Dr Erin Macdonald: Is there science in Star Trek?
Star Trek’s science consultant Dr Erin Macdonald talks about supernovae, what a science consultant really does, and whether warp drive is possible.
This week we’re boldly going where no Science Focus Podcast has gone before.
Dr Erin Macdonald is the new science consultant for the Star Trek franchise. With the release of Star Trek: Picard on Amazon Prime, she takes us through the science of both the new and classic series.
She tells our production assistant and resident Trekkie Holly Spanner about supernovae, what a science consultant really does, and whether warp drive is possible.
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Read more from Erin about the science of Star Trek:
- The science of Picard with Dr Erin Macdonald, Star Trek’s newest science consultant
- Star Trek Picard premiere: solving plot holes, supernovae and our Sun’s fate
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- Building a base on the Moon, and crafting believable sci-fi – Andy Weir
- Dr Becky Smethurst: How do you actually find a black hole?
- Kathryn D. Sullivan: What is it really like to walk in space?
- Mark McCaughrean: How do you launch a successful space mission?
- Colin Stuart: The most mysterious objects in the Universe
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