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How Photon Torpedoes Will Mark An End To The Energy Crisis

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Photon torpedoes come after utopia, at least in Star Trek. Imagining a universe centuries ahead of our own time and technology, the long-running sci-fi shows explored philosophy, morality, and the secluded intricacies of physics. But what was left unstated said the most. By the time Jean-Luc Picard took the captain’s chair, poverty in the 24th [...]

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But Not Simpler

The Transit of the ISS Enterprise

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It’s no secret: Overthinking It loves Star Trek. We have already thought way too hard about how Benedict Cumberbatch could crush your skull, and how the most resilient little animal on the planet could fix a warp core. We love Star Trek because it uses fiction to advance a humanistic vision of the future. It [...]

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‘We Are The Explorers’: A Symphony Of NASA And Star Trek

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NASA produces a lot of great visual material, including some slick inspirational videos. But as a federal agency it can’t legally purchase air time to put this material in front of TV or movie-going audiences. Enter a crowdfunded effort to place ‘We Are The Explorers’ as a trailer to the upcoming Star Trek movie ‘Into [...]

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My God, Man! XPRIZE Unveils Medical Tricorder Teams

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In the Star Trek universe, handheld medical tricorders became standard issue for Starfleet vessels as early as the mid-22nd century. Here in a little place we like to call “reality,” a competition seeks to help deliver such all-in-one health analyzers at least 100 years ahead of schedule. After more than 300 prospective entrants for the [...]

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IBM Movie Does Claymation–in Atomic Scale [Video]

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What is the “final frontier”? Star Trek fans will tell you it’s space. Filmmaker/aquanaut James Cameron will tell you it’s the ocean’s depths. IBM, however, is thinking much smaller. The company’s research division on Wednesday released a stop-motion movie whose main character is a stick figure only a few atoms in size. “A Boy and [...]

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Qapla’ ! Christie’s Star Trek auction [Re-Post]

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Back in October 2006, I watched Christie’s, Inc. auction off the remnants of the Star Trek franchise, the cultural icon that helped launch many a career in science (and science journalism). Will J. J. Abrams’ rebooting of the franchise—the DVD and Blu-ray versions will be released on Tuesday—have the same effect as the original? Certainly, [...]

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