Science Alive! Episode 8: The Science behind Star Trek

Dave Schellenberg with Erin Gregory, Assistant Curator for the Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Would teleportation work in real life? How fast is ‘warp speed’? On this episode of Science Alive, Dave chats with Erin Gregory, Assistant Curator for the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, all about the science behind Star Trek! On May 13th, 2016, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum launched an out of this world exhibition: Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience.

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here at Starfleet Academy there are lots

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of career opportunities which one is

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right for you find out in this edition

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of science alive I'm with Aaron Gregory

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she is an assistant curator here at the

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canada aviation of space museum hello

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Aaron hi Dave now what is Starfleet

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looking for in a medical officer well

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medical officers and Starfleet have kind

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of unique challenges in fact that they

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don't just have to treat humans they

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have to treat many many different

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species it's complicated it's very

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complicated so they've got to keep all

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that information and check they've got

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to be able to recognize different

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anatomies figure out what curious

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ailments they might have right and treat

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them accordingly okay so how much

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training is there be a lot of training

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involved for sure but I think a lot of

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this stuff at least in in our

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experiences is kind of on the fly

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learning on the fly right just to become

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a doctor I mean you get a fair amount of

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training and then there's an awful lot

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of in the field experience is that what

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Starfleet looks for as well for sure I

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think in order to be a chief medical

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officer certainly you need to have a lot

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of experience as a medical officer just

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kind of getting in and you know maybe

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you get your first assignment you always

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work under a chief medical officer and

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learn from their experience and

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certainly a huge field here at Starfleet

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is engineering definitely engineering is

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very important there are specialized

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positions within engineering yep for

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sure you have engineers and they'll have

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various specialties within that overall

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team and then there's the chief engineer

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who is responsible for all the other

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engineers what are some of the

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responsibilities of the engineering

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division on the starship so the

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responsibilities of the engineering

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division are wide they are they vary

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widely they have to maintain the warp

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core that's super important to to keep

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the ship running they also maintain

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things like impulse engines the

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Replicators the transporter is you know

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section within the engineering division

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and basically all the ship systems

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life-support also very important to

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board a starship and what are the

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aptitudes that Starfleet is looking for

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for that I mean creativity is really big

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really can you sort of a computerized

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sort of physics is physics kind of thing

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definitely and they certainly have to

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have really strong knowledge of science

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and math and you know utilize those in

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in pretty much their all their

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day-to-day operations but there is an

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element of creativity and taking those

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principles and kind of turning them on

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their head in times whenever it's

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required figuring out creative solutions

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to get more power from one area of the

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ship to another and really thinking in a

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broad way about how the entire ship

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functions and being able to get it to do

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what you needed to do another critical

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command position on a starship is the

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first officer what's the relationship

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between the first officer and the

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captain captain obviously hugely

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important role in on a board a starship

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so the captain has to essentially take

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stock of everything that's going on so

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all of ships operations they have a team

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of advisors that are you know usually

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the chief so the chief engineer chief

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medical officer is first officer

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certainly he you know takes advice and

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reports on a daily basis from each of

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those people and determines kind of you

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know the priorities for Starfleet he you

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know he gets gets direction from the

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Admirals and all that at Starfleet

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Command he's responsible for telling the

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ship where it needs to go how fast it

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needs to get there making complicated

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negotiations with variety of species

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kind of understanding their cultural

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practices in order to make those

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negotiations smoother and and just has

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to have a kind of a wide knowledge base

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in order to properly make effective and

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quick decisions on everything that goes

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on in the starship now in Starfleet do

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you train for command or do you start in

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another area and then move into command

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further along in your career command is

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a stream but you can certainly come to

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command from a variety of different

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specialties so for example Kathryn

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Janeway who later becomes an admiral she

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comes up through science so she was

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actually a science officer and through

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her experience over the course of her

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career became the captain of the

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starship right there are

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are examples of chief medical officers

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that become captains and command medical

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ships so you can come at it from a

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variety of different ways and but

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certainly you know command is a stream

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on its own lots of options here at

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Starfleet Erin if somebody wants to try

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though for themselves what do they do

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now you just come down to the Canada

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aviation and Space Museum the Starfleet

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Academy the experience runs till

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September fifth Thank You Erin Erin

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Gregory an assistant curator here at the

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canada aviation and space museum this

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was science alive

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