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What humanoid species are immune to the Vulcan nerve pinch and the mind meld?

Some species (Cardassians, apparently Ferengi, etc.), are immune to the Vulcan mind meld, but they'd fall unconscious if Spock did a nerve pinch on them. Are any humanoid species immune to both the ...
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Is toothpaste used in the Star Trek era?

Soap is apparently optional, as is shampoo, so does this mean that there's a "sonic" teeth cleaner available for Kirk, Crusher, and Tuvok? Or perhaps not? Is this ever discussed in canon (or ...
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About Vulcans And Their Feelings [duplicate]

Is there any substance in the brains of Vulcans that makes them feel less feelings?
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What is economics like for ordinary people in the Star Trek universe?

I realize that this is a very broad question, with the stories told in the Star Trek universe spanning hundreds of years. I sometimes hear of economists talking about a theoretical "Star Trek ...
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What episode is this - Borg ship chasing Enterprise

What episode opens with a Borg ship closing in on the Enterprise, then flies past because it's being chased? It was a two part show. Please help!
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What would happen if a Betazoid read the mind of someone unwilling?

I was re-watching the TNG episode Haven and it hit me that the telepathy of the Betazoids is completely dangerous and highly immoral. Lwaxana Troi seemed so willing to read people minds and blurb out ...
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Which order to read the Humble Bundle IDW Star Trek comics?

I recently purchased the Humble Star Trek Bundle (presented by IDW). They've included 18 volumes of comic books (84 comic issues in total). I'm fairly sure that the stories are 'more or less' self ...
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Can changelings be knocked out?

Not with a hypospray, but with a strong blow to the head, or a sufficiently powerful phaser blast. Could Odo, Laas, or the Female Changeling, etc., be knocked unconscious?
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Was Picard in a red suit for a reason? [duplicate]

Was Picard in a red suit specifically to get rid of the 'red is dead' stigma? I guess I'm asking if it was intended to show that the ors comedic laws don't apply or another reason.
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Is there a reason for forehead differences in Star Trek?

Is there any anthropological reason as to why the one of the only differences between most humanoid species is the forehead. Why is it only the forehead? Some examples: Humans have flat heads ...
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Could any Star Trek species see the Q Continuum, and the Q, as they truly are?

In two Voyager episodes, trips to the Q Continuum are made. On both of these occasions one of the Qs had to "change the scenery," so that the humanoid brains of the away team could have some sort of ...
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In what Star Trek episode did non-corporeal aliens assume human form?

In what Star Trek episode did aliens assume human form and say something abut feeling a corporeal body again: "to feel the blood flow", "to feel the heart beat and lungs full of air" etc. (or ...
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Why do the Borg have physical computer interfaces?

I was watching Scorpion (VOY) parts 1 and 2 last night and a thought struck me: sure, their computer interface looks pretty cool, but why do they have a physical interface (i.e. they tap the screen ...
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Why is Data so “unique”, anyway?

Can you explain me why is Data supposed to be so "unique", with this concept being repeated several times in TNG episodes? Even in TNG, Data seems to me quite an outdated piece of technology for his ...
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What would be the effect of a Borg assimilating a Q?

In the Voyager episode 'Q2', Q screams at his son "Don't provoke the Borg!". This to me is an indication that even the Q are afraid of them. Was there ever any canon discussion about the affects of ...
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When did the Federation make first contact with the Cardassian Union?

It can't have been later than 2347 (Setlik 3 massacre and beginning of Cardassian-Federation War) but is there any other reference to when the two governments made official first contact?
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Are there any artifically intelligent Starfleet ships? [duplicate]

We know the computer on Starfleet ships has very advanced AI to interact with the crew, but also it can produce very complex simulations in the holodeck with person-to-AI interaction. So did ...
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Poker in the Star Trek universe : What are the stakes?

Obviously, when gambling with Ferengi or other aliens, the stakes are usually latinum. But on the Enterprise (or in Federation space in general), are they still playing for latinum, or are they ...
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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 ...