Tagged: star trek

Among my favourite asteroids: (2309) Mr. Spock - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Nov 27, 2019

[avatar user=”duncansteel” size=”thumbnail” align=”right” /] Minor planet/asteroid (2309) Mr. Spock is named not for the character in Star Trek, but for a cat that was itself imperturbable, logical, intelligent and had pointed ears.  In a preceding blog post I introduced one of my favourite asteroids, (2472) Bradman, and also mentioned (6581) Sobers amongst a few others. I did have … Read More

Science Tank | Einstein - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 22, 2017

“When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute – and it’s longer than any hour. That’s relativity.” – Albert Einstein This guy kind of needs no introduction but, while most people know that he was a total genius, they don’t really … Read More

The Tricorder – the Next Star Trek Inspired Device to Come True? - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Apr 28, 2015

Most Star Trek fans point to the Star Trek communicator as an example of yesterday’s science fiction becoming today’s science fact, in the development of the mobile phone. With the warp drive and transporter still out of reach, the next Star Trek inspired device is likely to be the tricorder, thanks to a competition currently being run by … Read More

Technobabble – a pseudoscience give away - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Apr 06, 2013

One of the tricks that purveyors of pseudoscience use to sound “sciency” is to use technobabble (meaningless technical sounding terminology). (start the first video 55 seconds in) Indeed, the amount of technobabble used in pseudoscience readily outperforms the champions of fictional technobabble: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdLHEtwdh9E But then again, I’m comparing fiction with fiction aren’t I? To quote the second video … Read More

Star Trek – Inspiration and Obsession - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds May 15, 2011

Growing up, Star Trek was one of my favourite TV programmes. From watching reruns of the original series in my early teens, to the later Next Generation, Deep Space 9, Voyager and Enterprise series I have remained fascinated by the world of Star Trek. And while I never quite reached “Trekkie”/”Trekker” status and donned a uniform and pair of pointy … Read More