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If a Dyson Sphere from the Star Trek universe could move, would the star inside also move or would it collide with the sphere's inner surface? [on hold]

Like the ones in TNG "Relics" or STO's Solanae/Jenolan Spheres. Going by the principle that something suspended inside a speeding bus doesn't automatically collide with the back end, would the same ...
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Spatial limitations on the Holodeck? [duplicate]

I noticed today that in the pilot of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Data shows Riker one of the four "walls" of the Holodeck by throwing a rock at it. Thus, it seems logical that the Holodeck would ...
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What is docelerite?

I've just finished reading the novel Star Trek: The Next Generation 'Cold Equations: The Persistence of Memory' (great book by the way). On page 358 of my edition (the start of Chapter 31), Picard ...
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Why was Romulan Ale illegal?

Was Romulan Ale illegal because of a trade embargo between two warring states, providing material support to the enemy ala Cuban cigars? Or is it because the Federation nanny state thinks alcohol in ...
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What was the point of Locutus of Borg's red laser? [duplicate]

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation Episode The Best of Both Worlds Captain Picard is abducted by the Borg and altered to serve as Locutus. As a part of this, they attach a red laser to one of his ...
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Was Khan a genetically-enhanced embryo?

Was Khan Noonien Singh the result of a genetically-enhanced embryo, or was he enhanced at a later point in his life? From my recollection, this is not specifically addressed in the TOS episode "Space ...
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Star trek : Why did Vulcans did not play any active role in series other then ST:Enterprise

So, I was wondering, Vulcans were the first contact species for Humans, but after ST:Enterprise, they have not been shown in higher position amongst federation or in serials other then Commander ...
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Why would people know how to hand write in Star Trek?

In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Unforgettable", Chakotay falls in love with a woman he knows he is going to completely forget, and she somehow magically makes technology "forget" her too. In order ...
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What's wrong with production numbers for ST:VOY 4x14 and 4x15

From Memory Alpha episodes' box (emphasis mine). Star Trek Voyager, "Message in a Bottle": VOY, Episode 4x14 Production number: 181 80th of 168 produced in VOY 81st of 168 released in VOY Star ...
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Why do the Borg refer to Earth as 'Sector 001'?

A note for future readers of this question: this is based on an incorrect memory of the Voyager episode 'Dark Frontier'. The term 'Sector 001' indicates that it is a point of origin. Unless I'm ...
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How does the EMH hold onto a phaser while having bullets go through him?

In the Voyager episode: "Future's End, Part II" the doctor rescues B'elanna and Chakotay. PORTER: They've got lasers! A black man and some bald guy. (The EMH enters. Porter and Butch's bullets ...
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How were the 20th century people able to enter a shuttlecraft?

In the Voyager episode: "Future's End, Part II" Chakotay and B'elanna crash land on earth. A group of renegades in Arizona find the shuttlecraft and take Chakotay and B'elanna hostage. It wouldn't ...
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What did Janeway do with the 29th century tricorder she took?

In the Star Trek Voyager episode: "Future's End": JANEWAY: Welcome to the twenty fourth century. I took the precaution of removing your tricorder. That's what it's called, by the way. ...
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How were Chakotay and B'elanna able to fly a ship with damaged engines?

In the Voyager episode: "Future's End, Part II" Chakotay and B'elanna crash land on earth. CHAKOTAY: Propulsion is offline. Voyager, we're going down Later in the episode they get rescued by the ...
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Who made the Dyson's sphere in Star Trek TNG?

According to this wikia, the Dyson's sphere discovered by the Enterprise in the episode, "Relics" was large enough to support the life of 4 million earth sized planets, if you do some rough math, ...
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Wouldn't a Star Trek mirror universe become unrecognisable within a few generations?

In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Crossover" two members of the DS9 crew cross over to an alternate universe. It is the same universe that Kirk went to many years earlier in the TOS episode ...
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When were Dilithium Crystals first mentioned in Star Trek?

