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What species are the skulls seen in Dr. McCoy's office from?

Dr. McCoy, aka Bones, has a couple of weird skulls in his office, as seen in the following picture from the episode "Is There in Truth No Beauty?" (they are highlighted with red arrows and ...
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How does the EMH see?

Voyager's EMH is apparently simply a collection of photons and force fields, controlled by a computer, either on board Voyager or in his mobile emitter. Yet he seems to see and hear things from the ...
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How are the Prophets connected to the Orbs?

The Orbs and The Prophets Events in the Show Physical and Metaphysical bridge These observations suggest a direct connection between the Orbs and the wormhole aliens. Much as the wormhole is both a ...
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What are these plaques in Voyager's briefing room?

In the briefing room of USS Voyager, there is a strangely-shaped plaque or model on the wall, in the little alcove near the door: (S05E17 - The Disease @ 34:38) At some point in season 5 they moved ...
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Which individual has the highest kill count of any Star Trek crew?

Re-watching Worf shoot another Klingon at point blank range (season 1 episode 20), I wondered if, despite his being Klingon and therefore the token warrior on the series, he actually had the most ...
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Who signed the Captain Picard Day sign?

With the release of the trailers for Star Trek: Picard we have observed what either a flashback, or an in-universe reproduction or preserved artifact of the Captain Picard Day sign. This also affords ...
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Red shirt tradition beginning?

Who first noticed that ST:TOS red shirts were an endangered species? Was it one of the fans or in a forum? Subsidiary question: did the producers ever talk contemporaneously about the phenomena?
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What happened to the original opening scene to "Whom Gods Destroy"?

I remember seeing the uncut episode of "Whom Gods Destroy" (TOS, Episode 3x16) in the 1970's which included a scene with Kirk, Spock and Scotty discussing the security question involving ...
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What does the Bajoran wormhole look like from behind?

The Bajoran wormhole has been a staple of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine since the very first episode. We see it opening up in all its grandeur in the opening credits as well as in many of the episodes. ...
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Did Michael Dorn ever refer to his plane as a 'starship'?

In two separate articles on Wikipedia, the following claim is made: Actor and pilot Michael Dorn owned a T-33.[6] Dorn, who played the character Worf in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation ...
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What nations are represented by the flags in the background in the episode Rapture?

In the season 5 episode "Rapture", during the ceremony scene, in the background we can see a number of colourful flags. One is quite clearly the flag of the Federation... But there are at ...
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Does oo-mox have a similar affect on Female ferengi?

In a lot of episodes of Star Trek involving the Ferengi, we see male Ferengi reacting to oo-mox (having their ear lobes rubbed). It occurs to me that as far as I can remember it is only ever shown ...
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How does a Trill symbiont get his name?

In the different Star Trek series some Trill with a symbiont appear. The symbiont has a name the Trill takes like a family name. Well known examples are Jadzia Dax and Ezri Dax, both having the Dax ...
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What is the lifespan of Betazoids?

What is the lifespan of Betazoids? Is it the same as humans or longer? I remember Lwaxana Troi always being intentionally vague about her age, supposedly out of vanity. I don’t remember any of the few ...
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Canonicity of some material in "Spock must die!" by James Blish?

Spock must die! was a 1970 Star Trek novel by James Blish. I read it as a kid and reread it recently after coming across a used copy. It was an enjoyable read as long as I stayed determined not to let ...
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Are Betazoid cats empaths?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation season 2 episode 15, Deanna Troi mentioned that when she was a girl she had a Betazoid kitten, and that her mother and this cat did not get along well. This led me ...
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Why is the Federation Presidency headquartered in Paris, Earth?

The question Why is Starfleet HQ in San Francisco? establishes why Starfleet is based in San Francisco. The Federation council is also in San Francisco. I would like to know both the out-of-universe ...
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How many Borg collectives are there?

At the end of star trek picard season 2 we see
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Was Lt. Cmdr. Nella Daren intentionally Crusher-like?

In "Lessons", Picard falls in love with a new head of Stellar Sciences, Lt. Cmdr. Nella Daren. I'm going to suggest that she really looks a lot like Dr. Crusher (long red hair, similar age, ...
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What happened to Odo's "cousin"?

In the episode Vortex, the alien Croden shows and later gives Odo a life form Dr. Bashir believed to be related to Odo's species with limited shapeshifting abilities of its own, but it's never shown ...
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Why wasn't Gates McFadden removed from the opening credits of season 2 of TNG?

This is not a question about why Gates McFadden left TNG; that's been discussed elsewhere. My question is, why didn't they remove her name from the opening credits? Did they not have the budget to ...
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Origin of name James T. Kirk

How the name 'James T. Kirk' originate. I heard it might have come from the fact that Gene Roddenberry once lived in NJ and the name of a mayor from Elizabeth, NJ was James T. Kirk.
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What is Spock's rank in "Ask Not"?

The short trek "Ask Not" is hard to accurately place in the timeline. Even Memory Alpha just puts the timeframe at "2250s or 2260s". However, as Spock is an ensign in "Q&A&...
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Stuff on the walls of a Starfleet holding cell

Here is a picture of a Starfleet holding cell from the episode TNG: The Hunted What are the various rectangular and octagonal things on the walls? And what is the purpose of the red stripe on some ...
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Why did the prophets site the other end of the wormhole in the Gamma Quadrant?

We know that the Prophets are 'of Bajor' (suggesting that the planet was their original place of origin) and that they somehow constructed(?) the 'Celestial Temple' in which they now live. DAX: We ...
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How does lighting work in Star Trek?

