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Do medicine kits in Star Trek have new kidney pills as standard?

My question is about the medicine kit of Doctor McCoy. http://www.startrek.com/article/treknosis-making-dr-mccoys-magic-pills-real Check out the good doctor's miracle cure from Star Trek IV: The ...
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Why would Koval stay in the war?

In the DS9 episode Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges, Admiral Ross secretly wants to get Koval the open seat on the Continuing Committee. When Bashir confronts Admiral Ross about this, he says "So Koval ...
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How does Sloan get past DS9 security?

Has it been shown in another episode or said by the show's production team, how Sloan can circumvent DS9 security and get into Bashir's room? From the episode Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges: BASHIR: ...
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Discrepancy in uniforms around the dinner table: ST:TOS “Space Seed”

In the Star Trek TOS episode "Space Seed", Khan gets a "welcome to our century" dinner. Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Scott turn out "formal dress" uniform, where everyone else appears to be in their ...
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How old is Neelix?

The Talaxian named Neelix is one of the main characters in Star Trek Voyager: His duties on board the ship range from chef, to ambassador and ship's moral officer. Also, through-out the seasons we ...
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Why didn't the Cardassians take Terok Nor (Deep Space 9) with them when withdrawing from Bajor?

I understand the Deep Space Nine station was able to move, although with many difficulties and limitations. So my question is, why haven't the Cardassians just taken the station to Cardassian space ...
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Where were Korob and Sylvia from?

Are there any documented references to where Korob and Sylvia from the Original Series episode, "Catspaw", were from? Did the Federation have mutually-beneficial future contact with the species the ...
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Where did they get the transporter coordinates for the Defiant in “The Tholian Web”?

At the start of the Star Trek episode "The Tholian Web" the crew of the Enterprise can somehow "see" the wreck of the Defiant although it doesn't register on the ship's sensors. Then they beam over to ...
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What is the ship shown just before the Enterprise in the ST: Enterprise opening credits? [duplicate]

In Star Trek: Enterprise, season 1 at least, the opening credits show a bunch of aircraft and spacecraft. Just before the Enterprise shows up, there is another ship of similar configuration. Is ...
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Do these two articles appear in Trek Magazine and Best of Trek?

Two articles by Mark A Golding, "Shortcuts Though Space in Star Trek" and "Subspace Radio and Space Warps" advocate the theory that much interstellar travel in Star Trek is done through wormholes or ...
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What happens to the runabouts when Starfleet abandons DS9 at the start of the Dominion War?

In "A Time to Stand" (S5E26) Starfleet mines the entrance to the wormhole, starting the Dominion War. No reinforcements are sent to defend Deep Space Nine so the fleet can destroy Dominion shipyards, ...
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Is the neck coloring favored by Cardassian females a tattoo or just makeup?

Throughout the run of DS9, Cardassian females can often be seen with one or more of their neck-bones colored in blue or purple. An example is in the screenshot below. It's a neat little cultural quirk ...
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Theories by fictional characters [closed]

Got to wondering... We have Cliff Claven's (postal worker in Cheers TV show) Buffalo Theory in regards to the effect of beer on your intelligence level. We have Sam Vimes' Boot based theory of ...
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Why didn't Nero use the red matter to stop the supernova before it happened? [closed]

Nero knows where and when Spock and the ship will emerge. I get that he's a "particularly troubled Romulan", but was there a reason for why he didn't just take Spock's ship and the red matter, cause ...
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Is there a canonical date for the destruction of Romulus?

All we know from the 2009 Star Trek film is the date when the star went supernova. However, we aren't actually given the date for the destruction of Romulus, only that the "fastest ship" was ...
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Who's the best poker player in Star Trek: TNG?

Between the usual players, Data, Riker, Worf, or other occasional people to visit their table, how do they compare? Riker seems like the stock person to fulfil the card-sharp role, but I seem to ...
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What's the origin of Picard's signature phrase, “make it so”?

Was Jean-Luc Picard's famous "Make it so" phrase introduced by Patrick Stewart or by the series writers? Was use of the phrase inspired by any other fictional character? What I was wondering was, was ...
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What's with the bias towards Japanese among the (few) East Asian officers in Starfleet?

Sort of related, but here I'm asking about the virtual lack of anyone but people of Japanese descent among the recurring East Asian officers depicted in Star Trek. We have: Hikaru Sulu: Japanese-...
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What did the probe and the whales say to each other?

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the survival of Earth depends on a mysterious probe having a conversation with humpback whales. McCOY: Well, dammit? You think this is its way of saying 'Hi there' ...
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How big is the known Star Trek universe?

In Star Trek: Voyager, there is a big deal made about them warping far beyond contact with any Federation bases, beause they're all the way out in "the Delta Quadrant". To me, this indicates that ...
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How do Star Trek viewscreens show perceivable depth?

This has bothered me ever since I noticed it; the viewscreen in The Next Generation shows perceivable depth even when viewed from an angle when, I would imagine, such an angle should start to warp the ...
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In Star Trek, how fast is warp 9.99?

The Prometheus class ship is said to be the fastest in Starfleet at a blazing 9.99 warp. Please forgive my maths shortcoming but I can't get my head around this number. I know the equation is here on ...
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In Star Trek, why does Capt. Christopher lose his memory when the Enterprise beams him into his fighter jet?

In the Star Trek episode, "Tomorrow is Yesterday," the USS Enterprise is thrown back in time to the 20th Century of Earth. The crew saves the life of an Air Force pilot, Captain John Christopher, by ...
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Which ship can go faster, the Millennium Falcon or the USS Enterprise?

