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Fake Research Paper Based on “Star Trek: Voyag…

Fake Research Paper Based on “Star Trek: Voyager”‘s Worst Episode Was Published by a Scientific Journal:


“Threshold” is one of the most infamous Star Trek episodes ever.  You know what we’re talking about — the one with Warp 10 and the weird evolved amphibians
Well, it was also the recent subject of a fake scientific research
paper submitted in a test to expose the ever-growing problem of “predatory” scientific journals.

anonymous biologist looking to expose how easy it was to get fake news
into supposedly peer-reviewed scientific journals — inspired by a recent
attempt that got a paper about Star Wars’ midi-chlorians
published in three different journals — recently submitted a paper titled
“Rapid Genetic and Developmental Morphological Change Following Extreme
Celerity.”  The author was listed as “Doctor Lewis Zimmerman,” which is
actually the name of the holoengineer that programmed Voyager’s Emergency Medical Hologram.

The paper was essentially a recap of the events of “Threshold,” the godawful season two episode in which Voyager’s helmsman Tom Paris attempts to break the theoretical “Warp 10” speed barrier, something never done in Trek’s
universe.  Turns out, it’s for good reason, because apparently when you
do reach the “extreme celerity” of Warp 10, you turn into a weird
amphibian-person, capture your captain, evolve them into a weird amphibian-person, and then fully evolve into actual space salamanders and mate with each other.

Look, there’s a reason even the people who made this episode call it a “real low point.”

But nonetheless, the paper — which, while obfuscating its language a
bit, was still very clearly fake, including mentions of the transwarp
barrier Paris breaks in the episode and even concluded by thanking the
United Federation of Planets and Voyager producer Brannon Braga — was accepted by four different journals, and actually published in one, American Research Journal of Biosciences.  According to a
interview with the anonymous biologist who submitted the paper, the
journal asked for just $50 to do so.  ARJ have now pulled the text from
their website in light of media reports discovering that the paper is
essentially a fancier-worded Memory Alpha page.

the world of science publishing, the rise of “predatory” journals and a
lack of proper checks on the papers that get accepted into them is a
growing, disconcerting problem.  Multiple sting operations into exposing
the issue — including an alarming report by
journalist John Bohannon in 2015, who managed to get a scientifically
accurate, but intentionally poor and catchily-presented study, into
predatory journals that then went on to work its way into the media — have
occurred in recent years.

But with efforts like this Trek-themed
paper and last year’s midi-chlorian one, it shows that it’s not just
poorly-conducted research making its way into journals, but blatantly
false papers as well.  In a time when public faith in science is more
important than ever, practices that allow for jokey incidents like this
to happen only help to erode public trust in even the best science

A previous version of this article referred to the beings Captain
Janeway and Tom Paris evolve into as space-lizards, when they are in
fact, space-amphibians.  io9 regrets the error, and notes the delightful
irony of scientific inaccuracy in a post about fake science.

[ via Science Alert]

… wow.




Concept: Odo slowly but with great determination chasing Quark on a segway. 

I’m sorry

doodlingleluke: I may be a bit early, but @…


I may be a bit early, but

@v-e-l-v-e-t-g-o-l-d-m-i-n-e I am your @startreksecretsanta

! I really liked your request for seven of nine/kes interactions so…au where all that stuff about kes leaving the corporeal plane to explore her powers never happened. 

She stayed on Voyager, and was still there when Seven first arrived. As the only (tom paris doesn’t count) nurse it was only natural that she ended up spending a lot of time with seven. Even when Seven had recovered enough to no longer need that much medical assistance, Kes remained an important part of her life and journey to discover her newfound identity. As one of the few other people onboard who had no knowledge of humans prior to encountering Voyager, Kes was able to relate to a lot of Seven’s struggles and provide her with comfort, so she offered to help her learn how to socialize with others. Kes’ telepathic abilities also allowed her to sense Seven’s distress and difficult emotions that Seven didn’t know how to articulate yet. 


Their relationship grows from that of a nurse and a patient to a genuine friendship (and maybe even more? unsubtle wink). With Kes by her side, Seven learned to both understand the emotional needs of others and accept her own emotions. She stops the doctor from creeping on seven, and in return seven make sure neelix doesn’t try persuade kes into getting back together. Janeway basically adopts both as her daughters. Kes helps teaching seven the value of things that are irrelevant

They stay close the years go by and Kes, sadly, grows rapidly older. Kes helps seven take care of the borg children, and encourages her growing friendship with Naomi Wildman. As Seven takes on the role of an unofficial crewman, she helps Kes understand and develop her powers in her own way; through science. Being Ocampan, Kes already knew that her life would be significantly shorter than Seven’s, and when she finally decided to leave the Voyager it was because she herself felt that the time was come (and not because of some contrived plot to get her off the show :\)  


(anyways!! hope you like it!! even though instead of a proper drawing its…..4 small drawings, 2 doodles and a badly written headcanon thing) 



I made a Morn mug y’all

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You know what would be awesome? A Klingon grandma. Think about it: there are monsters in your closet and you can’t sleep? GRANDMA WILL CRUSH THEM FOR YOU!!!! Being bullied at school? GRANDMA WILL TEACH YOU 8 TRADITIONAL FIGHTING TECHNIQUES!!  Get in trouble at school for standing up to your bully? YOU WERE HONORABLE IN BATTLE!! HOW DARE THEY!!! THE ADMINISTRATION WILL HEAR FROM GRANDMA!!! The mean girl at school called you fat and ugly? GRANDMA THINKS YOU’RE PERFECT!! EAT A COOKIE!!!

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