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George Takei Talks Technology, Space

Actor says ‘Star Trek’ helped make the ‘seemingly impossible’ possible

“Star Trek” actor George Takei recently reflected on the franchise’s impact on advancements in space and technology and how some of today’s achievements have surprisingly dwarfed those depicted in the series. Takei played helmsman Hikaru Sulu aboard Capt. James T. Kirk’s USS Enterprise, which “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry used as a vehicle to comment on social issues and to showcase a future where mankind flourished as it embraced diversity and new technological wonders. “I think the future is created by these imagineers who imagine the seemingly impossible, and that …
 | Sep-22-2014 | 
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10 Real-Life Values Mined From Star Trek

John Kirk joins 1701News and examines the merits of fandom

Trek fans often get beaten with the short end of the warp coil when it comes to justifying their love of Star Trek. However, what non-Trek fans don’t get is the real-life values that are transferred with an appreciation of this universe created by Gene Roddenberry. Okay, maybe it’s a bit of a stretch, but there is a definite underlying pseudo-philosophy that one can ascertain, and here are a few examples that illustrate why being a Star Trek fan can actually be good for you. No. 10: You will never be at a loss for a Halloween costume When you consider the diverse am …
 | Sep-21-2014 | 
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Merchant’s Log: August 2014 Roundup

Your guide to the latest Star Trek merchandise from across the galaxy

As new Star Trek merchandise materializes onto store shelves with dizzying frequency, we’re here to keep you on course to some of the franchise’s latest must-have products. From apparel, to toys, to cool accessories and more, 1701News takes a regular look at what merchants are stockpiling for fans. New products for our “Merchant’s Log” August 2014 roundup: ‘First Contact,’ ‘ Deep Space Nine’ uniforms Anovos is offering pre-orders for Starfleet duty uniforms from “Star Trek: First Contact” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” Uniforms can be purchased with or without …
 | Sep-4-2014 | 
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Tricorder XPrize Enters New Phase

10 finalists selected to develop Star Trek-like scanner

Competitors in the Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize are one step closer to developing a Star Trek-like medical scanner. Vying for a $10 million reward, 10 finalists have been selected to create workable prototypes of a non-invasive device that can read vital signs, detect diseases and diagnose patients, much like Dr. McCoy’s medical tricorder in the original “Star Trek.” The competition, which launched in 2012 and concludes in 2015, includes participants from medical manufacturers, tech start-ups and universities. Along with monitoring vital signs, the winning device must diag …
 | Aug-28-2014 | 
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‘Star Trek Trexels’ Adds ‘Next Generation’ Play

iOS app updates to v.1.5 with new stories, characters

“Star Trek Trexels” is expanding its gameplay to include “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Updating to version 1.5, the free iOS app from [x]cube Games and YesGnome adds new adventures, refined tactical combat gameplay and iconic characters to its arsenal, which originally focused on the original “Star Trek.” “Trexels” is available on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. “With the leap to ‘Next Gen’ for ‘Trexels,’ we’ve added more of the mystery, sophistication and excitement from this beloved era of Star Trek’s history, while still staying true to the fun spirit of ‘The Original S …
 | Aug-21-2014 | 
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Arlene Martel Dies At 78

Actress starred as Spock’s bride T’Pring in ‘Amok Time’

Arlene Martel, who played Spock’s Vulcan bride T’Pring in the “Star Trek” episode “Amok Time,” has died. She was 78. Martel died Aug. 12 at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., after suffering a heart attack, according to “These are the Voyages: TOS” author Marc Cushman, who made the announcement on Facebook. Born in New York in 1936, Martel went on to appear in a variety of television series, including “Perry Mason,” “Have Gun – Will Travel,” “Hogan’s Heroes,” “Bewitched,” “The Wild Wild West,” “The Untouchables,” “Mission: Impossible” and “The Twilight Zone.” …
 | Aug-13-2014 | 
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Nichelle Nichols: Star Trek Is About ‘Respect’

Actress recalls franchise’s legacy, quest for change

Star Trek’s willingness to confront important social issues remains a compelling part of its legacy for actress Nichelle Nichols. Making her debut in the 1966 “Star Trek” episode “The Man Trap,” Nichols, 81, played the USS Enterprise’s chief communications officer, Lt. Uhura. Her role was a critical part on the ship’s crew, who embraced diversity — regardless of race or sex — as they warped off on a five-year mission of exploration. “Star Trek is about the freedom to be who you are, and be respected for who you are,” Nichols recently told CNN. “It demands that you respect …
 | Aug-5-2014 | 
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Brannon Braga Reflects On Star Trek

Former franchise writer-producer says he misses ‘its spirit’

Brannon Braga recently reflected on his long history as a Star Trek writer-producer and admits he would be open to returning to the franchise. Deep space remains a comfortable home for Braga, who served as an executive producer on the Fox primetime series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” which earned 12 Emmy nominations last month. His franchise introduction began with “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” followed by work on “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Star Trek: Enterprise.” “Well, there’s always the idea of returning to the Star Trek universe,” Braga told the Las Vegas Sun. “I h …
 | Aug-1-2014 | 
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