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2nd Jul '17 12:10:42 PM nombretomado
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* TheOtherWiki has plenty of details on how the Minovsky Particle works: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Century_technology#Minovsky_physics]]

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* TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki has plenty of details on how the Minovsky Particle works: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Century_technology#Minovsky_physics]]
1st Jul '17 5:47:39 AM rdococ
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* In ''VideoGame/SpacePiratesAndZombies'', neutrinos are used to handwave a lot of the more exotic weapons. Depending on how they're energized, they can destabilize DeflectorShields, desintegrate ship hulls through armor, or vampirize a ships reactor.
19th Jun '17 10:33:38 AM Piterpicher
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* Unexpected as this trope may be in a MichaelBay film, ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'' goes in this direction with Transformium, suddenly providing an explanation of how transforming robots, which seem to have traits of both machines and biological entities, can exist.

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* Unexpected as this trope may be in a MichaelBay Creator/MichaelBay film, ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'' goes in this direction with Transformium, suddenly providing an explanation of how transforming robots, which seem to have traits of both machines and biological entities, can exist.
17th Jun '17 10:12:05 AM nombretomado
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* "Ice-nine" in KurtVonnegut's ''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.)

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* "Ice-nine" in KurtVonnegut's Creator/KurtVonnegut's ''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.)
15th Jun '17 3:08:49 PM Az_Tech341
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The TropeNamer is the {{Anime}} series ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam.'' Creator/YoshiyukiTomino wanted to write a RealRobot anime. However, anyone remotely familiar with either engineering or military tactics will tell you that such devices are almost impossible to effectively use; a bipedal platform is needlessly complicated, hard to properly armor, and the easiest thing to shoot at on a battlefield. Enter the Minovsky Particle: an EMP-like, sensor-jamming, delicate-electronics wrecking PlotDevice that not only renders all ranged targeting and guided missiles useless, but requires [[{{Unobtainium}} Helium-3]] to produce. Consequently, humans had to [[IWantMyJetpack go to space]] to get Helium-3, fight old-school close combat battles using systems capable of tricky microgravity maneuvering, and eventually standardize the technology to simplify maintenance. The result? A world full of HumongousMecha -- which, far from being contrived, seem like a natural evolution of military technology ''in light of'' the Minovsky Particle. And what's truly elegant is the metafiction: from a {{Doylist}} view, Mobile Suits made the particle necessary; but from the {{Watsonian}} or InUniverse view, it's ''the particle'' that made ''Mobile suits'' necessary.

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The TropeNamer is the {{Anime}} series ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam.'' ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. Creator/YoshiyukiTomino wanted to write a RealRobot anime. However, anyone remotely familiar with either engineering or military tactics will tell you that such devices are almost impossible to effectively use; use effectively; a bipedal platform is needlessly complicated, hard to properly armor, and the easiest thing to shoot at on a battlefield. Enter the Minovsky Particle: an EMP-like, sensor-jamming, delicate-electronics wrecking PlotDevice that not only renders all ranged targeting and guided missiles useless, but requires [[{{Unobtainium}} Helium-3]] to produce. Consequently, humans had to [[IWantMyJetpack go to space]] to get Helium-3, fight old-school close combat old-school, close-combat battles using systems capable of tricky microgravity maneuvering, and eventually standardize the technology to simplify maintenance. The result? A world full of HumongousMecha -- which, far from being contrived, seem seems like a natural evolution of military technology ''in light of'' the Minovsky Particle. And what's truly elegant is the metafiction: from a {{Doylist}} view, Mobile Suits made the particle necessary; but from the {{Watsonian}} or InUniverse view, it's ''the particle'' that made ''Mobile suits'' necessary.
15th Jun '17 3:04:50 PM Az_Tech341
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', everyone possesses "Aura" - a sort of energy field created and powered by the soul. Aura itself is loosely defined but it has a set of internally-consistent effects. for example, it projects a defensive field around the body when active that deflects most incoming energy, though some force penetrates it and can knock a person around or cause pain. It can be used to power superhuman feats such as massive leaps, lifting enormous weights, or striking armored machines or monsters with melee weapons or fists. It can be channeled into weapons, armor, and attacks, which [[MySuitIsAlsoSuper explains the lack of clothing damage]]. It is also used to power Semblances, which are unique powers specific to each individual, which also adhere to their own internal rules per person. If someone's Aura is depleted, they lose most of it's offensive and defensive benefits and they cannot use their Semblance anymore until it regenerates.

