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Part of the everyday object series

Look at this magic ball of every day!
Knock it too hard and it runs away.
Heat it up to stop its run in its track,
But once it turned firm there's no going back.
It might become a new life, or nourish one old.
Beneath its plate of armor lies a heart of gold.

What is it?

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  • $\begingroup$ Not to be picky, but do you mean "its" instead of "it's"? $\endgroup$ – Brandon_J Mar 11 at 17:32
  • $\begingroup$ @Brandon_J I changed the spelling, hope it's correct now. $\endgroup$ – Elmy Mar 11 at 17:39
  • $\begingroup$ Looks great now! $\endgroup$ – Brandon_J Mar 11 at 17:40
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I believe it is:

An egg

Knock it too hard and it runs away.

If you break an egg the contents will run out of the shell.

Heat it up to stop it's run in it's track,

When an egg is cooked its inner becomes solid and won't run anymore.

But once it turned firm there's no going back.

The inside of an egg normally

It might become a new life, or nourish one old.

When an egg hatches a new creature comes out. If it hasn't been eaten beforehand.

Beneath it's plate of armor lies a heart of gold.

Underneath the shell an egg contains a yoke.

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  • $\begingroup$ lol 13 second difference between our answers. $\endgroup$ – Brandon_J Mar 11 at 17:37
  • $\begingroup$ Damn that was quick! Congratulations. $\endgroup$ – Elmy Mar 11 at 17:38
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    $\begingroup$ Uh thanks, but to be fair, I believe @Brandon_J answered a few seconds before me. $\endgroup$ – Wolff Mar 11 at 17:39
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The answer is

An egg.

Look at this magic ball of every day!

Eggs are everyday objects.

Knock it too hard and it runs away.

The egg breaks when hit and the contents "run" out.

Heat it up to stop its run in its track,

Cooking(heating) the egg solidifies the contents of the egg and makes it less runny.

But once it turned firm there's no going back.

You cannot uncook an egg.

It might become a new life, or nourish one old.

If the egg is fertilized, it becomes a chick, which is a new life. If not, it will be cooked to nourish a human that can eat solid foods.

Beneath its plate of armor lies a heart of gold.

The golden-colored yolk lies under the hard shell of the egg.

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  • $\begingroup$ Actually you can. $\endgroup$ – noedne Mar 11 at 17:37
  • $\begingroup$ Darn science. But for the average citizen, ya know, it's impossible. @noedne $\endgroup$ – Brandon_J Mar 11 at 17:38
  • $\begingroup$ @Elmy I think I was in first, but barely $\endgroup$ – Brandon_J Mar 11 at 17:39

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