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Why aren't tractor beams used as defense or offense weapons more in Star Trek?

The only two notable times we see a tractor beam used in fights are The Enterprise D using it against a mind controlled Picard/Ferengi Stargazer to stop the Picard maneuver, and the Borg in TNG and ...
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What Stargate/Star Trek episode had people escaping capture using an invented card game?

Recently I started watching Star Trek TNG and there is the episode "The Big Goodbye" where in the first minute Picard is shown having to learn an alien languge. The language is quite complex having ...
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What's the problem of using warp drive within a solar system? [duplicate]

In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Kirk says the following: in order to intercept the Intruder at the earliest possible time, we must now risk engaging Warp drive while still within the solar ...
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What normally happens to a Katra?

In Wrath of Khan Then in Search for Spock In Search for Spock, Sarek tells Jim: I assumed he had mind-melded with you. It is the Vulcan way when the body's end is near. (source) So it ...
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Can the Federation's “Quality over Quantity” (k-strategy) philosophy defend itself on its own?

Most people would notice that the United Federation of Planets fields very powerful ships - the galore Class and the Klingon Bird of Prey, though staples of their respective fleets, would seem to be ...
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Star Trek. Movies or Series? [duplicate]

So i keep hearing about Star Trek and how awesome it is. (I am a fan of sci-fic movies. Mostly the one related to time traveling) and decided to give a try myself. So my question here is; is it okay ...
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Why do Oberth Class starships have no saucer strut?

In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, we encounter an Oberth Class starship for the first time, namely the USS Grissom: An interesting feature of its design is that the saucer section is ...
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What is the light source in the Genesis cave?

Prior to the events of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Carol and David Marcus had used the "Genesis effect" to transform a barren cave deep within the Regula planetoid into a lush environment teeming ...
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Was Genesis intentionally designed this way? [adult question]

I think it's pretty clear in the images below what Genesis resembles (if not, perhaps you need some 'adult education' lessons and should leave this question now)... and from the schematics in the ...
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When and why did the Enterprise get balls?

When the USS Enterprise first appeared, its warp nacelles looked like this from the rear: At some point in The Original Series, the ship seems to have enjoyed a mild refit, resulting in ball-like ...
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Was every starship refitted as of the 2280s?

The original USS Enterprise underwent a refit under the supervision of Captain Will Decker and Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott over the period 2269-2271. In this time, the Enterprise went from to ...
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What was recording Epsilon IX?

In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Admiral Kirk holds a large briefing to reveal the threat that the Enterprise will face. ...
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Was there any privacy aboard ship in ST:TNG and beyond?

(willfully omitting TOS and Enterprise due to the lack of ship's computer and sensor sophistication) In the real world these days lots of people are concerned about privacy and data collection ...
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Are there still Leap Years in the Star Trek Universe?

I mean, if you are able to travel at warp speed, you should be able to come up with a viable calendar. What canon information is there regarding whether or not somebody boldly fixed the Leap Year ...
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What are those boxes on the uniforms in TMP?

I was watching Star Trek: The Motion Picture yesterday and saw their uniforms (below): you will note there is a box of some description they wear around their waists. I was just wondering what is ...
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Did the Borg originally have another name (and if so, what was it)?

According to information found, among other places, in this question, the name Borg is an abbreviated version of Cyborg, referring to the nature of the Borg. As can also be found in various sources, ...
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Are there normal long-haired male Vulcans?

The typical Vulcan is depicted as short-haired guy with long robe. I can't recall seeing a male Vulcan with long hair. Sure, Spock once did in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, but I recall that he's ...
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Why did the producers decide to name the Enterprise the Enterprise-D?

Star Trek: The Next Generation first aired in 1987 and is set in 2364. Now, the Enterprise-A was first unveiled in 1986 at the end of The Voyage Home 2286. My question is this: why did the producers ...
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How did they make it look like Agent Sloan from Section 31 was disintegrated in front of the Romulan council?

