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4th Dec '16 2:30:37 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', Zexonyte, which Dr. Andonuts requires for scientific projects, is an incredibly rare material that can only be obtained from a fallen meteorite in the game's environment.
3rd Dec '16 10:16:31 PM WiddershinsDaughter
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* Though never mentioned as such, a particular brand of orange wire mesh used in ''StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' was produced by a company that went out of business in the mid-1970s; a substitute had to be acquired for the filming of the ''StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "[[StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS05E06TrialsAndTribbleations Trials and Tribble-ations.]]" This substitute mesh was correctly pointed out by episode writer David Gerrold as inaccurate to the original series.
3rd Dec '16 10:11:36 PM WiddershinsDaughter
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Some forms of unobtainium are based on real physics, but beyond the current scope of human engineering, such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Room-temperature_superconductor room-temperature superconductors]]; they would revolutionize just about every form of technology, but they are not in and of themselves dangerous or based on some exotic physics-bending principle.

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Some forms of unobtainium are based on real physics, but beyond the current scope of human engineering, such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Room-temperature_superconductor room-temperature superconductors]]; they would revolutionize just about every form of technology, but they are not in and of themselves dangerous or based on some exotic physics-bending principle.
principle. Unobtainium is engineering jargon for, "a material that would be perfect for our purposes, if we could get it, which we can't." Sometimes an object that actually exists, or existed at one time, becomes unobtainium because it's unavailable ''now.''
1st Dec '16 8:10:56 PM HeadacheJohn
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*** It is also so radioactive that if you had enough astatine to be able to see it with the naked eye, you'd be dead from radiation poisoning in minutes.
26th Oct '16 12:39:35 PM Leporidae
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* Amateur chemist Maurice Ward claimed to have invented a material called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starlite Starlite]], a largely organic compound which could withstand and insulate against incredible amounts of heat. In one live demonstration, an egg coated in the stuff was exposed to blowtorch flame for five minutes- after which the egg remained uncooked and cool enough to handle without protection. Despite allowing various scientific bodies to run tests on the material, Maurice kept the manufacturing process a closely guarded secret. He died in 2011, taking the secret formula with him, and leaving only a limited quantity of extant Starlite.
25th Aug '16 5:13:37 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* [[http://dilbert.com/strip/2016-08-25 In this]] ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', comic, Dogbert [[BlatantLies claims to have discovered one]] he calls Dogbertium, with "mysterious" properties, including only existing when nobody asks him any questions.
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25th Aug '16 4:34:56 AM Luaan
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** There's an often overlooked significance to petroleum. Beyond its primary role as an energy resource (which has plenty of substitutes), the waste product of petroleum processing is *sulphur* - heavily used in industry, agriculture and medicine. Petroleum made sulphur cheap. It would be easy to ration fuel for tractors in an emergency - but without the sulphur, we'd lose fertilizers.
23rd Aug '16 6:49:29 PM SpacemanSpoof
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* A major part of ''[[VideoGame/StarControl Star Control II]]'' is gathering minerals from planets all over the quadrant to trade for fuel, crew, and ship upgrades. There's a whole category of "Exotic" materials ranging from relatively mundane items like antimatter and neutronium to more fantastical ones such as Aguuti nodules and Tzo crystals. Naturally, the exotics tend to be very rare, very valuable, and (if found in any significant quantities) very dangerous to collect.
17th Aug '16 3:04:44 AM MrCandle
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** The few who have ever attempted to make a catwhisker radio (the radio that needs no electricity whatsoever) may have found out that finding a chunk of Galena (lead sulfide) can prove to be tricky. Though the mineral is the main source of lead today, to the average hobbyist is not available. It was, however, more readily available to regular citizens in the old days due to it's presence in the coal that powered the ubiquitous steam engines. Though there are workarounds, some hobbyists are willing to look around for a piece of it for an authentic galena radio.

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** The few who have ever attempted to make a catwhisker radio (the radio that needs no electricity whatsoever) may have found out that finding a chunk of Galena (lead sulfide) can prove to be tricky. Though the mineral is the main source of lead today, to the average hobbyist is not available. It was, however, more readily available to regular citizens in the old days due to it's its presence in the coal that powered the ubiquitous steam engines. Though there are workarounds, some hobbyists are willing to look around for a piece of it for an authentic galena radio.
11th Aug '16 1:23:40 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Two kinds of unobtainium are mentioned in the game manuals of the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series:

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* Two Multiple kinds of unobtainium are mentioned in the game manuals background information of the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series:



** The impressively resistant construction material used to make the Halos and other Forerunner structures, described as being incredibly dense and accurately carved to the molecule. The author of [[http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/1462/halo_science_101.php?page=1 this article from Gamasutra]], a [=PhD=]., goes to the trouble of calculating just ''how much'' unobtainium would be needed to build the Halo , plus other stats you never knew you wanted to know.

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** The impressively resistant construction material used to make the Halos and other non-HardLight Forerunner structures, described as being incredibly dense and accurately carved to the molecule. The author of [[http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/1462/halo_science_101.php?page=1 this article from Gamasutra]], a [=PhD=]., goes to the trouble of calculating just ''how much'' unobtainium would be needed to build the Halo , plus other stats you never knew you wanted to know.know.
** Blamite, the explosive crystalline material used primarily to make Needler ammunition, which can only be found on one moon orbiting the Elite homeworld.
** The ammo for the Covenant Carbine is an unnamed toxic and radioactive compound mined from several locations within Covenant space.
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