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What is the difference between a phaser and a disruptor?

What is the Star Trek "physics" difference between phaser and disruptor technologies? It seems that only Star Fleet possessed 'phased energy' technology while all aggressive aliens in the Star Trek ...
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Did Worf's sash color change throughout TNG? When and why?

Tango's answer to "TNG crew in weird shopped rainbow hats" question mentioned that there was some sort of identifiable change to the color AND texture of Worf's sash. The random images below seem to ...
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How did the Klingon race acquire cloaking technology?

I was wondering how a warrior race like the Klingons managed to acquired such an advanced technology, for the Star Trek universe, as cloaking?
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Which episode of Star Trek: TNG is the image on the chat servers' error pages taken from?

On the three Stack Overflow chat servers, the chat room not available page displays the following image: Is it from an actual episode, or is it a 'shop?
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Why could Data not use contractions?

I was wondering if there was an explanation for why Data from ST:TNG couldn't use contractions?
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Where Was Vulcan?

I just recently watched the JJ Abrams Star Trek film. It depicts the destruction of Vulcan by means of Red Matter. Does anyone know some basic facts about Vulcan? What was Vulcan's astronomical ...
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How many promotions did Riker turn down?

A second season episode of The Next Generation I watched the other day had Cdr. Riker turning down an offer to command his own ship. I seem to remember other offers being rebuffed by Riker, though he ...
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Who are Darmok and Jalad and what is Kalenda's?

Would someone be kind enough to explain me this joke? xkcd 902
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What do the Q really look like, are they even human like? Or corporeal?

Ok, I think this will be my last Q related question, for a while... well maybe not. It is known that Q can morph, or whatever he does, to other creatures including a human form. What's Q's originally ...
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Where does Q technology come from and where did it originate?

In the Star trek Universe we discover that the Q's powers are optional and not a part of the actual race (they can be taken away from a particular Q and can be taken away as a whole during a huge ...
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Where did the Q come from, before the Q Continuum?

In the Star Trek Universe where did the Q come from? I mean before they were Q in the Q Continuum? In Star Trek Voyager you learn that the race is somewhat intolerant of individualism (in the episode ...
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Differences between humanity's behaviour in Star Trek and Earth: Final Conflict

I've seen/heard many comments about how Gene Roddenberry used Star Trek to promote a utopian vision of the future, where humanity is morally good, in general (conflict is typically provided by other ...
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How could the saucer section of the Enterprise sustain warp velocity without a warp engine?

In the first TNG episode the saucer section is separated at warp speed. But how is that possible? Memory Alpha says that the saucer section quickly loses speed, but wouldn't it just drop out of warp ...
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What are the philosophical and societal differences between Star Wars and Star Trek fans? [closed]

This question is not meant to be a subjective debate on Star Wars vs Star Trek. I would like to know the underlying philosophical and societal differences between fans of Star Wars vs fans of Star ...
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Aliens from Schisms in Star Trek

Did the aliens from The Next Generation episode Schisms ever return? It seemed like they were probing this universe/dimension, and not for friendly purposes. Do they make any other appearances in ...
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What are the current productions of the Star Trek Universe and are they planning to make more? [closed]

The Star Trek universe is a pretty large universe with its end hardly in sight. I know one should stay away from a list when asking questions, but many Star Trek-ies want to know what I'm asking. I ...
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Who made first contact with the Romulans and why was the the neutral territory established?

I've noted that the Romulans have been a constant problem in the various Star Trek series. I'm just wondering who started it all? and why are they a constant problem? Plus I want to know more why the ...
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Prior to the start of Deep Space 9, why was Garak exiled and left on DS9?

At the start of the show, Garak's been exiled from Cardassian space, and was left on Deep Space 9. I don't think the reason for this exile was ever explained. It seemed to be a genuine exile, and ...
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What happened to the Exocomps?

In Star Trek, whatever happened to the exocomps? I recall that they were in an episode that showed them as sentient, but never saw them again.
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Why are transmissions in StarTrek sometimes real-time, but sometimes require significant time to reach the destination?

Watching TNG again I realized that some subspace transmissions are occurring in real-time, but some reports require significant time to be delivered. The odd thing is that this doesn't seem to be ...
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Trek Warp Scale Re-Calibration [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why did the Star Trek writers decide Warp 10 would be infinite? In TOS (I forget the episode) but with some help enterprise reaches warp 13 (or something significantly greater ...
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What happened to Goran'Agar

As far as I know Goran'Agar (from the episode 'Hippocratic Oath') is the only Jem Hadar without the addiction of ketracel white. In the end of the episode he disappears into the forest. Are there ...
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Was there an explicit catalyst event(s) that served as impetus for the creation of the Prime Directive?

Was there ever a mention of what specifically was the catalyst for the creation of Prime Directive? In other words, was the Directive merely a theoretical "this is the rules we want to live by" ...
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The role of Q beings

Where in the Star Trek Series does it explain why the Q beings do the things they do? Did they ever mention their purpose in the universe? How does this relate to our human characters? If they are so ...
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Star Trek Voyager - Species 8472 vs. the Borg

How come the Borg could not adapt to Species 8472? Voyager was able to create nano probes that could destroy Species 8472 and yet the Borg couldn't figure that out? Why?
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Is the “Space, The Final Frontier” quote “in universe”?

