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8th Jan '17 11:44:41 AM epoxy
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* The thing which was meant to allow Jodie Foster's character to meet the aliens in ''Film/{{Contact}}'' had rings that spun around each other. Known in the novel as "Benzels", after the inventor of the merry-go-round.

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* The thing which was meant to allow Jodie Foster's character to meet the aliens in In ''Film/{{Contact}}'' had the huge alien-contacting machine has concentric rings that spun spin around each other. Known in other on two axes. In the novel as "Benzels", these are named "Benzels" after the inventor of the merry-go-round.



* In a weird version of the trope, the black hole making gravity drive on the ''Film/EventHorizon'' spins slowly in standby but went activated its three rings stop together. Then something pseudo-sciency happens. Also, everything in the room was covered with [[SpikesOfDoom spikes]] for [[MundaneMadeAwesome no apparent reason]]. They were originally supposed to interact with the gravity drive, with the spikes acting as conducting points for excess energy, but they didn't have the budget to put those kind of special effects into the movie, so they left them in for RuleOfScary.

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* In a weird version of the trope, the black hole making gravity drive on the ''Film/EventHorizon'' shows a weird variant of the trope. The black hole-making gravity drive on the titular ship spins slowly in standby but went activated but, when activated, its three rings stop together. Then something pseudo-sciency happens. Also, everything in the room was is covered with [[SpikesOfDoom spikes]] for [[MundaneMadeAwesome no apparent reason]]. They were originally supposed to interact with the gravity drive, with the spikes acting as conducting points for excess energy, but they didn't have the budget to put those kind of special effects into the movie, so they left them in for RuleOfScary.



* Initially played straight, but ultimately averted with the Observatory in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag.'' The spinny bits just act as a giant projector, the important part does not only not spin, but doesn't need the spinny bit at all. It just can't create giant sized images by itself.
* The Ryan Industries building in ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' contains a few rooms that feature huge spinning wheels. Presumably these are part of some mechanical equipment, but why they specifically intrude into corridors and the like seems to have no practical purpose. Knowing Ryan, the ones in Hephaestus are likely there just to show off.
* The Cyclotron stage in ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive 2 Ultimate''.
* The ''Ishimura'' in VideoGame/DeadSpace has her artificial gravity created by a "gravity centrifuge".



* The Mass Relays on ''Franchise/MassEffect'' are giant glowing gyroscopes In Space.
** The Tantalus Drive-Core of the original ''Normandy SR-1''.
* Large spinning external reel-to-reel [[ComputerEqualsTapeDrive tape drives]] are how you know computers are working. Shown as recently as ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal''.

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* The Mass Relays on ''Franchise/MassEffect'' are giant glowing gyroscopes In Space.
** The Tantalus Drive-Core
''VideoGame/{{Fez}}'' Gomez travels to another planet through a "star gate" made of the original ''Normandy SR-1''.
concentric rings that whirl around as it activates. It's an obvious ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Contact}}''.
* Large Each Garden in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has a massive spinning external reel-to-reel [[ComputerEqualsTapeDrive tape drives]] ring that presumably keeps it in the air. So do the airships in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''; at one point, this becomes a plot point when the characters deduce that an airship is about to crash because its "glossair rings are how you know computers are working. Shown as recently as ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal''.stopping".
* Science cruisers, AWACS, subspace portals, and even nebula gas miners in ''VideoGame/FreeSpace'' all have very prominent spinning widgets.



* Each Garden in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has a massive spinning ring that presumably keeps it in the air. So do the airships in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''; at one point, this becomes a plot point when the characters deduce that an airship is about to crash because its "glossair rings are stopping".
* The Ryan Industries building in ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' contains a few rooms that feature huge spinning wheels. Presumably these are part of some mechanical equipment, but why they specifically intrude into corridors and the like seems to have no practical purpose. Knowing Ryan, the ones in Hephaestus are likely there just to show off.
* In ''MetroidPrime'' ''2: Echoes'', there's a room with a couple of large rings spinning around a giant ball of energy in the center because the spinning has made so much science that it has gone mad and you must stop it by making the rings not spinning and the scary energy ball goes away.

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* Each Garden in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has a massive spinning ring that presumably keeps it in the air. So do the airships in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''; at one point, this becomes a plot point when the characters deduce that an airship is about to crash because its "glossair rings are stopping".
* The Ryan Industries building in ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' contains a few rooms that feature huge spinning wheels. Presumably these Mass Relays on ''Franchise/MassEffect'' are part of some mechanical equipment, but why they specifically intrude into corridors and the like seems to have no practical purpose. Knowing Ryan, the ones in Hephaestus are likely there just to show off.
* In ''MetroidPrime'' ''2: Echoes'', there's a room with a couple of large rings spinning around a
giant ball glowing gyroscopes In Space.
** The Tantalus Drive-Core
of energy in the center because the spinning has made so much science that it has gone mad and you must stop it by making the rings not spinning and the scary energy ball goes away.original ''Normandy SR-1''.



