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9th Feb '16 4:21:17 AM demonfiren
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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorine_trifluoride Chlorine trifluoride]] is the real-world stuff. Derek Lowe has a nightmarish description at [[blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2008/02/26/sand_wont_save_you_this_time his blog on.]] From that article: "It is, of course, extremely toxic, but that's the least of the problem. It is hypergolic (combusts spontaneously) with every known fuel, and so rapidly hypergolic that no ignition delay has ever been measured. It is also hypergolic with such things as cloth, wood, and test engineers, and asbestos, sand, and water-with which it reacts explosively."
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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorine_trifluoride Chlorine trifluoride]] is the real-world stuff. Derek Lowe has a nightmarish description at [[blogs.[[http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2008/02/26/sand_wont_save_you_this_time his blog on.blog.]] From that article: "It is, of course, extremely toxic, but that's the least of the problem. It is hypergolic (combusts spontaneously) with every known fuel, and so rapidly hypergolic that no ignition delay has ever been measured. It is also hypergolic with such things as cloth, wood, and test engineers, and asbestos, sand, and water-with which it reacts explosively."
9th Feb '16 4:19:01 AM demonfiren
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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorine_trifluoride Chlorine trifluoride]] is the real-world stuff. Derek Lowe has a nightmarish description at [[http://pipeline.corante.com/archives/2008/02/26/sand_wont_save_you_this_time.php his blog on Corante.com.]] From that article: "It is, of course, extremely toxic, but that's the least of the problem. It is hypergolic (combusts spontaneously) with every known fuel, and so rapidly hypergolic that no ignition delay has ever been measured. It is also hypergolic with such things as cloth, wood, and test engineers, and asbestos, sand, and water-with which it reacts explosively."
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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorine_trifluoride Chlorine trifluoride]] is the real-world stuff. Derek Lowe has a nightmarish description at [[http://pipeline.corante.com/archives/2008/02/26/sand_wont_save_you_this_time.php [[blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2008/02/26/sand_wont_save_you_this_time his blog on Corante.com.on.]] From that article: "It is, of course, extremely toxic, but that's the least of the problem. It is hypergolic (combusts spontaneously) with every known fuel, and so rapidly hypergolic that no ignition delay has ever been measured. It is also hypergolic with such things as cloth, wood, and test engineers, and asbestos, sand, and water-with which it reacts explosively."
18th Jan '16 9:45:35 AM Discar
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* Allen Fesler writes stories set in the ''Literature/ChakonaSpace'' 'Verse. One of his inventions is boronike, which is extremely valuable and very useful to engineering types. It is commonly used in [[TransportersAndTeleporters teleporter tech]] because of its inability to ''be'' teleported.
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* Allen Fesler writes stories set in the ''Literature/ChakonaSpace'' 'Verse. One of his inventions is boronike, which is extremely valuable and very useful to engineering types. It is commonly used in [[TransportersAndTeleporters [[{{Teleportation}} teleporter tech]] because of its inability to ''be'' teleported.
10th Jan '16 4:29:57 PM MegaMarioMan
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* Parodied in the ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'' Games, where the material Raritanium is really rare and useless (in part one) or easy to get and used to purchase spaceship upgrades (in part two)...
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* Parodied ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'''s [[http://ratchet.wikia.com/wiki/Raritanium Raritanium]] zig-zags this a bit. In the [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002 first game]], there's only one piece of it in the ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'' Games, where the material entire game, but then you can mine for it in ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando Going Commando]]'' or get it by shooting enemies down in space. Then ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal Up Your Arsenal]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/RatchetDeadlocked Deadlocked]]'' have no important appearance of it (some wrench upgrades are stated to contain Raritanium is really rare in the latter). Then ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction Tools of Destruction]]'' and useless (in part one) or easy to get ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankIntoTheNexus Into the Nexus]]'' have it and it's used to purchase spaceship upgrades (in part two)...upgrade your weapons, but it's... well, rare, and you won't be upgrading too much... until [[NewGamePlus Challenge Mode]], where you'll probably be drowning in the stuff. ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime A Crack in Time]]'' only mentions the ore in the Argorian Battleplex's "Raritanium Cup" tournament. In the meantime, ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankAll4One All 4 One]]'', ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFullFrontalAssault Full Frontal Assault]]'', ''Into the Nexus'', and ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2016 R&C 2016]]'' all have the Warmonger, a rocket launcher whose rockets are stated to be tipped with Raritanium.
