Shine On, You Crazy Data

I want to talk about Data for a second. We all know Data has superhuman strength, but why doesn't he use it all the time? He could be down in the cargo bay moving barrels of quaratum around, or lifting shuttlecraft u...

September 29, 2014

The Deadly, Unnatural Selection Years

Stardate 42494.8: On what might have otherwise been a routine mission, the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D encounters a Federation supply vessel, the USS Lantree, whose entire crew appear to have died of extreme old age. Ba...

September 15, 2014

TREKNOSIS: Is There In Truth, No Hypospray?

Of course hyposprays exist, you silly sehlat! "You might feel a little pinch." Nurses have been saying that, or something like it, to everyone who’s ever received a shot for generations; it puts the pain and fea...

August 25, 2014

Two Teams Join Forces to Make the Tricorder a Reality

Even on Star Trek, there are truths you can't escape: Tribbles and Klingons don't mix. The polarity on nearly anything can be reversed. Never turn your back on a Breen. And a Tricorder is a doctor’s best friend....

August 11, 2014

TREKNOSIS: William T. Riker: President, Anti Clone Club

Stardate 42823.2: Sent on a mission to investigate the cause of an antique distress signal from a remote corner of the Alpha Quadrant, the USS Enterprise (NCC 1701-D) discovers two long-lost Terran colonies, in this S...

July 28, 2014

VISOR-Vision for the Blind

There's no other way to put this: surgeons at the University of Michigan Health System have built a working forerunner to the VISOR worn by Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge, chief engineer of the USS Enterprise in Star Trek:...

July 14, 2014

TREKNOSIS: The Borgkeeper's Apprentices

Do bees have anything to teach us? Aside from the best way to remove stingers, or the importance of pollination? Annalee Newitz over at io9 thinks yes, with an editorial encouragingly titled, "This video of a honeybee...

June 30, 2014

TREKNOSIS: Making Dr. McCoy's Magic Pills Real

When was the last time you gave yourself a paper cut? Have you ever looked at the scar it left behind and wondered why that's the limit of our healing abilities? Suffer a small cut and you can more or less grow new sk...

June 02, 2014

TREKNOSIS: Living Well Beyond the (Dr. Ira) Graves

Stardate 42437.5: the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) is the closest ship in the sector when a distress call rings out from Gravesworld, home of the reclusive, brilliant cyberneticist Dr. Ira Graves, who is (gravely) term...

May 19, 2014