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When Did United Earth Switch to the Metric System?

When the crew of the Enterprise are talking to the food replicators on board about a beverage, they state the temperature in Celcius. Is there any record of when United Earth as a whole adopted the ...
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Are officers on Federation starships required to undergo serious physical training?

I was just watching Star Trek: Into Darkness, and I noticed that James Kirk and Spock were both showing incredible feats of physical fitness. Both of them managed to climb obstacles with only their ...
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Any information on what happened to the Borg after “Endgame” episode?

Memory Alpha's article on Star Trek: Voyager "Endgame" episode states (Continuity and Trivia): Although dealt a crippling blow, it is unclear if the Borg have been defeated once and for all, as ...
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Were Remans truly such great bodyguards and soldiers, given their light-sensitivity?

While reading Reman definition at Memory Alpha, I found this piece of text: As Remus was a tidally locked planet, the Remans live on its dark side, and thus were extremely sensitive to light. ...
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What benefits did Vulcans get from Humans in the beginning?

Vulcans have been assisting humans since before the formation of United Federation of Planets. After the first contact and before the first deep space mission of mankind, they did seriously assist ...
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How is a distress call from an unknown species recognized as a distress call?

In countless episodes, a Starfleet ship receives a distress call from a vessel or outpost of an unknown species. By the time of TNG, the Universal Translator can instantly lock onto a language from ...
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Why does Star Trek use Celsius, not Fahrenheit?

Why does the Star Trek franchise (produced in USA) use Celsius for temperature and other SI units, rather than Fahrenheit and other units from the imperial system, which are still widely used in USA?
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Is there religion on 24th century Earth? [duplicate]

In Star Trek, is there any evidence that any sort of religion is still practiced on Earth or on any Human world? There are other species of the Federation that do still praise a god of sorts, eg. The ...
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What was time traveller's source of knowledge in ST:TNG “A Matter of Time” episode? [spoiler]

In the beginning "A Matter of Time" episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a person appears on board of Enterprise and claims that he is a time traveller comming from XXVI century. Spoiler: He ...
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Why did Picard believe the time-traveler?

Somewhere in the middle of "A Matter of Time" episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, curious as always Riker says, that Berlinghoff Rasmussen (the time traveler) could be some kind of impostor ...
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How much of the Borg collective did Lore control?

In the Star Trek TNG episode "Descent" (part 1 and 2), Lore exploits a weakened state of the Borg collective to become their leader (temporarily). How much of the collective followed him? I infer ...
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Are the events of Enterprise considered canon?

The series "Enterprise" takes place a century before the events of TOS. Are the things that happened in Enterprise considered canon or would they be a spin-off series of sorts? The specific events ...
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What's the natural lifespan of a Borg drone? [duplicate]

A Borg drone does use biological brain which can't be replaced, I think. Every machine including brain has a finite age. For how long can a Borg drone live before dying naturally (death in battle is ...
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Sound effect in “Cause and Effect”

This video shows a couple of the sequences in ST:TNG "Cause and Effect" where the Bozeman approaches the Enterprise. At 1:03 in the video, Geordi initiates an emergency core shutdown. At 1:15, you ...
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Why is the stardate explicitly mentioned when creating a new Captain's log?

Why is the ship's computer not advanced enough to insert the stardate automatically when a new log entry is added by the captain? Or is there a special reason for it not to do so?
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Why does Data use a tricorder? [duplicate]

Is there a reason why Data hasn't simply had a tricorder integrated into his body? He uses one often enough, you'd figure he would have simply wired one into his system and plugged it into his brain ...
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What is the in-universe reason for Spock smiling in 'The Menagerie'?

In the below picture, Spock is seen smiling - very illogical and too emotional. I am aware of the out-of-universe explanation that this was footage from before Spock was made a logical being, but ...
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How does Data's computation ability compare to the Enterprise's?

Can the ship perform more calculations per second since it is much larger and is not confined to the size of an average human? Or is the ship actually a distributed network of many computers ...
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Is Ferengi behaviour better explained by biology or culture?

Obviously some characteristics will be based on biology (Trills not being good in the heat while Cardassians are for example.) However, in the various incarnations of Star Trek, there appear to be ...
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Who was La Forge's impostor in The Mind's Eye?

In the TNG episode 'The Mind's Eye' Geordi was replaced by an impostor that was sent to Risa in his place. This individual looks very similar to Geordi (human, male, black, similar height, build, etc) ...
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Where is Sickbay on the Enterpise(s)

If you know or have links to diagrams, I'd be interested knowing the answer to where on various Enterprises Sickbay is located. I've found some maps on the internet, but they focus on Engineering and ...
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In Star Trek, does being transported cause your ears to pop?

I can't recall seeing any reference to this in any of the Star Trek series, but it seems inconceivable that the air pressure on board the Enterprise would always be the same as where the crew was ...
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How could Troi “sense” emotions in Data?

When Lore is feeding Data negative emotions in Descent, Troi notes with surprise that she could "sense" emotions in him. Now, "sense" is a word that Troi only seems to use when referring to her ...
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The Moriarty Sentience Problem - A.K.A. Why isn't the Enterprise computer considered sentient?

In Elementary, Dear Data, Geordi instructs the computer to create an opponent to intellectually best Data. The conceit of the episode is that the computer does just that, and creates a sentient ...
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How did Q's actions stop the assimilation of the Federation?

In the Voyager episode Death Wish (S2x18) in the hearing between Janeway, Tuvok and Q there is a moment when Q brings three people from Earth across space and time to illustrate the effect that the Q ...
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What is the source of an alternate quotation of “Execution of state criminals is both painful and unpleasant”?

