History Main / SovietSuperscience

31st Oct '17 8:04:41 AM kyojikasshu
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** Crimson Dynamo is a Soviet scientist who invents an armored suit which also allows the wearer to control electricity.

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** The original Crimson Dynamo is was a Soviet scientist who invents an armored suit which also allows the wearer to control electricity.electricity. He subsequently defected, and [[HeroicSacrifice died keeping the Soviets from stealing his armor]], though they later built newer models for other agents.


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** Omega Red is the Soviet-era counterpart to ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}: a mutant whose powers were augmented by government-sponsored super science, which in Red's case also gave him [[{{Unobtanium}} carbonadium]] tentacles.
15th Oct '17 9:17:53 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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The Soviet record on science includes astounding triumphs -- they [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Gagarin put the first man in space]] and contributed immensely to theoretical physics (there were several Soviet Nobel laureates in physics, including Andrei Sakharov and Lev Landau, and the Landau-Lifshitz textbooks on theoretical physics still remain among the best) -- and also laughable failures, such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysenkoism Lysenkoism]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punitive_psychiatry_in_the_Soviet_Union the abuse of psychiatry for "rehabilitation" purposes]]. The USSR pioneered [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radial_Keratotomy modern corrective eye surgery]], yet fell behind in steel manufacturing, despite experimenting with it the longest. The Soviets, however, [[ILoveNuclearPower loved Nuclear Power]], the world's first nuclear power plant to generate electricity for a power grid went online in USSR. Too bad [[{{UsefulNotes/Chernobyl}} a certain accident]] [[NeverLiveItDown ruined that reputation]]. So, this certainly has some basis in fact. Of course, the inconsistencies can be [[HandWave handwaved]] by the means of an AlternateUniverse, as ''Videogame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'' testifies.

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The Soviet record on science includes astounding triumphs -- they [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Gagarin put the first man human in space]] and contributed immensely to theoretical physics (there were several Soviet Nobel laureates in physics, including Andrei Sakharov and Lev Landau, and the Landau-Lifshitz textbooks on theoretical physics still remain among the best) -- and also laughable failures, such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysenkoism Lysenkoism]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punitive_psychiatry_in_the_Soviet_Union the abuse of psychiatry for "rehabilitation" purposes]]. The USSR pioneered [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radial_Keratotomy modern corrective eye surgery]], yet fell behind in steel manufacturing, despite experimenting with it the longest. The Soviets, however, [[ILoveNuclearPower loved Nuclear Power]], the world's first nuclear power plant to generate electricity for a power grid went online in USSR. Too bad [[{{UsefulNotes/Chernobyl}} a certain accident]] [[NeverLiveItDown ruined that reputation]]. So, this certainly has some basis in fact. Of course, the inconsistencies can be [[HandWave handwaved]] by the means of an AlternateUniverse, as ''Videogame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'' testifies.
30th Sep '17 3:03:49 PM avon
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* In ''ThePrisoner'' This trope was among the many plausible, but inconclusive theories that Number 6 had about the nature of The Village.

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* In ''ThePrisoner'' This trope was among the many plausible, but inconclusive theories that Number 6 had about the nature of The Village.
30th Sep '17 3:02:44 PM avon
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* In ''ThePrisoner'' This trope was among the many plausible, but inconclusive theories that Number 6 had about the nature of The Village.
25th Aug '17 6:30:48 PM nombretomado
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The common idea nowadays is that TheNewRussia won't be able to have anything vastly superior for awhile either due to economic problems and lack of funding, or the resulting lack of personnel. While there is some truth in this, Russia is still a huge industrially developed nation more-or-less tied with Germany as the largest economy in Europe, so it might be able to keep up though, which is largely what the Soviet Union did. The fall of the Soviet Union is often used as a reason why long-abandoned SovietSuperscience is once again rearing its ugly head, it having been forgotten about, lost in the confusion or sold off by corrupt handlers in the post-Soviet restructuring of Russian society. Admittedly, the same story was used by many a charlatan in Russia as well.

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The common idea nowadays is that TheNewRussia UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia won't be able to have anything vastly superior for awhile either due to economic problems and lack of funding, or the resulting lack of personnel. While there is some truth in this, Russia is still a huge industrially developed nation more-or-less tied with Germany as the largest economy in Europe, so it might be able to keep up though, which is largely what the Soviet Union did. The fall of the Soviet Union is often used as a reason why long-abandoned SovietSuperscience is once again rearing its ugly head, it having been forgotten about, lost in the confusion or sold off by corrupt handlers in the post-Soviet restructuring of Russian society. Admittedly, the same story was used by many a charlatan in Russia as well.



* In ''Literature/{{MARZENA}}'', according to Marian the Russian Government of 2033 wants to use Advanced Psychology, along with a reborn and self-aware neuroscience and [[ManchurianAgent Anti-Manchurians Agents]], to destroy the cultural independence of the Balkans and create a giant [[TheNewRussia Invincible Super Russian State]].

