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    If you've played Half-Life before, you may have noticed some glowing green goo during the opening tram ride.

    Is there a real-life basis for the goo? does it really exist?


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    A lot of the radioactive waste would be in the form of ion exchange resin, which might be gooey. It wouldn't be glowing, though.
    Ion-exchange resin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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    I guess it was inspired by glowing uranium glass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    I doubt it was based on anything, they probably just thought it looked good...
    That said, science fiction rarely gets its science right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ostkef View Post
    That said, bad science fiction rarely gets its science right.
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    Good SF gets as much right as it can.
    One tenet of (good) SF is that you're allowed one non-science "idea" (e.g. FTL) otherwise the story couldn't happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ostkef View Post
    That said, bad science fiction rarely gets its science right.
    Corrected.
    Good SF gets as much right as it can.
    One tenet of (good) SF is that you're allowed one non-science "idea" (e.g. FTL) otherwise the story couldn't happen.
    some SF can totally screw up the science but they have a very interesting story/plot devt.


    last time i used to be bothered by this but now I don't really care. However I stopped watching CSI after realizing how unrealistic it was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ostkef View Post
    That said, bad science fiction rarely gets its science right.
    Corrected.
    Good SF gets as much right as it can.
    One tenet of (good) SF is that you're allowed one non-science "idea" (e.g. FTL) otherwise the story couldn't happen.
    some SF can totally screw up the science but they have a very interesting story/plot devt.


    last time i used to be bothered by this but now I don't really care. However I stopped watching CSI after realizing how unrealistic it was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    I want to know where the CSI guys bought their mass spec, they put a sample in and within 30 seconds it tells them what it is, where it was bought from and when, mine tends to have a hissy fit and spew random peaks all over the place...
    they bought it from Hollywood, land of magic and bullshittery
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    Where do I get their catalogue
    Call Don Cheadle

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl9_ylakzcI
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