1st Jan '16 8:53:18 PM Angeldeb82
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The most common varieties of unobtainium in fiction sit somewhere in the middle, like materials so resistant to heat and/or damage as to be NighInvulnerable compared to other, similar substances. Materials such as {{mithril}}, adamantium, and {{orichalcum}} (and all variant spellings thereof) are the [[FantasyMetals fantasy version]]. ThunderboltIron is especially popular in fiction (and has some [[TruthInTelevision basis in reality]] until furnaces were invented, it was the best source of refined iron). Much [[MadScientist mad science]] uses unobtanium, such as [[ChemistryCanDoAnything chemicals with impossible properties]], [[HollywoodAcid universal solvents]] that can dissolve anything in the blink of an eye, super-explosives that make nitroglycerin look like a weak cough, and plenty of other [[TechnicolorScience funny-colored solutions]]. Following this would be medical and/or chemical wish-fulfillers; Classical real-world alchemy casually referred to carmot, the base substance of the Philosopher's Stone, and Azoth, either the "universal medicine" or "universal solvent". The [[OlderThanFeudalism ancient Greek]] writer Creator/{{Plato}} referred to "orichalcum" (Greek for "mountain bronze") in his description of {{Atlantis}}.
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The most common varieties of unobtainium in fiction sit somewhere in the middle, like materials so resistant to heat and/or damage as to be NighInvulnerable {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le compared to other, similar substances. Materials such as {{mithril}}, adamantium, and {{orichalcum}} (and all variant spellings thereof) are the [[FantasyMetals fantasy version]]. ThunderboltIron is especially popular in fiction (and has some [[TruthInTelevision basis in reality]] until furnaces were invented, it was the best source of refined iron). Much [[MadScientist mad science]] {{mad scien|tist}}ce uses unobtanium, unobtainium, such as [[ChemistryCanDoAnything chemicals with impossible properties]], [[HollywoodAcid universal solvents]] that can dissolve anything in the blink of an eye, super-explosives that make nitroglycerin look like a weak cough, and plenty of other [[TechnicolorScience funny-colored solutions]]. Following this would be medical and/or chemical wish-fulfillers; Classical real-world alchemy casually referred to carmot, the base substance of the Philosopher's Stone, and Azoth, either the "universal medicine" or "universal solvent". The [[OlderThanFeudalism ancient Greek]] writer Creator/{{Plato}} referred to "orichalcum" (Greek for "mountain bronze") in his description of {{Atlantis}}.

See Also: MinovskyPhysics when the {{Unobtainium}} has well-thought-out properties that are strictly adhered to, and its opposite, GreenRocks, when it can do anything and everything the plot demands.
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See Also: MinovskyPhysics when the {{Unobtainium}} Unobtainium has well-thought-out properties that are strictly adhered to, and its opposite, GreenRocks, when it can do anything and everything the plot demands.
29th Dec '15 8:35:52 AM ZachValkyrie
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** Pandemonium is in fact an early name for the transuranic metal americium, which is highly radioactive. Definitely, a salt of this metal is not a substance to be trifled with.
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** Pandemonium is ''Pandemonium'' was in fact an early name for the transuranic metal americium, which is highly radioactive. Definitely, a salt of this metal is not a substance It was called such because it was extremely difficult to be trifled with.separate from the element curium which was originally called ''delirium''.
26th Dec '15 6:38:20 PM nombretomado
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** In the SilverAge DCU, Krypton became a gold mine of unobtainium. Any item, living or not, that originated there would become indestructible under a yellow sun. Kryptonite was also formed by the explosion of Krypton (with various varieties in the Silver and Bronze Ages).
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** In the SilverAge UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} DCU, Krypton became a gold mine of unobtainium. Any item, living or not, that originated there would become indestructible under a yellow sun. Kryptonite was also formed by the explosion of Krypton (with various varieties in the Silver and Bronze Ages).
15th Dec '15 4:34:16 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* ''VideoGame/AntiIdleTheGame'' has a material that is called this letter for letter. It is used for [[ItemCrafting crafting]] a number of high-rank items.
14th Dec '15 5:57:09 AM Nohbody
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* ADAM from ''Franchise/BioShock''. Produced only by a specific variety of deep sea slugs and has the power to rewrite a human's entire genome in minutes, and even transfer memories from one individual to another to some extent.
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* ADAM from ''Franchise/BioShock''. Produced ''VideoGame/BioShock'' is produced only by a specific variety of deep sea slugs and has the power to rewrite a human's entire genome in minutes, and even transfer memories from one individual to another to some extent.
7th Dec '15 11:40:04 AM Korvalus
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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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