Si 262 (The miracle material)

March 9, 2012 in general by Mira

In the year 2501 a contract was taken to send a probe deep to the heart of the planet Mars.  At first the miners were contracted to search for various forms of earth metals,  silver,   mercury gold in particular as these were the common metals used in manufacture.  In charge of the operation was Dr Leonard Blotski who was a seasoned specialist in stellar geology holding operations on various planets and meteors.  He gained fame after finding a number of unknown minerals on a passing meteor which lead to a number of medical breakthroughs in neurology.  These included the famed Blot05 which had the effect of compensating for any lack of brain function in disabled patients.  The drug was also found to cause none disabled subjects to experience a type of over drive comparative to  amphetamine.  Patients were known to solve various puzzles at 1/10 of the speed when not on the drug leading to it being heavily used in various fields.  Soon after the government restricted the use of the drug in all but the military though people are found to buy this drug on the black market for a very high price.

Dr Leonard Blotski unsuspecting of his co workers kept a large stock of this drug and used it on a number of occasions often hosting so called ‘Over-drive’ parties popular with celebrates and even government officials.  This lead many to distrust the Dr.  The following year 2502 the mission was to go ahead and the team were put into a neural stasis and ship set to auto pilot.  2503 the ship arrived on Mars.

The men and woman of the mission woke up with a loud but gentle buzz.  They had practiced this mission over the last year and were used to the effects of muscle weakness.  They sat up in the darkness of the ship and moved very slowly as not to damage any muscle tissue.  “I’ll be so happy when this is all over and I’m back at home on earth, even though I hate that place!” one of the Jackie said to her self.  She was a fit woman with dark black hair with a few luminescent highlights, almost 6ft tall and muscular build,  she had gained this over many gears of gymnastics and other sports.  She was still young after all at 20 the youngest on the team, straight out of the state training institution first class in astral science.  Next one of the male crew James was to wake up and give a quick grin,  he was another science officer expert in Mars geography early 30s.  The oldest on the team was the Dr a frail old man, the others were worried that he might not make it through the sleep and they would have to carry on without him.  Luckily he got up as if from a short nap and started to stretch in a natural manner.  “Right right he said we have work to do, no time to waste!” The others sighed and started to do a type of stretch together as they had practiced every day on earth.  They took a multi shot of various vitamins and food supplement to kick start their bodies out of the sleep.

Afew hours late they were finally at the site of the dig thanks to the young geography specialist.  The team set up a large mining laser and with a confirmation from the Dr it began to charge up and dig.  Dust and ash flew into the air and down onto the suits of the crew which were stationed outdoors.  They work armored almost combat like nanofiber suits, which were set up with there own echo system so the men and women could work comfortably.  A food, water and waste management system was also included in the suit.   Jackie joked to the rest of the crew how they were treated like grown babies wearing these suits but of cause without them they would over heat and probably die.

After an hour earth time the desired depth was reached and the Dr shouted over the radio for them to fall back into the main survey ship.  The main computer did a sweep of the core and came back with a number of results.  Mainly volcanic rock several new types of iron but nothing too interesting.  One of the researchers turned around to the Dr and said “I found some thing Dr! Its a totally new type of metal never seen before.  Appears to be silicon.” The Dr gave a warm nod before speaking in a gruff unexcited voice, “Good work son we are sure to get some attention for this, lets get it into the hold.”

A year on the ship had arrived on earth and research was to be done on the Irons and the new material which was dubbed Silicon 262.  It did not seem special in anyway of form until one scientist Dr Lesley ran a simple condition test on a small fragment of the rock.  She sat alone in her private section of the large corporate laboratories in which the specimen was to be tested.  She enjoyed listening to a type of electronic music which was slow and soothing, not popular with younger scientists but she kind of liked it and thought it helped her work best.  She was quite solitary after all and despised anyone interfering with her work.  Of course just outside the lab there were many scientists and machines hard at work testing other materials to destruction but inside the lab it could have been on a deserted island in the middle of no where.

First a few nano volts were sent into the metal,  the Dr smiles as it started to contract slightly.  Nothing unusual but she liked this metal already.  As the voltage was increased the metal started to move even more “Oh this is very responsive indeed. The Dr said to her self,  a small robotic cat was laying next to her and it seemed to acknowledge her words as if it was an assistant.  Actually it was there to record the experiment and voice for later.   As even more energy surged into the material it started to change shape.  First to a type of liquid then gas then back to solid,  it expended and contracted rapidly, she hit it with a hammer and it fragmented then quickly resembled its self as if nothing had happened.  “Fascinating truly astonishing the Dr said.”