Tag archives for Star Trek

  1. Fun Fact Friday: ISSelfie, Star Trek Style!

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    If you read last week’s Fun Fact Friday, you already know that the ISSpresso coffee maker was launched into space, and due to dock with the International Space Station. What you might not know is what the machine’s intended recipient, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, wore to greet its arrival! Cristoforetti donned a uniform from the television […]

  2. Fun Fact Friday: Boeing Patents Force Field

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    Did you know that Boeing was recently granted a patent for an invention very similar to the force field technology best known from science fiction franchises like Star Wars and Star Trek? It’s true! The description on the patent, which was originally filed in 2012, describes it as the following: “A method and system for […]

  3. Fun Fact Friday: Star Trek inventions that became reality

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    Did you know that quite a few of the technological marvels from television’s Star Trek started out as science fiction, but are now reality, or even commonplace? It’s true! Cell Phones: It’s funny when you think about it. Remember flip phones? Captain Kirk had one before they were cool! While mobile phones are now a […]

  4. Fun Fact Friday: Reading Rainbow

    LeVar Burton on the set of Star Trek: TNG

    Did you know that Reading Rainbow, which debuted in 1983, continued to run new episodes for over 20 years? Reading Rainbow ran from 1983 until 2006, and was hosted by LeVar Burton for its entire run. Burton was also one of the program’s creators, as well as executive producer. Burton, who would become a household […]