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Was the appearance of the sand worms in David Lynch's Dune (1984) completely original to that film?

The first depiction of a sandworm with 3 radially-symmetrical mouth flaps I can find is an illustration by John Schoenherr for the first part of the serialized "The Prophet of Dune" in ...
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Is the Klingon Bird of Prey a Canada Goose?

[Posting this as an answer at original poster's request.] I can't find a source to cite this unfortunately, but I recall watching a "behind-the-scenes" show years ago where someone (presumably the ...
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Is the Klingon Bird of Prey a Canada Goose?

In-Universe The shape and design of the Klingon ship were modelled on a fictional Romulan bird. The Klingon Bird-of-Prey was an updated version of the Romulan Bird-of-Prey from TOS: Balance of Terror. ...
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Why do these communicators from Star Trek differ?

Those appears to be a natural result of Moiré patterns, which occur when you have overlapping repeating patterns. Please see this Google search Although I believe the prop may be based two sets of ...
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M5 and Beta 5 computers in Star Trek TOS; who designed the props and what inspired the circular computer screens?

You have asked two questions. Who designed the props? NKCampbell generously provided information in his comment below: the prop master for "Assignment: Earth" was named Irving Feinberg fwiw....
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What is the name of this Sci-Fi Circular Interface Seen on Computers and Holograms?

These appear to be very large and detailed forms of what is normally known (when it appears on a real-world computer screen) as a "ring menu." The term "pie menu" is also attested, but it seems to be ...
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Why are there so many cramped "tube" spaces in Star Trek?

Like pretty much everything in Star Trek, it's a combination of "inspired by reality", "made to fit a TV budget", and "whatever drama requires". "Inspired by reality&...
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Why does Earth-833 look like this?

Beck explained that he was too late to save "his Earth" from the Elementals and that they eventually destroyed it. If I remember correctly the hologram eventually shows this with the Molten-...
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Why are there so many cramped "tube" spaces in Star Trek?

"I thought they were all called Jefferies Tubes, but it seems those are only the ones that go to the warp engines" You were right the first time. The little tunnels throughout the ship ARE ...
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How were artificial boulders and rocky outcroppings & edifices constructed for the sets of the original Star Trek episodes?

This is partial atm: This only references one or two episodes, so cannot speak for all of the sets during the series construction and run, however, some of this is interesting: Ladder to the Stars: ...
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How were artificial boulders and rocky outcroppings & edifices constructed for the sets of the original Star Trek episodes?

The boulders were generally spraypainted foam. I suspect the rock faces were made of the same material. Trying to find a quote for it... Here are two pieces being sold online. I've also seen ...
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M5 and Beta 5 computers in Star Trek TOS; who designed the props and what inspired the circular computer screens?

Circular screens, and horizontal/vertical linear lights of Star Trek TOS computers: I just ran across these images in Theclever.com's 15 Huge Supercomputers That Were Less Powerful Than Your ...
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Why do these communicators from Star Trek differ?

This was addressed in an article on TrekCore. In short, props were often made for the show to order, based on the needs to the episode and the availability of the various components. Some of the parts ...
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Possible in-universe explanations for LCARS redesign in Nemesis

For in-universe explanations, it probably has a similar logic to the DS9/First Contact uniform change, that it's just more "militaristic" looking and reflects a shift in mindset. Same goes for updated ...
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