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In-universe, this seems to have been a slight error on the part of a disgruntled and angry Reg Barclay. Note that according to the (considered canonical) Star Trek Encyclopedia, there is such a thing as a flux capacitor in the Trek-verse. It was mentioned in an episode of Voyager as an in-joke relating to the BTTF movies: Flux Capacitance: A measurable ...


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This is likely to be an Easter Egg, I don't know specifically about the flux capacitor, but the Star Trek TNG technical manual mentions the engineering panel at the back of the bridge has a meter showing "infinite improbability generation" in homage to the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, so other references to other titles are likely. From p77 ...


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Time and energy are as interchangeable as position and momentum. Normally over a short enough time period you can make arbitrarily large amounts of energy. One sink to the head though and you realise the principle works in reverse. With arbitrarily large amounts of energy one can make time, potentially store it. I don't understand the details, I'm not The ...


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I was reading the Star Trek Encylopedia and came across a few other references which indicate that some Star Trek machinery is capable of 'fluxing'. In addition to the Flux Capacitance which @Richard points out above, we have a few other references: Flux Generator: Science and engineering instrument. A flux generator was located in the science lab on ...


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