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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.
9th Aug '16 2:02:34 PM Ripburger
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* ''VideoGame/XCom'':
** The first two games of the series have Elerium, an element that formed in yellow crystals and had an atomic number of 115. By the third game, Elerium could be mined on Mars and extrasolar colonies. Elerium's in-game role was probably inspired by [[http://www.beyondweird.com/element115.html claims]] made about element-115 in the 1980s by a UFO enthusiast with the splendidly appropriate name of Bob Lazar. Sadly, when someone eventually got around to synthesising the stuff they called it [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ununpentium Ununpentium]] instead, and it also appears that Lazar was talking through his hat.

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* ''VideoGame/XCom'':
''[[{{VideoGame/XCOM}} XCOM]]'':
** The first two games of the series ([[VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense UFO]] and [[VideoGame/XCOMTerrorFromTheDeep TFTD]]) have Elerium, an element that formed in yellow crystals and had an atomic number of 115. By [[VideoGame/XCOMApocalypse the third game, game]], Elerium could be mined on Mars and extrasolar colonies. Elerium's in-game role was probably inspired by [[http://www.beyondweird.com/element115.html claims]] made about element-115 in the 1980s by a UFO enthusiast with the splendidly appropriate name of Bob Lazar. Sadly, when someone eventually got around to synthesising the stuff they called it [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ununpentium Ununpentium]] instead, and it also appears that Lazar was talking through his hat.
27th Jul '16 1:46:08 PM Az_Tech341
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->''"Is Unobtainium very hard to obtain."''

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->''"Is Unobtainium very hard to obtain."''obtain?"''
27th Jul '16 10:51:28 AM MattP5557
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->''"Is Unobtainium very hard to obtain."''
-->-- '''Peter Griffin''', ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''

18th Jul '16 11:38:25 PM M84
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* Australium in the backstory of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', a material so powerful and versatile that it has granted the rather dim-witted [[AcceptableTargets Australians]] global technological supremacy. Shipped in bars marked with a picture of a man fighting a kangaroo. It also has the side effect of causing TestosteronePoisoning to those who handle it, turning anyone using into ridiculously manly {{Boisterous Bruiser}}s with {{Badass Mustache}}s and [[CarpetOfVirility Carpets Of Virility]]. ''Even the women.'' It's also usable as rocket fuel. [[spoiler:Disclaimer: we didn't say it was ''good'' rocket fuel.]]

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* Australium in the backstory of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', a material so powerful and versatile that it has granted the rather dim-witted [[AcceptableTargets Australians]] global technological supremacy. Shipped in bars marked with a picture of a man fighting a kangaroo. It also has the side effect of causing TestosteronePoisoning to those who handle it, turning anyone using into ridiculously manly {{Boisterous Bruiser}}s with {{Badass Mustache}}s and [[CarpetOfVirility Carpets Of Virility]]. ''Even the women.'' It's also usable as rocket fuel. [[spoiler:Disclaimer: we didn't say it was ''good'' rocket fuel.]]]] The Life Extenders used by certain characters also run on the stuff.
10th Jul '16 6:11:23 PM nombretomado
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* The iconic weapons of the Claymores from ''{{Claymore}}'' are indestructible due to being made from an unknown metal. [[spoiler:The fact that this sort of forging is impossible to find in the setting is a hint to the truth behind the Organization's purpose.]]
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