I would like to know the very first episode in which Dilithium Crystals were mentioned/seen. As I understand it, they were called lithium crystals in Where No Man Has Gone Before and Mudd's Women, ...
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Where are and what is the status of other species in the mirror universe at the time of DS9? [closed]

In the DS9 episode: "Crossover" the federation has fallen and humans (Terrans) are slave laborers. The federation is made up of a bunch of species (Andorians, Vulcans, etc.), not just humans. What ...
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Why would freedom and peace leave the Federation in the Mirror Universe unable to defend itself?

In TOS episode: "Mirror, Mirror" KIRK: The illogic of waste, Mister Spock. The waste of lives, potential, resources, time. I submit to you that your Empire is illogical because it cannot endure. I ...
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Why didn't the mirror universe Major Kira and Doctor Bashir crossover at the same time?

In the Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, episode "Crossover" two members of the DS9 crew crossover to an alternate universe. It is the same universe that Kirk went to many years earlier in the TOS Episode: ...
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Meaning of uniform color in Star Trek Voyager

I was always wondering whether the color of the uniform has still a meaning in Star Trek Voyager. I used to believe this: Red: Commanders Yellow: Security and Engineers Teal: Medicine and Science ...
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How did Picard actually cause the destruction of human kind?

Through the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, we learn that This part is really unclear for me. How could the anomaly stop the combination of amino acids into the first proteins? Is ...
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Why did Picard describe the past as “the past” when he was actually there?

During final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation Picard is moving back and forth in time and we can see three timelines: current, past and future. Two times during his "visit" to the past ...
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Why did Klingons attack the medical ship in “All Good Things…”?

In the middle of the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, we learn that If that's so, then why did they attack a medical ship? A ship that has no firepower to match any of the attackers ...
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Which ST:TNG episode contains image of surprised Picard face?

From which Star Trek The Next Generation comes this image: And exactly in what scene it appears? What Picard is saying at the very moment, that is pictured?
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Reason for 'Pon Farr' being so called?

There is an area of the human brain called the 'Pons'. It is involved in reproductive motivation and emotional behaviour. There is quite a similarity in name (and subject matter involved) between ...
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Why did Tau Ceti Alpha VI explode?

In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Khan explains to Chekov and Terrell that "Ceti Alpha VI exploded six months after we were left here. The shock shifted the orbit of this planet and everything ...
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Was the Theory of Relativity's Time Dilation addressed in Star Trek Universe?

According to my limited understanding of the Theory of Relativity and Time Dilation, objects that are further away age at a different "speed" than here on earth. A simple example are the astronauts ...
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How does a sonic shower work?

What is the mechanism behind a sonic shower in the STU? A shower with water does various things, namely; get rid of odors, raise body temperature, acts as a disinfectant, has a soothing massage ...
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Does Tosk kill the hunters when he shoots them?

In the DS9 episode "Captive Pursuit" Tosk shoots the hunters: O'BRIEN: Come on, Tosk. Round this corner and we're there. (Hunter and two aliens beam in.) HUNTER: No. He is mine. (Hunter ...
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Do we know whatever happened to Tosk?

In the DS9 episode "Captive Pursuit" Tosk an alien from the Gamma Quadrant comes to DS9 and then escapes with the help of O'Brien. Do we know what happens to that particular Tosk after he leaves ...
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Why didn't they just transport Tosk out, why did they wait for him to be released?

In the Star Trek:DS9 episode "Captive Pursuit" the Hunter species does the following: O'BRIEN: They're bombarding us with some kind of radiation I've never see before. Very rapid magnetic flux ...
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Do Klingons not bathe or not like to take baths?

In TNG episode "Conspiracy": TROI: Data, it's just not the same. Have you ever been for a real moonlight swim? DATA: One can swim in moonlight? TROI: How about you, Mister Worf? ...
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Why does a phaser sometimes vaporize organic matter and sometimes not on a maximum setting of kill?

