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16th May '17 12:15:11 PM DaveE
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* One issue of ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' claimed that the reason [[ReedRichardsIsUseless Reed has never tried to market]] the unstable molecules the team's suits are made out of is that if a careless person gets ahold of the stuff and pokes it the wrong way with an electron microscope, it starts destabilizing all surrounding matter into an ever-expanding blob of goo.

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* One issue of ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' claimed that the reason [[ReedRichardsIsUseless Reed has never tried to market]] the unstable molecules the team's suits are made out of is that if a careless person gets ahold of the stuff and pokes it the wrong way with an electron microscope, it starts destabilizing all surrounding matter into an ever-expanding blob of goo. Naturally in that issue [[BodyHorror someone careless got ahold of the stuff]].
9th May '17 6:42:34 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* A more harmless, benevolent version of Gray Goo involves theoretical space exploration. It's believed that once we acquire the right technology, we'll be able to create interstellar probes out of nanobots. Once they land on a planet they'll convert as much matter needed into ten more nanobots and fire them out into space.

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* A more harmless, benevolent version of Gray Goo involves theoretical space exploration. It's believed that once we acquire the right technology, we'll be able to create interstellar probes out of nanobots. Once they land on a planet they'll convert as much matter needed into ten more nanobots and fire them out into space. However, others have speculated that such a system would devolve into a straight version of this trope given time (Carl Sagan argued that if they were viable this would already have happened); in fact swarms of so-called Von Neumann probes are an entire subgenre of this trope, including the deliberately malicious version often referred to as Berserkers.
9th May '17 6:33:39 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** Hela cells (an immortal cancer cell line used in biomedical research) act like Grey Goo, in that they're notoriously hard to kill off and often [[http://hela-transfection.com/index.html contaminate and convert]] non-Hela cell lines. Hela is such a problem in many labs that, if the lab wants to use Hela, it cannot use any other cell line in fear of compromising good science.

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** Hela cells (an immortal cancer cell line used in biomedical research) act like Grey Goo, in that they're notoriously hard to kill off and often [[http://hela-transfection.com/index.html contaminate and convert]] non-Hela cell lines. Hela is such a problem in many labs that, if the lab wants to use Hela, it cannot use any other cell line in fear of compromising good science. Incidentally, "Hela" is short for Henrietta Lacks, the name of the woman the cancer originally mutated from; this is ''human'' grey goo.
2nd May '17 5:16:08 PM zarpaulus
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** [[BlobMonster Sergeant Schlock]] has been mistaken for grey goo a [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2011-03-31 couple]] [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2015-06-12 times]]. And to be fair, they're not that far off.
22nd Apr '17 2:16:40 PM CountDorku
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* The technophage in ''Nova Praxis'' is a Grey Goo substance that occasionally builds larger and meaner war robots instead of more goo. It started as a nanotech weapon with an off-switch that didn't work, and went on to [[EarthThatWas render Earth uninhabitable]].
17th Apr '17 3:07:26 AM Sumatris
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* Another, really freaky example from the world of nuclear physics is the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strangelet strangelet]], a particle of strange matter that's hypothesized to be able to convert normal matter into strange matter just by coming into contact with it. If such a thing were to happen on Earth, it would quickly and irrevocably turn our pretty blue planet into an incredibly lethal ball of strange matter, and there's [[NightmareFuel nothing at all we could do about it]].

