If you haven't seen the new Star Trek movie, it's highly recommended — we just saw it last night and thought it was the best Star Trek movie yet. But was it scientifically accurate? Phil "Bad Astronomy" Plait is also a big Trek fan, and was crazy about the movie, writing that he "loved it."
He notes several scientific inaccuracies, and applauds parts of the movie that finally get space conditions right. Our favorite accuracy: a short sequence where a crew person is blown away from a starship, into the complete and utter silence of space. No whooshing, no explosions, just complete silence.
Haunting stuff. We haven't seen that kind of accuracy since 2001: A Space Odyssey. Take a look at Plait's other astute observations, but look out — if you haven't seen the movie, there are spoilers within.