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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', everyone possesses "Aura" - a sort of energy field created and powered by the soul. Aura itself is loosely defined defined, but it has a set of internally-consistent effects. for For example, it projects a defensive field around the body when active that deflects most incoming energy, though some force penetrates it and can knock a person around or cause pain. It can be used to power superhuman feats such as massive leaps, lifting enormous weights, or striking armored machines or monsters with melee weapons or fists. It can be channeled into weapons, armor, and attacks, which [[MySuitIsAlsoSuper explains the lack of clothing damage]]. It is also used to power Semblances, which are unique powers specific to each individual, which also adhere to their own internal rules per person. If someone's Aura is depleted, they lose most of it's offensive and defensive benefits benefits, and they cannot use their Semblance anymore until it regenerates.
15th Jun '17 6:28:10 AM Zaptech
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', everyone possesses "Aura" - a sort of energy field created and powered by the soul. Aura itself is loosely defined but it has a set of internally-consistent effects. for example, it projects a defensive field around the body when active that deflects most incoming energy, though some force penetrates it and can knock a person around or cause pain. It can be used to power superhuman feats such as massive leaps, lifting enormous weights, or striking armored machines or monsters with melee weapons or fists. It can be channeled into weapons, armor, and attacks, which [[MySuitIsAlsoSuper explains the lack of clothing damage]]. It is also used to power Semblances, which are unique powers specific to each individual, which also adhere to their own internal rules per person. If someone's Aura is depleted, they lose most of it's offensive and defensive benefits and they cannot use their Semblance anymore until it regenerates.
31st May '17 6:51:18 PM nombretomado
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The TropeNamer is the {{Anime}} series ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam.'' YoshiyukiTomino wanted to write a RealRobot anime. However, anyone remotely familiar with either engineering or military tactics will tell you that such devices are almost impossible to effectively use; a bipedal platform is needlessly complicated, hard to properly armor, and the easiest thing to shoot at on a battlefield. Enter the Minovsky Particle: an EMP-like, sensor-jamming, delicate-electronics wrecking PlotDevice that not only renders all ranged targeting and guided missiles useless, but requires [[{{Unobtainium}} Helium-3]] to produce. Consequently, humans had to [[IWantMyJetpack go to space]] to get Helium-3, fight old-school close combat battles using systems capable of tricky microgravity maneuvering, and eventually standardize the technology to simplify maintenance. The result? A world full of HumongousMecha -- which, far from being contrived, seem like a natural evolution of military technology ''in light of'' the Minovsky Particle. And what's truly elegant is the metafiction: from a {{Doylist}} view, Mobile Suits made the particle necessary; but from the {{Watsonian}} or InUniverse view, it's ''the particle'' that made ''Mobile suits'' necessary.

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The TropeNamer is the {{Anime}} series ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam.'' YoshiyukiTomino Creator/YoshiyukiTomino wanted to write a RealRobot anime. However, anyone remotely familiar with either engineering or military tactics will tell you that such devices are almost impossible to effectively use; a bipedal platform is needlessly complicated, hard to properly armor, and the easiest thing to shoot at on a battlefield. Enter the Minovsky Particle: an EMP-like, sensor-jamming, delicate-electronics wrecking PlotDevice that not only renders all ranged targeting and guided missiles useless, but requires [[{{Unobtainium}} Helium-3]] to produce. Consequently, humans had to [[IWantMyJetpack go to space]] to get Helium-3, fight old-school close combat battles using systems capable of tricky microgravity maneuvering, and eventually standardize the technology to simplify maintenance. The result? A world full of HumongousMecha -- which, far from being contrived, seem like a natural evolution of military technology ''in light of'' the Minovsky Particle. And what's truly elegant is the metafiction: from a {{Doylist}} view, Mobile Suits made the particle necessary; but from the {{Watsonian}} or InUniverse view, it's ''the particle'' that made ''Mobile suits'' necessary.
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.
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