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Wait a second - if Star Wars is in the past (”Long time ago, far, far away, etc, etc”), and we’re in the present, and Star Trek is in the future… does this mean we could have one of the Star Trek crews running into the ruins of an old jedi or sith temple or something?! Like, not even necessarily saying that that’s what it is, just a bunch of vague “The inhabitants seemed to be some sort of spiritual order,” “But also training areas for battle,” “The decayed remains of some sort of crystal-based technology” comments, just enough to have everyone flipping their shit because hell yeah, dramatic irony, we know exactly what’s going on!

Or, oooo~ running into SW civilizations, but it’s WAAAAAAAY in the future for them compared to what we’ve previously seen, so stuff is REALLY different, who knows what the Jedi Order looks like now, if it’s even still called that, like holy shit, imagine THAT first contact encounter! Imagine how much world-building you could do with both universes! Or throw in time-travel - ST LOVES time travel, and SW loves weird jedi shit (and has a fandom that loves time travel) and just- (flapping arms and uncontrollable excitement). IT WOULD JUST BE SO COOL, OKAY?!? Dang, what if Earth turned out to be some lost colony from the SW area of the galaxy and everything we thought we knew about history before a certain point turned out to be wrong, every single cryptid and fantastical being in our mythos could be based off some real species that got warped and misremembered over thousands of years of retelling like some insane game of telephone-

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Weapons of Star Frontiers:

  • Gyrojet Pistol – fires bullet-sized rockets,
  • Laser Pistol – aka “blaster”, fires a thin beam of energy for a fraction of a second,
  • Laser Rifle – longer range than the laser pistol, difficult to conceal,
  • Needler Pistol – fires a cluster of small needles that spread like shotgun pellets.

(Jim Holloway I presume, Star Frontiers: Basic Game Rules, TSR, 1982)

“QUANTUM BREAKTHROUGH COULD PAVE THE WAY FOR FUTURE ENCRYPTED INTERNET”

 Scientists at the University of Science and Technology in Hefei, China have successfully beamed ‘entangled’ particles of light from a satellite with a specialized quantum optical payload to ground stations, paving the way for a future global quantum internet.
 The experiment relied on the world’s first quantum-enabled spacecraft - a Chinese satellite called Micius. As it travelled over China, the satellite created pairs of photons with properties that were linked through quantum entanglement. It then beamed these simultaneously to three ground stations - travelling up to 2,000 km (1,240 miles) before reaching their destination.
Researchers believe that by linking particles in this way, encrypted information could be sent all around the world across a quantum network with no danger of anybody decrypting and reading the content, as can be done currently on the existing internet.
 “It’s an important step towards a worldwide quantum network,“ said Anton Zeilinger at the Vienna Centre for Quantum Science. "If you envisage a quantum network, the question is how to cover large distances and that cannot be done with glass fibres on the ground. You have to go into space, because in glass fibres you lose the signal. It’s very important to show that it works with satellites, so I’m very excited by this.”

Read more about this fascinating story at: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jun/15/scientists-make-quantum-leap-towards-a-secure-new-kind-of-internet

Image: Timelapse of laser-guided satellite-to-earth link of Micius to an observatory at Ali