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What is Starfleet's policy on using Telekinesis / Psychokinesis?

Starfleet has many regulations about using technology (such as cloaking) and even abilities (telepathic information is not admissible at trial). Many episodes display Starfleet personnel using ...
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How can holograms be transported?

Star Trek: The Next Generation, S6E12, "Ship in a Bottle", makes it quite clear that holograms cannot be beamed with available Federation tech at the moment. In Star Trek: Voyager, S5E13, the EMH is ...
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Wouldn't creating cigarettes violate holodeck safety protocols? [duplicate]

In Season 1 Episode 11 of STTNG, "The Big Good-Bye", Picard lights up and smokes a cigarette inside the holodeck. Since we know that cigarettes cause cancer wouldn't creating an actual cigarette ...
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What did the Federation give the Prophets in exchange for access to the wormhole in DS9?

DS9 revolves around a unique trade route between the Alpha and Gamma quadrants. The route was an artificial wormhole built and controlled by the Prophets. At the wormhole's accidental discovery Sisko ...
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Did Guinan accidentally give Q the idea to send the Enterprise to meet the Borg?

In the episode “Q who?” Picard, Riker, Guinan and Q are in 10-forward having the discussion about Starfleet pushing out into space too fast and not being prepared for what awaits them. Q says the ...
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It there a connection between Star Trek's Mycelial Network concept and real-world String Theory?

This Mycelial Network idea came into being, connecting the sciences of large fungal networks to astrophysics somehow. I would like to know if cosmic strings - the mathematical products of several ...
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Are Star Trek ships female or neutral?

Gene Roddenberry specifically changed the ST:TNG opening monologue to say “its ongoing mission”, changing the original female reference (see writer’s guide). Every episode opened with this gender-...
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Why is Michael Burnham’s prison uniform - not uniform?

In ST: Discovery Context is For Kings Michael Burnham is in a prison transport with prisoners wearing grey jumpsuits, but her jumpsuit uniform (?) is gold with a blank blue Starfleet badge. She was ...
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Which of the seeded humanoid species was the first to be warp-capable? [closed]

In Star Trek - TNG S6E20 The Chase, the apparently first humanoid species in the Galaxy from around 4.5 Billion years ago appear, travel the galaxy and spread their genetic material on terraformed ...
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How does the holodeck keep up to date with characters' knowledge?

In "Human Error" (season 7, episode 17) where Seven of Nine spends a lot of time on the Holodeck with Chakotay, he references her past and her development aboard the ship. In particular, Chakotay is ...
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Who was the first Klingon to undergo choH'a and change his anatomy?

Was Voq the first Klingon to undergo choH'a, or was this process already an established ritual when Voq was ordered to undergo it? It seems reasonable they have used it for other races in other ...
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What is the angel in the Star Trek: Discovery title sequence?

What is the angel silhouette in the title sequence? The opening is starkly different from other series themes. What does the angel mean? Please use spoiler markdown in your answers.
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Was there an “Internet” in the Star Trek original series?

How did the Federation of Planets communicate and share digital data during ST:TOS? Did the system have a name or designation?
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Why didn't the Voyager crew take the shortcut in Prime Factors, abandoning the ship?

Janeway's choice seemed like horribly failed diplomacy and greed. Such a simple solution existed if they just let the ship go, this Spatial Trajector could absolutely have helped the crew. Why didn't ...
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Do Vulcans have any colonies outside of their home system?

Have the Vulcans established any colonies outside of their home system, as the humans and other Federation species have? If yes, what are they? If no, why not? This is especially relevant for the ...
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Has there ever been a warp / non-warp collision?

Like something going at warp hits a planet, star, another ship, moon, satellite, alien, tribble, etc.... Basically, can stuff in subspace (warped stuff) hit stuff in real space (not warp)? A detailed ...
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When was the earliest opportunity the Voyager crew had to return to the Alpha quadrant after being stranded?

Voyager had had many opportunities to cut their journey short or even directly return home which they did not take. For example, Q tried to bribe Janeway during an arbitration by instantly ...
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Has a Ferengi ever worked for Section 31?

To quote this answer: This is similar to the situation with the Ferengi in Star Trek. Due to their willingness to trade with anyone - they even trade with the Dominion - and their expressed ...
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Do the Ferengi have their own version of Reincarnation?

From the episode "Little Green Men": ROM: Maybe we are dead. QUARK: What are you talking about? ROM: Maybe this is the Divine Treasury. QUARK: Oh, don't be ridiculous. The Divine ...
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Why is Worf so terribly mean to Chief O'Brien in the Star Trek DS9 episode “The Ship”?

In DS9: The Ship Worf is really mean to O'Brien while Muniz is dying. He practically taunts the Chief about Muniz's impending death. Worf may be a "Klingon Warrior" but he's never acted like this. Not ...
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Why can’t Voyager crew beam in new lungs for neelix? [duplicate]

In Episode 4, Season 1 of Voyager, Neelix gets attacked by a species that beams out his lungs. As a hot fix, the holographic doctor creates a hologram of his lungs, based on a recent Transporter log. ...
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How many witnesses were there in the “Civilization” episode's final scene?

In "Civilization"'s final scene, Captain Archer says How can that be true, if just prior to that scene we can clearly see another scene in which Seems to me like a clear hole in the episode's plot. ...
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How many miners were operating mines in “Civilization”?

In the episode "Civilization", close to the episode finale we can see an underground mining facility. It is shown in a very quick cameo, yet I am pretty sure that it is large enough to be operated by ...
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Why were only Jean Luc and Guinan so outright hateful to the Borg (“I Borg”)?

I notice that the others were either against the plan to destroy the Borg (Beverly Crusher), or, even if for the plan, at the very least middle of the road and somewhat neutral in their feelings and ...
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Does Q ever actually lie?

