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How can holodeck characters be cool, slick and self-aware, while Mr. Data acts like a bewildered geek?

The same way movie special effects, video games and theme park attractions can have incredibly realistic, even interactive artificial characters, but the flaws of AI you interact with at home are ...
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Are there laundry rooms on starships in Star Trek?

The Enterprise D (and presumably other Federation starships as well) have garment reprocessors. This is mentioned somewhat offhandedly in TNG:Cost Of Living, when Worf complains to Troi that his son ...
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How can holodeck characters be cool, slick and self-aware, while Mr. Data acts like a bewildered geek?

This actually does have an in-universe explanation. It comes up in season 1, episode 13, Datalore, in which we meet Data's "brother" Lore, also played by Brent Spiner. Lore has a much more ...
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Which episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" has a discussion about the shape of a glass?

It doesn't exactly match your description, but in "Hollow Pursuits" a glass is replicated with a deformed shape in Ten Forward. Data, Barclay and LaForge discuss it in Engineering (including ...
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How can holodeck characters be cool, slick and self-aware, while Mr. Data acts like a bewildered geek?

The short answer is that Data is a prototype, and was likely intentionally not made to look convincing since Soong did produce an android indistinguishable from human. The first five Soong-type ...
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Are there laundry rooms on starships in Star Trek?

By the time of TNG, replicators are able to make clothing (first mentioned in TNG episode "The Survivors" according to Memory Alpha); I don't know if it's explicitly stated but I assume this ...
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How can holodeck characters be cool, slick and self-aware, while Mr. Data acts like a bewildered geek?

Data is not smarter than a Starship, and that's okay. Starships have notoriously, unbelievably, WTF were they thinking powerful supercomputers. When you look at schematics of TNG era starships, they ...
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Star Trek TNG: Did we ever actually see the Enterprise's computer?

Yes. According to the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, the USS Enterprise-D has three computer cores; two located near the centre of the primary hull (AKA the saucer section) and one ...
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How can holodeck characters be cool, slick and self-aware, while Mr. Data acts like a bewildered geek?

To build on Digital Jedi's excellent answer, I find he needs a term of art for this: the flaws of AI you interact with at home are especially noticeable The term here is uncanny valley. The uncanny ...
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Dilithium Crystals: Warp space directly or just supply the energy to do so?

You are correct. Per Memory Alpha, dilithium crystals control the flow of matter and antimatter, allowing energy to be drawn into the warp engines for space travel. In Starfleet starships, dilithium ...
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How long does it take to power up/shut down a warp core?

We get a pretty good answer for this (at least the startup part) in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. When the crew "steals" the Enterprise, they're starting from a shut down, cold ship - ...
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What is the timeline of the parasite invasion in ST:TNG's "Conspiracy"

It is probably less than a year prior to the episode. Star Trek: TNG "Conspiracy" transcript http://www.chakoteya.net/NextGen/125.htm Data discovers only a few months of strange orders. ...
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How were docking ports of Enterprise compatible universally?

As far as the 22nd Century is concerned, this isn't really addressed in the show, but it's discussed in considerable detail in the tie-in novel Last Full Measure. In short, Archer is quite surprised ...
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Are there starships in Star Trek that we know are named after women?

There was the USS Janeway shown in Discovery, presumably named after Capt. Janeway from Voyager. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/USS_Janeway Notable as it's named after a fictional character but ...
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