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Which wars are "Star Wars"?
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For an out-of-universe answer, George Lucas did address the origin of the title in this article from the March 1979 issue of The Atlantic "The title Star Wars was an insurance policy. The studio ...

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Did Chief O'Brien go to Starfleet Academy?
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Yes and No. From memory alpha, referencing the Trials and Tribble-ations mentioned in the question: Julian Bashir once remarked that O'Brien had attended Starfleet Academy in "Trials and Tribble-...

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Why would the binary language of moisture vaporators be that different from the binary language of other machines or droids?
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The binary language of vaporators is different from Binary, the language of droids Binary is specific a language , sometimes called droidspeak, Astromech droids such as R2-D2 communicate through ...

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Which fictional work first used the term "space-time continuum"?
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Earliest instances of the term "space-time continuum" The earliest use of the full term "space-time continuum" that I can seem to find is by H.P. Lovecraft in the story "The ...

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Was this the only example of a Starfleet issued hat?
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No. The prison guard in Star Trek III: Also, from TOS, The Cage we see a hat, though do not see anyone wearing it: Finally (and possibly slightly less canonically), these must be Starfleet issue ...

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Why don't they cloak the jumpers before entering the gate?
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Writing in the Jumper says not to In several scenes we can see writing in Ancient across the top of the jumper console. Two images are here, taken from the Season 1 episode, The Defiant One *, show ...

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Why is this race in control of the Dominion?
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The primary reasons for the founders creating the dominion, and its rise to power in the Gamma quadrant seems to be a combination of three main factors: superior long-term strategy, the infiltration ...

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Are there translations of Ancient writing from Stargate: Atlantis?
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I believe much of the Ancient writing that we see in Atlantis (and possibly in Stargate once the Atlantis series began running concurrently) can be translated to english. To make the translations we ...

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What TV show has kids entering a video game of some sort?
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Possibly Code Lyoko. This has four characters from a boarding school as well as a girl that the main character finds in a virtual world: Jeremie Belpois, a gifted thirteen-year-old boy attending ...

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Where does a jumper-activated Pegasus Stargate get its power?
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Space gates have three power nodes that both power the gate and act as stabilizers. You can see one of them in this image from the Stargate wiki. You can see the stabilizing in action in several ...

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What does it say on Data's suitcase?
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As Dranon speculates and is mentioned in the comments, the letters are NFN/NMI which most likely stand for No First Name / No Middle Initial. These letters are also seen (somewhat more clearly) on ...

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Artist painting Sistine Chapel, Old Bull God and talking mechanical birds
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Possibly from the series... The Sarantine Mosaic by Guy Gavriel Kay. From the plot description on wikipedia the following elements seem to match pretty well: The story's setting is based on the ...

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Seeking old short story about extreme fighter
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I think the story you are talking about is "The Fighter" by Wayne Wightman in the September 1981 issue of OMNI magazine. It has the following description of the protagonist, Telchert Bohannon's ...

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TV Episode about woman in an electric chair
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Side Show, Ep. 12 of 'Way Out This was the 12th (and most well-known) episode of Roald Dahl's science fiction series 'Way Out which aired on CBS for fourteen episodes in 1961. It was written by ...

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Humans learning strict alien ceremony where a mistake results in death
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Although some of the details are a bit off, it has some resemblance to the following: Timothy Zahn. Protocol. A description from bestsf.net Colonists from Earth are finding it very hard to ...

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In "Moontrap", what happened between the lines of "This is the way out" and "They never learn"?
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There were some substantial differences between the US/UK released version and the French and German versions. The US/UK version cut some scenes for ratings reasons. Here is a german website which ...

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Would a red giant really help power Atlantis' shields in "The Last Man"?
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While you are correct that the reason a star’s color changes to red is that the surface is cooler (in fact, the surface of a typlical red giant could be as "cool" as 5,000K), the actual energy the ...

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Does Ronon ever wear an earpiece?
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Yes. Here's an image of him from the Season 2 episode Conversion with an earpiece (just before entering the cave with Iratus bug larva): Here's another image of him with an earpiece in. I can't ...

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The Universal Translator and similar machines: any armwaving argument as to how a universal translator might work?
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Babel Fish From Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Of course, this is not a "machine" but rather a living creature. However, Douglas Adams also suggests it could not have evolved naturally. ...

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Why did Teal'c kill Sha're?
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In addition to the points raised in other answers with respect to the life and death situation, there was an active link between the hand device and Daniel Jackson. It's entirely possible that the ...

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