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Poker in the Star Trek universe : What are the stakes?

Obviously, when gambling with Ferenghi or other aliens, the stakes are usually latinum. But on the Enterprise, are they still playing for latinum, or are they betting chores (as seen in Firefly) or ...
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How the borg self reference [on hold]

Shouldn't the Borg refer to themselves as "I"? The whole point about them being a singular entity is stressed so much that if it were true, it wouldn't refer to itself as 'We'.
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Why does everyone face the same way on the transporter?

When the away team prepares to beam down, they invariably assume the transporter formation: standing upright, usually with arms slack aside, all facing the camera. When they beam down, they reappear ...
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What genuine references are there in Voltaire’s “U.S.S. Make Shit Up” song?

Since Voltaire claims the quotes were mostly based on fan input and his own recollection of the series, I was wondering if it would be possible to get all the episodes together that contain the scenes ...
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Star Trek - Borg's Eyepieces

As seen through most of the TV series - including Next Generation - the Borg are mostly seen with one or two eyepieces. But the eyepieces are not always on the same side of the face for each different ...
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Is it possible to enroll in Starfleet Academy as an adult?

What would happen to a person who wants to join Starfleet but is too old to be a regular student at Starfleet Academy? Could they still enroll at the Academy and take classes? If you were in your late ...
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the maximum warp speed [duplicate]

In voyager s2e15 "Threshold" we get the information that maximum speed is warp 9.999 and if a vessel gets to warp 10 would be beyond time and space and probably exists in multiple places and points at ...
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Errand of Mercy, Minute 38

Who was that man dressed in a blue, short-sleeve shirt walking across the bridge behind Sulu at minute 38:59? Was that a mistake or can the crew wear something different from the typical uniforms ...
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When did Cardassia first achieve interstellar travel?

I know that it is established in DS9 that Bajorans used their solar sailors to travel as far as Cardassia before the Cardassians had achieved interstellar travel, but when did the Cardassians actually ...
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How many alternate Star Trek timelines have been presented to us onscreen in the Franchise?

If parallel universes are included as alternate timelines, how many alternate Star Trek timelines have been presented to us onscreen in the Franchise? For the sake of clarification, Tomorrow is ...
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How did the Tamarians of ST:TNG manage technical language?

The Tamarians are that ST:TNG race that speak only in historical reference (Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra). So imagine a conversation like this happening in a Tamarian vessel: Dude: No matter how I ...
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Could Spock mind meld with an animal or dumb humanoid? [closed]

An intelligent animal, say, a dog, chimp, or dolphin. Could Spock meld with such creatures? What about tribbles? Humanoid beings with seemingly small amounts of intelligence, such as the Taurean ...
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What happened to the Cardassian Union after the Dominion War?

Was the Cardassian Union dissolved after the Dominion War, or did it continue to exist? Who was put in charge of rebuilding Cardassia? Was it Damar? I only ask because Damar mentions to Kira after ...
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How does “three to beam up” work? [duplicate]

In many episodes of Star Trek: TNG, people on a planet (or somewhere away from the Enterprise) transport back to their ship by someone tapping his/her communicator and saying "3 to beam up" or ...
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What is the logical reason for bullying Spock?

In Star Trek (2009) we see a scene from Spock's childhood where he is regularly being bullied by some Vulcan children, in order to elicit an emotional response from him (see below video). ...
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What is the “default” strength level of Voyager's EMH?

By "strength" I mean physical strength, not mental strength, combat strength, or anything else. As a being of forcefields and light, is the EMH stronger than the members of the crew (including Tuvok)? ...
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What does Kanar taste like?

What is Cardassian kanar supposed to taste like? Is it sweet or savory? I know there are many different versions of kanar, but what kind of flavor is it supposed to have?
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Are Cardassians physically stronger than humans?

Is it ever discussed or revealed if Cardassians are generally stronger than humans? I would think they are since humans seem to be pretty weak when compared to many other races (klingons, vulcans, ...
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Do non-Federation ships have holodecks?

Is there any canon information about non-Federation ships having holodecks? I could definitely see Hirogen, Klingon, Kazon, and Jem'Hadar ships having holodecks, but I'm not sure about these or the ...
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Was T'Uerell ever mentioned or appeared in any other Star Trek storylines?

A Vulcan Philosopher named T'Uerell who was obssessed with "logic" and "perfection" was credited as the creator of the Borg in the videogame Star Trek: Legacy. I was wondering if she ever appeared ...
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How does Geordi read and work with numbers? [duplicate]

Geordi's VISOR images, as seen in "The Mind's Eye" and a couple other episodes, are not the clearest pictures in the world. Individuals are fuzzy, for example, which leads me to ask: How does Geordi ...
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Why is Federation Space divided?

I was curious to see a map of the Star Trek universe galaxy. I found quite a few good images. Naturally, many did not look similar to each other, and some were even confusing because they showed ...
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Are there any human Star Trek characters who have native languages other than English/Federation Standard?

Leaving aside the question of what languages people are actually speaking, are there any humans who are confirmed (in a show or in novels) to have a first language was not English or Federation ...
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What is the flash of light produced when the Enterprise goes into warp? Why don't other ships produce the same effect?

What is the flash of light produced when the Enterprise-D goes into warp? I guess it's the ship entering subspace, but I'm not sure. Also, why don't Ferengi, Romulan, and other non-Federation ships ...
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What range do Star Trek scanners have?

In "Unification I" (TNG, Episode 5x07), Fleet Admiral Brackett shows Captain Picard a picture of Ambassador Spock taken on the planet Romulus by a Federation "long range scanner". How can they take ...
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Are Vulcans spiritual at all?

