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14th May '16 12:30:24 AM Az_Tech341
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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}}''.
5th May '16 9:41:05 PM nombretomado
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* The Null Fragments in ''[[VideoGame/GaiaOnline zOMG!]]'', when in use, were like this. These little purple gems could be used to make anything you could think of, from tattoos, to figurines, to feather boas, to the armor of an alien species, to... you get the idea.

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* The Null Fragments in ''[[VideoGame/GaiaOnline ''[[Website/GaiaOnline zOMG!]]'', when in use, were like this. These little purple gems could be used to make anything you could think of, from tattoos, to figurines, to feather boas, to the armor of an alien species, to... you get the idea.
4th May '16 8:14:19 AM Prfnoff
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* Similarly to a rare-earth matter above, the incredibly rare and expensive platinoid metal, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhenium rhenium]], has all types of possible uses, mainly because it gives nearly magical properties to the metals it is alloyed with. Unfortunately, it is so rare that it's used mainly in aircraft engines, where its cost can be justified. There is ''one single'' concentrated deposit on the whole planet, discharging as a sulfide gas from a single fumarole on the side of a volcano on the South Kurile island of Iturup, which is disputed between Russia and Japan. It is possible that the harder position Russia has recently taken about the Kurile issue might be explained by the wish to protect and exploit this deposit.

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* Similarly to a rare-earth matter above, the incredibly rare and expensive The platinoid metal, metal [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhenium rhenium]], rhenium]] has all types of possible uses, mainly because it gives nearly magical properties to the metals it is alloyed with. Unfortunately, it is so incredibly rare and expensive that it's used mainly in aircraft engines, where its cost can be justified. (Not coincidentally, it was the very last of the stable elements to be discovered, in 1925.) There is ''one single'' concentrated deposit of rhenium on the whole planet, discharging as a sulfide gas from a single fumarole on the side of a volcano on the South Kurile island of Iturup, which is disputed between Russia and Japan. It is possible that the harder position Russia has recently taken about the Kurile issue might be explained by the wish to protect and exploit this deposit.
19th Apr '16 1:15:51 PM MysteriousSqueakyToy
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* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'' has Miranium, a mineral unique to the planet the White Whale crashed on that can be refined into almost any material and is used as fuel for Skells. One sidequest also involves the team collecting a mineral with odd physical properties that ends up named after one of the recruitable characters.
17th Apr '16 8:31:29 PM frogpatrol
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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.
2nd Apr '16 11:23:01 PM GrammarNavi
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* Wil McCarthy's ''Queendom of Sol'' series has quantum dots, which can imitate the properties of ordinary matter as well as manifesting exotic attributes like perfect reflectivity and frictionlessness. He also wrote a non-fiction novel called ''Hacking Matter'' that talks about the real-world possibility of using them. So, unobtainium today, but maybe not tomorrow.

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* Wil McCarthy's [=McCarthy=]'s ''Queendom of Sol'' series has quantum dots, which can imitate the properties of ordinary matter as well as manifesting exotic attributes like perfect reflectivity and frictionlessness. He also wrote a non-fiction novel called ''Hacking Matter'' that talks about the real-world possibility of using them. So, unobtainium today, but maybe not tomorrow.
19th Mar '16 5:42:52 AM Hossmeister
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12th Mar '16 1:41:07 PM BlackJAC
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* Valyrian steel in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. It is a magical alloy created in old Valyria, and Valyrian steel weapons are far superior to weapons made of ordinary steel. The secret of creating Valyrian steel was [[LostTechnology lost]] when Valyria fell, but especially skilled blacksmiths can reforge swords from existing Valyrian steel.

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* Valyrian steel in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', which is possibly an {{Expy}} of Damascus steel. It is a magical alloy created in old Valyria, and Valyrian steel weapons are far superior to weapons made of ordinary steel. The secret of creating Valyrian steel was [[LostTechnology lost]] when Valyria fell, but especially skilled blacksmiths can reforge swords from existing Valyrian steel.



** The original (and most frequently recurring) example is dilithium, used in the reactor core of [[FasterThanLightTravel warp drives]] as a control medium, but there are many others.

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** The original (and most frequently recurring) example is dilithium, used in the reactor core of [[FasterThanLightTravel warp drives]] as a control medium, medium because [[ElementsDoNotWorkThatWay lithium's properties were well-known]], but there are many others.



** Vertenium-Cortenide, a compound of ''two'' non-existent substances, used in the warp coils themselves.

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** Vertenium-Cortenide, Verterium Cortenide, a compound of ''two'' non-existent substances, used in the warp coils themselves.
2nd Mar '16 4:53:27 PM Fabsu93
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Compare MineralMacGuffin and SpiceOfLife.

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Compare MineralMacGuffin MineralMacGuffin, SpiceOfLife and SpiceOfLife.FantasyMetals.
12th Feb '16 2:15:57 PM GoldenSonic64
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* ''WebComic/DevilsDust'': The characters here need sugar to fuel their ship and, from the looks of it, they have to try hard to obtain it.
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