DS9 "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges": NERAL: It is the finding of this Committee that Senator Cretak has conspired to commit treason against the State. Sentence to be determined at a later date. ...
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Does The Ktarian Game exist, out-of-universe?

As established in this question, the discs-and-chutes game from the Star Trek: the Next Generation episode "The Game" is known as The Ktarian Game, after the race that proliferated it as a ...
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Does the game from “The Game” have a name?

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Game", Riker's choice in shore leave company leads directly to the crew becoming addicted to a weird game in which the player needs to put discs into ...
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“Introduction” of Enterprise E in DS9

In the DS9 episode "Trials and Tribble-ations" (season 5 episode 6) there is this small piece of dialog: Dulmur: Be specific, Captain, which Enterprise? There've been five. Lucsly: Six. Was ...
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Is the USS Defiant (Defiant class) or the NCC 1701-E Enterprise (Sovereign class) a stronger ship for battle?

I'm rewatching DS9 and have been watching a lot of the Dominion war battles. I see a lot of the Galaxy class ships in the battles. I don't recall seeing any of the sovereign class ships in any of the ...
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How did Dukat beam onto DS9?

DS9 "Tears of the Prophets": (Dax lights a couple of big candles then turns to the Orb box.) DAX: I'm not sure if I'm doing this correctly. I don't come here a lot. And to be perfectly ...
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Did the prophets stop all ships from coming through the wormhole or just the Dominion forces?

DS9: "Tears of the Prophets": DAMAR: I believe you owe me an apology. WEYOUN: I believe you're right. DAMAR: Now, if Dukat can get our reinforcements through the wormhole WEYOUN: ...
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Who are the “soulless minions of orthodoxy?”

DS9 "In the Cards": GIGER: Doctor Bathkin of Andros Three was the first to come up with the answer to solving the puzzle of death. Keep the cells energised. Keep them in the game by teaching ...
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Did the USS Olympia go forward in time?

DS9 "The Sound of her Voice": LISA [OC]: My name's Lisa Cusak. Until a couple of days ago, I was the commanding officer of the Olympia. SISKO: The Olympia. LISA [OC]: We left the ...
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What happened to the time portal in DS9 “Time's Orphan”?

DS9 "Time's Orphan": DAX: It's some sort of time portal. From the chroniton signature, we think it sent Molly about three hundred years into the past. So the Federation now has it's hands on a ...
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Why did they use a transporter instead of somebody simply walking through the field grabbing Molly and walking back to the current time?

DS9 "Time's Orphan": DAX: It's some sort of time portal. From the chroniton signature, we think it sent Molly about three hundred years into the past. KIRA: I wonder what this place was ...
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Why do the O'Briens or anybody else remember the events that occured once Molly is returned to the original timeline?

DS9 "Time's Orphan": [Portal chamber] (All the tech stuff is gone except for lights.) O'BRIEN: Everything's ready to go. I've recalibrated the temporal field generator. We should be ...
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Do we know any of the details about Worf's fights with the Kelvans?

DS9 "Time's Orphan": WORF: No. I am a Klingon warrior and a Starfleet officer. I have piloted starships through Dominion minefields. I have stood in battle against Kelvans twice my size. I ...
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Is there an in universe explanation why a replicator cannot create living organisms?

In the Star Trek Universe the replicator is able to build nearly anything from clothing to a hot meal seemingly out of thin air. Creating artificial life using it and replicating a living being have ...
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Borg Nanoprobes and shapeshifters/changelings [duplicate]

This question is mainly about if there was any canon occasion when the Borg tried to infect a founder/shapeshifter with nanoprobes and if there was, what was the result. If it did not occur, I'm also ...
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Can Starfleet personnel be fired?

In "The Apple", Kirk threatens to "fire" Scotty. Does that mean that within the early days of Starfleet that being 'court-martialled' was only a term for being brought before the "big boss" or Human ...
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Could a holodeck create smells?