Being a sci-fi show, Star Trek likes to flaunt its technobabble. Phasers work thanks to the nadion pulse in the discharge crystal, a transporter stores your quantum properties with a heisenberg ...
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When did Morn not speaking on-screen become a running joke?

Morn had remained silent during the duration of the series (the English series, that is). At some point, it became a running joke ("You know Morn, he never shuts up"), but when was the ...
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What book did Kirk receive at the end of the TOS episode "Court Martial"?

In the TOS episode Court Martial, Kirk's defense lawyer Samuel T. Cogley has a preference for books over computers. In one of the last scenes Kirk is gifted a book by Cogley (but physically handed ...
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Is there really a rule that new Trek must 25% different for legal reasons?

In the response to my previous question Why does the hologram jump from the TOS Enterprise to the TNG one? there was a comment that said the following: Thats also the 25% different Discovery version ...
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Why did Locutus not lose his hair?

Borg drones lose hair soon after assimilation, and the Borg Queen told Seven of Nine after Seven's implants were removed that the humans made her in their image and gave her things like hair, and I ...
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What are all the items shown in Picard's vault?

When Picard enters his personal vault in Star Trek Picard S01 E01 Remembrance, his vault is filled with memorabilia. While the model of the USS Enterprise-E is easily recognized (surprisingly no model ...
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What sort of goods or resources does a Federation Star Ship require to operate?

I am making a game that is inspired heavily by Star Trek. The nature of the game requires that you are going about the Galaxy but are limited in some way, hopefully by resources. But aside from the ...
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Did the real Dr. Bashir check on the brain surgery his changeling impostor did to Captain Sisko?

In the Star Trek: Deep Space 9 episode, "In Purgatory's Shadow Part-1", Worf and Garak are captured and sent to a Dominion prison only to discover that Bashir is already there. Bashir is ...
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Do Klingons do surgery without anaesthesia?

In Star Trek Discovery S1:E11 The Wolf Inside - we see Tyler's flashbacks of what were thought to be torture - were in fact surgery. Vulture writer Mallory Ortberg comments: The procedure was ...
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Did Garak know Julian was to join section 31

in the first season of DS9 garak seems to specifically seek out Julian Bashir and then across the duration of the TV show has regular lunch with him and involves him in assorted Obsidian order Hi-...
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Why didn't the Borg send a tactical cube the 2nd time?

For reference, I am talking about the Battle of Sector 001 in the movie "First Contact." I can understand that the Borg were busy dealing with species 8472, and that's a reasonable explanation for ...
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Why were Romulans "impressed and seemingly confused" by Humans?

In the Memory Alpha article, Romulan, under Section 2.1 External Affairs: First Contact, it says, Romulans were aware of Humanity for some time before Earth knew of them. Infiltrating the highest ...
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How was the TNG Technical Manual created and was it a live document?

On most questions regarding Star Trek TNG, someone will eventually quote the technical manual as a reference and it does sound and look as a very comprehensive guide to TNG and Star Trek universe. I'...
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What was the inspiration for Burnham's speech from the end of the Klingon war, in Star Trek Discovery?

In the Discover Season 1 finale, Will You Take My Hand, Michael Burnham delivers a speech, the beginning of which is used as a voiceover during the prologue of the episode and the remainder begins the ...
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In Doctor McCoy's sickbay bed monitors on the Enterprise, what are the units used on the measurement gauges?

Based on In Doctor McCoy's sickbay bed monitors on the Enterprise, what is "Cell Rate?", the answer here gives a list of what the gauges are for. However the units listed either don't ...
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How widespread is Bio-neural circuitry?

The starship Voyager is equipped with experimental 'organic' circuitry, which supposedly "organizes information more efficiently, speeds up response time"- is this circuitry used in ships ...
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Khan Noonien Singh and the Mirror Universe

One of the comments to this question note that the Point of Departure from the Prime universe occurred somewhat earlier than when Zefram Cochrane murdered the Vulcan who made first contact with Earth, ...
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Is there anywhere that the Q is not?

Related: Do the Q Exist In the Abrams Star Trek Universe? In an answer to the question above, it is established that Q is present in the Abramsverse. Is there anywhere that the Q is not? That is, is ...
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Did the Q React to V'ger's Evolution?

In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, we see that: Do we know if/how the Q Continuum reacted to this? Is there any record as to how they reacted? As Picard once theorizes (in TNG) to Q, he believes they ...
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How long did it take to build Data?

In this answer, I created a timeline based on what we learn about the Crystal Entity on-screen. In my own answer, I make a speculative case for the entity probably being delayed and Soong building ...
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What happened to the Borg ship that attacked the outposts in the neutral zone?

We know that the Borg were already right by the Federation and Romulan space in the episode called “The Neutral Zone” in season 1. I know changes were made to the Borg later due to the writers' strike,...
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How accurately can Vulcans predict when pon farr will happen?

Pon farr is the Vulcans’ drive to mate every seven years, traditionally resolved by returning to Vulcan and their mate. How accurately can they predict when it will happen? Do they just know “sometime ...
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Star Trek novel where Captain Kirk is bemoaning his biological urges interrupting a dramatic moment

Everybody knows that, in fiction, Nobody Poops unless it's being played for humor. I have a vivid memory of reading a Star Trek novel (I'm pretty sure not based off of a TV series episode or one of ...
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How does answering a call from the bridge in Star Trek work?

When an officer is summoned to the bridge, or the captain is called to the bridge, is the communication through the Console? Or is it through the ship's computer? How does the person receive the ...
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Do the officers serving in the Federation's flagship have any extra perks/priviliges?

The flagship of the Federation during TNG was the Enterprise-D and apparently only the best of the best served there. For example, Riker is repeatedly commended about his abilities: From the TNG ...
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