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* Another, really freaky example from the world of nuclear physics is the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strangelet strangelet]], a particle of strange matter that's hypothesized to be able to convert normal matter into strange matter just by coming into contact with it. The converted particle then immediately does the same to a neighboring ordinary particle, and thus doom takes its course. If such a thing were to happen on Earth, it would quickly and irrevocably turn our pretty blue planet into an incredibly lethal ball of strange matter, and there's [[NightmareFuel nothing at all we could do about it]].
17th Apr '17 2:17:55 AM Sumatris
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* Another, really freaky example from the world of nuclear physics is the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strangelet strangelet]], a particle of strange matter that's hypothesized to be able to convert normal matter into strange matter just by coming into contact with it. If such a thing were to happen on Earth, it would quickly and irrevocably turn our pretty blue planet into an incredibly lethal ball of strange matter, and there's [[NightmareFuel nothing at all we could do about it]].
21st Mar '17 9:53:18 PM PhantomRider
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode "Kremzeek!" involved a highly specialized electricity eating spark creature, splitting into new copies of itself as it ate more and more current. The "annoying replicating electrical prankster" is a kids' show plot that really gets around. In the old ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage MutantNinja Turtles|1987}}'' cartoon, it's called ''The Big Zipp Attack,'' in ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' it's "Zap Attack." ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' has the imagination to not name it after the creature: instead of something like ''"The Megawhatts Attack,"'' the critters are first encountered in ''Tourist Trap.'' (We find they're actually an alien race called Nosedeenians.) It's not as obligatory as the FantasticVoyagePlot, but watch enough cartoons and you'll know it by heart.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode "Kremzeek!" involved a highly specialized electricity eating spark creature, splitting into new copies of itself as it ate more and more current. The current.
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"annoying replicating electrical prankster" story is actually a kids' show plot that really gets around. In the old ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage MutantNinja Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' cartoon, it's called ''The Big Zipp Attack,'' Attack;'' in ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' it's "Zap Attack." ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben ''Zap Attack. WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' has the imagination to not name it after the creature: instead of something like ''"The Megawhatts Attack,"'' the critters are first encountered in ''Tourist Trap.'' (We find they're (Unusually, the Megawhatts go on to be a seldom-seen but established part of the setting. They're actually an alien race called Nosedeenians.Nosedeenians, and make a return appearance in which Ben and company had to ''save'' them from villains who were kidnapping and enslaving them as a power source. It also turns out there's an Omnitrix transformation based on them as well; Ben calls this form Buzzshock.) It's not as obligatory as the FantasticVoyagePlot, but watch enough cartoons and you'll know it by heart.
30th Jan '17 5:51:06 AM Vir
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* The [[BigBad D-Reaper]] from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' is a very slow form of GreyGoo, breaking down inorganic matter and reconfigure it into its various agents once it emerges in the real world. It's depicted as a mass of ''red'' goo in the series because its actually super-heated to extreme temperatures by accelerating its particles [[YouFailPhysicsForever beyond the speed of light]].

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* The [[BigBad D-Reaper]] from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' is a very slow form of GreyGoo, Grey Goo, breaking down inorganic matter and reconfigure it into its various agents once it emerges in the real world. It's depicted as a mass of ''red'' goo in the series because its actually super-heated to extreme temperatures by accelerating its particles [[YouFailPhysicsForever beyond the speed of light]].



* The EldritchAbomination Deus from ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' is upgraded from a simple biological weapon into a living mass of GreyGoo by the game's BigBad Krelian through nanomachines.

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* The EldritchAbomination Deus from ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' is upgraded from a simple biological weapon into a living mass of GreyGoo Grey Goo by the game's BigBad Krelian through nanomachines.



* A nuclear chain reaction could be considered a ''subatomic'' version of GreyGoo, in how it spreads from atom to atom, splitting each one so it ejects neutrons that split other atoms and thus perpetuate the process.
* Prionic brain diseases such as mad cow operate like GreyGoo for the nervous system, as abnormal proteins cause adjacent protein molecules to be reconfigured into more of the same.

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* A nuclear chain reaction could be considered a ''subatomic'' version of GreyGoo, Grey Goo, in how it spreads from atom to atom, splitting each one so it ejects neutrons that split other atoms and thus perpetuate the process.
* Prionic brain diseases such as mad cow operate like GreyGoo Grey Goo for the nervous system, as abnormal proteins cause adjacent protein molecules to be reconfigured into more of the same.
30th Jan '17 5:50:49 AM Vir
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{My Life as a Teenage Robot}}'' episode, ""Party Machine," an army of tiny multiplying aliens invade Earth, which Jenny and Brad defeat with a vacuum cleaner-like tool created by Dr. Wakeman to defeat them.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{My Life as a Teenage Robot}}'' episode, ""Party Machine," ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' episode "Party Machine", an army of tiny multiplying aliens invade Earth, which Jenny and Brad defeat with a vacuum cleaner-like tool created by Dr. Wakeman to defeat them.
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