One of the elements that distinguishes Star Trek from other sci-fi on the big and small screen, is an emphasis on the science in science fiction. This penchant for "technobabble" has been criticized by some, but now Star Trek Voyager actress Jeri Ryan says that it actually helped her in her new role.
This week, Science Friday brings you alien life in the next 25 years, the infinite expansion of our universe, a map of a gigantic oceanic garbage patch, and shrinking planets (and moons!). All this and more plus our gadget of the week: terrifying shark-shaped submarine.
Welcome back to Science Saturday! This week, take a look at a gorgeous phytoplankton bloom, partake in 200-year-old champagne, use a VULCAN to design a car, watch nanites fight cancer, and apply some goop to what ails you. All this and more, plus our gadget of the week: the 3D model creating laser backpack!
Back when it was introduced in January, TrekMovie and others noted the similarities of Apple’s new iPad tablet and the Star Trek PADD touchscreen devices. Now Star Trek designers Mike & Denise Okuda as well as Doug Drexler are talking about the iPad/PADD connection, excerpts below.
Welcome back to another fact-filled edition of Science Friday. This week, learn how even YOU can mind meld with your buddies, feast your eyes on the most accurate view of Mars ever, journey into space (almost) aboard the VSS Enterprise, and get a sneak peak at the next best thing to a real-life replicator. All this and more, plus our gadget of the week: India’s $35 iPad killer!
Today Paramount Digital Entertainment announced their new iPhone application, Star Trek Captain’s Log. The new app is designed to look like a communicator from the new Star Trek movie, but instead of making calls with it, you use it to make create "captains logs" which you can share with your friends. I have been playing with this fun app for a few days – the TrekMovie review is below.
Welcome to another edition of Science Friday. This week, we will take an interesting new look at the world of science. Instead of just reporting the news, I thought we’d dive into something deeper. In today’s edition, you’ll learn how a rocket launch works, why superconductors are useful, why fluorine is so cool, and why volcanoes blow up where they do. All this and more in today’s How Science Works edition!
CBS Interactive has released a new official Star Trek application for your iPhone that turns it into an original series Star Trek communicator, complete with authentic sounds and voice effects. See below for demo video and more details.
This week in Science Friday, meet the Queen of the dinosaur kingdom, get a close-up view of a very large asteroid with Rosetta, get your daily dose of magnetic fields, and use chemistry to make your brain cells grow. All this and more, plus our gadget of the week: the round-the-clock solar plane flight.
Welcome to another exciting edition of Science Friday! This week: see the Space Shuttle program into 2011, solve a century-old math problem, evolve faster than ever in Tibet, and take the sharpest images ever of Jupiter from a 747. All this and more plus our gadget of the week: the Terrafugia flying car!
This week in Science Friday: Discover a new cave on Mars with a 7th grade science class, wake up with New Horizons half way to Pluto, endure the 10,000 kph wind storms on a badly named exoplanet, and see through concrete walls! All this and more, plus our gadget of the week: pointless spider robots!
In February the ad-supported streaming video site Hulu added Star Trek Generations to their library, and today Hulu added the second TNG film, Star Trek First Contact. Anyone in the US can watch it for free and you can even embed it on your own site (as we have done below).
Welcome back to another great Science Friday! This week: how different is sci-fi from real science? What do pieces of an actual asteroid look like? How do enigmatic Martian spirals form? And how do humans perceive themselves? Answers to these questions and more, plus our gadget of the week: the creepy, gel-filled refrigerator of the future!
As reported earlier, Leonard Nimoy and Zoe Saldana were at the E3 gaming show to help introduce the Yoostar 2 Movie Karaoke Machine (and LeVar Burton dropped by too). We now have more video and photos from the event, including video of Nimoy inserting himself into a scene from The Terminator.
Have you ever wanted to put yourself into a scene from Star Trek? Well soon you will be able to do just that with the Yoostar 2 Movie Karaoke Machine for XBox 360 and Playstation 3. Today Yoostar unveiled their new product with the help of Leonard Nimoy and Zoe Saldana at E3. Details below.
