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Get a Heart, Hold the Pulse

It's stardate 42779.1 and Captain Jean-Luc Picard is not in a great mood: his ship's chief medical officer, one Dr. Katherine Pulaski, has been telling him repeatedly that his artificial heart needs to be replaced for...

August 17, 2015

Treknosis: Computer, Run Program

So here's the situation: you've got a medical emergency, but for some reason sickbay is out of bounds — maybe the turbolifts and transporters are down, or a quarantine is in effect, or the entire medical staff w...

August 03, 2015

Robot Caretakers? What Could Go Wrong?

Caretaker robots are coming. It may not be right away, but a future where we live with a robot that helps us get up off the couch, fetches drinks, and answers the door will be here someday. And that's the future the A...

July 20, 2015

Final Frontier Medical Devices

Somewhere in Philadelphia, there's a house full of tricorders. Literally. The living room, the dining room, even the kitchen is stuffed with computers, tools, testing equipment and 3D printed casings. The people worki...

July 06, 2015

Only the Strong Survive

"THE WEAK WILL PERISH."If you're looking for an intimidating racial ethos, Species 8472's is a doozy — the only one in the Star Trek universe that holds a candle to the Borg's "Resistance is futile." And it's no...

June 22, 2015

The Ultimate Telepresence

Stardate 47215.5: The crew of the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D is testing a brand new probe operated by a unique control scheme: linking directly to chief engineer Geordi LaForge's brain through his VISOR inputs, providi...

June 08, 2015

Send in the Nanites

Who here remembers that time when Wesley Crusher accidentally let a school science experiment get a teensy bit out of control and almost destroyed the Enterprise? There were some problems with an astrophysicist, a neu...

May 25, 2015

Imagination Uninterrupted by Reality

Even if your knowledge of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE has been erased due to an unfortunate encounter with the Satarrans, chances are good you've heard of Scanadu. Covered extensively by Fortune magazine, The New Yo...

May 12, 2015

THE ENEMY WITHIN: What's Hiding in Plain Sight?

What's the most dangerous place in the galaxy? Is it Talos IV? Vagra II? Rura Penthe? Maybe. They're certainly all strong candidates, but I'd bet at least a bar of gold-pressed latinum that nobody would've guessed pop...

April 27, 2015

Activate Emergency Oncology Program!

"Please state the nature of the medical emergency."I don't know about you, but I got pretty attached to hearing that phrase after a while. The Emergency Medical Hologram was one of my favorite characters on Star Trek:...

April 13, 2015

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