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Food Replicators [duplicate]

What happens to all the glasses, cups, dishes and eating utensils that get created when people use the food replicators on the enterprise? There are over 1000 people on the star ship that use the food ...
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Why doesn't Starfleet have personal shields?

In the Next Generation episode A Fistful of Datas Worf is able to build a personal shield out of a telegraph machine and a standard issue communicator. Although Worf says it is highly unstable and ...
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Will there be a new Star Trek TV in the near future? [on hold]

Given the success of the rebooted Star Trek films, is there any indication that there will be a new TV series in the near future? If so, will it be like TNG and the others series or a continuation ...
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When did the Borg contact the Cardassians?

In an answer to this recent question there is a screenshot of a Cardassian who has been assimilated by the Borg. My question is simple: when the hell did the Borg come into contact with the ...
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Why did Sarek marry another human after Spock's mother died?

Inspired by a comment in Why did Amanda Grayson marry Sarek? Is there canon (or expanded universe) that indicates why Sarek would marry another human?
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What are the fastest Federation ships in the 23rd and 24th century?

Excluding special circumstances like the soliton wave, interference by the traveler or caretaker, Cytherian technology enhancements, etc., what ships are the fastest in the Federation? Also, what are ...
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Why did Amanda Grayson marry Sarek?

I'm curious how the marriage of Spock's parents came about. How did they meet? What drew Amanda to Sarek? I can understand why Sarek, as the Vulcan ambassador to Earth, might find it logical to ...
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Why are there so many human Borg?

Very related to this question, we know why there are so few/almost no non-humanoid Borg out there. That's all well and good. But in nearly every iteration of Borg that we've seen, every last member ...
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Why does Ezri break the rejoining rules?

In DS9 "Rejoined" we learn that Trills must not pursue romantic relationships with people their former hosts had romantic relationships with. The reason for this rule is that the symbiont transfer is ...
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In TNG S02 E16 “Q-Who”; Why did Picard not continue to fire phasers?

During this first encounter with the Borg, Enterprise's phasers seemed to be very effective against the Borg cube. I can understand why Picard might opt not to continue firing once offensive action ...
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How do Klingon senses compare to human senses?

A bit of a random question, but biologically, how do the five human senses' abilities compare to the Klingon's equivalent fives senses (ie touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight)? Eg Do Klingons (on ...
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How did Vulcans view half-human-half-Vulcan hybrids?

We know of several half-human-half-Vulcan hybrids in Star Trek (Spock, Elizabeth). How did Vulcans view them? Were they viewed with the same condescension as "emotional"/"illogical" humans? ...
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Is there a galactic map showing the homeworlds of the various humanoid species?

I've always wanted to see a full galaxy map showing the locations of the various humaoid species such as the Klingon homeworld, Romulus, Cardasia, and Ferenginar. Other information like where the ...
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What's the difference between a Holodeck and a Holosuite?

The Enterprise D had a holodeck for training, entertainment, and plot contrivance, but on DS9, the holo-projecting room was referred to as a 'holosuite'. What is the technical difference between a ...
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Has any Starfleet Captain ever been Court Martialed for violating the Prime Directive?

The Prime Directive seems to be a core principle of Starfleet and a bedrock philosophy for their interaction with less developed civilizations, yet seems to be violated with remarkable regularity. Has ...
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Have any crimes been committed using a Transporter? [on hold]

By their very nature, transporters could be used for all sorts of criminal means, such as distorting a person's appearance (fraud or just malicious acts) or even destroying a person. Is there any ...
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Is Starfleet military or civilian?

We keep hearing a touchy/feely description of Starfleet as a bunch of explorers out poking around the galaxy wanting to help people and be friends. As Guinan told Picard in TNG 3x15 'Yesterday's ...
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What is the range of the Enterprise-D's sensors?

A similar question on the functionality of sensors can be found here, but my question goes beyond that (pun intended). What is the range (distance) of the sensors of the Enterprise-D? My ...
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Is there a universal age of adulthood recognized by UFOP?

In the galaxy, lifespans are ridiculously varied, from Kes' species becoming adults at about age 2 to the effectively immortal Trill. I know that UFOP doesn't dominate the entire galaxy, but does it ...
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What happened to Nog's field promotion on the Valiant?

During "Valiant" (S06E22), Nog is given a field promotion from Ensign to Lieutenant Commander when he's assigned by Tim Watters (himself only a Red Squad Cadet who received a field commission to ...
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What creature did Q arrive as in “Hide and Q”?

In Q's second appearance, Hide and Q, Q first arrives on the Enterprise as a glowing orb of light with three snakelike heads and several bright starbursts surrounding him. He then changes into his ...
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How fast does a phaser-beam travel?

A phaser fires a nadion particle beam at it's target. That sounds like inertial mass is involved so it doesn't reach light speed. Semi-Out-Of-Universe we see how fast a phaserbeam is: I'd estimate ...
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Married Couples in the Star Trek Universe?

It just occurred to me that hardly anyone in any of the series is married! What's up with that? O'Brien is married, Dr Crusher and Cpt Sisko are widowed, Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres get married - ...
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Did Rozhenkos speak with an accent?

Was there a deliberate "foreignness" to Rozhenko's speech in ST:TNG? In-universe, it would make sense: they were NOT native speakers (Belorussians or Russians by ancestry; and lived in Russia/USSR ...
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What does the Ferengi Emblem represent?

Looking at the official Ferengi Emblem I am at a loss as to what it is supposed to represent (other than perhaps constantly accumulating wealth). Does anyone know what the creative staff had in mind ...
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Was the relationship between Pulaski and Data supposed to parallel that of Spock and McCoy?

