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28th May '16 10:03:41 AM roothorick
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* Batteries with lithium-based chemistries contain volatile compounds that [[MadeOfExplodium react violently with ''plain old air'']] and require some pretty serious precautions in the design to prevent such a disaster. Such batteries are far and away the most popular option for powering cellphones. That's right, we're putting these little bombs ''in our pockets''.

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* Batteries with lithium-based chemistries contain volatile compounds that [[MadeOfExplodium react violently with ''plain plain old air'']] air]] and require some pretty serious precautions in the design to prevent such a disaster. Such batteries are far and away the most popular option for powering cellphones. That's right, we're putting these little bombs ''in our pockets''.
28th May '16 10:02:30 AM roothorick
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* Nuclear reactors in general. Nuclear runaway is a very real thing and can quickly become very difficult or outright impossible to stop, most of the mass of a typical reactor is just ''radiation shielding'', and they require special multi-stage coolant systems to prevent irradiated water from venting its radiation into places you don't want it. [[note]]Ironically, nuclear is one of the ''safest'' power options, simply because we've gotten so good at containing and controlling it, and reactor designers habitually over-engineer to compensate for their poor reputation. By comparison, gas main breaks and coal dust explosions, serious concerns in their respective power plants, are not something to be trifled with.[[/note]]
* Batteries with lithium-based chemistries contain volatile compounds that [[MadeOfExplodium react violently with ''plain old air'']] and require some pretty serious precautions in the design to prevent such a disaster. Such batteries are far and away the most popular option for powering cellphones. That's right, we're putting these little bombs ''in our pockets''.
2nd Apr '16 7:05:01 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The Russian engineers of ''K19TheWidowmaker'' have a bad experience in their gorgon gaze; forced to enter the reactor compartment to prevent a meltdown, they pay the price of close-up and unshielded work with an atomic reactor. A sad and [[TruthInTelevision real-life]] example of why working with such forces in person rarely comes to a happy ending.

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* The Russian engineers of ''K19TheWidowmaker'' ''Film/K19TheWidowmaker'' have a bad experience in their gorgon gaze; forced to enter the reactor compartment to prevent a meltdown, they pay the price of close-up and unshielded work with an atomic reactor. A sad and [[TruthInTelevision real-life]] example of why working with such forces in person rarely comes to a happy ending.
29th Feb '16 8:55:01 PM Mersadeon
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* Myth/GreekMythology: Perseus needed a mirror to look safely at Medusa, one of the original Gorgons, without her turning him to stone with her gaze.
18th Jan '16 2:46:27 PM margdean56
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* One member of the ''ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'', Element Lad, was left the only one conscious when they were all cast into a different universe, and seems to have this reaction to the energies of the forming universe, terrified of looking out the windows of their spaceship. After he sends the others back but is left alone in the new universe without the ship, [[spoiler:he spent billions, if not trillions of years simply floating through space- his powers allowed him to survive by transmuting his body and the air that came with him. He watched ''stars come into being and die'' several times before he realized that was what was happening. Eventually, growing lonely, he drifted down to a planet and started to use his powers to help life come into being... and by the time his teammates came along, the entire galaxy was essentially embroiled in an ongoing conflict between the Progeny, the species he was currently using as his instrument to shape the evolution of the local races, and the "variant" species which he'd decided didn't fit into that shape.]] When his teammates finally met up with him, his way of thinking was [[BlueAndOrangeMorality completely unrecognizable]]. [[spoiler:According to Brainiac 5, he's not necessarily mad or sane or good or evil anymore- he's simply living in an incomprehensibly larger time scale, from which the eyeblinks that are mortal lifespans simply don't matter, and the galaxy is his petri dish because he doesn't need to care about the feelings of the beings living there- regardless of what the germs in the petri dish think of him while they're alive, regardless of anything, they'll be dead before he blinks one way or the other.]]

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* One member of the ''ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'', Element Lad, was left the only one conscious when they were all cast into a different universe, and seems to have this reaction to the energies of the forming universe, terrified of looking out the windows of their spaceship. After he sends the others back but is left alone in the new universe without the ship, [[spoiler:he spent billions, if not trillions of years simply floating through space- his space--his powers allowed him to survive by transmuting his body and the air that came with him. He watched ''stars come into being and die'' several times before he realized that was what was happening. Eventually, growing lonely, he drifted down to a planet and started to use his powers to help life come into being... and by the time his teammates came along, the entire galaxy was essentially embroiled in an ongoing conflict between the Progeny, the species he was currently using as his instrument to shape the evolution of the local races, and the "variant" species which he'd decided didn't fit into that shape.]] When his teammates finally met up with him, his way of thinking was [[BlueAndOrangeMorality completely unrecognizable]]. [[spoiler:According to Brainiac 5, he's not necessarily mad or sane or good or evil anymore- he's anymore--he's simply living in an incomprehensibly larger time scale, from which the eyeblinks that are mortal lifespans simply don't matter, and the galaxy is his petri dish because he doesn't need to care about the feelings of the beings living there- regardless there--regardless of what the germs in the petri dish think of him while they're alive, regardless of anything, they'll be dead before he blinks one way or the other.]]
31st Dec '15 1:11:14 AM jormis29
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* In the climactic scene of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', Indiana and temporary love interest Marion are tied to a stake in the middle of things as the Nazis are about to open the Ark of the Covenant. Indy tells Marion not to look at whatever power or entity comes out - sound advice, as it turns out, as nasty, {{Nightmare Fuel}}ish things happen to the Nazis, including one guy getting his ''[[ImMelting face melted off]]''.

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* In the climactic scene of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', Indiana and temporary love interest Marion are tied to a stake in the middle of things as the Nazis are about to open the Ark of the Covenant.TheArkOfTheCovenant. Indy tells Marion not to look at whatever power or entity comes out - sound advice, as it turns out, as nasty, {{Nightmare Fuel}}ish things happen to the Nazis, including one guy getting his ''[[ImMelting face melted off]]''.
1st Oct '15 4:43:33 PM nombretomado
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* During ''OutlawStar'' the ship's computer, Gilliam, helps the new crew activate the XGP's engines during start up.

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* During ''OutlawStar'' ''Manga/OutlawStar'' the ship's computer, Gilliam, helps the new crew activate the XGP's engines during start up.
3rd Jul '15 5:17:04 PM nombretomado
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* Done in ''LastExile'' when Dio wants to see the power source of the ''Silvana''

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* Done in ''LastExile'' ''Anime/LastExile'' when Dio wants to see the power source of the ''Silvana''
16th May '15 5:13:15 PM nombretomado
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* In the book {{Halo}}: The Fall of Reach, Captain Keyes is given a tour of his new ship's state-of-the-art fusion reactor, the most powerful in the fleet.

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* In the book {{Halo}}: The Fall of Reach, ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'', Captain Keyes is given a tour of his new ship's state-of-the-art fusion reactor, the most powerful in the fleet.
5th May '15 10:32:38 AM nombretomado
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* GreekMythology: Perseus needed a mirror to look safely at Medusa, one of the original Gorgons, without her turning him to stone with her gaze.

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* GreekMythology: Myth/GreekMythology: Perseus needed a mirror to look safely at Medusa, one of the original Gorgons, without her turning him to stone with her gaze.
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