Memory Alpha explains how a holodeck works as follows: A typical holodeck consisted of a room equipped with a hologrid containing omnidirectional holographic diodes, enabling holographic ...
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How vulnerable to physical hits are Federation ships?

EDIT3: Thanks for very varied answers. I with I could approve two answers and not just one. The question was answered, by both Omegacron and Nate Watson. While Omegacron's answer is much better ...
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What happened to Captain Kirk's body?

At the end of Star Trek: Generations, Captain Picard constructs a makeshift grave out of stones for Captain Kirk, who died helping Picard to stop Dr. Tolian Soran from destroying the Veridian system. ...
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Is it possible to take over a Star Trek vessel by sabotaging its food replicators?

I think it would be simpler to incapacitate a Star Fleet vessel by sabotaging its food replicators than fighting it out with shields and weapons. Are there safety mechanisms on replicators? If so, ...
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In-universe, what is the origin of the name “Borg”?

Is there an explanation anywhere of why the Borg have come to call themselves "the Borg", in-universe? Note : I am not asking about the origins of the Borg collective itself — only how ...
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How did they find Captain Sisko at the end of the DS9 episode “Waltz?”

DS9 "Waltz": DUKAT: I'm so glad we had this time together, Benjamin, because we won't be seeing each other for a while. I have unfinished business on Bajor. They thought I was their enemy? ...
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Were the Borg inspired by Lord Dread?

Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future was a dystopian science fiction television series that aired in North America for only one season (1987-1988), and which had J. Michael Straczynski as its ...
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Why do ships appear to stretch when they jump to warp?

In the TNG opening credits the Enterprise-D stretches for a second when jumping to warp then returns to normal. I've got a short video with a scene where it is shown: ...
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Do we ever find out what happened to Dr. Giger or The Cellular Regeneration and Entertainment Chamber after the DS9 episode “In the Cards?”

DS9 "In the Cards": GIGER: Doctor Bathkin of Andros Three was the first to come up with the answer to solving the puzzle of death. Keep the cells energised. Keep them in the game by teaching ...
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What technological concepts did Star Trek invent?

There are a lot of technologies which we would consider to be 'iconic' to the Star Trek franchise, such as the Warp Drive and transporters. When I consider these though, they are merely mechanisms ...
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Why didn't the Ferengi Commerce Authority take Quark's mother's house and possessions?

BRUNT: Of course there is. You can break the contract. QUARK: Me, break a Ferengi contract? Never. BRUNT: Never? I wonder if there's enough Ferengi left in you to stick to that. Part of ...
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Why does the watch that Chakotay replicated months ago to give Janeway gain energy by being recycled?

Voyager "Year of Hell": JANEWAY: It's beautiful. CHAKOTAY: Nineteenth century, mechanical movement. It's a replica of the chronometer worn by Captain Cray of the British Navy, His ship was ...
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Why did the timeline revert back to its original state after Janeway destroyed the temporal core in the episode “Year of hell”?

Voyager "Year of Hell part 2": TUVOK [OC]: Captain, we won't be protected. JANEWAY: Exactly. If that ship is destroyed all of history might be restored. And this is one year I'd like to ...
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Is there any information on how they mine enough material for starbases in Star Trek? [duplicate]

I know there are mentions of mining at various times in TNG, DS9 and Voyager. But if you look at this spacedock, for example, you can see this structure is absolutely immense. (The Enterprise is ...
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Do the Jem'hadar contain a tinge of compassion, empathy, and fairness which goes against their genetic encoding?

DS9: "By Inferno's Light": [Internment centre] (Ikat'ika stops Worf as he crawls to a post.) IKAT'IKA: Enough, Klingon. You have proven your worth. MARTOK: Worf, you heard him. ...
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How exactly did the prisoners escape the Jem'hadar prisoner camp?

DS9 "By Inferno's Light": MARTOK: He wired the message and the transmission coordinates directly into the system circuitry. That way all he had to do was connect the transmitter to the power ...