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Matter Editation  
  Technology that enables the easy manipulation of atomic properties.  

"Not long after the breakthroughs in Super Tensile Solids and Self-aware Machines, engineers clamor to research the last major hurdle in physical manipulation--Matter Editation. This technique actually changes the physical structure of individual atoms, altering characteristics like energy states, spin, atomic weight, and the number of protons as though they were entries in a database. This technology is the modern embodiment of the ancient quest to turn lead into gold-transmutation of elements made possible by atomic manipulation."
From Alpha Centauri, by Sid Meier.
Published by Fraxis Games in 1999
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