In the episode Deja-Q, Picard openly accuses Q of being dishonest: Q: I have no powers. Q the ordinary. PICARD: Q the liar. Q the misanthrope. And in the DS9 episode Q-Less, Vash claims ...
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How exactly did Voyager beat the Borg ship in the beginning of “Dark Frontier”?

Was it that Voyager had Borg technology? Was it that something went wrong in the Borg's magnetic field? All I saw was Starfleet photon torpedos destroy the Borg. How was that so?
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Is Borg adaptation only temporary?

It seems like Borg adaptation, at least in terms of battle, is temporary. In every episode and movie I can think of, the initial attack against the Borg is effective. Unless the countless species ...
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Was “Tapestry” meant as somewhat of a comedy?

I ask because a lot of people laughed at Lt Picard.
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Under Ferengi law, is murder permitted if it is for the sake of profit?

The question is exactly how it sounds: is murder allowed if it is for the purpose of profit in Ferengi law? For most of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the Ferengi culture is entirely based in profit, ...
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Was Riker, whenever he led the ship, more of a military leader or was he diplomatic like Picard? [closed]

Watching "Chain of Command" made me think - Riker and Jellico have a lot in common. Riker, when he led the ship to fight the Borg, was definitely a military leader. He may not have been extreme like ...
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How much does Commander Data weigh?

I'm referring to his "typical" weight, as in how much he weighs during his day-to-day activities aboard the Enterprise (minus the pipe).
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Did anyone try to find the little box that held Professor Moriarty and his wife after the crash?

It was bad enough that Captain Picard tricked and trapped two sapient beings in a little cube, rather than in any way acknowledge their rights under Federation law, but whatever happened to that cube? ...
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Why did Khan ask Admiral James T. Kirk about Project Genesis?

When Khan first defeats Admiral Kirk, he asks about Project Genesis. Why would he ask about Project Genesis? Wouldn't the USS Reliant, a ship dedicated to helping ...
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What did Geordi mean when he said “And then some” (“Sins of the Father”)?

In the episode "Sins of the Father", Riker says that Kurn has the crew on his toes. I get that. But then Geordi says "And then some" which is obviously a response, but is that supposed to be an insult ...
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Was Tuvok bluffing when he said that Voyager's transporters rendered the Kazon weapons useless?

In Star Trek: Voyager 2x07 "Maneuvers", Voyager beams several Kazon Majes off their ship. Tuvok and a complement of security officers are in the transporter room waiting for them, and the Majes draw ...
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Was Lore on the Borg renegade ship or on the planet where he was doing his business?

Something I'm curious about. When the renegade Borg were causing havoc with their attacks on the Enterprise and the brutal fight in the outpost, was Lore heading that ship or was he on the planet ...
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What exactly caused Data to get angry in “Descent” before the emotion chip?

Talking the opening scene where they fight the renegade Borg on the outpost. Something all of a sudden causes Data to be angry. I take the hint to be the guy who says every biological organism. As ...
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Why didn't the Discovery crew warn Starfleet about the Defiant?

In S01E10 of Star Trek: Discovery Burnham notes that the USS Defiant is believed to be the first ship from the prime universe to arrive in the mirror universe. However, the Defiant comes from ...
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What would have been the Borg's plan for earth if the writers had not changed the Borg into assimilators?

I've always wondered. It was 1989. The writers at the time did not know what to do with the Borg. The end scene of "Q Who" airs. Guinan warns Picard that because the Borg know of the Federation's ...
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Were the Romulans intended as comic relief on “TNG”?

I always felt given the incompetance of the Romulans that they were more a comical disturbance rather than a genuine threat that they were often trying to portray themselves as. This was rather ...
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What exactly was the Borg's intention when finally capturing the ship at the end of “Q Who”?

If it had not been for Q saving them at the last minute, what would the Borg have done?
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What exactly happened to the 18 crew members who were reported as “missing” in “Q Who”?

I always thought they were dead in battle. The Borg didn't believe in assimilating lifeforms until "Best of Both Worlds." Yet others argue they were assimilated, and hence they were into assimilation ...
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Did the new Kirk ever mind meld with Spock Prime?

I can't remember, but I thought they had in the film. If so-wouldn't he then learn everything from Spock regarding the former timeline?
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How does data stop itself being deleted? [duplicate]

In S02E12 of Star Trek: Discovery it is found to be impossible to delete some recently acquired data from the ship's memory. The data seems to resist being deleted, and cancels a self-destruct ...
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Why are Tucker and Malcolm not dead?

I've been re-watching Enterprise and I have the same question I had the first time. In episode 12 of season 4, Babel One, Tucker and Reed are running low on air while in environmental suits, and ...
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Who created the Borg concept? [duplicate]

Who created the Borg concept? Looking at Wikipedia it is clear TNG had already started without the Borg as such, but with the idea that a new powerful adversary was needed. This article suggests a ...
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How can a single-planet species pose a threat to the Federation?

The United Federation of Planets contains 150 planets-worth of civilisations. This includes Humans, Vulcans, and many others. Presumably they would have a massive capacity for producing warships if ...
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Star Trek novel in which the Enterprise-A is sold as surplus and refitted with Klingon technology

I'm trying to recall a licensed Star Trek novel that I encountered in the early 2000's decade. The gist of the story is that after the NCC-1701-A is decommissioned after the end of The Undiscovered ...
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Who is the (new) CMO on the Excalibur?

I know none of the Star Trek: New Frontier series by Peter David is 'canon' (televised) but I've just started reading the books and I know that in one of them Dr Selar I've looked at the Excalibur ...
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Why didn't General Martok receive discommendation in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine?

Why didn't General Martok receive discommendation, due to being captured by the Jem'Hadar and failing to commit suicide?