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Star Trek Today: Alcubierre Warp Metric: Scientists succeed in creating a "warp bubble"

A team of scientists doing research for DARPA accidentally got one "Warp" effect creates a very small object with properties similar to those of the Mexican scientist Miguel Alcubierre in his theoretical work from the 1990s. The "thing" is the result of an experiment with a different purpose carried out by scientists at the Limitless Space Institute.

"When performing analyzes as part of a DARPA-funded project to evaluate the possible structure of energy density in empty Casimir space as predicted by the dynamic model of vacuum," says an im European Physical Journal published article, "a structure was discovered on the micro / nano scale that is negative Energy density distribution signals that comes very close to the requirements of the Alcubierre metric ".

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Star Trek Episode Reference: General / Wrap Drive / Warp Bubble


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Star Trek Today: Hypospray - An injection without painful punctures. It is now possible

A machine has just been developed that can perform injections completely painlessly. Of the Cobionix robot (short: Cobi) was developed to vaccinate against Covid 19th to facilitate.


It was commissioned at the University of Waterloo incubator. The device performs intramuscular injections without needles. The dose is given to the patient without a puncture; instead becomes a High pressure liquid jet (which is no thicker than a human hair) is used to get into the tissue.

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Reference to Star Trek Episode: General / Medicine / Medicine Technology


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Star Trek Today: Travel Faster Than the Speed ​​of Light? Warp without the need for negative energy

 Since Albert Einstein we know that no object can move faster than the speed of light. These roughly 300.000 km / s are the limit beyond which we can never move faster. Erik Lentz from the University of Göttingen however, has suggested a method to circumvent this limit. The problem is that it requires the use of huge amounts of energy.

Lentz says, (publication) that with the help of conventional energy sources the Spacetime could be organized in the form of a soliton, a self-sustaining isolated wave. The soliton would act like a "warp bubble" compressing the space in front of the vehicle and expanding it behind it. Since the Spacetime can be bent, compressed and stretched, such a solution would enable travel above the speed of light without breaking the laws of physics.


The idea of ​​a "Warp bubble"Generating is not new. It was proposed by Miguella Alcubierre in 1994. However, until Lentz's research, it was thought that the only way to achieve warp drive was to harvest massive amounts of negative energy. Perhaps it comes from an exotic matter or dark energy.

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Star Trek Episode Reference: General / Warp Drive / Soliton Wave


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Star Trek Today: Remote and Rechargeable Brain Control Chip

Researchers at the Korea Institute of Advanced Science and Technology (KAIST) have succeeded in reprogramming the behavior of laboratory rats via a smartphone app and thus, as the university press release says, "Real-time brain controlAnd because the implant can be remotely charged, laboratory animals and possibly human patients will not need surgery in the future to replace dead batteries or bulky external devices to power the implants.

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Reference to Star Trek Episode: Deep Space Nine: Season 3 / Episode 59 - Spark of Life / Life Support

"In the meantime, one half of Bareils' brain has been damaged and Bashir reluctantly replaces it with an implant. This stabilizes Bareil's mind, but his personality has changed significantly. Nevertheless, with his help the negotiations can still be brought to a successful conclusion. Turrel and Winn sign the peace treaty. "


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Star Trek Today: Mankind May Not Be Able To Control Super Intelligent Artificial Intelligence?

Humanity may not be able to control super-intelligent artificial intelligence (AI), believe the authors of a recent theoretical study. Besides, we may not even know that we have this kind of AI (artificial intelligence) have created.
The rapid progress of artificial intelligence algorithms is taking place before our eyes. Machines win against humans at go and poker, beat experienced fighter pilots in aerial combat, learn from the ground up through trial and error, herald a great revolution in medicine and the life sciences, make diagnoses as well as doctors and can differentiate between birds better than humans . This shows how rapid progress is in many areas.

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Star Trek Episode Reference: General / Androids - AI

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Star Trek Today: Scientists get paralyzed mice back on their feet

Spinal cord injuries usually lead to permanent disabilities such as B. Paraplegia. Research at the Ruhr University Bochum gives hope to change this. Researchers there managed to get paralyzed mice back on their feet. This turned out to be the key in applied therapy Protein hyper-interleukin-6that stimulates the nerve cells to regenerate. The way in which it was given to the animals was also important. The paralysis caused by the damage to the spinal cord is irreversible. At least that's how it has been so far, but thanks to a new therapeutic approach, scientists at the Ruhr University in Bochum, under the direction of Professor Dietmar Fischer, have succeeded in getting paralyzed mice running again.

A description of the research appeared in the journal Nature Communications


Reference to Star Trek Episode: The Next Generation: Season 5 / Episode 116 - The Operation / Ethics

"Meanwhile, Dr. Russel reports that she invented a genetronic generator that can be used to replicate entire organs. In simulations, her success rate was quite high. Dr. Crusher does not want to allow Russel an Worf to try this technique for the first time on a real patient because the chances of success seem far too low to her."


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Star Trek Today: Holograms Visible, Touchable and Potentially Audible

Researchers at the University of Sussex have created animated 3D holograms that can not only be viewed from any angle, but also touched. The technology developed by the British differs from previously used holographic solutions in that it is used instead of lasers Ultrasonic used and the objects Miniature polystyrene balls be shaped.


Star Trek Episode Reference: General / Holodeck

Star Trek Today: Successful Storage of Digital Information in the DNA of a Living Organism

Hard drives and other data storage systems store huge amounts of information today. However, like magnetic tapes or floppy disks in the past, these devices can become out of date over time and we will lose access to the data we collect on them. That is why scientists have developed a method to convert data into the DNA to record a living organism. This kind of "mass storage"will probably not become obsolete in the foreseeable future.

Seth Shipman of the University of California at San Francisco, who was not involved in the work, praised the performance of his colleagues from Columbia University, but points out that it will be a long time before such systems find practical application.


Reference to Star Trek Episode: The Next Generation: Season 4 / Episode 95 - The Standgericht / The Drumhead

"In the meantime, Worf has found out how J'Dan transferred the secret information to the Romulans. J'Dan has to be treated with hypodermic syringes for his Balthasar syndrome. When he examined the syringe, however, he found that it was an optical one Contains a chip reader that has been specially designed to
to read the isolinear chips of Starfleet. Digital information is extracted and then encoded in the form of amino acid sequences. "


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Further details can be found in Nature. (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41589-020-00711-4)

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Star Trek Today: Transparent aluminum (aluminum oxynitride) - from Star Trek to reality

Since the fourth Star TrekFilm came out in 1986, materials scientists have wondered if transparent aluminum could really be made. Research over the past few years suggests that we may not have to wait until the 23rd century to accomplish a similar feat.

In the more than 50 years since the first episode aired in 1966, Star Trek fans always excited to see technologies that once only existed on television have become a reality - from automatic doors to tablet computers. And although some of the most anticipated technologies, such as B. Holodecks, are not (yet) fully available, there is a technology that has emerged in recent years and that is potentially even more exciting for materials scientists.

In the Star Trek universe, the term "transparent aluminum"on a transparent metal made from elemental aluminum.


Reference to Star Trek: Movie / IV - Back to the Present / The Journey Home

"In the meantime, McCoy and Scotty have appeared at Plexicorp. Scotty pretends to be a professor from Edinburgh and in return for a few materials that he needs for the Waltank offers the Plexicorp boss a formula for a completely new material (transparent aluminum ) l, which Plexicorp could develop and market. Dr. Nichols, the head of Plexicorp, goes into that. "

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