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# 1 Damn You Hydrogen!!!
02-22-2010, 03:29 AM
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.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02...rek_scuppered/
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# 2
02-22-2010, 07:13 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).
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# 3
02-22-2010, 07:51 AM
Actually, the Pheonix was made out of titanium. The Enterprise was made of duranium.
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# 4
02-22-2010, 07:55 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by specter177 View Post
Actually, the Pheonix was made out of titanium. The Enterprise was made of duranium.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duraniu...p_construction

Starship viewports and portholes are transparent aluminum.
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# 5
02-22-2010, 08:44 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.
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# 6
02-22-2010, 09:30 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.
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