Could Skype be the Universal Translator?
May31

Could Skype be the Universal Translator?

Microsoft has unveiled a new feature for Skype that’s almost straight out of Star Trek’s science fiction world — an app that translates conversations between speakers of different languages in real time. “It’s going to make sure you can communicate to anybody without language barriers,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella while introducing the new feature at the Code Conference in San Francisco. “In...

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Scientists at Dundee University have created a working “tractor beam”
May31

Scientists at Dundee University have created a working “tractor beam”

Something to make Mr Scott proud, physicists at the university used an ultrasound array to exert force on an object and pull it towards the energy source. They say it is the first time such a beam has been used to move anything bigger than microscopic targets. The technology could be put to use in medicine, helping to develop ultrasound-based clinical techniques. Dundee researchers worked alongside colleagues in Southampton and...

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Night of the Space Hippies -By Rick Austin @EvolvedRick
May30

Night of the Space Hippies -By Rick Austin @EvolvedRick

Stardate 5830.8 The campfire burned slowly, sparks rising up from the glowing embers. They hung in the air for a moment before being picked up by the warm breeze that came down from the hills. They spun and twisted about as if they were doing a complex dance to the inaudible tune of the universe, while the people sitting around the fire followed their movements with their eyes. They were transfixed by the simple beauty of it all,...

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Tricorder competition
May24

Tricorder competition

Almost 50 years ago, TV viewers were introduced to a nifty little sci-fi gadget on the series Star Trek that could read a patient’s vital signs and diagnose diseases with a mere swipe above the surface of the body. Now a Canadian company and 20 other teams from around the world are vying for a $10-million XPrize by trying to replicate Dr. McCoy’s “tricorder” and go where no real-world medical device has gone...

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All Good Things …
May24

All Good Things …

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation series finale we see events from a possible 25 years in the future. Well that episode aired 20 years ago this week. Yes thats right we are all 20 years older! Twenty years ago, Star Trek: The Next Generation writers Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga faced the TV writer’s equivalent of the Kobayashi Maru (that’s a no-win scenario, for you non-Trekkers out there): Not only were they...

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Star Trek House is for sale for $US35 Million
May14

Star Trek House is for sale for $US35 Million

Marc Bell, a financier, producer, and former CEO of adult networking site FriendFinder Networks, is selling his massive South Florida home. At $US35 million, it’s the most expensive home ever listed in the city of Boca Raton, an affluent enclave north of Miami. The eight-bedroom Mediterranean-style house is obviously beautiful from the outside, but don’t let its stylish facade deceive you — inside, there’s an extensive recreation of...

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Museum of Science Fiction
May10

Museum of Science Fiction

In many ways, the internet itself is a massive, indomitable museum and temple of geekdom, however, a plucky filmmaker and sci-fi afficado plans to actually create a real, physical museum to science fiction in Hollywood. Writer, all-round sci-fi expert and possessor of an awesome sounding name, Huston Huddleston, is the mastermind behind this extremely ambitious project. Along with The New Starship Federation and a host of celebrities,...

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Yesterday’s Next Generation -By Rick Austin @EvolvedRick
May06

Yesterday’s Next Generation -By Rick Austin @EvolvedRick

I’ve been going through Star Trek: The Next Generation again. Well, after finishing off Voyager and with my beloved DS9‘s having fallen prey to an evil Cardassian plot, it made sense. I could have gone for the original series, but I really felt like TNG. Also it seemed like too much of an effort to get my old Enterprise tapes out. But I’m happy with The Next Generation. The original series may have been where I...

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Destination Star Trek 3
May02

Destination Star Trek 3

If you guessed London you would be right. The third destination Star Trek event is heading back to London. Here is the official press release: Destination Star Trek (DST) is beaming back to the UK for its third event.  The franchise, which has held events in both London (Oct 2012) and Frankfurt (Feb 2014), will return to the Excel Centre in London from October 3-5 for three days. Star Trek fans can immerse themselves in sets, props,...

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Star Wars News
Apr30

Star Wars News

Not technically Star Trek News, but I am sure a lot of you are also interested in the other franchise beginning with Star. Los Angeles (AFP) – The original “Star Wars” movie blasted its way onto screens a long time ago, in a cinema galaxy seemingly far, far away — but Han, Luke and Leia will be back soon. Disney has announced the cast of the film just now entering production under the name “Star Wars:...

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