with more neutrons than any we've made so far. A second island is predicted around element 164 and masses around 500. 246 is a bit further than scientists are willing to speculate about so far, but it's not unreasonable to assume other islands could exist.


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** Promethium is not just flamer fuel, it's used as a catch-all for crude oil and all its liquid byproducts - vehicles and power stations run on it, machines are lubricated by it, and so on. Which actually brings it right back to this trope, since it's often depicted as behaving in ways that oil really doesn't. In particular, it contains far more energy than real oil can, and underground crude reserves are apparently [[MadeOfExplodium highly explosive]].


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*** The only form of Plutonium that can be detected naturally is Pu-239 found in uranium ore. This has a half-life of tens of thousands of years and decays by alpha radiation, meaning it emits virtually no radiation and any it does emit can be blocked by a piece of paper or skin. During the Manhattan project they used lumps of it as paperweights. As long as you don't swallow or inhale it or have a big enough lump to reach criticality (around 11kg), there's really no danger at all.
2nd Mar '17 9:39:06 PM Kooshmeister
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10th Jan '17 2:32:00 PM Game_Fan
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* Alchemy. Until the 17th century or so, current views of science indicated that all matter was made out of a few 'elements' or 'qualities' (fire, air, water, and earth, most of the time). It was completely plausible, from their point of view, to change one form of matter into another by finding methods which would speed up the natural process of transmutation. Quite a few of the fathers of early science, such as Isaac Newton and Robert Boyle, were also practicing alchemists. The problem with Alchemy was mostly due to scale and the fact that it still had some lingering "magical" notions. Some things were right in front of them the whole time, like with the universal solvent - turns out it's water. Nobody wanted to admit that, they just kept looking for that cool acid that dissolves everything instantaneously. Thus, alchemy isn't a science. Its IdenticalGrandson, chemistry, is.

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* Alchemy. Until the 17th century or so, current views of science indicated that all matter was made out of a few 'elements' or 'qualities' (fire, air, water, and earth, earth being the most of the time). It famous). The biggest problem with this view was completely plausible, from their point of view, that although it seemed logical to change one form of matter into another by finding methods which would speed up the natural process of transmutation.make statements like "heavy things contain earth" and "liquid things contain water" these assumptions are extremely inaccurate. Quite a few of the fathers of early science, such as Isaac Newton and Robert Boyle, were also practicing alchemists. The problem with Alchemy was mostly due to scale and It wasn't until the fact 18th century that it still had some lingering "magical" notions. Some things were right in front a reasonably accurate understanding of them the whole time, like chemistry emerged with the universal solvent - turns out it's water. Nobody wanted to admit that, they just kept looking for relationships between elements being discovered by experiment rather than intuitive associations.
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that cool acid that dissolves everything instantaneously. Thus, alchemy isn't a science. Its IdenticalGrandson, chemistry, is.is made of up simple parts combined in many ways turned out to be true, though not in the form of the classical elements. Some experiments in modern particle physics are referred to as "alchemy" because they transform one element into another by adding protons.
29th Dec '16 11:26:38 AM nombretomado
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** In the DCAnimatedUniverse (or at least insofar as ''VideoGame/BatmanVengeance'' is concerned), Promethium is a chemical compound used in cryogenics. It also blows up reeeeal good, hence the name (after Prometheus, bringer of fire).

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** In the DCAnimatedUniverse Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse (or at least insofar as ''VideoGame/BatmanVengeance'' is concerned), Promethium is a chemical compound used in cryogenics. It also blows up reeeeal good, hence the name (after Prometheus, bringer of fire).



* Kryptonite is {{Unobtanium}} and, to an extent, can behave however the writers want. But it's still a radioactive mineral. In the DCAnimatedUniverse movie ''Superman & Batman: World's Finest'', dissolving kryptonite in acid means it's "disappeared", and Superman is back to full strength. In the real world, dissolving radioactive isotopes in acid leaves you with a radioactive acid.

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* Kryptonite is {{Unobtanium}} and, to an extent, can behave however the writers want. But it's still a radioactive mineral. In the DCAnimatedUniverse Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse movie ''Superman & Batman: World's Finest'', dissolving kryptonite in acid means it's "disappeared", and Superman is back to full strength. In the real world, dissolving radioactive isotopes in acid leaves you with a radioactive acid.
23rd Dec '16 9:36:26 PM HiddenWindshield
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* In ''Fanfic/AloneTogether'', [[WesternAnimation/KimPossible Kim and Shego]] spend over two decades in a world that's [[LikeRealityUnlessNoted exactly like our own]], except [[UnexpectedlyAbandoned there are no people]]. They are able to drive around in abandoned cars and use diesel generators for power, despite the fact that the fuels would have gone bad after anywhere from a few months to a few years.

