Monday, April 17, 2017


I'm featured on Alex J. Cavanaugh's Blog today, way to go Alex, I'm soaring through the stars...

On a trekker note "Medical Miracles" has become a fascinating set of buzz words in science, engineering and sci-fi. I introduced this concept here at Star Trek Sci Fi Blog eleven years ago and then wowsers! NASA's David Allen Batchelor shares further insight on "the Science of Star Trek" at the NASA Website. You read right trekker, just remember Spacerguy broke the news right here, FIRST.

 My subject at the time was simple and remains popular even now. I chose "Dr McCoys Medical Miracles" as the subject title for my thesis in 2006 and wrote about McCoys "Medical Miracles". NASA's physicist David Batchelor gives his informed opinion on Star Trek's "Medical Miracles" revealing fantastic things about Star Trek's futuristic features. For instance are android positronic brains (imagined by Isaac Asimov) the real or unreal deal?

In Star Trek's universe. He points out whether 1.) Technologies work. 2.) Technologies/ certain stories plots in star trek are scientifically accurate or not. He also highlights mistakes from a fun physics perspective. What works and what doesn't work is no laughing matter.... get it???? but I believe I can boldly up the ante on NASA's Maestro of Physics, hehe. I plan on writing a piece on Dr Crusher's Medical Miracles to energize some TNG fun in our trekverse.

 So whats my trekkie ace on NASA's Star Trek physics expert, David Allen Batchelor?

No biggie really,

During my trek voyages, I've discovered new evidence coming from science fiction into reality! Star Treks Tricorder now officially exists but does it work? Apparently, the "Qualcomm Tricorder X-Prize Foundation" started a global competition which Final Frontier Medical Devices won and received $2.5 million bucks.

 What can it actually do?

The device can diagnose 34 health conditions long before 24 hours elapses using a custom built AI. The beauty of this thing are the non-invasive sensors providing a final analysis on the patient while cross referencing all available medical data on medical conditions.

The Roddenberry Foundation has added $1.6 million for the development of these tricorders where they will eventually reach patients in hospitals across the world.

Can you see a Star Trek tricorder diagnosing your health years from now?

Isn't Alex J Cavanaugh the coolest for giving me a shout out?

What do you think of David Allen Batchelor article "the Science of Star of Star Trek"?

I coined Dr McCoys Medical Miracles in 2006 but  I'm a trekker not database!



  1. Happy to give you a shout-out!
    That device would be so valuable, especially in places that might not have the best medical facilities. They'd have time to diagnose and get someone the proper care before it became too serious or there wasn't enough time.
    Star Trek was also the first to feature iPads!

  2. I remember when Scotty was searching for plexiglass with Dr McCoy in Star Trek The Voyage Home, he picks up the computer mouse pad but instead of tapping it, he says: Hello computer - so hilarious.

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog on the A to Z. You have a wonderful blog here, my late husband was Star Trek and Star Wars fan, he would have loved this.
    I did read what Alex wrote about you, he is a great friend, he has helped me throughout my blogging and has even written on the blurb on three of my books.
    Have a great week.


  4. Alex is the coolest and so are medical advances. Those diagnostic tools sound like they would be great. And how cool that Gene Rodenberry's organization contributed.

  5. Great feature and interview at Alex's.

    A real Tricorder. Wow.

  6. That would be great and it could only get better. Would make things so much easier. Heck, eventually you could have a personal one. Feeling bad, slap it on, oh just the flu, avoid doctors visits that way.

  7. A medical device to detect disease quickly, awesome. How nice it would be to not have to have a battery of tests.

  8. Alex is blogger (and person) extrordinaire.
    I love the creep (which is becoming a surge) of fiction towards fact.
    And, dating myself, can remember when landing on the moon was a fantasy.

  9. I could see a tricorder doing some simple things to start. Like taking blood pressure without having to touch the patient. No more squeezing cuffs.

  10. The scientific advances imagined by Star Trek are so numerous! It's so neat to see a writer's imagination making such an impact on the world.
    I can definitely see the tricorder making an appearance in reality - very cool!

  11. I think Alex is one of the best bloggers out there for supporting others!

    I would love to have a tricorder. To have a noninvasive way of diagnosing common things . . . boys, would that be handy. It's great to see those things "coming to life" in the present. I think "iPad" every time I see the STNG crew with their handheld work orders.

    I enjoy your blog so much and read it semi-regularly but rarely comment. I probably should get better about that, since it's always nice to let someone know they're doing a great job.

  12. It's not surprising, really. Kids who watched Star Trek grew up to go into science and technology. And they then tried to make the things they saw on the show. My father has said that we practically have a tricorder already in our smartphones, so it's not too far off that a real one would actually work.

  13. I am super impressed! Alex's blog AND NASA following in your footsteps! I think the tricorder will one day be a big life saver and money saver.
    Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

  14. That picture looks like it's from the 70's given the horrible fashion:) but where is William Shatner? I think it's pretty cool NASA checked out Star Trek actually and I would love if a tricorder could figure out the health issue. It might be better than many doctors.


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