During Season 2 of TNG, Dr Pulaski takes over as chief medical officer for the year. I notice that she seems to be a rather down-to-earth sort of person, rather reminiscent of Dr McCoy. I also note ...
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Is there a tendency for captains to call their first officers 'Number 1'?

I've noticed that Picard calls Riker 'Number 1' regularly and I thought nothing of it. But in a recent episode I watched (where there's the simulated battle between the Hathaway and Enterprise-D), ...
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What is the average human lifespan in the 23rd Century?

I was wondering what the average lifespan of a human (not in a red shirt!) is in the 23rd Century (TOS)?
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Who names Starships? [closed]

Following on from this question comes the following question: who is responsible for naming starships eg who gave the name 'Enterprise' to the series of ships bearing that name? (In-universe answers ...
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Are there any other ships that have an alphabetical suffix?

We know there's been a lot of Enterprises - the NX-01, Original (TOS), the A, B, C, D and E at least (ignoring the F from Star Trek Online and the J from Enterprise). But is Enterprise the only ship ...
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How did Nog beat the Kobayashi Maru?

From the Memory Alpha article on Nog: Nog's time at the Academy is featured in the "Star Trek: Starfleet Academy" comic book series, where he's one of the main characters. In the short story "The ...
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What happened to the Enterprise crew after TOS?

I just rewatched the TNG episode "Relics", where Scotty is revealed to have kept himself alive in the transport buffers of a ship. This got me thinking - do we know what happened to other members of ...
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How many sentient bio-ships have been shown in the Star Trek universe?

We're introduced to an amazing creature, a living bio-ship named Gomtuu (called 'Tin Man' by Starfleet) who was observed while orbiting Beta Stromgren in TNG 3x20, 'Tin Man'. Through first contact ...
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Is Anika Hansen/Seven of Nine German?

Roddenberrys Star Trek always had the message that all human differences of the past are history. Now after Chekov, Sulu, Wharf, Chakotay and Bashir (ain't he intended to be somehow Arabian?) is with ...
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Who names starship classes?

In Star Trek, there are a lot of different starship classes (The Constitution, Daedalus, Galaxy, Intrepid, New Orleans, etc to name but a few). My question: Is there any reference to who/what process ...
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What musical instruments has Data played?

The bridge crew of the Enterprise have been shown to be musically inclined during their 'off time'. We've seen Riker play the trombone 'Conundrum' TNG 5x14, and Picard plays the Ressikan flute 'The ...
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What is the longest period of time which Riker commanded the Enterprise-D?

Often we see Picard say to Riker: "You have the bridge Number 1", and I was wondering what the longest period of time that Riker was in command of the Enterprise-D for. I don't count just when he was ...
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Isn’t the Enterprise a no-smoking ship?

In "Lonely Among Us" TNG 1x07, we see Data taking on the persona of Sherlock Holmes while puffing an old English pipe complete with tobacco and stinky smoke. Wouldn't that violate safety and health ...
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How did Brent Spiner get cast as Data for TNG?

According to this answer for who was a potential player for the role of Data, Brent Spiner was not originally considered for the role. I've checked on Memory Alpha, and there seems to be no ...
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Is there any Star Trek material set after Nemesis?

I know of a fan-made series which I remember seeing advertised somewhere a year or two ago (Star Trek: Phoenix), and it got me thinking: is there any canon Star Trek material (I know - not the best ...
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What happened to the modifications to the Enterprise made by the Kelvans?

In the TOS Episode By Any Other Name, the Kelvans make enhancements to the Enterprise, allowing it to travel at far greater speeds than it normally could (it passed warp 11 from memory). I was ...
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Have the Borg ever travelled beyond the Milky Way galaxy?

I have looked around and I have not yet found a reference to the Borg and whether or not they have traveled outside of the Milky Way Galaxy. I know the in TNG episode 5 in season 1, the Traveler ...
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Why is the Enterprise's computer capacity measured in quads, but Data's capacity is measured in bits?

The Enterprise-D has a computer core with a capacity measured in "quads" - this is for storage capacity, and processing speed. (This was done intentionally to remove any references to real-life tech ...
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TOS episode - The Changeling, warp 15?

In the episode The Changling Spock says that an incoming energy burst from an unidentified source is approaching at "Warp 15". Does this mean that the TOS warp scale was different to the ...
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Are there Star Trek Species that are explicitly biologically incompatible? [closed]

We know that Klingon and Human DNA is compatible enough to reproduce (B'Elana Torres); same with Human and Vulcan DNA (Spock), and Cardassian and Bajoran DNA (Tora Ziyal). Are there any examples of ...
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What do the three controls on the Transporter operate?

I recently noticed that in TNG, there are the three 'buttons' which need to be pulled all the way up/down to transport something/someone, just like in TOS. My question is, what do these three things ...
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Why is there no consistent Chief Helms Officer in TNG?

After watching TNG and VOY, there is a rather major discrepancy: in TNG, there seems to be no consistent helms officer on the Enterprise-D, apart from when Wesley is in charge. It seems to be some ...
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What could the Department of Temporal Investigations do in the event of a time paradox?

In the famous DS9 episode Trials and Tribble-ations we see the Department of Temporal Investigations asks some questions of Sisko and his recent unexpected time travel. What would they do in the ...
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Could a Betazoid read Data's mind?

In the TNG episode Manhunt, we see that Lwaxana Troi can't read the mind of a hologram (as there is no mind there to read!), but her telepathic abilities are well-renowned. Hence, could she possibly ...
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Why was Picard an assistant astrophysics officer?

In the TNG episode Tapestry, we learn through the alternate timeline provided by Q that Picard becomes an assistant astrophysics officer. Why would this be though? Wouldn't Picard become a historian ...