Would you like to combine Travel + Star Trek filming sites + Las Vegas + The Official Star Trek Convention into one mega Star Trek fanstravaganza?!?! Since I know my own answer would be "YES!!!!" I'm gonna go out on a limb as guess that you're saying "No duh!" right about now.
Well, now all of your wildest dreams can come true! Our good friends Larry Nemecek and Geek Nation Tours are teaming up again for one of the most fun and informative Star Trek tours of all time. Their "Exploring Trek Sites: Hollywood to Vegas With Larry Nemecek" is the ultimate guided tour for any Trek fan. Via private coach, you get to visit a ton of filming locations and Trek-centric sites around California, meet some of the Trek cast, compete amongst your travel-mates in trivia contests, and culminate the tour with the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention. But don't just let me tell you about it. You can check out our podcast, with Larry and Geek Nation Tours, here.
It looks like more of Star Trek's science fiction is becoming science fact. NASA is working with a Texas-based company to develop two new devises. One that will build 3d human cells, and another one that will treat pain externally without medications. We're wondering if the Dermal Regenerator will be the next "flip phone"...
Nasa has signed a deal to create ‘novel biotechnology’ devices including a system that builds 3D human cells, and another that treats pain externally.
The gadgets will be built under patent licensing agreements in partnership with Texas-based GRoK Technologies and are the results of the agency's Technology Transfer Program.
The first device, called BioReplicates, will let users create 3D human tissue models that can be used for drug and cosmetic testing.
They will increase the ‘safety, efficacy and toxicity’ of current tests and add ‘greater accuracy, reliability and cost-efficiency.’
Nasa said the technology could help reduce animal testing, too.
The technology would work in a similar way to the dermal regenerators used in Star Trek and future models could one day heal wounds automatically.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took some very cool pictures recently. Specifically of a dune field on the Martian surface in a large crater. There, the dunes in question have formed into shapes reminiscent of the Starfleet insignia. Well, we know this isn't product placement...but if it were, that's one gigantic billboard.
NASA says, "In this image of a dune field on Mars in a large crater near Mawrth Vallis, some of the dunes appear to be in a V-shaped formation. For dune fields, the spacing of individual dunes is a function of sand supply, wind speed, and topography." See their write-up here.
There's more Star Trek meets Star Wars talk. It's reported that at the recent Gallifrey I Convention in Los Angeles Brent Spiner may have mentioned that he's currently working on "Star Wars Rebels."
According to Carmelle Marshall who was reporting from the Gallifrey 1 Convention in Los Angeles, Brent Spiner appeared as part of the 'Young Justice' live panel event… where he and producer Greg Weisman revealed that they're currently working together on 'Star Wars Rebels'.
Entire #YoungJustice panel is jealous that @Greg_Weisman & @BrentSpiner are currently working on #StarWarsRebels. #gally1
If you make your purchase before the end of Cyber Monday, December 2, 2013, you get FREE SHIPPING on everything!
Be sure to catch the oversized (14"x36") Enterprise NX-01 right away, while it's still at its introductory price of $25 (regularly $30).
If you're going to be celebrating your Thanksgiving holiday anywhere near Indianapolis this year, you have one more thing to be thankful for...an awesome Star Trek convention!
That's right! It's that time again, and Starbase Indy is having their yearly convention just in time to celebrate the holiday twice. The convention starts on Friday November 29th and spans the whole weekend. They have a bunch of guests this year, including three big names from Star Trek. Rene Auberjonois (Odo), Armin Shimerman (Quark), and Suzie Plakson (Worf's mate K'Ehelyr) will be guests this year, along with several actors from Stargate SG1. We love the big DS9 presence, considering that it's the show's 20th anniversary, this year!
Not only is sending a mystery-solving spacecraft to Mars super cool, but NASA just managed to add a bigger cool factor by having Star Trek: The Next Generation's LeVar Burton be their spokesperson for their new PSA.
“NASA is returning to Mars. Why? Well, to help solve one of the big Martian mysteries. Where did all of that Mars water go?", Burton says as he opens the video.
It may not be the U.S.S. Enterprise, but the new MAVEN spacecraft and mission sounds incredibly exciting, none the less. Be sure to check out NASA's video, here. And you can find more information about the MAVEN mission, here.
NASA's official news release states:
In June we reported on the premiere episode of the new fan series, "Star Trek Continues", and we're happy to report now that they are on their way to making three brand new episodes, with your help. They have recently launched a
KirkKickstarter campaign that will allow them to bring these new episodes right to your very own living room...er, computer.
This fan series is pretty darned cool! When I watched the first episode, it felt so much like an actual TOS episode that I kept forgetting that it wasn't. We're super excited to hear that there are three new episodes on the horizon...and we can't wait to see them! Go to their Kickstarter page, and MAKE IT SO!!
Bye Bye,Robot is announcing the launch of three new Star Trek prints. Two of the new prints, by artists Cliff Cramp and Tracie Ching, are heavily inspired by this year’s 20th Anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
“The graphic style of Tracie’s print and the expressionistic style of Cliff’s prints play off of each other beautifully,” says Charity Wood, Co-Founder of Bye Bye, Robot. “We’re excited to be working with so many talented artists…each bringing their unique style to the Star Trek realm…offering different styles of art for different collectors’ tastes.”