Star Trek’s Chris Pine: US didn’t do enough to protest Russia’s anti-gay law
Jan17

Star Trek’s Chris Pine: US didn’t do enough to protest Russia’s anti-gay law

Star Trek star Chris Pine has said the US should have done more to protest against Russia’s gay propaganda law before the Sochi Olympics. The US actor calls the legislation ‘clearly awful, archaic, hostile nonsense’. ‘I think we should do more than just send gay Olympians there,’ the 33-year-old actor said. ‘What’s happening there in terms of gay rights or the lack of it is extraordinary and awful. He was making the comments while...

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‘Star Trek’ at the Oscars for VFX team
Jan17

‘Star Trek’ at the Oscars for VFX team

When “Star Trek Into Darkness” director J.J. Abrams and the visual effects experts at Industrial Light & Magic were deciding how to introduce the Enterprise to the audience for the first time, they knew technology could help them make a very big splash. If you’ve seen the film — which was nominated Thursday for an Oscar for best visual effects — you probably remember the famous spaceship...

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Finding a M-class planet
Jan15

Finding a M-class planet

M-class planets are seen each week in Star Trek. Our characters always seem to land on planets which support human life. But finding Earth-like planets has been a tough ask for astrophysicists. Many exoplanets discovered to date are just desolate chunks of cold rock, or worse – gas giants. Previously, most of the exoplanets labelled ‘super Earths’ (as they are slightly larger than our own planet) have also been...

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Tapping into the IT cloud crowd
Jan15

Tapping into the IT cloud crowd

Two heads are better than one, they say. Well, how about 600,000? That’s how many designers and programmers you have on tap when you use a crowdsourcing service such as Appirio. Welcome to the crowd in the cloud. It’s like tapping into the collective consciousness of Star Trek’s Borg cybernetic aliens. In theory, the work you get back can be better quality, lower-cost, and delivered much faster than if you went...

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Dyson Spheres: How Advanced Alien Civilizations Would Conquer the Galaxy
Jan15

Dyson Spheres: How Advanced Alien Civilizations Would Conquer the Galaxy

Ancient extraterrestrial civilizations, millions of years older than humanity, would need enormous amounts of energy. By creating a swarm of satellites in a spherical shell, they could harness much of the power of their star. Science fiction author Olaf Stapledon described spherical, energy-trapping alien structures in his 1937 novel “Star Maker”: “Not only was every solar system now surrounded by a gauze of light...

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Karl Urban, Tim Russ Added to Destination Star Trek Germany
Jan09

Karl Urban, Tim Russ Added to Destination Star Trek Germany

Appearing for the first time at a Star Trek event in Germany, Karl Urban will be joining the line-up for all three days. He has appeared in the two JJ Abrams films Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek into Darkness as Dr McCoy and has also recently played Judge Dredd and stars in the new tv series Almost Human. Tim Russ played the Vulcan Tuvok in the fourth tv series Star Trek Voyager. He will be appearing all three...

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Company shows off real-world Star Trek ‘tricorder’
Jan08

Company shows off real-world Star Trek ‘tricorder’

On a mission to boldly go where no man has gone before, the crew of the USS Enterprise faced unknown dangers on strange new worlds. Fortunately, they were armed were phasers to defend themselves — and a device called a tricorder, to quickly diagnose whatever ailed them. Unfortunately, modern medical care lacks such a gizmo. Scanadu aims to change that. Using the same operating system that powers the Mars rover, the Scanadu Scout...

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Enterprise Season 3 Blu-ray
Jan07

Enterprise Season 3 Blu-ray

Season 3 of Star Trek: Enterprise is out now on Blu-ray in the US. Featuring all 24 episodes from the third season, the six-disc Blu-ray set also includes never-before-seen special features that are exclusive to this release. In addition to all-new commentary tracks on select episodes with some of the franchise’s most notable names, the high-definition collection includes the newly produced “In a Time of War.” This retrospective,...

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Remembering Joseph Ruskin
Jan07

Remembering Joseph Ruskin

  Star Trek alumnus Joseph Ruskin died of natural causes on December 28. He was 89. Ruskin is probably best remembered for playing master thrall Galt in the original series episode “The Gamesters of Triskelion”. He also guest starred in the Deep Space Nine episode “The House of Quark” as Tumek – a role which he later reprised in “Looking for par’Mach in All the Wrong Places”. Ruskin appeared in the Voyager episode “Gravity” as a...

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Star Trek Phase II: Kitumba
Jan07

Star Trek Phase II: Kitumba

For fans of the Star Trek Phase II fan film project, the latest episode, Kitumba, has just been released. Star Trek Phase II is the continuing voyages of Captain Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise, taking place in the fourth and fifth seasons of the original series. Kitumba, was originally meant as a two-part story for the proposed Star Trek: Phase II television series back in 1977. Now a single episode, Kitumba features the...

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