The modern world that we know has slowly transformed physical and manual labor into a less tiring task through the proper application of technology. It’s amazing if you think about how towering building, gigantic stadiums, and state-of-the-art facilities spawn from the ground and get finished in just a few days whereas, ages ago, it would take months—even years for them to get accomplished. The same effect can be observed in the fields of agriculture, aeronautics, engineering, manufacturing, broadcasting, multi-media communication, transportation, advertising, and other fields. With enough energy to power up the machineries and equipment that are used in these fields, the possibilities of progress would be limitless.
But usually the power sources that fuel the equipment and machineries have their limitations. Some even produces harmful effects to the environment and human health. In fact, global warming and the thinning of the ozone layer are greatly associated to the abuse of these power sources. Though we are entering an age wherein we are leaning more to the use of renewable and safe sources of energy, non-renewable energy sources such as coal and oil are still big players in the market and the power majority of the industry.
If we put into consideration the positive and negative attributes of the existing power sources in the world, an ideal power source would be the one that can produce energy without tiring and degeneration – an uninterruptible power supply. But aside from that, it should not be easily affected by natural phenomena, is not harmful to the environment, is easy to handle and maintain, and cheap. Sadly, this type of power source is yet to be discovered. Such a thing, for now, can only exist in fictional stories. The undeniable need for this kind of power source has pushed the creativity of human minds on the possibilities if such uninterruptable power supply would be attained. And you would be surprised to know that such idea has become the main plotline of some of the biggest blockbuster films of our time. Let us review some of these amazing movies and the make-believe power sources that pop culture has come up with.
The Tesseract, The Marvel Universe --
This fictional power source is also known as the cosmic cube. If you have been following the movies, you will know that this piece of rock has an immense role in the up and coming Avengers movie, the Infinity War in 2018. The Tessaract was originally brought to Earth by Odin. Being a source of unlimited energy, it has been subjected to many experiments in an attempt to harness/duplicate its power.
Dilithium, Star Trek--
In the fictional universe of Star Trek, the search for the unique mineral Dilithium has always been a recurring plot element. This piece of mineral is an essential power source for interstellar travel. Dilithium creates plasma that is used to power up warp drives which allows starships to travel faster than light.
Apparently, the blockbuster hit Avatar has its plot revolving for the search of an energy source that is essential for the survival of the human race. The Unobtanium is a highly valuable mineral found in. It does not just provide the Earth’s 22nd century power need but it also enables interstellar travel.
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