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31st Mar '17 3:25:45 PM nombretomado
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* [[http://www.orionsarm.com/xcms.php?r=oaeg-view-article&egart_uid=48630634d2591 Magmatter]] from ''OrionsArm'' is an incredibly detailed version heavily based on real scientific speculation.
* Pattern theory, in the WhateleyUniverse. Used in order to explain where the energy for mutant superpowers comes from, and how mutants use it. It also limits the strength and scope of the possible superpowers, so a flying brick who can lift five tons is a really big deal.

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* [[http://www.orionsarm.com/xcms.php?r=oaeg-view-article&egart_uid=48630634d2591 Magmatter]] from ''OrionsArm'' ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' is an incredibly detailed version heavily based on real scientific speculation.
* Pattern theory, in the WhateleyUniverse.Literature/WhateleyUniverse. Used in order to explain where the energy for mutant superpowers comes from, and how mutants use it. It also limits the strength and scope of the possible superpowers, so a flying brick who can lift five tons is a really big deal.
15th Mar '17 12:13:27 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** [[{{Unobtanium}} Gundanium]] also merits a passing mention here, being an unspecified alloy that can only be manufactured by the Space Colonies. This sounds unlikely, but [[AluminiumChristmasTrees in actual fact is quite plausible]], as liquid metal behaves very differently in microgravity. On the other hand, the official description of Gundanium says it contains several non-ferrous elements, something which isn't possible for a true alloy.

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** [[{{Unobtanium}} [[{{Unobtainium}} Gundanium]] also merits a passing mention here, being an unspecified alloy that can only be manufactured by the Space Colonies. This sounds unlikely, but [[AluminiumChristmasTrees in actual fact is quite plausible]], as liquid metal behaves very differently in microgravity. On the other hand, the official description of Gundanium says it contains several non-ferrous elements, something which isn't possible for a true alloy.



* Creator/RudyardKipling's two science fiction stories rely on Fleury's Gas, an {{Unobtanium}} which, starting as a dense liquid, evaporates with such force (apparently its particles repel each other powerfully) that, after driving turbines, it expands to fill compartments with a soft vacuum ''under pressure.'' This provides the otherwise impossible "lifting gas lighter than hydrogen;" condensing it by exposure to Fleury's Ray, ready to evaporate again, provides endless power. A passing reference to radium is probably intended as technobabble, since radium was a scientific mystery at the time Kipling was writing, but implies to a modern reader that the energy source is nuclear.

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* Creator/RudyardKipling's two science fiction stories rely on Fleury's Gas, an {{Unobtanium}} {{Unobtainium}} which, starting as a dense liquid, evaporates with such force (apparently its particles repel each other powerfully) that, after driving turbines, it expands to fill compartments with a soft vacuum ''under pressure.'' This provides the otherwise impossible "lifting gas lighter than hydrogen;" condensing it by exposure to Fleury's Ray, ready to evaporate again, provides endless power. A passing reference to radium is probably intended as technobabble, since radium was a scientific mystery at the time Kipling was writing, but implies to a modern reader that the energy source is nuclear.
15th Mar '17 12:12:28 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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Any instance of a fictional subatomic particle, molecule, element or form of energy which has [[MagicAIsMagicA rigidly-adhered-to]] but [[AppliedPhlebotinum useful]] physical properties. This kind of {{unobtanium}} is quite rare in fiction, as having more rules to follow tends to make things harder for the writers. It is essentially a [[JustifiedTrope justified]] NecessaryWeasel, aiding WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief by back-engineering in explanations for the weird bits.

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Any instance of a fictional subatomic particle, molecule, element or form of energy which has [[MagicAIsMagicA rigidly-adhered-to]] but [[AppliedPhlebotinum useful]] physical properties. This kind of {{unobtanium}} [[{{Unobtainium}} unobtanium]] is quite rare in fiction, as having more rules to follow tends to make things harder for the writers. It is essentially a [[JustifiedTrope justified]] NecessaryWeasel, aiding WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief by back-engineering in explanations for the weird bits.
15th Mar '17 12:11:57 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Rudyard Kipling's two science fiction stories rely on Fleury's Gas, an Unobtanium which, starting as a dense liquid, evaporates with such force (apparently its particles repel each other powerfully) that, after driving turbines, it expands to fill compartments with a soft vacuum ''under pressure.'' This provides the otherwise impossible "lifting gas lighter than hydrogen;" condensing it by exposure to Fleury's Ray, ready to evaporate again, provides endless power. A passing reference to radium is probably intended as technobabble, since radium was a scientific mystery at the time Kipling was writing, but implies to a modern reader that the energy source is nuclear.

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* Rudyard Kipling's Creator/RudyardKipling's two science fiction stories rely on Fleury's Gas, an Unobtanium {{Unobtanium}} which, starting as a dense liquid, evaporates with such force (apparently its particles repel each other powerfully) that, after driving turbines, it expands to fill compartments with a soft vacuum ''under pressure.'' This provides the otherwise impossible "lifting gas lighter than hydrogen;" condensing it by exposure to Fleury's Ray, ready to evaporate again, provides endless power. A passing reference to radium is probably intended as technobabble, since radium was a scientific mystery at the time Kipling was writing, but implies to a modern reader that the energy source is nuclear.
19th Oct '16 3:39:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* "Ice-nine" in KurtVonnegut's ''[[CatsCradle Cat's Cradle]]''. Nothing more than a fictional crystal structure of ice, with specific physical properties similar to crystals of various other real-life compounds, it proves to be one of science fiction's most memorable {{MacGuffin}}s. (Vonnegut worked in the marketing department of General Electric as a younger man, where his brother was a researcher. Said brother worked with Langmuir, who had much earlier dreamed up ice-nine for a visiting H.G. Wells, but nothing came of it.)