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* In ''Literature/{{MARZENA}}'', according to Marian the Russian Government of 2033 wants to use Advanced Psychology, along with a reborn and self-aware neuroscience and [[ManchurianAgent Anti-Manchurians Agents]], to destroy the cultural independence of the Balkans and create a giant [[TheNewRussia [[UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia Invincible Super Russian State]].



* In TheThirties the Soviets also built a working DrillTank, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subterrene Subterrene Trebeleva]], though it was deemed impractical at the time, due to enormous amounts of energy it needed to function and too thick and unwieldy cable it must be supplied by. In TheSixties there reportedly was an attempt to revisit the idea using an on-board nuclear reactor, but it allegedly failed and killed the entire test-crew, at which point the project was deemed "not worth it" and abandoned. Though this later project is probably nothing more than a simple [[TheNewRussia Perestroyka-times]] hoax, when a lot of strange rumors surfaced.

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* In TheThirties the Soviets also built a working DrillTank, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subterrene Subterrene Trebeleva]], though it was deemed impractical at the time, due to enormous amounts of energy it needed to function and too thick and unwieldy cable it must be supplied by. In TheSixties there reportedly was an attempt to revisit the idea using an on-board nuclear reactor, but it allegedly failed and killed the entire test-crew, at which point the project was deemed "not worth it" and abandoned. Though this later project is probably nothing more than a simple [[TheNewRussia [[UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia Perestroyka-times]] hoax, when a lot of strange rumors surfaced.
23rd Aug '17 9:43:52 AM GrammarNavi
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* One of the key technologies of the Lockheed-Martin's F-35B STOVL fighter, the afterburning vectoring nozzle of its PW F135-400 engine, was actually developed in the SovietUnion at the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar for the Soviet Yak-141 VTOL fighter. Lockheed and Yakovlev briefly collaborated in the [[TheNewRussia early Nineties]], and Yakovlev sold them much of its know-how, including the full set of documentation on the cancelled Yak-141. And it doesn't just extends to the nozzle if you compare the two jets, the similarity is pretty uncanny.

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* One of the key technologies of the Lockheed-Martin's F-35B STOVL fighter, the afterburning vectoring nozzle of its PW F135-400 engine, was actually developed in the SovietUnion [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]] at the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar for the Soviet Yak-141 VTOL fighter. Lockheed and Yakovlev briefly collaborated in the [[TheNewRussia [[UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia early Nineties]], and Yakovlev sold them much of its know-how, including the full set of documentation on the cancelled Yak-141. And it doesn't just extends to the nozzle if you compare the two jets, the similarity is pretty uncanny.
7th Aug '17 12:09:19 PM CountArtha
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* Largely averted in ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober''. The titular submarine has an experimental drive system that is extremely stealthy by Soviet standards, but an American submarine still manages to detect it because their sonar is just that good. By the end, it almost qualifies as a DeconstructedTrope with more than one character remarking how overrated the new drive system turned out to be.
6th Aug '17 9:55:02 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' has a more "magical" version, of the "abandoned experiments" variety in the Transylvania zones. Two of the biggest projects included sending cosmonauts through a dimensional rift, and breeding Vampire/human hybrids as supersoldiers. Both projects were officially abandoned, but work continues independently at the time of the game, and both involve advanced technology of other forms (The rift project is controlled by an AI, for example.)

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* ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' has a more "magical" {{Magitek}} version, of the "abandoned experiments" variety in the Transylvania zones. Two of the biggest projects included sending cosmonauts through a dimensional rift, and breeding Vampire/human hybrids creating [[HalfHumanHybrid human/vampire hybrids]] as supersoldiers. {{Super Soldier}}s. Both projects were officially abandoned, but work continues independently at the time of the game, and both involve advanced technology of other forms (The forms. The rift project is controlled kept running by an AI, AI and by the last surviving cosmonaut, Halina Ilyushin, whose desire to explore the cosmos has [[SanitySlippage driven her mad]], while the super soldier program was restarted by the [[VampireMonarch vampire queen Mara]], the BigBad of the Transylvania arc, in order to have a supply of workers for example.)[[EldritchLocation the Breach]].
31st Jul '17 8:01:15 AM mindbound
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* Honorable mention should go to Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, a self-taught rocket scientist who developed the principles of spaceflight long before Oberth and Goddard. Unfortunately despite being lauded in Soviet propaganda later in life, his role was minimal because few people outside Russia knew about his work.

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* Honorable mention should go to Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, a [[SelfMadeMan self-taught rocket scientist scientist]] who developed the principles of spaceflight long before Oberth and Goddard. Unfortunately despite being lauded in Soviet propaganda later in life, his role was minimal because few people outside Russia knew about his work.
31st Jul '17 7:55:29 AM mindbound
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** Except for the one chap called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Korolev Sergei Korolev]]... and hence we get Tsiolkovsky sharing the prime spot on the ISS Zvezda bulkhead with none less than Gagarin].

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** Except for [[UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace the one chap chap]] called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Korolev Sergei Korolev]]... and hence we get Tsiolkovsky sharing the prime spot on the ISS Zvezda bulkhead with none less than Gagarin].
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