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Why are sickbays so ridiculously ill-equipped for large-scale medical situations?

This is extensively addressed in the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual. In brief, Starfleet vessels typically have plans to convert void spaces (like shuttlebays and cargo holds) into '...
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What was the in-universe explanation for Tom Paris looking exactly like Nick Locarno in “Star Trek: Voyager?”

In-universe the resemblance is noticed by some, but not considered particularly remarkable by people very familiar with them. In the Star Trek: Lower Decks episode "Old Friends, New Planets" ...
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Is replicated meat in “Star Trek” considered to be vegetarian/vegan?

Not sure if this qualifies. But one quote that seems to be at least related is from S01E07, "Lonely Among Us" in which: Commander Riker makes the statement: "We no longer enslave ...
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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 any Star Trek episodes in which the bad guys looked human and the good guys looked very alien?

The Voyager episode Nemesis fits: Chakotay's shuttle has been shot down, leaving him stranded alone on a jungle planet. He is captured by troops of the humanoid Vori species, led by Brone (Michael ...
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Star Trek Episode – Possible Time Travel or Alternative Timeline with No Federation

"Past Tense" - episodes 11/12 of DS9's third season. Back in the 24th century, the crew left on the Defiant, Major Kira, Odo, and Chief O'Brien, lose contact with Earth as all traces of the ...
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What was the in-universe explanation for Tom Paris looking exactly like Nick Locarno in “Star Trek: Voyager?”

Okay… This started off as a comment, but I think it's actually an answer. I once had a girlfriend, and she had mentioned that there was someone in the same town that was her look-alike. Then one day I ...
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In Star Trek TOS, when was the first mention of a shuttlecraft, and when did the producers decide the Enterprise had shuttles?

…Before we go any further discussing the transporter either scientifically or dramatically, let’s see how this mess got started. Was the machine a part of the series from the beginning? Contrary to ...
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Are joined Trill effectively pansexual and gender fluid?

It is firmly established throughout Deep Space Nine that joined Trill inherit the memories, skills, and personality traits of all Trill who had previously been joined to their symbiont1. We observe ...
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Why did Kirk decide to maroon Khan and his people instead of turning them over to Starfleet?

Star Trek: Khan - Ruling in Hell IDW Publishing October 2010 – January 2011 From issue 1 Kirk states his concerns that Khan could easily escape a re-education facility or Starbase. His preference was ...
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In "Silent Enemy", why didn't they just drop Echo Three?

Note: This answer sticks to information only from the Star Trek shows that had aired up until this point in time (TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT) and the semi-canonical Star Trek: The Next Generation ...
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Why do the Vulcans seem to despise humans so much in “Star Trek: Enterprise?”

In very brief: the Vulcans shown during the first few seasons of Enterprise are not really the Vulcans we know from TOS, TNG, DS9, and Voyager. They, as you correctly point out, express thinly-veiled ...
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In DS9, is the 25th hour ever explicitly mentioned?

Odo in DS9: Necessary Evil mentions a time that uses the 26-hour clock. Odo: The ore processor was damaged by a sub-nucleonic device at twenty five hundred hours last night. It'll be out of operation ...
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Do Starfleet officers retain the privileges of their rank if they time travel to other Starfleet vessels?

Yes, apparently. In Yesterday's Enterprise, for example, Captains Picard and Garrett treat each other as colleagues of equal rank, not as (Picard to Garrett), a relic of decades earlier, or as (...
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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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What is the real-world timeline of the revelation of facts around Kirk's relationship to David Marcus?

The pertinent line from the transcript for Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan is: KIRK: I did what you wanted. ...I stayed away. ...Why didn't you tell him? The implication is strongly that Kirk was, at ...
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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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How do couples "do it" on starships?

You're just expected to be discreet. It's not like Starfleet vessels aren't filled with rooms that can be locked. CHAKOTAY: (sotto) This morning I interrupted a couple who were kissing in the ...
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What did the Borg cut out of the Enterprise-D?

Based on the Rick Sternbach Star Trek: The Next Generation Blueprints, we can take a reasonable guess at what the Borg managed to grab, assuming the beam cut through the ship cleanly from its point of ...
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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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Why did Kirk decide to maroon Khan and his people instead of turning them over to Starfleet?

According to Memory Alpha: Later, at a formal hearing, Kirk drops all charges against Khan and his people, considering it a "waste" to put Khan in a penal colony, and gives him the offer of ...
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Do Starfleet officers get to go on leave during times of war?

The answer is, apparently, yes. In Deep Space Nine, Captain Sisko takes an extended (~3 month) leave in the middle of the Dominion War and seemingly spends it working in his father's restaurant on ...
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Why did Sulu know the crew complement of a Klingon Bird-of-Prey?

The script would suggest that he's momentarily distracted by grief and is essentially thinking aloud here, using Sulu as a sounding-board for his plan. Kirk turns to face McCoy. His face is hollow, ...
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What legal problems prevented T’Pau from being used in “Star Trek: Enterprise?”

This might be of interest as it also gets a bit of debate in forums from time to time: Sturgeon wrote the screenplay for Amok Time. It was originally announced that T'Pau was going to be on ...
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Are there any examples of Starfleet officers who were captains or admirals without ever having been in command of a starship or base?

Montgomery Scott achieved the rank of Captain without serving as a ship's captain. He was referred to as a Captain of Engineering while serving on the Excelsior as chief engineer while holding the ...
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What would Voyager's mission have been if they hadn't gotten stuck in the Delta quadrant?

The Intrepid class of ships is designed for 'long-term exploration' NEELIX: Voyager's an Intrepid class starship with a crew of one hundred and forty six, designed for long-term exploration. I ...
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Which Star Trek TNG episode involves a planet fighting over territory and thus being unable to join the Federation?

I'm pretty sure you're conflating two episodes; TNG: Attached and TNG: The Hunted. Both revolve around planets that are in the midst of application for Federation membership. TNG: Attached focuses on ...
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Is there any crossover between Star Trek TV shows after the broadcast of Enterprise?

Yes, several. Most details are minor (for example, a minor character in Picard season 1 is of a species introduced in Discovery). There are a few big points of crossover, so I'll describe those ...
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Are the junior officer quarters in Lower Decks literally in a hallway?

Nope. These are hallways. Boimler: So, yeah, we kind of sleep in a hallway. It's a little disappointing, but eventually, when you rank up, you get your own room. LD: Second Contact
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What are these formulas in "Subspace Rhapsody"?

As the sequence begins and the equations start flowing around Uhuru, we can see one very familiar group at 0:06: G_{mu nu} is the conventional notation for the Einstein tensor, R_{mu nu} is the ...
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