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* "Ice-nine" in KurtVonnegut's ''[[CatsCradle Cat's Cradle]]''.''Literature/CatsCradle''. Nothing more than a fictional crystal structure of ice, with specific physical properties similar to crystals of various other real-life compounds, it proves to be one of science fiction's most memorable {{MacGuffin}}s. (Vonnegut worked in the marketing department of General Electric as a younger man, where his brother was a researcher. Said brother worked with Langmuir, who had much earlier dreamed up ice-nine for a visiting H.G. Wells, but nothing came of it.)
12th Sep '16 7:03:09 AM szielins
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** Once an object enters a wormhole, in order to come out on the other side intact there has to be enough physical room to do so, otherwise it goes splat against whatever is blocking the Stargate. The SGC takes advantage of this with the Iris, which closes to form a barrier a few millimeters from the event horizon. If they have an incoming wormhole they can close the iris after it forms and anyone or anything trying to come through without permission gets smeared into paste much like a bug hitting the windshield of a speeding car. The "whoosh" of a gate opening helps prevent [[TeleFrag telefragging]] of things going through the gate as it disintegrates any solid material it encounters. [[note]]Also not pretty if someone happens to be standing too close in front of a gate when it activates.[[/note]]

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** Once an object enters a wormhole, in order to come out on the other side intact there has to be enough physical room to do so, otherwise it goes splat against whatever is blocking the Stargate. The SGC takes advantage of this with the Iris, which closes to form a barrier a few millimeters micrometers from the event horizon. If they have an incoming wormhole they can close the iris after it forms and anyone or anything trying to come through without permission gets smeared into paste much like a bug hitting the windshield of a speeding car. The "whoosh" of a gate opening helps prevent [[TeleFrag telefragging]] of things going through the gate as it disintegrates any solid material it encounters. [[note]]Also not pretty if someone happens to be standing too close in front of a gate when it activates.[[/note]]
8th Aug '16 7:28:19 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Quite a lot has been established on the functions of Slipspace technology as well as the human and covenant weapons in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''.

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* Quite a lot has been established on the functions mechanics of Slipspace technology as well as the human and covenant weapons in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''.
17th Jul '16 6:16:21 PM nombretomado
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* Before writing ''[[CoDominium The Mote in God's Eye]]'' Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle asked physicist (Dan Alderson) to develop laws of their '{{verse}}. They told him what they want the proposed [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL drives]] to do, and what they want to avoid. Dr. Alderson then custom designed a FTL drive to spec, with additional limits. Niven and Pournelle kept within those limits. As a bonus, Alderson's drive equations also got them DeflectorShields.

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* Before writing ''[[CoDominium ''[[Literature/CoDominium The Mote in God's Eye]]'' Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle asked physicist (Dan Alderson) to develop laws of their '{{verse}}. They told him what they want the proposed [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL drives]] to do, and what they want to avoid. Dr. Alderson then custom designed a FTL drive to spec, with additional limits. Niven and Pournelle kept within those limits. As a bonus, Alderson's drive equations also got them DeflectorShields.
16th Jul '16 8:27:16 PM BiffJr
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** Biotic powers have nothing to do with magic, but are rather the result of having traces of Element Zero throughout the nervous system. As human nerves and muscles send signals through minute electrical pulses, the bodies of children exposed to great amounts of Element Zero during pregnancy become biological Mass Effect generators. Neural implants assist the brain in sending precise electrical signals to the Element Zero traced nerves to create the effects of "spells" near the person.
10th Jul '16 11:27:31 AM nombretomado
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** In addition, [[ShownTheirWork a ''lot'' of effort is put into making this incredibly fictional material believable]], including (but not limited to): [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doppler_effect Doppler shifting]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherenkov_radiation Cherenkov radiation]] by mass effect fields, the effects of overexposure to eezo, which range from fatal tumors to {{Bizarre Baby Boom}}s of "[[MindOverMatter biotics]]", and regular static discharges when eezo cores are used in space. The end result is the most consistent world {{BioWare}} has yet made. A lot of thought went into the resulting implications of the technology -- for example being unable to use [[StealthInSpace stealth systems]] at FTL speeds because of the effects blueshift would have. It even points out how the ability of mass effect fields to reduce an object to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exotic_matter negative mass]] negates TimeDilation. Throughout all this, conservation of energy is strictly enforced, but the internal consistency is not perfect: conservation of momentum is not always enforced, and some of the telekinetic effects that biotics are capable of shouldn't be possible even by the principles of mass effect fields.

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** In addition, [[ShownTheirWork a ''lot'' of effort is put into making this incredibly fictional material believable]], including (but not limited to): [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doppler_effect Doppler shifting]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherenkov_radiation Cherenkov radiation]] by mass effect fields, the effects of overexposure to eezo, which range from fatal tumors to {{Bizarre Baby Boom}}s of "[[MindOverMatter biotics]]", and regular static discharges when eezo cores are used in space. The end result is the most consistent world {{BioWare}} Creator/BioWare has yet made. A lot of thought went into the resulting implications of the technology -- for example being unable to use [[StealthInSpace stealth systems]] at FTL speeds because of the effects blueshift would have. It even points out how the ability of mass effect fields to reduce an object to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exotic_matter negative mass]] negates TimeDilation. Throughout all this, conservation of energy is strictly enforced, but the internal consistency is not perfect: conservation of momentum is not always enforced, and some of the telekinetic effects that biotics are capable of shouldn't be possible even by the principles of mass effect fields.
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