Many have been inspired by Star Trek to become scientists, and some are starting to make its gadgetry come to life.

This article titled “Star Trek technology: how 21st century scientists are making it so” was written by Corrinne Burns, for on Friday 19th October 2012 17.07 UTC

Destination Star Trek London has kicked off at the ExCeL exhibition centre, and I'm willing to bet that among those heading down for a weekend of pointy-eared fun, there'll be a high proportion of scientists and engineers.

Many have been inspired by Star Trek to take up a career in science, technology or engineering. I think the franchise deserves more respect as a science popularisation medium – how many other prime-time TV shows would allow their characters to toss out phrases like “I performed a Fourier analysis on the harmonics, Captain”?

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