Nestle Wants To Create Star Trek-Inspired Food Replication

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TrekRepWe’re getting better and better at figuring out how to make food — and by that I mean actually create it from unnatural methods. We can 3D print pastries, burritos, and meat, and we can now also grow meat in a lab. But that may be just the beginning. Food and beverage giant Nestlé wants to take a page from Star Trek and invent a device that designs and creates foods based on individual needs — essentially, they want to make a personalized nutritional replicator.

Nestlé’s Institute of Health Sciences — hang on — Nestlé has an Institute of Health Sciences? Even though they don’t make real chocolate? Okay, suspending belief. Anyway, they’ve started a program called “Iron Man” to study the effects of nutrients on the brain and body. They’re looking into all kinds of stuff, such as biomarkers for obesity and the connections between mineral and nutrient deficiencies and the onset of various illnesses including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Eventually, they want to create a device that can survey individuals’ dietary habits and needs, essentially identifying a person’s “nutrient profile,” and produce foodstuffs specifically designed to fill any nutritional gaps in one’s diet. Nestlé’s Institute of Health Sciences director Ed Baetge says, “In the past, food was just food. We’re going in a new direction.” Well, that sounds delicious!


Pixel Trek Gives You Access To Every Corner Of The Enterprise

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Pixel TrekIt’s the first official weekend of summer, and if you can pry yourself away from all of your Solstice-celebrating—in Seattle it means naked hippies painted bright colors riding bikes around town in parades (I wish I was joking)—or you World Cup-watching, then we have something here that just might occupy most of your time until you head back to work tomorrow. We would like to introduce you to Pixel Trek, our favorite new online videogame. A quick word of warning, make sure you have a decent chunk of time before you click on that link, you’re going to need it.

If you’ve ever wanted to guide a blocky version of Data through the corridors and various rooms and decks of the USS Enterprise-D, now is your chance. And you can go just about anywhere you damn well please. You can snoop through the private quarters of the other members of the crew, roam the endless—and I mean endless, this is seriously like a maze that goes on forever—and even get to see places you never get to experience on Star Trek: The Next Generation. The restroom located just off of the bridge is sure going to be a fan favorite. You can even go into the stalls and check out the toilets, because who doesn’t want to see where Jean-Luc Picard poops?


Comic(s) Relief: Harlan Ellison’s City On The Edge Of Forever Is Now A Comic Miniseries

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CityForever1Harlan Ellison’s “The City on the Edge of Forever” is widely regarded as one of the best Star Trek episodes of all time. It was also a notorious source of contention between Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and Ellison, who was unhappy about changes Roddenberry wanted and who considered having his name on the episode replaced with his disapproving pseudonym, “Cordwainer Bird.” (You can read several versions of Ellison’s script, as well as his detailed recollections of the whole sordid affair, in this excellent book.) In spite of all the controversy, Ellison’s original first draft of the “City on the Edge of Forever” teleplay won him both a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and the Writer’s Guild of America’s Award for Most Outstanding Teleplay. Now, beginning this week, you’ll be able to experience Ellison’s original vision as a comic book miniseries from IDW Publishing.

Veteran Trek comic writers Scott Tipton and David Tipton are writing the adaptation, and J.K. Woodward (Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation) is handling the interior art. If the art style on the cover above looks familiar, that’s because it was done by Juan Ortiz, the mega-talented dude who did the awesome Star Trek retro episodic posters.

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Pop Culture: Sci-Fi TV & Film’s Best And Worst Dads

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JorElKentToday we’ve all hopefully been spending time with our fathers, or at least with our fond memories of them. Given how much of an impact our fathers have on our lives — even if only by their absence — there’s no surprise that daddy issues extend all the way to the final frontier. So, in honor of Father’s Day, we decided to take a closer look at some of science fiction’s most memorable dads, and the ways their teachings and legacies shaped their children.

As the bar against all others will be measured, we decided on a duo that represent both sides of the old “nature vs. nurture” debate: the Kryptonian Jor-El and the Kansan Jonathan Kent. Jor-El gave Kal-El the genetic potential to do great things, and his final acts were to ensure his son’s survival even as his planet died. On the other hand, Jonathan Kent (along with Martha, of course) helped shape Clark into a true hero worthy of the name Superman. So, with Jor-El and Jonathan serving as two sides of our paternal ideal, here are our picks…

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Obsession Chronicles Star Trek Fan’s Efforts To Finish Out The Five Year Mission

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Science fiction fans are well known for being a little on the obsessive side, and even among these passionate minions, Star Trek fans are usually considered to be some of, if not the most fanatically devoted to their favorite genre property. Who else would attempt the herculean task of finishing out the five-year voyage of the Starship Enterprise and her crew, boldly going where no man has gone before? That’s the kind of devotion chronicled on the new web series Obsessed.

The five part video project from Wired follows the exploits of Star Trek Continues, a group of likeminded enthusiasts who seek to give their beloved characters the chance they never had. Cancelled in 1969 after only three seasons, they Captain James Tiberius Kirk (William Shatner), and his steadfast crew, never got the opportunity to complete their mission. Thanks to fans like Vic Mignogna, who executive produces Star Trek Continues and plays the iconic captain role, and his own loyal, enthusiastic crew, that is becoming a reality.


Here We Go Again: Is Netflix Really In Talks To Bring Us More Star Trek?

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TrekIn the aftermath of last weekend’s Phoenix Comicon, there’s been a rumor going around that Netflix has approached CBS Broadcasting, Inc. about producing a Netflix Original Star Trek series, and that they are now “in talks” to make it happen. But before anyone gets too excited (too late, I’m sure), the dude who was the original cited source for that rumor has stepped forward to say, “Hold your horses.”

The story can originally be traced back to a posting by a Google Plus page called “Starfleet Intelligence”, and claims that Star Trek author/producer Larry Nemecek broke the news about the proposed Netflix Trek project at the Phoenix Comicon. The deal would purportedly have Netflix handling all aspects of producing the show, with CBS getting royalties for every viewing over the new Trek’s episodes.

Just one problem: Nemecek says that’s not what he said. Over on his blog, Nemecek relays the limited information he does have, which was then apparently blown far out of proportion. Here’s Nemecek: