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How was Dumbledore able to defeat Grindelwald, since Grindelwald had the Elder Wand?
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Being more powerful does not make you more skilful. If the duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald was strictly about wand versus wand then you would be correct in that Grindelwald should have won. ...

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Why does Carol Marcus not recognize Khan in The Wrath of Khan?
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Star Trek Into Darkness (the new movie) and Star Trek The Wrath of Khan (the old one) occur in two separate time lines. Essentially they are two different Carol Marcuses fighting two different Khans. ...

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Why did Gollum ever take off the ring in the first place?
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The ring was capable of taking indirect action on its own. The Ring also caused those who possessed it to become obsessed with it, so much so that they might kill anyone who showed too much ...

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If Worf was raised by humans after the age of 5, why does he "act" so Klingon?
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I suggest that Worf doesn't act very Klingon at all. He is instead probably acting out a warped sense of what he remembers Klingons being like, from when he was young, combined with the tilted ...

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Don't replicators make the Ferengi rather pointless?
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Replicators still require raw matter and energy to function, both of which can be charged for. Also, not everything can be replicated (latinum) and other items would be too big to replicate in your ...

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Why didn't Vader let Luke kill the Emperor, or even kill him himself?
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I always thought Vader acted to prevent Luke from completely turning to the Dark Side. Luke was the only one who believe that Vader had goodness still in him. Vader was never really cut out for the ...

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If the Borg assimilate a planet of idiots, does the Collective become dumber?
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The Borg only assimilate species that will improve the collective. For example, the Borg do not assimilate Kazon (from Voyager). Likely the Borg would ignore a planet of idiots, or, if they were in ...

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Why can't cloaked vessels shoot?
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A cloak requires the dampening or absorbing of all internal energy emmissions while simultaneously rebroadcasting all background and directed energy emmisions "through" the ship; not a simple task. ...

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Why are the holodecks on Voyager in use if they have energy issues?
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The holodecks on Voyager run on an independent power source. This can be seen in the season five episode Night, when main power is suppressed yet the holodeck continues to run. For whatever reason, ...

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How did Clara dedicate Emmett's tombstone in Back to the Future 3?
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This actually ties back to the multiple time lines theory of Back to the Future (explained in the second movie), and in this case it gets a little more spaghetti'd. In the original time line ...

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Does Star Trek ever address the infinite range of projectile-based space weapons?
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While it is hard to say what Starfleet would do regarding torpedoes that miss their target in the heat of a battle, they will go after ones that go stray during testing. In the TNG episode Genesis ...

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How could the saucer section of the Enterprise sustain warp velocity without a warp engine?
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I would imagine that the shield grid of the saucer is capable of sustaining a small warp field for a short time. In the event of separation at warp, the saucer would be able to manoeuvre at warp speed ...

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Why did T-1000 continue to pursue John Connor if his mission already had failed?
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Simply put, Skynet wasn't destroyed it was only delayed (cue Rise of the Machines). Additionally, as Anthony Grist commented, you're probably attributing too much human thought to the T-1000. It was ...

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Isn’t the Enterprise a no-smoking ship?
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There's no evidence that there was actual tobacco in the pipe, or any of the various cigarettes or cigars that other characters smoke, despite the puffs of smoke. I suggest that just as they had ...

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Book from the late 1980's about an abandoned space station
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This sounds a lot like the series of books by Frederik Pohl involving the Heechee. There have been a couple of books published, most in the late 1970s to the early/middle 1980s, although the one you'...

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Why do Federation ships have their warp cores smack in the middle of a crew area?
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I figure that this is to minimize the chance that the core itself, or a primary energy conduit, will be hit during a ship to ship fire fight. Keeping the warp core (arguably the most critical piece ...

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Are the planets in Firefly in just one star system or spread across the galaxy?
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As Travis pointed out on Wikipedia the system in Firefly/Serenity is actually a cluster of five stars and several brown dwarfs More precisely the system is laid out as such: One central A0 class ...

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Have there been any examples of 'advanced' technology used for fetal medicine in the Star Trek universe?
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Most of the advancements you mentioned were seen in Voyager. In Deadlock the Doctor performed a c-section by transporter for Naomi Wildman, because her cranial ridges would have been hazardous to ...

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Making Sense of Battlestar Galactica's Network Ban
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Yes, there are systems that ostensibly have to have a private network to make the ship run and display status in CIC, but each system is it's own separate, closed network. Take the FTL drive system. ...

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How did Ender kill this character?
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This summary is taken from the site SparkNotes The killing blow was actually the one that occurred in the second sentence above. In the book itself, when the killer is thinking about the fight, it ...

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How did old Biff operate the Time Machine?
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A genius likely would be cautious of the unintended consequences in pushing the wrong button. But a ignoramus, like Biff, wouldn't be, because they wouldn't be able to conceive of horrible alternate ...

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If Galaxy-class ships had been developed by 2360, why couldn't they scout for the voyager crew?
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The communications network you're referring to covered an extemely large area of the galaxy. Although Star Fleet knew where Voyager was it would have been a very large undertaking to send a rescue ...

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How Was the Sword of Gryffindor Placed In the Pond in Deathly Hallows?
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I think it is semi-safe to say that Snape was at least in, or near, the Forest of Dean when the sword was placed in the lake. "And you still aren't going to tell me why it's so important to give ...

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Why didn't the time cops try to stop Janeway when she traveled back in time to rescue Voyager?
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Chances are they could see what changes would come about from Janeway altering the timeline, just as whatever his name was from the Year of Hell episodes could. The Time Cops then probably weighed the ...

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How did the Borg witness the first Vulcan & Human (pre-warp) contact?
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As others have mentioned, this is a reference to the movie First Contact, which can be inferred from the script in the question that Harry asked: KIM: You're looking at a true sports aficionado. ...

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Why are Reapers hard to defeat if an animal can take one down?
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The thresher maw that ate the reaper on Tuchanka was considered the "mother of all thresher maws" by the Krogans. Whether or not it actually is the source of all other thresher maws in the galaxy is ...

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Why did the Tusken Raiders shoot at podracers?
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The Tuskens have apparently had a long history of adversity against external settlers on Tatooine. According to Wookieepedia the Tuskens were first disturbed by a group of settlers around 5000 BBY. ...

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Could cats see through the invisibility cloak?
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Cats (and most animals in general) rely on all of their senses more than people do. While a cat may not be able to see through an invisibility cloak they most likely would be able to hear or smell ...

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Men In Black: After Agent K's retirement, why was Agent J left as senior partner?
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I don't have any concrete canon information to back this up, but: My guess would be that there are a limited number of people who they (the MiB org) would consider as a field agent, as the field ...

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Were there any DeLoreans remaining after the end of BTTF3?
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Only one time machine DeLorean exists in the movie trilogy. Your confusion likely stems from the overlapping time traveling, creating a big ball of wibbly-wobbly timey-whimy stuff. For example, at one ...

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