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Can a starship moving at warp 9.999 be hit from behind by a torpedo?

I always see torpedoes follow Newtonian physics even at Warp speeds. They always hit the targeted vessel from behind even if it's at warp speed. This means their own speed beat the speed of the ...
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What Planet or System are Orion Slave Girls Actually From?

Orion slave girls have been with Star Trek since, literally, the beginning of Trek. (This image is Vina, as slave girl, in The Cage.) Okay, I know -- they're from Orion. But Orion is a ...
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Are there any Vulcan ships?

This Star Trek question popped up in chat today. Setting aside Enterprise, do we ever see in a Star Trek show or movie a Vulcan designed and built ship that was built after the Federation was ...
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Don't replicators make the Ferengi rather pointless?

Ferengis are all about acquisition and making a profit. But, in the age of replicators, where everything you want can be produced instantly, what would be the point of their lifestyle?
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Why the worry of temporal psychosis on Seven of Nine?

In the Voyager episode Relativity, Seven of Nine is recruited from the past to help catch Captain Braxton, who is planting a temporal bomb to destroy Voyager. But there's a catch: After 3 jumps, (to ...
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Is our galaxy still known as the Milky Way in the Star Trek universe?

When reading about our galaxy, I found that the name comes from the milky glowing band across the night sky and "Milky Way" comes from the Latin Via Lactea which in tern, comes from the Greek kyklos ...
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What is the scientific explanation for telepathy in the Star Trek universe?

There seem to be many races who have telepathic abilities in the Star Trek universe. Is there any scientific explanation mentioned in any of the series that explain how it's possible?
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In Star Trek (2009), how did the warp-capable Enterprise get trapped by the gravity of a black hole?

In the last scene of Star Trek (2009), the Enterprise got trapped in the gravitational field of a black hole. Light can't escape a black hole if it's inside the event horizon. The Enterprise was ...
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Is there any indication that latinum is useful in production?

We know latinum cannot be replicated which gives it it's value in the Star Trek universe. But usually with metal based currency there is a productive use (Not historically, but presently and in the ...
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Which race in Star Trek universe was the first to invent Warp technology?

Humans look like late member of Warp Drive community. Klingons were capable of interstellar travel from the time of Kahless. Vulcans were in contact with Andorians from ancient times (ST: Enterprise). ...
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In the last fight scene of Star Trek: Nemesis, how did Shinzon detach his Warbird from the Enterprise after their collision?

In the last fight scene of "Star Trek: Nemesis", Picard rammed the Enterprise into Shinzon's Warbird. The trick worked to damage the warbird to some extent, but the Enterprise attached itself to the ...
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Is the Prime Directive Limited to This Universe?

The Prime Directive seems to grow over time. Originally it seemed more focused on non-warp civilizations, but later it's also a reason to not interfere with internal events in the Klingon Empire. ...
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Why was Kirk promoted to first officer?

In the 2009 Star Trek, Capt Pike field promotes Spock to captain and Kirk to first officer. Why would Pike do this when only 5 minutes earlier Kirk was being yelled at for being on the ship at all? ...
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Was there the best poker player on board of DS9?

Inspired by the last question about TNG ( Who's the best poker player? ), is there enough information on who the best poker player is on DS9?
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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 is the nature of the Klingon Empire population?

The Klingon Empire is comparable in size with the United Federation of Planets. However the UFP consists of hundreds of different species. We don't get to see a lot of the Klingon Empire throughout ...
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Why are Trill symbionts so rare?

Is there any information that would explain why there are so few symbionts when there are so many Trills? My only guess is that they have shorter reproduction seasons and longer gestation periods ...
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What do the Breen look like?

I was wondering if anyone had ever read any books or found any other sources that said what the Breen really look like under their suits.
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What Kind of Universe is the Star Trek Mirror Universe?

This question started me thinking about the nature of the mirror universe. Just what kind of universe is the mirror universe in Star Trek? I can think of three possibilities (and realize there may ...
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How does putting the Voyager crew in stasis prevent their tissue from being destroyed in One?

In the Voyager episode One the crew is put into stasis chambers when they attempt to enter a nebula and the entire crew suddenly erupts with painful blistering wounds. The doctor says that even ...
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Why wasn't Seven affected by the subnucleonic radiation in the episode One?

In the Voyager episode One the crew is put into stasis chambers when they attempt to enter a nebula and the entire crew suddenly erupts with painful blistering wounds. The doctor says that even ...
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Do all Federation starships have stasis chambers for the entire crew?

In the Voyager episode One the entire crew (minus Seven and the doctor) are put into stasis chambers while they fly through a nebula that's teeming with subnucleonic radiation. Do all Federation ...
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Was the whole changeling/Dominion plot planned from the beginning?

I am just rewatching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. I was wondering whether the producers planned the Dominion plot, and especially that the Founders are changelings, from the beginning. In the first ...
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Why are there so few robots in Star Trek?

Okay, obviously beyond Data and the Soong-type androids. But seriously, we have more robots in our daily life now than there apparently are on Trek. Is there a canon answer why not? It seems like Star ...
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Has anyone on Star Trek traveled into the future without a future intermediary?

I'm working from a hypothesis for Star Trek time-travel - one can travel into the past (and influence events there), but one cannot travel into the future. The asterisk to that rule is that if someone ...
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When Did Vulcan Naming Convention Change?

