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Was Tuvok bluffing when he said that Voyager's transporters rendered the Kazon weapons useless?

This capability of the transporter was previously established in the TNG episode "The Most Toys". Data begins to fire a disruptor, but is caught in a transport beam as the weapon begins to ...
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Why are there cargo ships in the Star Trek universe when they have replicators?

According to this earlier answer, which quotes the TNG Technical Manual, replicators need raw materials. For instance, raw stock for food replicators is stored in the form of a sterilized organic ...
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In the Star Trek universe, are transporter effects visible and/or audible?

In the Enterprise episode The Andorian Incident, the use of the transporter is discussed as a method of rescue and T'Pol nixes the idea, saying this: T'POL: The sound of the transporter alone would ...
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Has there ever been an instance in Star Trek where someone beamed into a solid object?

Per the Memory Alpha Transporter Section on Accidents there is no occasion listed in which there was an accidental beaming into another object. That said, the closest such accident I would suggest ...
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In the Star Trek universe, are transporter effects visible and/or audible?

They are certainly visible. In A Piece Of The Action the character Kalo says "Don't worry, Boss. They can't do nothing till they're through sparkling. " He previously saw Kirk and Spock's ...
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Has there ever been an instance in Star Trek where someone beamed into a solid object?

In the TNG episode "The Schizoid Man" (season 2), an away team was beamed to a planet while the Enterprise was either still using warp power or had briefly dropped out of warp long enough to use the ...
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Why are there cargo ships in the Star Trek universe when they have replicators?

Replicators have certain limitations. They can't create: Antimatter Dilithium Latinum Living organism As for the living organisms, Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual states that: ...
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Has there ever been an instance in Star Trek where someone beamed into a solid object?

The possibility is mentioned: In "The Cage" ONE: Now, you all know the situation. We're hoping to transport down inside the Talosian community. SPOCK: If our measurements and readings are an ...
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Why aren't transporters used more often in Star Trek Enterprise?

"The Communicator" in particular Early dialogue indicates that the sensors on the ship simply aren't accurate enough to lock onto Malcolm's communicator; they only get a definite position ...
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Why is Reginald Barclay the only one to see the weird shapes in the transporter?

Barclay didn't see anything unusual during his initial transport to the USS Yosemite. The first time he saw one of the quasi-energy microbes in the matter stream was during his return trip back to the ...
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Was Tuvok bluffing when he said that Voyager's transporters rendered the Kazon weapons useless?

Let me quote from the Memory Alpha page on transporters, emphasis mine: Disabling active weapons By the 24th century, the transporter had the capability to disable any active weapon during transport. ...
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In Star Trek, why not use the transporter to extend life expectancy?

Because that would ruin the fun. Bad response, but kinda the point. The show has to keep up drama, which can be hard in a post-scarcity future; "why don't you just spend money/energy?" sounds like ...
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In Star Trek: the Original Series, does the original die in transportation?

I realize it's non-canon, but the novel Star Trek: Federation addressed this. In this excerpt, Zephram Cochrane is aboard Kirk's Enterprise in the 23rd century, and has recently had his first ...
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How did the transporter malfunction in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"?

Transporters work by breaking down the subject into a matter stream, sending the matter stream from an emitter, and reassembling it on the other end. The TNG Technical Manual steps through an example ...
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Does anyone in Star Trek have this fear about transporters?

Actually, yes, there were people within the Star Trek universe who had this particular fear. The matter is fully confronted in the Next Generation graphic novel Forgiveness by David Brin: There, he ...
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Has there ever been an instance in Star Trek where someone beamed into a solid object?

While definitely non-canon, the "Choose Your Own Adventure" style book Star Trek: Phaser Fight includes a sequence that explores beaming into solid matter: "Well, if you must," ...
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What's the Star Trek transporter like from the point of view of the person being transported?

There are two times when we see a transport from the POV of the transportee. From Voy: "Prototype" (unfortunately in monochrome due to the subject being a robot) And TNG: "Realms of ...
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In Star Trek: the Original Series, does the original die in transportation?

Per the Star Trek Writer's Guide (1967) TRANSPORTERS As discussed and described earlier, it is essentially a device which "beams" crew or cargo to and from planet surfaces and/or other space ...
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Does transporting (beaming out) leave your troops vulnerable to enemy attacks?

Yes, but it depends. To understand the "it depends" we have to discuss how the transporter works. According to the Starfleet Technical Manual, during beam up the subject is put into an "annular ...
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Can a Star Trek transporter transport a precise volume of space?

Precision transports do seem to be possible, but are vanishingly rare and presumably prone to a high failure rate. The best examples I can think of are the Ferengi transporting Mrs and Miss Troi out ...
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In the Star Trek universe, are transporter effects visible and/or audible?

This is trivially disproven by the numerous occasions when there are problems with the transporters. We frequently see a character appear partially, and the transporter technician respond to the ...
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Why are there cargo ships in the Star Trek universe when they have replicators?

Replicators are common on federation ships, but don't seem as available to other cultures, or independent / underground communities. This is government/military grade, top of the line technology you'...
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Does anyone in Star Trek have this fear about transporters?

Spock Must Die! Rather than an imperative, this is the title of the first Star Trek novel written that was aimed at older readers. Written by James Blish, who wrote the novelisations of the original ...
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How can a transporter clone have the same mass?

Thanks to Heisenberg compensators. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Heisenberg_compensator The Heisenberg compensator was a component of the transporter system. The compensator worked around the ...
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Has there ever been an instance in Star Trek where someone beamed into a solid object?

It is a paradoxical question, if they have figured out how to transport someone without getting all their pieces mixed up with the atmosphere then they should not have to worry about mixing up their ...
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Has there ever been an instance in Star Trek where someone beamed into a solid object?

If people count as solid objects, then yes. Tuvix was a hybrid being created as the result of a transporter accident on the USS Voyager, combining Lieutenant Tuvok, Neelix, their uniforms, and ...
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Existence in transporter buffer -- what biological processes continue?

The person who is being transported isn't aware of anything while in the buffer and no biological processes occur. This is seen in The Next Generation episode Relics In this episode, the Enterprise (...
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When and why did policies concerning captains and away teams change?

Well, two days and no answer so I'll take a thwack at this one. I think it's a good question and I may not really be qualified to answer. But it's a start. I am not aware of any specific mention as ...
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Has there ever been an instance in Star Trek where someone beamed into a solid object?

Not a personal accident, but the USS Pegasus was equipped with a phasing technology that failed halfway through an asteroid and made it materialize in solid rock.
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When is site-to-site transport perfected in Star Trek?

The first use, chronologically in real life, of what could be considered a Site-To-Site transport in Star Trek would be in The Original Series episode A Piece of the Action, in 1968, "Montgomery Scott ...
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