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* In ''Fanfic/AloneTogether'', [[WesternAnimation/KimPossible Kim and Shego]] spend over two decades in a world that's [[LikeRealityUnlessNoted exactly like our own]], except [[UnexpectedlyAbandoned there are no people]]. They are They're able to drive around in abandoned cars and use diesel generators for power, despite the fact that the those fuels would have gone bad after anywhere from a few months to a few years.
23rd Dec '16 9:35:35 PM HiddenWindshield
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* In ''Fanfic/AloneTogether'', [[WesternAnimation/KimPossible Kim and Shego]] spend over two decades in a world that's [[LikeRealityUnlessNoted exactly like our own]], except [[UnexpectedlyAbandoned there are no people]]. They are able to drive around in abandoned cars and use diesel generators for power, despite the fact that the fuels would have gone bad after anywhere from a few months to a few years.

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12th Nov '16 7:14:20 PM nombretomado
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* "Nth Metal", the substance from which Thanagarian weapons are made in the DCU. Stated in ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' to be "transuranic iron", whatever that means.

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* "Nth Metal", the substance from which Thanagarian weapons are made in the DCU. Stated in ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' to be "transuranic iron", whatever that means.
4th Aug '16 5:23:45 PM Ripburger
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* ''VideoGame/{{XCOM}}: UFO Defense'' has [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum Elerium-115]] being one of the most important items to collect in the game. The 115, in this case, is most likely a reference to [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Element_115 the conspiracy theories about element 115]], known today as ununpentium, as it is used in much of the same manner. Unfortunately for them, [name]-[number] notation usually denotes an isotope, and the number is its ''atomic mass'', not element number. The subsequent games in the series refer to it only as Elerium.

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* ''VideoGame/{{XCOM}}: UFO Defense'' ''VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense'' has [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum Elerium-115]] being one of the most important items to collect in the game. The 115, in this case, is most likely a reference to [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Element_115 the conspiracy theories about element 115]], known today as ununpentium, as it is used in much of the same manner. Unfortunately for them, [name]-[number] notation usually denotes an isotope, and the number is its ''atomic mass'', not element number. The subsequent games in the series refer to it only as Elerium.
30th Jul '16 11:47:06 AM nombretomado
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* DanBrown has stated several times that, in his opinion, antimatter is the future of energy supply. He fails to realise that what he's describing is the molecular equivalent of a perpetual-motion machine -- making antimatter requires a lot more energy than it releases (probably ''vastly'' more, as at present where it can only be found briefly in particle accelerators). It might one day be a high density fuel source but only if energy became dirt cheap anyway and we didn't have to worry about our energy supply.

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* DanBrown Creator/DanBrown has stated several times that, in his opinion, antimatter is the future of energy supply. He fails to realise that what he's describing is the molecular equivalent of a perpetual-motion machine -- making antimatter requires a lot more energy than it releases (probably ''vastly'' more, as at present where it can only be found briefly in particle accelerators). It might one day be a high density fuel source but only if energy became dirt cheap anyway and we didn't have to worry about our energy supply.
30th Jun '16 4:58:50 AM MadSpy
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* Tiberium from ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer''. However, like kryptonite in ''SupermanReturns'', it's stated to be a compound rather than an element - ''Tiberian Dawn'' gives it as 42.5% phosphorus, 32.5% iron, 15.25% calcium, 5.75% copper, 2.5% silica (itself a compound), 1.5% unknown. Tiberium crystals do absolutely nothing and their prime property is that they're valuable because of the high concentration of valuable elements. Now, the Tiberium ''plant'', [[BodyHorror on the other hand...]] By the time Tiberium Wars comes around all the Tiberium on the planet has changed. It is no longer a plant but just a crystal lattice made of (green or blue) protons held together by exotic particles. When atoms brush against the lattice it smashes them to pieces and steals their protons, turning it into more Tiberium. This has caused the majority Tiberian-based mutants to die off.

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* Tiberium from ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer''. However, like kryptonite in ''SupermanReturns'', it's stated to be a compound rather than an element - ''Tiberian Dawn'' gives it as 42.5% phosphorus, 32.5% iron, 15.25% calcium, 5.75% copper, 2.5% silica (itself a compound), 1.5% unknown. Tiberium crystals do absolutely nothing and their prime property is that they're valuable because of the high concentration of valuable elements. Now, the Tiberium ''plant'', [[BodyHorror on the other hand...]] By the time Tiberium Wars comes around all the Tiberium on the planet has changed. It is no longer a plant but just a crystal lattice made of (green or blue) protons held together by exotic particles. When atoms brush against the lattice it smashes them to pieces and steals their protons, turning it into more Tiberium. This has caused the majority of Tiberian-based mutants to die off.
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