As far as I can tell, both universes have equally objective ideas of speed. Do we know how fast the two ships can go? Which is faster?
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How much energy could the Enterprise-D produce?

Just watched TNG: The Dauphin. In it the following exchange occurs when receiving a powerful transmission: Data Sir, sensors indicate the communication originated from a tera-Watt source on the ...
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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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Has there been a multiethnic Star Trek character?

Star Trek has always been at the forefront of ethnic and cultural diversity. In TOS, we had a Russian, a Japanese-American, a Scot(t), Americans, etc. which was groundbreaking for the time. In the ...
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Star Trek episode where Tuvok is confused with time

What episode does Tuvok ask "what about the delta flyer?" And someone says "the what?"
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In-universe rules for extent of handheld phaser disintegration

Being shot by a phaser set to disintegrate/vaporize is rather a tidy death: since when hit in the clothed chest, the shirt, pants, shoes, and entire lifeform within ...
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Why is there a time discrepancy between VOY: Flashback and The Undiscovered Country?

In VOY: Flashback, the Praxis explosion happens and then they say a few days later they learned that two Starfleet officers had been arrested for the assassination of Chancellor Gorkon, etc. and they ...
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How does the Federation determine how to set their clocks?

I called someone on the other side of the world. Where I was, it was 9:00pm. Where they were, it was 11:00am the next day. This got me thinking about Star Trek. Frequently in Voyager, Tom Paris is ...
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What is the purpose of the black rectangular object behind Scott in “The Galileo Seven”?

When Scott electrifies the hull of the "Galileo," a piece of equipment is partially visible that looks like a circular chart recorder with pneumatic output. What would a 23rd century Class F shuttle ...
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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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Was the Tamarian language in “Darmok” inspired by Jack Vance's “The Asutra”?

In TNG: Darmok, Picard learns how to communicate with the Tamarians, who speak a unique language composed of snippets from their great epics. For example, "Shaka, when the walls fell" denotes failure. ...
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Was Kirk born prematurely in the alternate timeline?

There are two reasons the presence of Winona Kirk (James T. Kirk's mother) on the USS Kelvin in 2233 might not make sense: (1) Family members of officers and enlisted crew generally weren't housed on ...
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What was Picard doing between 2455 (the loss of the Stargazer) and 2464 (taking command of the Enterprise)?

It is well established in canon that Jean-Luc Picard assumed command of the USS Stargazer in 2433, being one of the youngest captains in history, only six years out of the Academy. He commanded her ...
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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 ...
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In Star Trek DS9, how do changelings reproduce?

We know that DS9 Changelings. Odo's species, reproduce because Odo himself was found as a "baby" and he was told by the founder that they had sent him and other babies out into space, but I don't ...
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After a period of time, would Worf be considered a Dahar Master? [duplicate]

After all that Worf has done, all for the sake of the Empire, would he not deserve the title of Dahar Master?
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I don't get the 7 signals of “Star Trek Discovery” season 2

Spoilers ahead, no further warning. I really, really don't get the Season 2 story arc of Star Trek Discorvery. Can someone help me with making sense out of it? The season starts off with 7 red ...
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Why did the Borg never bring waves of ships to the Alpha quadrant to conquer it?

I just finished watching Star Trek: Voyager and it occurred to me that the Borg (especially with the transwarp hub that Voyager destroyed) could have assimilated the Alpha Quadrant with waves of ships....
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Out of universe - Was the Y-wing design influenced by The Enterprise?

I find the Y-wing has a quite unique design among the star wars crafts and always wondered if it was influenced from elsewhere. Despite the difference in sheer size it looks similar to the Enterprise ...
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Has there ever been an instance in Star Trek where someone beamed into a solid object?

One of the many notable devices in Star Trek is the transporter, which can beam people to any set coordinates. Has there ever been an instance in any Star Trek story where someone was beamed into ...
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What is the significance of the different styles of, and emblems on, Klingon baldrics?

I've been watching Star Trek: The Next Generation, and just recently transitioned into season two. Among several more significant changes, I've noticed that Worf's baldric has changed. Season 1 ...
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In which Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes did Patrick Stewart not appear?

I'm a little confused by what I see on Wikipedia. The wikipedia article for Patrick Stewart says he appeared in 176 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The wikipedia article for the series ...
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How can the Next Generation's unfamiliarity with the Borg be explained after Archer's encounter?

In Regeneration Starfleet learns about a culture that we (as audience) know as The Borg. According to TNG, the Federation doesn't seem to know anything about these beings when they "first" meet them. ...
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In what episode of TOS did a character on the bridge make a comment about raising the number 1 to some power?

Long, long ago, I was watching an episode of TOS when a character usually or often on the bridge of the Enterprise made a comment about raising the number 1 [sic] to some power. I don't remember who ...
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Why do these communicators from Star Trek differ?

In the picture below, the communicator's buttons and pattern in the center differ from each other. Was there any direct intent to make them look different from although still similar to each other? I ...
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Why does The EMH Doctor feel emotion, but Data does not?

Both The Enterprise-D/E's Data, and Voyager's Emergency Medical Hologram, are crew members who are artificial intelligences. In TNG, Data is depicted as being incapable of feeling emotion (at least ...
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Is there any story connections between Devor in TNG and Tuvok on Voyager?

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Starship Mine", there is a character Devor, a mercenary, who was played by Tim Russ. In Star Trek: Voyager, there is a character Tuvok, also played by ...