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"Science fiction operates a little bit like science itself, in principle. You've got thousands of people exploring ideas, putting forth their own hypotheses. Most of them are dead wrong; a few stand the test of time; everything looks kind of quaint in hind"
- Peter Watts

Organic Superlubricant  
  Advanced lube that can "learn" how to be more effective.  

"Organic Superlube? Oh, it's great stuff, great stuff. You really have to keep an eye on it, though - it'll try and slide away from you the first chance it gets.
-T. M. Morgan-Reilly, Morgan Metagenics"
From Alpha Centauri, by Sid Meier.
Published by Fraxis Games in 1999
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The game provides details:

"Machines with moving parts have long been subject to wear and tear as the parts grind against one another. On Earth, traditional lubricants such as oil were used to minimize these effects. Planet lacks large reserves of such materials, until the invention of Synthetic Fossil Fuels. With Organic Superlubricant, scientists can create lubricating compounds that act like simple life forms, seeking out areas where they do the most good."

Thanks to Gatomon41 for sending in this complete entry.

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