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4th Feb '17 1:25:09 AM Doug86
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** In it's sequel WarhammerAgeOfSigmar we have Sigmarite, a metal ore mined at great cost from Mallus, the Old World's core. It's mainly used in the weapons, armor and equipment of the Stormcast Eternals and it's rumored that Ghal Maraz, Sigmar's hammer, it's made of it. [[spoiler: This reinforces the fan theory that Sigmarite it's just gromril, also called meteoric iron. A metal used extensively by the dwarves and the Empire in their magic weapons and heavy armors.]]

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** In it's sequel WarhammerAgeOfSigmar its sequel, ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'', we have Sigmarite, a metal ore mined at great cost from Mallus, the Old World's core. It's mainly used in the weapons, armor and equipment of the Stormcast Eternals and it's rumored that Ghal Maraz, Sigmar's hammer, it's made of it. [[spoiler: This reinforces the fan theory that Sigmarite it's just gromril, also called meteoric iron. A metal used extensively by the dwarves and the Empire in their magic weapons and heavy armors.]]
28th Dec '16 3:56:56 AM Philistine
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Though a long time after the [[TropeMaker Trope]] [[{{Dune}} Maker]], the TropeNamer is the mineral sought by the mining company in ''Film/{{Avatar}}''.

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Though a long time after the [[TropeMaker Trope]] [[{{Dune}} Maker]], the TropeNamer is the mineral sought by the mining company in ''Film/{{Avatar}}''.
''Film/{{Avatar}}'' [[note]]The term "Unobtanium" has been in use by engineers for far longer to describe any hypothetical material with currently- or then-impossible properties.[[/note]].
25th Dec '16 11:46:03 AM Xtifr
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'''Unobtainium''' is the exotic material that is needed to make the AppliedPhlebotinum of a story work. Without it, all your nifty machines and [[MacGuffin plot-enabling gadgets]] quit functioning.

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'''Unobtainium''' Unobtainium is the exotic material that is needed to make the AppliedPhlebotinum of a story work. Without it, all your nifty machines and [[MacGuffin plot-enabling gadgets]] quit functioning.
4th Dec '16 7:55:43 PM Az_Tech341
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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.

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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; mid-1970's; 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.
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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