It appears that a phaser vaporizes organic matter on maximum setting. Remember that in this episode several lower settings barely phase Yuta but the maximum setting completely vaporizes her with no ...
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Why does Riker put the phaser up to full power, why didn't her try a few more lower settings before vaporizing Yuta? [duplicate]

In TNG episode: "Vengeance Factor" RIKER: Stop. (The first shot is a mild stun. Yuta staggers, then reaches for Chorgan again. The next shot is higher. Then Riker puts the phaser up to full ...
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How is Data unable to program in or have availability of the landscape on Romulus but not Romulan Ale?

In the TNG episode "The Defector" Data indicates (to a Romulan visitor) that Romulan Ale is not available to be replicated: SETAL: I thought it would bring me some comfort. But these are not my ...
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Why would Data say that a cloaking device on the surface of a planet would have visible distortion?

In the Star Trek:TNG episode "The Defector" Data States: RIKER: A cloaking device of some sort, to hide the entire base? DATA: A cloaking device operating on the surface would be given away ...
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Other starships that can undergo saucer separation?

I know that the Enterprise-D was capable of saucer separation (this was displayed in several episodes including The Best of Both Worlds, Encounter at Farpoint and in the film Generations). I also ...
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How was Geordi able to fire his weapon on board the Enterprise-D?

In ST:TNG "Aquiel", Geordi reaches into the drawer in his quarters pulls out a phaser, and fires it at the organism. Aren't hand weapons on the Enterprise disabled? Are all officers allowed to have ...
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Are there any differences between Romulan and Vulcan DNA? [duplicate]

I know it is stated in multiple episodes that the Romulans and the Vulcans are cousins or are related. Do they have the same genetic coding or are there differences in their DNA? If there are ...
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Does the Federation ever establish full relations with the Tamarians?

After the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Darmok", does the Federation ever establish open relations with the Tamarians? Non-canon sources are welcome. If so, how do they establish a form of ...
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Are Gorn and Tamarian related?

Are the Gorn species and the Tamarian species related in the Star Trek Universe or other non-canon Star Trek references? I see some visual similarities between the two species.
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Was Spock ever successful at reunifying the Vulcan and Romulan peoples?

After the two part TNG episode "Reunification" was Spock able to unify the two peoples?
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Do we know all of the guarantees in the Constitution of the United Federation of Planets?

In Star Trek we know of the 7th and 12th guarantees: The Seventh Guarantee against self-incrimination during legal proceedings was considered by Captain Picard in 2367 to be "one of the most ...
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When did Khan meet Chekov prior to The Wrath of Khan?

I recently watched Star Trek season 1 episode 22, Space Seed, which is the first appearance of Khan Noonien Singh. I didn't see Chekov anywhere in that episode, and I was waiting for him to show up ...
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How does Data know what Bingo is but not what perfume is?

In the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Episode "Angel One" how is it that Data doesn't know what an aphrodisiac or perfume is, but in the same episode knows of 'Bingo', an obscure ancient human game? ...
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Data states that the Prime Directive only applies to starships, is that correct?

In the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Episode "Angel One" Data states that the prime directive only applies to starships, is that correct? And if the prime directive is in place why didn't they go ...
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Was Geordi really next in line or the appropriate person to take control of the ship?

In the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Episode "Angel One" when Picard gets sick is Laforge really the next highest in command to take control of the ship? He wasn't even chief engineer yet? Why was ...
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How did the snowball fly out of the holodeck? [duplicate]

In the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Episode "Angel One" How did Wesley's snowball fly outside of the holodeck and hit Picard? It should have dematerialized.
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What happened on the away mission with Jack Crusher? [duplicate]

I know somebody asked what happened between Jack Crusher and Picard. I also read the answer which I already knew. There was an accident on the Stargazer, Picard had to choose between life or death, ...