* When ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'''s [[RobotGirl Aigis]] activates her [[OverDrive Orgia Mode]], the headphone-like disks on the side of her head spin with a loud whirring sound and emit a thin wisp of smoke. Possibly justified if they happen to be fans, or other kind of cooling device.

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* In ''MetroidPrime'' ''2: Echoes'', there's a room with a couple of large rings spinning around a giant ball of energy in the center because the spinning has made so much science that it has gone mad and you must stop it by making the rings not spinning and the scary energy ball goes away.* When ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'''s [[RobotGirl Aigis]] activates her [[OverDrive Orgia Mode]], the headphone-like disks on the side of her head spin with a loud whirring sound and emit a thin wisp of smoke. Possibly justified if they happen to be fans, or other kind of cooling device.



* The Cyclotron stage in ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive 2 Ultimate''.
* The ''Ishimura'' in VideoGame/DeadSpace has her artificial gravity created by a "gravity centrifuge".
* Science cruisers, AWACS, subspace portals, and even nebula gas miners in ''VideoGame/FreeSpace'' all have very prominent spinning widgets.

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* The Cyclotron stage in ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive 2 Ultimate''.
* The ''Ishimura'' in VideoGame/DeadSpace has her artificial gravity created by a "gravity centrifuge".
* Science cruisers, AWACS, subspace portals, and even nebula gas miners in ''VideoGame/FreeSpace'' all have very prominent
In ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'', large spinning widgets.external reel-to-reel [[ComputerEqualsTapeDrive tape drives]] are how you know computers are working.



* Initially played straight, but ultimately averted with the Observatory in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag.'' The spinny bits just act as a giant projector, the important part does not only not spin, but doesn't need the spinny bit at all. It just can't create giant sized images by itself.
28th Dec '16 5:49:13 PM Lenoxus
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* In ''Timeless'', the characters' time machine is encircled by two large chainlink-wheel structures. The more advanced machine they pursue appears to have these same wheels covered up, with lights instead.
21st Nov '16 11:19:36 PM __Vano
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* In, ''Film/IvanVasilievichChangesProfession'' Soviet film, Shurik's time machine has many little spinning parts, as well as generous amounts of SmokeAndMirrors.

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* In, In ''Film/IvanVasilievichChangesProfession'' Soviet film, Shurik's time machine has many little spinning parts, as well as generous amounts of SmokeAndMirrors.
21st Nov '16 11:17:29 PM __Vano
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* In, ''Film/IvanVasilievichChangesProfession'' Soviet film, Shurik's time machine has many little spinning parts, as well as generous amounts of SmokeAndMirrors.
21st Nov '16 9:39:51 PM __Vano
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* The Delorean in BackToTheFuture was famous for how its motors had to be spinning at 88 miles per hour in order to travel through time.
16th Nov '16 7:25:00 AM LBHills
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* In ''Disney/TreasurePlanet,'' the Centroid is an asteroid-sized spinning sphere at the core of an artificial world, powering a CoolGate.
29th Sep '16 5:10:37 PM Thesedaysthosedays
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* The Delorean in BackToTheFuture was famous for how its motors had to be spinning at 88 miles per hour in order to travel through time.
8th Aug '16 2:16:25 PM MrNickelodeon
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* The page image is of the Port Discovery area at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Tokyo DisneySea]], which is themed as a weather control station that's filled with a lot scientific objects that spin.
* The idea behind ''Ride/StormForceAccelatron'' at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's Islands of Adventure]] is that the guests have to spin the pods they're riding in, as doing so will power the Accelatron and magnify Storm's powers.
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21st Jul '16 11:52:23 AM Sugao
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* Take a tour through a science lab and note the responses of the tourists. The $5,000 PCR thermocycling machine that can duplicate DNA samples thousands of times an hour? It's a box. The $20,000 mass spectrometer that can tell you the elemental contents of any sample? It's a box. But the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kROlbbtdiCM magnetic stir bar]]? The little contraption that costs less than $10 and whose only function is to be a glorified mixer? [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Coolest. Thing. Ever.]]
18th Jul '16 6:43:08 AM REV6Pilot
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* Even today, most electricity is, in fact, generated via spinning magnetic turbines. Coal? Burn it, heating water, generating steam, spinning a turbine. Wind power? Wind spinning a turbine. Hydroelectric power? Turbines spun by water and gravity. Nuclear power? Radioactive material boils water and we use that steam to spin turbines.

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* Even today, most electricity is, in fact, generated via spinning magnetic turbines. Coal? Burn it, heating water, generating steam, spinning a turbine. Wind power? Wind spinning a turbine. Hydroelectric power? Turbines spun by water Water and gravity. Nuclear power? gravity spinning turbines. Thermoelectric plants? Radioactive material or burning fuel generate heat that boils water and we use that steam to spin turbines.makes steam, which runs through a pressurized course and spins turbines along the way.
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