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Old May 20 2013, 03:13 AM   #6
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Re: New Treknology Into Darkness

stj wrote: View Post
There are some wonderful new ideas in the new movie Into Darkness, are there not? Surely worthy of discussion?

How could a wet suit make a person survive a long fall, then sink effortlessly and then swim unaffected by water pressure. Particularly without visible helmets.
The same way the away team manages to beam down to alien planets without ever having to pre-breathe the local atmosphere at local pressure and temperature to avoid decompression sickness.

How can a hand-held devise pump massive quantities of heat from equally massive quantities of lava, without generating more heat as required by the Second Law of Thermodynamics?
How did the Genesis Device do it?

How can the phrase "cold fusion" be reconciled as somehow referring to the previous?
Because that's what it's called in the 23rd century, by which time the 20th century concept of "cold fusion" had been discredited and forgotten.

Likewise: there's Corsairs, and then there's Corsairs.

What power source could be in a ring sufficient to create the explosion in London? Could enough antimatter be inside the containment ring?
Perhaps, but the fact that you have to drop it into a glass of water suggests it was probably a fusion device: the ring extracts hydrogen from the water, collects it and then forces it to fusion.

How can we reconcile the notion of warp drive with any determinate "speed" with the travel times in the movie?
We can't, and I'm not sure we really need to. It's never been solidly confirmed that warp factors HAVE a determinate speed, nor do we have a quote for how fast Enterprise was going when Vengeance caught up with it.

Why can't the Klingons detect the vessel when it's leaving, after a patrol disappears, that they couldn't detect when it arrived?
You sort of answered your own question, didn't you? They can't detect it on the way in, they can't detect it on the way out, but their patrols can detect it if they fly past it while it's there.

How can the Enterprise be bigger on the inside than the outside?
... would have been a really good question if you had asked it in 1979.

How can concrete floors be a useful spaceship construction material?
How can plywood?

How can we justify the enormous empty spaces inside the Enterprise?
... is another good question that deserved an answer in 1979.

How did the Federation abolish Newton's First Law of Motion, so that people who fall off rails [i]in a free falling spaceship[/] would immediately fall even faster even though the Earth's gravitational field is unchanged?
Sorta like this:


It's called centrifugal force. If the ship is tumbling and you are anywhere except at the exact dead center of gravity, you're going for a ride.

Lastly, why would the Federation design a ship so that the crew could fall to its death?
... is yet another good question from 1979.
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