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 days

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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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So You Say You Want A Resolution? -By Rick Austin @EvolvedRick
Jan06

So You Say You Want A Resolution? -By Rick Austin @EvolvedRick

2013 was a bit of a roller coaster for me, and for many others too, I imagine. The good news is that it’s over; the bad news is that another one has begun, and it’s up to us to make the best of it. So you say you want a resolution? Most of us make resolutions, little promises to ourselves that could make our lives better in the new year. Usually we break them within hours, but I figure that since Star Trek is a part of my daily life,...

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Klingon Resignation
Jan04

Klingon Resignation

What would Worf say about David Waddell’s resignation from the Indian Trail City Council in North Carolina? Waddell, who is stepping aside Jan. 31, tendered his notice this week in Klingon, the language of the fictional humanoid warrior species from Star Trek. The Charlotte Observer reports the lawmaker’s letter to Indian Trail Mayor Michael Alvarez was meant as a joke but to be safe he included a translation using...

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Levitation technology brings Star Trek holodecks closer to reality
Jan02

Levitation technology brings Star Trek holodecks closer to reality

One of the most iconic technologies in the Star Trek universe are its ubiquitous “holodecks”, which use fictional “holomatter” to generate realistic three-dimensional objects that people can interact with. Now, scientists at the University of Tokyo have invented a way to levitate and manipulate particles in mid-air—essentially paving the way for making holodecks a thing of science fact. Yoichi Ochiai, Takayuki...

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Fan creates $30,000 replica Starship Enterprise suite in basement
Jan01

Fan creates $30,000 replica Starship Enterprise suite in basement

Canadian Line Rainville had $30,000 to spend on renovations to her Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, Quebec home and decided to recreate parts of the Star Trek Enterprise in her basement. The 51-year-old social worker decided she wanted to create a home theater, but also to remind herself of her childhood. The answer? A suite of rooms in her basement including the Enterprise’s bridge, transporter room, recreation room, observation deck...

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