Probably everyone reading this recognises the most famous split-infinitive in (science) fiction: From Star Trek TOS: Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. ...
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What happened to warp drives destroying the universe?

I remember a TNG episode where some scientists said that warp drives were causing a lot of damage to subspace. At the end of the episode Star Fleet decided that warp speeds would be restricted to warp ...
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What trilogy of Star Trek crossover novels had a monster that fed on fear?

I used to have a trilogy of Star Trek novels, and I'm hoping that somebody here can remember these. Here are some of the details that I can remember Each novel was in a different universe (first ...
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Why do Borg move so poorly (like 50s movie robots)?

Is there an in-universe explanation for why the Borg always move like 1950s cheap-special-effects sci-fi tin can robots? With the advanced technology they have, you'd think they would have BETTER (...
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Why do the Borg have such a hard time understanding individuality?

The Borg assimilate individuals and their entire mind becomes a part of their collective. Every time they to do this, they must gain the exact experiences and legitimate reasonings as to why other ...
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Do the Borg ever lie?

I know that in the novel "ST The Return" by Shatner, the borg are able to lie. I was wondering if this novel is considered canon, and whether there are any other instances where they lie.
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Where does the video of Picard with a hat and cane on the bridge of the Enterprise come from?

In the awesome Picard Video, there are clips from another video where Picard is dancing with a hat and cane on the bridge of the Enterprise. I've never been able to figure out where this video ...
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What was Captain Sisko's path of sorrow?

Why was Captain Sisko warned that would eventuate in a path of sorrow? I found the culmination of this plot line very unsatisfying and a bit of a cop-out. Was it that, as he was destined to become ...
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How much do Star Trek episodes have in common with Shakespearean plays? [closed]

I was recently told that Star Trek episodes are built on a structure inspired by Shakespeare's plays. I tried to verify this claim, but have been unable to find a reference that compares the two. So, ...
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How do the Vidiians know what a Vulcan is?

I just finished watching the episode "Deadlock". Toward the end, Vidiians board the ship to steal organs. Oddly, they know the name used for every species on the ship. That they know what an Ocampa ...
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Does any science-fiction handle the ethics of teleportation (“kill and clone”)? [closed]

There are various ideas behind teleportation but the top two seem to be: Disassemble someone and transport the exact person (matter / energy) to a new location and reassemble. Clone someone at a new ...
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Why didn’t Voyager fly to the end of the Bajoran wormhole in the Gamma Quadrant?

When Voyager was stranded in the Delta Quadrant, it would seem they had two options: either fly straight towards Federation space in the Alpha Quadrant, or go to the far end of the Bajorn wormhole in ...
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Which episode is the “double facepalm” image macro from?

There's a Demotivational-style image macro that features Picard and Riker facepalming at the same time: I believe the person in the left of the picture may not be Picard in the original scene: the ...
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How do humans dominate the Federation in Star Trek?

With all the various races in the federation, how do the humans manage to dominate it?
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When did dilithium crystals become so important for starships?

Every Star Trek fan knows that dilithium crystals help power the Enterprise (at least Kirk's Enterprise and later), but at what point did they become necessary or widely used in the Star Trek history? ...
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What do the humanoid classes in Star Trek mean?

I have been watching Star Trek: Voyager for the last few days and they have been categorizing humanoids by class. So far, I heard of class three and class five. I checked on Memory Alpha and the ...
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Was/is anything else major planned for Commander Sela from Star Trek: TNG?

Towards the end of TNG Tasha Yar's daughter Commander Sela has a brief stint as enemy in a few episodes. It always seemed as though they cut her arc off suddenly and without resolution. There are a ...
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Why did Deanna Troi keep wearing a Starfleet uniform after Chain of Command?

For most of the series, she did not wear her uniform on duty like other members of the crew. However, after Captain Edward Jellico ordered her to wear her uniform in Chain of Command, Part I, she kept ...
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How does the holodeck create the illusion of distance?

Is there an in-universe explanation of how a relatively small room can be used to create an apparently infinite (or at least very large) amount of space, one in which two people can be spatially vast ...
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How should I prepare for my first convention? [closed]

I'll be going to my first convention this August, a Star Trek convention in Las Vegas. My wife got me and my daughter (a huge sci-fi fan) gold passes for the whole thing, and I'm looking for advice ...
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Why did the Star Trek writers decide Warp 10 would be infinite?

From Star Trek: The Next Generation onward, warp speed has a basically cubic scale from warps 1 - 9. But then, close to warp 10, it suddenly develops its own puzzling scale, as can be seen in this ...
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What exactly were the Prophets?

So, within the DS9 universe, there were the Prophets that lived within the wormhole. What sort of beings were they? What were their powers?
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After Star Trek: The Next Generation, can I skip to Voyager without watching Deep Space Nine and not get spoiled?

I'm almost done watching the sixth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, so I'm starting to look at what to watch next. After reading a little bit about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: ...
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How come the Federation did not routinely use projectile weapons against the Borg?

In "First Contact" Picard kills a couple of Borg drones in the Holodeck with a holographic Tommy gun. It would appear that while the Borg are able to adapt to become impervious to energy weapons, ...
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Who comes up with all those Star Trek facts?

I love Scifi and I love Star Trek. I have seen everything. Every series, every movie (at least everything official). I understand that if you take note of every detail mentioned somewhere you can ...