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15th Jan '16 5:34:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''{{Traveller}}'' classic TabletopRPG the rare earth element lanthanum was a critical material used in constructing [[FasterThanLightTravel jump drives]]. [[ScienceMarchesOn Assuming faster-than-light travel is possible]], this may actually prove to be true, but it would be more accident than prophecy. * In ''TwentyThreeHundredAD'', from Game Designer's Workshop or GDW the element tantalum is used in "stutterwarp drives," the type of FTL employed in that universe. Given the importance of interstellar travel, acquiring and ensuring the security of tantalum supplies is an important strategic consideration.
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* In the ''{{Traveller}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' classic TabletopRPG the rare earth element lanthanum was a critical material used in constructing [[FasterThanLightTravel jump drives]]. [[ScienceMarchesOn Assuming faster-than-light travel is possible]], this may actually prove to be true, but it would be more accident than prophecy. * In ''TwentyThreeHundredAD'', ''TabletopGame/TwentyThreeHundredAD'', from Game Designer's Workshop or GDW the element tantalum is used in "stutterwarp drives," the type of FTL employed in that universe. Given the importance of interstellar travel, acquiring and ensuring the security of tantalum supplies is an important strategic consideration.

* ''RuneQuest'' has mineable bronze. There is a form of bronze that might occur in an ore formó[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arsenical_bronze arsenical bronze]]. Of course, the fumes from working with it are toxic, which is theorized to be why several smith-gods (e.g. Hephaestus) are crippled.
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* ''RuneQuest'' ''TabletopGame/RuneQuest'' has mineable bronze. There is a form of bronze that might occur in an ore formó[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arsenical_bronze arsenical bronze]]. Of course, the fumes from working with it are toxic, which is theorized to be why several smith-gods (e.g. Hephaestus) are crippled.

* ''{{X-COM}}: 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, and the [[VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown 2012 remake]] specifically says that whatever Elerium is, it is ''not'' an element, sidestepping the issue entirely.
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* ''{{X-COM}}: ''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, and the [[VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown 2012 remake]] specifically says that whatever Elerium is, it is ''not'' an element, sidestepping the issue entirely.
12th Jan '16 4:28:09 PM nombretomado
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* ''RuneScape'' also uses Promethium as a metal. It is reddish and apparently incredibly resilient, making the best armour players can make with their own forge and hammer. Definitely not radioactive, definitely not unstable.
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* ''RuneScape'' ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' also uses Promethium as a metal. It is reddish and apparently incredibly resilient, making the best armour players can make with their own forge and hammer. Definitely not radioactive, definitely not unstable.
7th Jan '16 4:54:14 PM NeonFox
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*** Marvel's big on this; while vibranium and adamantium are both described as "alloys", neither exists in the real world.
4th Jan '16 7:48:29 PM Berrenta
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It is [[BellisariosMaxim worth bearing in mind]] that several substances in RealLife (especially commercial [[YesButWhatDoesZataproximetacineDo medicines]] and [[HereComesTheScience cosmetics]]) are marketed under names that would make a proper chemist wince, and there's no reason the fictional world should be any different. Kryptonite doesn't have to have anything to do with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krypton Krypton]]... [[TechnoBabble unless they tell you it does]].
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It is [[BellisariosMaxim worth bearing in mind]] that several substances in RealLife (especially commercial [[YesButWhatDoesZataproximetacineDo [[SideEffectsInclude medicines]] and [[HereComesTheScience cosmetics]]) are marketed under names that would make a proper chemist wince, and there's no reason the fictional world should be any different. Kryptonite doesn't have to have anything to do with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krypton Krypton]]... [[TechnoBabble unless they tell you it does]].
29th Dec '15 7:14:15 AM Angus_Old
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29th Dec '15 7:13:22 AM Angus_Old
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[[folder: Advertising ]] * One washing powder company proudly exclaimed that their product contains "active oxygen". You could bet it didn't, since a washing powder that dissolves clothes and washers would be quite a marketing disaster.
14th Dec '15 3:42:35 AM LondonKdS
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Atomic weight is not related to density, and nobody has predicted how dense lawrencium might be.
* In ''Film/{{Battleship}}'', the alien wreckage is said to be built out of completely unfamiliar elements, save the synthetic element Lawrencium. Lawrencium is already one of the heaviest elements ever synthesized, and any undiscovered elements would have to be even ''heavier'', meaning they'd be the ''last'' thing you'd want to construct a vehicle out of.
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* In ''Film/{{Battleship}}'', the alien wreckage is said to be built out of completely unfamiliar elements, save the synthetic element Lawrencium. Lawrencium is already one of the heaviest elements ever synthesized, and any undiscovered elements would have to be even ''heavier'', meaning they'd be the ''last'' thing you'd want to construct a vehicle out of.
18th Nov '15 10:21:24 PM Deblin
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* The Mistborn books use this trope as the foundation of the setting's FunctionalMagic system. Metallic elements can be metabolized by people possessing the appropriate expressed mutation, giving them various powers depending on the alloy. The one element that's not a real-life chemical element, Atium, is implied to be an unstable isotope of one of the more massive elements, though the story declines naming a specific substance in order to avoid fridge logic from readers with a stronger background in chemistry than the author. ** The abilites are loosely tied to popular knowledge of real-world uses of the alloys involved, as well: *** Iron is known to be magnetic, so its power involves pulling other metals toward the user *** Tin was a common material in lamps and reflectors, so its use enhances the senses *** Gold doesn't oxidize under most circumstances, so it's used in a form of postcognition *** Chrome is used to harden steel (roughly) so its use destroys other metal powers *** Pewter, being a lead-based alloy, allows the user to act as if they were denser than they are
20th Oct '15 1:51:49 AM LondonKdS
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* The Creator/AlanMoore era of ''ComicBook/{{Supreme}}'' introduced the mysterious element "Supremium", which both originally gave Supreme his powers, and acts as his Kryptonite equivalent. [[spoiler:It is strongly hinted that Supremium is created from any other form of matter that becomes caught in a StableTimeLoop.]]
18th Oct '15 1:47:37 PM ultimomant
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** In the original film, it dissolved organic matter completely. In ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzilla'' it was retconned to skeletonizing, as they dredged up the first Godzilla's bones to use as the organic frame for Kiryu. Which wasn't the worst effect of the Oxygen destroyer, considering it also allowed hibernating anaerobic creatures to wake up, mutate and become the horrifying anti-life beast [[Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah Destoroyah]].
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** In the original film, it dissolved organic matter completely. In ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzilla'' ''Film/GodzillaAgainstMechagodzilla'' it was retconned to skeletonizing, as they dredged up the first Godzilla's bones to use as the organic frame for Kiryu. Which wasn't the worst effect of the Oxygen destroyer, considering it also allowed hibernating anaerobic creatures to wake up, mutate and become the horrifying anti-life beast [[Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah Destoroyah]].
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