Peter Jansen, a postdoc in a lab for "Engineering Non-Traditional Sensors" at the University of Arizona, has developed (from scratch) a perfectly functional Star Trek-style Tricorder. It's packed with sensors, displays and touchpads, and it even folds up. Plus, this is just version one: version two is much more slick.
The ruminating geeks over at ThinkGeek are offering a subtle, professional way for a fan of Star Trek to strike their colors: officially licensed Star Trek ties. We're not talking ties with gaudy scenes from the various series. These are tasteful, carry only a small Starfleet badge on them and come in three different flavors.
Here's a harsh reality check to those of us who dream of zipping between worlds at faster-than-light speeds. Scenario: you're visiting your dear old grandmother on the planet GJ1214b, 40 light years from Earth. Result: she'd be "gamma ray and high energy particle blasted into oblivion" when you arrived.
The forthcoming release of Star Trek: The Next Generation on Blu-Ray really gets our nerd juices flowing, and some übernerds (we say that with respect and a little bit of jealousy) have gone through scene by scene and taken note of a bunch of the cool new stuff that you can see in the remastered episodes that you couldn't see before. For example, did you know that there's a little shout-out to Star Wars hidden in one of the props in Encounter at Far Point? Yeah, neither did anyone else, but thanks to the magic of high-res Blu-Ray, we can see it now.
This article is dedicated to the man who lost his lovingly created Star Trek pad in his divorce. Hopefully a lovingly hand-crafted, hardwood NCC-1701-C table like this might be ease some of his pain settling into bachelor digs.
In what's probably the most fully realized nerd cave ever, Britain's Tony Alleyne turned his one-bedroom apartment into an insanely detailed recreation of the bridge of the Starship Voyager, after he and his wife split up in 1999. Well, apparently she's the one who owns the apartment, and she's asking him to retire and dismantle his beloved command and all its Star Trek goodness.
We've been anxiously awaiting the re-release of Star Trek: The Next Generation in high definition on Blu-Ray, and this first sample clip shows just how spectacular of a job CBS is doing with it. Let's put it this way: Captain Picard almost looks young.
If you're a Star Trek fan who dreams about taking a journey on the USS Enterprise, then a flight in first class on a Qantas A380 looks like a pretty good substitute. Of course you won't be traveling at Warp 8, but it can still get you from Los Angeles to Sydney in about 15 hours.
Tech startup Scanadu has created a medical diagnostic scanner that finally appears worthy of being called a medical tricorder. The device measures key vital signs and sends the information to your smartphone, and with additional screening questions it can then recommend whether an ER trip is necessary.
Watch George Takei — the only actor to work on both Star Trek and Star Wars — broker peace between William Shatner and Carrie Fisher. In this video, Mr. Takei also identifies a "mutual threat" both sides can work together to overcome.