1. I like being in space because there are better parts for women in space. I don’t have to subject myself to just being the love interest or playing a character that doesn’t feel relevant to the story or playing a woman that doesn’t feel like an actual depiction of a real woman.
     


  2. vengvaD paQDI’norgh tay yIghojmoH!
     


  3. ♪ ♫ jIH-yIn-taH-vIS not qa-jegh ♪ ♫
    — "Never gonna give you up," but in Klingon.
     

  4. Sorry, internet: Why Pluto’s new moon won’t be named ‘Vulcan’

    The internet has spoken. With the rolling thunder of a half-million keyboards clickity-clacking in unison, the name “Vulcan” was far and away the big winner in the International Astronomical Union (IAU)’s Pluto Rocks! campaign to christen the dwarf planet’s two recently discovered moons — P4 and P5 — with new, unscientific names.

    But it appears the IAU has its own ideas, choosing to spurn the people’s choice by naming the moons “Kerberos” and “Styx,” which came in second and third in the voting, respectively.

     

  5. Take a look at NASA’s new solar-powered ion propulsion engine

    If we’re ever going to explore the universe’s far corners in cool spaceships that look like giant pizza cutters, we’re first going to need more efficient engines. On Tuesday, NASA took the wraps off a potential next-gen thruster system that looks like something described in Trekkie fanfic: A solar-electric ion propulsion engine.

     

  6. Need something to watch on Netflix this weekend? We asked The Week.com’s entertainment editor, Scott Meslow, for a recommendation:

    This weekend, so many moviegoers are primed to see J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness that most box-office analysts are projecting the highest-grossing opening weekend in the franchise’s 47-year history.

    But if you’d rather stay home and kick back with a glass of Romulan ale, why not check out the very best Star Trek has to offer? In the wake of 1979’s disappointing Star Trek: The Motion PictureStar Trek II: The Wrath of Khan arrived in 1982 to give Star Trek the shot in the arm it needed. Wrath of Khan stars a never-better William Shatner as an older, sadder James T. Kirk, a former captain who is — like the Star Trek franchise itself — teetering on the brink of irrelevancy. When the villainous Khan (first introduced in the Star Trekepisode “Space Seed”) unexpectedly reemerges as a serious threat, Kirk works with his old allies to take his vindictive adversary down, leading to a high-stakes ending that’s still both shocking and genuinely tragic (even if it was undone by later films in the series). Wrath of Khan isn’t just a great Star Trek film, or even a great science-fiction film — it’s a great film, full stop.

     

  7. 9 famous quotes that are (technically) grammatically incorrect

    To boldly go where no man has gone before.

    What’s “wrong”? It’s a “split infinitive,” with boldly improperly between to and go. 

    Is it really wrong? No. The “rule” against split infinitives is just a grammatical superstition. It was invented in the 1700s by a grammarian who wanted to “improve” the language along Latin lines. English, however, is not Latin, and the option of putting words between to and the verb root has always existed and has often been made use of by respected authors. There are times when a sentence works better if you don’t do it, sure; that doesn’t make it a rule, and the Star Trek line is not one of those times, either. “Boldly to go”? “To go boldly”? No.

    See more examples here.

     

  8. In case you missed it: The first teaser for Star Trek Into Darkness— the zealously discussed sequel to 2009’s Star Trek — has finally arrived, and things are looking grim for Captain Kirk and his crew. 

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  9. Shows how much TV executives know! Give the ol’ Bad Opinion Generator a whirl for more supposed “experts” being hilariously wrong.

     

  10. An engineer for the space exploration company SpaceX has outlined an elaborate plan to build Star Trek's USS Enterprise, which he says could be ready to fly within the next 20 years.

    "We have the technological reach to build the first generation of the spaceship… so let’s do it," writes BTE Dan on his website, BuildTheEnterprise.org (which has been loading intermittently because of heavy traffic). 

    The website includes conceptual blueprints, budgeting proposals, a timeline for research and development, and almost every other conceivable detail.

    Could they actually pull this off?

     

  11. Is the world ready for a “Trekkie” President? President Obama’s unabashed love for Star Trek, the most popular sci-fi TV show of all time, is just the latest sign that he has ’impeccable’ taste in pop culture. Here, some others

    1. He called The Wire the greatest show of all time
      New York recently named the HBO crime drama The Wire the best drama of the past 25 years — but President Obama upped the ante when he insisted in an interview with Bill Simmons that The Wire is actually “one of the best shows of all-time.” (Our president’s a cool dude,” says Tanya Ghahremani at Complex.) Obama named Omar Little as his favorite character, which is so awesome that it may just sew up the election, says Videogum.
       
    2. He sneaks in episodes of Homeland: When does the president find time to watch the series? “He said, ‘Michelle goes out with the kids [to] play tennis on a Saturday afternoon,’” Lewis explained to TV Guide. “‘I tell her I’m going to work and then I go in my room and watch Homeland.’” 
       
    3. His Spotify playlist is impressive: Obama’s Spotify playlist is “actually pretty good!” With tracks from the likes of Arcade Fire, Noah and the Whale, and Florence + the Machine, it’s certainly “hipster-friendly,” but balanced with a range of artists from different genres including country (Sugarland), R&B (Raphael Saadiq), and rock (Bruce Springsteen).

    8 insights into Barack Obama’s pop culture tastes

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  12. We haven’t mastered teleportation yet, but scientists have brought at least one gadget from Star Trek to life… sort of.

    German doctors have developed a small optical scanner that can measure your overall health by using light beams to detect the concentration of antioxidants in your skin. In as little as 30 seconds, it will rate your antioxidant levels, and presumably your general health, on a scale of 1 (bad) to 10 (good).

    The device is already being tested on 19-year-old German students. So how does it work? And when can we get our hands on one?