In Star Trek TOS "The Enterprise Incident" the Romulan commander states to Spock "Execution of state criminals is both painful and unpleasant." This seemed like a redundant statement to me and ...
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How much unclaimed space exists in and around Star Trek empires?

One of the most common things that happens in Star Trek (at least TNG, with which I am the most familiar) is that two starships from two nations/empires will encounter each other, and neither seems to ...
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Can you drown on the Holodeck?

The Holodecks and Holosuites of Star Trek fame have a number of security measures designed to ensure that no part of the simulated environment can harm the user. Assuming there is no malfunction and ...
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Why did Khan decide to chase the Enterprise into the Mutara Nebula in Star Trek II?

In Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, why didn't Khan just wait outside the Mutara-class Nebula until Enterprise came out and then just finish them off? Considering the fact that he had a genetically ...
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Does warp travel happen in the 4th dimension of euclidean space? [duplicate]

The first time someone explained the fourth dimension to me (referring to four dimentional euclidean space-not spacetime) they drew a picture of a tesseract and used the analogy of starships traveling ...
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Did we ever learn more about Gary Seven's homeworld?

In the TOS episode "Assignment: Earth", the Enterprise travels back in time to the 20th century. While there they intercept a transporter beam beyond even their technology, and the traveler, Gary 7, ...
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Why does the Enteprise in “Star Trek Enterprise” look more modern than the one in the Original Series?

Star Trek : Enterprise takes place over a hundred years before the "Original Series" (with Kirk and the crew) but we have a problem here. The spaceship in the series TOS is very spartan, where they ...
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How many providers (dissembodied brains) exist in Triskelion?

In The Gamesters Of Triskelion, how many disembodied brains exist on the planet? I seem to recall after the landing party gets their colours, Galt said something like "red, you are on a good team". ...
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Why not use the transporter to beam enemies boarding the ship directly to the brig?

I am aware of this question (I anticipate people linking it to this one in less than 3 seconds since I hit "Post"), and I am asking something more precise and somehow different. When some enemy force ...
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Why did Picard decide to blow up the ship?

In Where Silence Has Lease, Nagilum threatens to kill one third of the crew. As a response Picard decided to start the self-destruct. The loss of a third of the crew falls near the acceptable ...
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In Star Trek, How Can Holodeck Users Eat and Drink Holo-Food Without Harm? [duplicate]

There's been use of the Holodeck wherein users will dine and drink on what should be fake, holographic food. Even though the holo-matter still has physical substance, as soon as they leave the ...
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Is there any adverse effect from consuming a diet of replicated food?

Replicators are used ubiquitously throughout the Star Trek universe to produce any material that the user desires - notably food and drink. On a starship, the crew's entire diet would consist of ...
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Has the Federation ever forced the Prime Directive on other species?

We all know that Starfleet officers follow the Prime Directive but are they duty bound to stop other races from interfering in other civilizations? If not, then what stops someone like the ...
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Why doesn't Federation mandatorily always use “Signal Jammer” against the Borg?

The nastiest thing about the Borg is its Collective Intelligence. Remove it and individual drones won't be able to do anything big. From the canon, individual Borg drones (disconnected from the ...
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Why did the Borg run from 22nd century Earth?

When the Enterprise-E destroyed a Borg cube in the 24th century, a small part of it travelled back in time (2063) to stop first contact of Humans with Vulcans. During the fight with Picard, two Borg ...
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What happened to Jeremy Aster?

So in the TNG Season 3 episode "The Bonding", Worf and Jeremy Aster perform the R'uustai, a ritual that binds them together as brothers, effectively joining Jeremy Aster to the House of Mogh. What ...
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What episodes in TNG contain the Ferengi?

I'm re-watching Star Trek TNG episodes to get a better understanding of how the Ferengi have evolved over the years, into what they are now known as in DS9. Irrespective of how accurate the ...
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What Star Trek episode has a ship twisted by a wormhole?

I have watched almost all episodes of all Star Trek TV series, but I am unable to recall this scene: In the image, I can clearly see a Warp Nacelle which is twisted/warped by a wormhole or ...
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How has no one annihilated the Ferengi?

As I understand it, the Ferengi were set up at the beginning of TNG to be the next "big bad" of the galaxy, and their capabilities are described as being equal to the Enterprise's. That being said, ...
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Has the Federation ever fought a protracted land war?

Starfleet is, we are told again and again, not a military organization. That being said, they are the group that the Federation turns to in times of war, and they have gone to war on several ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation for Star Trek-era designs paralleling 20th century fashions?

I am generally the type of guy who thinks "because it's a TV show" is a reasonable and complete explanation for unexplainable elements in fictional works. However, given the tendency for Star Trek ...
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What is the status of holographic sentience in the Federation?

Over the course of several stories, and more specifically with the Doctor on Voyager, it's fair to say that Federation holograms, backed by appropriate computer cycles, can achieve self-awareness in a ...
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If the Federation has effective time travel, why don't they use it to correct major problems in the past?

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, we see Kirk and his crew can perform fairly accurate time travel via the light-speed breakaway factor. Is there any reason they don't use this technique more ...
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Why did Bajor allow the Cardassians and Dominion to retake DS9?

In "A Call to Arms" (DS9, episode 5x26), it's made clear that the Dominion has a non-aggression pact with Bajor, which would prevent the Cardassians from retaking Bajor. However, since DS9 is under ...
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Why do the Borg assimilate children?

After reading several other questions surrounding the mechanics of the Borg assimilating children and pregnant women, with the use of maturation chambers to mature the child to a point where they are ...