Do Vulcans have any beliefs that could be considered spiritual, beyond their obvious adherence to logic and empiricism?
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If Shinzon were to replace Picard how is the age difference explained?

I was doing some figuring about Shinzon's age in Star Trek: Nemesis. The more figuring I did the more confused I became. Am I right in the understanding that Shinzon was designed to replace Picard in ...
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Why is there no rock-n-roll on Star Trek?

Every time we see a recital given aboard any ship or star base, it's almost always a 'classical music' recital or performance, never a rock concert. The only exceptions to this musical bias are ...
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Are the various Star Trek species composed of different races?

On earth, the real earth, the human species is made up of many different races. In Star Trek, are Ferengis, Romulans, Andorians, Gorn, etc., composed of different races? This seems likely, though I ...
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Why does Data have to use a computer in Star Trek?

In the earlier episodes of The Next Generation is where I noticed it, and I realise he could be inputting commands into the command terminal, but why isn't his positronic brain interfaced with the ...
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Is there any explanation in Star Trek for why voice commands and speech aren't confused by the computer?

I've seen explanations for the failings of the universal translator to pick up single words in Klingon, but is there any explanation for why the computer doesn't respond when people say 'open', ...
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Why does Seska not have grey skin?

Seska appears, even when she looks Cardassian, to not have the grey skin color seen on all other Cardassians. Is this due to her cosmetic alteration or does she have some sort of mutation? Also, her ...
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What is the name of the bottle of scotch in the final episode of Star Trek Enterprise?

In the final episode of Star Trek Enterprise, "These are the voyages", Archer and Trip are drinking a toast from a bottle of scotch (timestamp 27:23) All I can make out is "20 Year", Malt, "Scotch ...
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How can there be different languages with universal translators?

I've not watched every episode of Star Trek or read every book, but I was wondering why there are still different languages amongst different species, groups, etc ? For example, if a group of people ...
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How fast is Star Trek’s Warp drive? - Warp Speed Using Halo's “Light-Years Per Day” system [duplicate]

I was just reading the Halopedia article about Slipstream Space & how fast each race can travel through Slipspace (e.g. Humans can travel at 2.625 light years per day). I was wondering if there ...
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Are changelings immortal?

In a particular DS9 episode, the Female Changeling tells Odo something along the lines of, "When you're a changeling, you're timeless." Does this statement mean that changelings don't age, and ...
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Which USS Voyager is the real USS Voyager?

In the Star Trek Voyager episode "Deadlock", the USS Voyager is duplicated by an anomaly. Which one of the Voyagers is the original & Which one is the duplicate ? Or are they both duplicates ? Or ...
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What order do i need to watch the startrek series? [duplicate]

I know the order the Star Treks are filmed, but I want to know in what order is it in with in the star trek timeline? Is Voyager lost in the delta quadrant before Inserection? Is there any deep space ...
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Why didn't the Enterprise attempt to fire on Nagilum?

In "Where Silence Has Lease," the powerful Nagilum declares its intention to do experiments on the crew, so that it can learn more about the concept of death. It claims that up to one-half of the ...
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Could the Species 8472 'Imposters' reproduce?

In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "In the Flesh", Species 8472 built a training facility with a simulation of Starfleet Command & parts of San francisco. There they genetically modified themselves ...
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Star Trek episode where old people have to die?

I'm looking for a Star Trek episode, I think it's from Voyager, where they encounter an alien race where the elderly have to die. I know of one scene where Janeway (?) talks to a healthy and ...
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How long does the average Cardassian live?

I'm guessing they live slightly longer than humans, given that Dukat is old enough to have had an affair with Kira's mother and still looks good in DS9. However, is it ever specifically mentioned what ...
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How effective is the Kobayashi Maru as a training exercise when everyone knows it is an unbeatable scenario?

From Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan: SPOCK: The Kobayashi Maru scenario frequently wreaks havoc with students and equipment. ... KIRK: Self-expression doesn't seem to be one of your problems. ...
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How exactly did Kirk beat the Kobayashi Maru?

Captain Kirk is said to be the only known person to have beaten the Kobayashi Maru in the original series, hereby referred to as KM in my question. What irks me is, he apparently added a subroutine ...
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How to aim with a phaser?

Look at this phaser design: Why this design? Okay, it is very compact, but aiming precisely with such a thing should be almost impossible. Is there a reference where this design explained or ...
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What was the “New Human” movement in the ST:TMP novel?

In the novelization of ST:TMP, I remember reading about CPT. Decker having been brought up in the "New Human" movement as a boy, introduced to it by his mother. For the life of me, I can't recall ...
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Why doesn't the Enterprise ever hit an asteroid?

The USS Enterprise and other related starships travel around using fusion engines, and using warp to travel great distances in a short space of time. Thing is, they never actually hit anything ...
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Were the Hebitians ancient Cardassians or a different species?

The Memory Alpha page on Cardassian history talks about an ancient civilization on Cardassia called the Hebitians, who were supposedly peaceful and spiritual. Due to lack of resources as well as ...
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Did anyone wonder why there was one planet fewer before beaming down to Tau Ceti Alpha V/VI?

In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (the one from 1982, not the recent remake), Khan yells "This is Tau Ceti Alpha V!" and they're all like this is a big surprise, we didn't know. If they had ...
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Why do they always say, “Set phasers to stun” when arming up for an away mission?

Is there some reason for this constant admonishment to set phasers to the stun setting? Aren't all phasers calibrated to that default setting and have to be manually adjusted to a higher setting? I ...