In 2008 CBS began streaming some of its ‘classic’ shows on CBS.com, including the original Star Trek. And today they announced the addition of Star Trek: Enterprise, which is available in the USA to watch right now, in HD.
Welcome back to another exciting installment of Science Friday! I’ll be your host as we decipher the newest findings for life (or not?) on Titan, watch the sun awaken into a dangerously active phase, control your computer in a new way, and see the power of individual brain cells. All this and much more, plus our gadget of the week: The consumer-ready, realistic 3D Hologram!
Back in January when Apple unveiled their highly-anticipated iPad, Star Trek was there, using the new movie to show off its multi-media capability. And today when Apple unveiled the 4th generation iPhone, Star Trek was again invoked, this time by CEO Steve Jobs himself when introducing the new video calling capability. This prompts the question: Is Star Trek actually behind the curve on this tech?
Welcome back to (belated) Science Sunday! This week, watch video of an impact into Jupiter’s atmosphere, ponder life on Titan, set the hypersonic flight record, and put an old soviet moon rover to good use. Also, watch some amazing volcanic eruptions. All this and more plus our gadget of the week: P.L.E.A.S.E. – how to deliver medication with lasers!
A month ago NASA released a Hubble documentary video featuring Brent Spiner. Today, they have upped their Trek-ness with an educational Trek spoof about the Spitzer telescope, this time featuring Wil Wheaton (playing two roles). It is also available in 3D. Watch it below
Star Trek Magazine, the official mag of the Trek franchise, is going digital. Starting with the June issue (STM #26) you can read the magazine on PC, Mac or iPad. More details below.
This week, create artificial life from man-made DNA, get a glimpse of a promising universal translator, discover the secrets of Venus with Japan’s Akatsuki, and see extraterrestrial lightning storms! All this and much more, plus our gadget of the week: Wincape!
The latest TrekInk column here was dedicated to IDW’s Star Trek comics available digitally for Apple and Sony devices. Today IDW has announced they are expanding their digital offering to include BlackBerry devices, with the Star Trek: Countdown graphic novel as their premiere title.
IDW Publishing is posting updates of newly released digital comics, in addition to their updates about new comics released in print. If you want to read Star Trek comics on your PSP, PSP go, iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, read on to learn more.
Welcome to another (late) edition of your favorite science column! This week, watch the last ever launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis, witness the largest science experiment ever, see an icy moon in a new light, and scan for viruses with medical tricorder 1.0. All this and more, plus our gadget of the week: a violin-playing robot!
Since late 2007 www.startrek.com, the official site for the Star Trek franchise, has been mostly dormant. But that is about to change. This summer CBS is relaunching the site with a new look and new features. The new site will also showcase fan sites, including TrekMovie.com. More details below.
It’s Friday again and that means time for another Science Friday! This week, see the best images of the unpronounceable Icelandic volcano, see what happens when a space balloon launch goes wrong, watch amazing videos of the latest solar activity, ponder if life came from asteroids, and learn how to make Mars sample return possible. All this and more plus our gadget of the week.
On Friday TrekMovie celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. Now today we have some follow up data, in the form of a new Hubble video from NASA Television, narrated by Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Brent Spiner. Watch it below.
In the future outlined by Star Trek, humanity literally makes it a mission to "seek out" alien life. It seems every week the heroes of Star Trek in the 22nd, 23rd and 24th centuries met new aliens. However in a new Discovery channel show premiering tonight, noted physicist Stephen Hawking (himself a Star Trek guest star), says all this seeking out alien life is a mistake.
This week, Science Friday celebrates the 20th birthday of America’s favorite space telescope: The Hubble! On April 24th, 1990, the HST launched aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-31. Since then, it (along with the help of many scientists) has taken some of the most beautiful and detailed images of the universe ever. Today, we commemorate the Hubble’s 20th year in space with a look at its history and accomplishments.