In Star Trek, originally, there was a rule about Vulcan names. Male Vulcan names were 5 letters (in English, not Vulcan) and started with an "S" and ended with a "K" (like Spock, Sarek, or Surak). ...
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Why was Enterprise on a five-year mission in TOS?

There is a small difference between intro texts in TOS: Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek ...
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Are there video games in the Star Trek universe?

I am finishing up the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Game," wherein the crew of the Enterprise get addicted to a virtual reality headset game involving putting a disk in a cone. It is ...
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How does the Borg hive mind work?

Do I just not understand the concept of the hive mind entirely? My understanding is, its one voice that controls and orders all the drones in all unimatrices. It seems implausible (at least to me) ...
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Does initiation of a link force another changling to assume liquid form?

Whenever you see changlings initiate a link, one of them takes the other in the hands, and then assumes liquid state. The receiving changling then starts to assume liquid form as well. It isn't clear ...
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What does EPS stand for?

I often hear the abbreviation EPS on Star Trek (EPS Grid, EPS Conduit, etc). I know it relates to the ship’s energy systems, but I'm not sure I’ve ever heard anyone say what it actually is. So what ...
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Does the new Star Trek timeline have a new mirror universe as well?

In the Star Trek universe, there's a Mirror Universe where the Federation and our familiar Trek characters are basically the opposite of what it is in the main universe. Instead of a force for good, ...
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Why do consoles explode in “Star Trek”?

In Star Trek (an indeed many/most other sci-fi shows), a reoccurring theme is the exploding console, usually ones placed behind consoles where squishy human-folk sit. Source: Memory Alpha Such ...
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Ex Post Facto and Collateral Damage, coincidence or homage?

I noticed a substantial similarity between Stargate SG-1 episode Collateral Damage and a Star Trek - Voyager episode Ex Post Facto. I won't go into details describing the episodes to avoid having ...
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Was Kirk reduced in rank to Captain for Star Trek the motion picture or was he addressed as Captain as head of the ship?

In Star Trek the motion Picture, it is established that Kirk is a rear admiral. However, he is addressed as Captain on the enterprise. Was this done because the heads of all vessels are traditionally ...
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Why did the Enterprise - A have so many high ranking officers?

In most militaries, all assignments have a narrow range of ranks allowed. In Star Trek TOS, the characters were all depicted as having ranks suitable for their position. However, by the later movies, ...
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How Many Tribbles Were There?

In the Star Trek episode "The Trouble with Tribbles," when Kirk opens the door and all the tribbles fall on him, Spock says that there are 1,771,561 tribbles in the wheat compartment, basing that ...
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In Star Trek, what is the largest empire/power in the Milky Way Galaxy by sheer size?

I've seen a few star charts and maps of the Milky Way for Star Trek, but most of them don't show the extent or borders of the major powers in the galaxy, just their center of power. So which ones have ...
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Are there Easter eggs in the opening credits of the remastered original series?

Specifically, in the first shot of the star field that has the Enterprise, there is a very dense cluster of stars near the center of the screen that, when viewed at a certain speed, seem to look like ...
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Is there any specific total count/detail/list of Wesley Crusher's womanizing?

TVTROPES ALERT From http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AManIsNotAVirgin: Ironically enough, the record holder for most tail in TNG might actually be Wesley Crusher. I haven't watched the ...
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Why only use Seven's nano probes to revive Neelix?

In the Voyager episode Mortal Coil, Neelix is brought back to life after being dead for eighteen hours using Seven's nano probes. What's the in-universe explanation for this not being used to revive ...
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Has Starfleet improved interstellar travel?

This question Why didn’t Voyager fly to the end of the Bajoran wormhole in the gamma quadrant? got me thinking about Starfleet and what their current warp travel tech etc is at. Granted there have ...
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Are escape pods capable of warp?

In Voyager's Year of Hell, Part I, Chakotay suggests abandoning a very damaged Voyager and, using shuttles and escape pods, rendezvousing on the other side of Krenim space. Assuming Krenim space is ...
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Why doesn't the Doctor duplicate himself when he has multiple medical emergencies at the same time?

The Doctor in Star Trek: Voyager is a hologram. Voyager's Sick Bay is loaded with holo-projectors. The episode "Living Witness" shows that the Doctor regularly makes backup copies of himself. After ...
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Captain Riker, of the Enterprise?

During the events of the Star Trek: The Next Generation 2-parter, The Best of Both Worlds, Riker received a field promotion to Captain while Picard was assimilated. Does this mean that Riker should ...
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Why does warp plasma burn green?

Warp plasma appears to burn green. (Obvious observation is obvious.) For example, in the Star Trek Voyager episode Fair Trade, weapons fire ignites a cloud of warp plasma that had been seeping out of ...
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Is there an official policy about Star Trek fanfic?

Has the owner of Star Trek (Viacom/CBS?) published any official position on fanfic? For example, I believe Lucasfilms have said that they are ok with Star Wars fanfic (excepting any that include a ...
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Are inertial dampeners a requirement for going to warp speed?

Inertial dampeners are used on Star Trek to prevent starship occupants from experiencing inertial effects of the ship. Clearly, for a ship to accelerate at a very high rate via impulse drive, the ...
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How could Enterprise remain at warp after ejecting its cores in Star Trek (2009)

In the 2009 film, How did the Enterprise maintain warp despite having ejected its cores?
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Why don't they just replicate ships instead of build them?

In Star Trek, it seems like they take forever to build ships. It takes months, if not years to make them. So why not just build gigantic replicators in space, then replicate the ship (excepting non-...

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