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19th Oct '17 2:54:21 PM WiddershinsDaughter
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*** The entire ''ship'' spins in ''StarTrekDiscovery'' when the spore drive is activated. First the saucer spins (in counter-rotating directions, no less) while the drive charges up, then the whole ship spins (around the long axis) right before it jumps.
12th Oct '17 3:18:36 PM Amahn
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** A few episodes later a large device that's supposed to do something with isolating transuranic elements (which in the real world would involve a particle accelerator) has lots wildly rotating components on several different axis. One of which wangs Carter in the head, setting up the cause of the remainder on the episode.
* Possibly Lampshaded in an episode of ''Series/Warehouse13''. In a show that puts the supernatural above the science we have a computer programmer who successfully created a holographic AI in the 70s. When they find him he's in a mental hospital and has the mentality of a 5 year old, and likes to talk about the "spinning and twirling and dancing". Turns out the AI was the result of some BrainUploading accomplished using a zoetrope, but only half his brain was uploaded. Spinning the zoetrope 1 way = upload the brain, spin it the other way = download it back into him. "When Things Spin Brain Uploads Happen"?
** The chairs that time travelers sit in to use H.G. Wells' time machine are on a giant turntable that starts rotating when the traveler's minds are being sent back in time.
4th Oct '17 3:30:44 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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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.

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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.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.
25th Aug '17 11:14:04 PM MadCat221
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* Even today, most electricity is, in fact, generated via spinning magnetic turbines. Wind power? Wind spinning a turbine. Hydroelectric power? Water and gravity spinning turbines. Thermoelectric plants? Radioactive material or burning fuel generate heat that boils water and makes steam, which runs through a pressurized course and spins turbines along the way.

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* Even today, most electricity is, in fact, generated via spinning magnetic turbines. Wind power? Wind spinning a turbine. Hydroelectric power? Water and gravity spinning turbines. Thermoelectric plants? Radioactive material or burning fuel generate heat that boils water and makes steam, which runs through a pressurized course and spins turbines along the way. The turbine then spins a dynamo, and electric current is generated.
27th Jul '17 10:30:26 AM xcountryguy
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* Spiral Power is the crux of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', [[spoiler: and the reason the ScaryDogmaticAliens are trying to kill everybody.]] It's also the theme of a FauxlosophicNarration delivered by Leeron. Although considering which {{Anime}} we're talking about perhaps it might be more like "When Things Spin Science Collapses."

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* Spiral Power is the crux of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and the reason the ScaryDogmaticAliens are trying to kill everybody.]] It's also the theme of a FauxlosophicNarration delivered by Leeron. Although considering which {{Anime}} we're talking about perhaps it might be more like "When Things Spin Science Collapses."
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.
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