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Archived Post 02-22-2010 04:29 AM

Damn You Hydrogen!!!
Just found this on El Reg, those reading the URL its not a hate thread, its a science based post based around some research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Enjoy.

Archived Post 02-22-2010 08:13 AM

That is actually pretty funny (also seeing the bridge crew of the enterprise standing in front of the LHC and turning it on is a pretty mental image I can't get rid of now). But as the conclusion was of the article, in the future we have futuristic alloys and a deflector dish. It's been said that the hull was created out of another alloy than aluminium (an alloy that took Dr. Cochrane and Lily Aldrin several months to collect a sufficient amount of for the Phoenix, which alludes to it being very rare on Earth).

Good read though, I like it when Star Trek has influence on real world science (and vice versa).

Archived Post 02-22-2010 08:51 AM

Actually, the Pheonix was made out of titanium. The Enterprise was made of duranium.

Archived Post 02-22-2010 08:55 AM


Originally Posted by specter177 (Post 2175116)
Actually, the Pheonix was made out of titanium. The Enterprise was made of duranium.

Starship viewports and portholes are transparent aluminum.

Archived Post 02-22-2010 09:44 AM

Ya know anyone can edit wikipedia, therefore it's not a reliable source? I'm not saying that the examples posted from there are wrong, but it could be wrong.

Archived Post 02-22-2010 10:30 AM

Oh this mockery again. Several problems with the article:

1. Yes, if the Enterprise was moving at lightspeed, it would be ripped apart by a hydrogen atom. But the Enterprise is not moving at light speed. Space is 'warped' around the ship (hence the Warp Drive) and space is moved around the ship.

2. At impulse speeds, the Deflector Dish deflects particles like stray hydrogen atoms that may damage the ship. Hence the part is named the deflector dish.

The article was written by someone who has little to no knowledge of Star Trek and was trying to teach a physics lesson to a public that has only cursory knowledge of science using a commonly recognized media. The combination of the two leads to fail on the part of the article's author.

Archived Post 02-22-2010 11:46 AM

Also, Bussard collectors. You WANT to be running into hydrogen so they can be collected, converted into Deuterium, and used to help power the ship's fusion and matter/anti-matter reactors. (though the later probably has less use for it, as its major limiting factor would be how much anti-deuterium they're carrying)

Archived Post 02-22-2010 11:59 AM

deja vu or is it just me?

Archived Post 02-22-2010 12:42 PM

AAAAAAAAAaaaaaaanyways, much of the technology in Star Trek supersedes our technological understanding, so a lot of the problems these kind of articles try to address, might have been solved by the 23rd century.

Also, it's a TV show that follow the rule of cool.

Archived Post 02-22-2010 12:54 PM

My bet is on hard gamma radiation being quicker in killing a ship's crew if said ship moves close to the speed of light.

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