William Shatner is not a fan of Facebook Mentions

It's Facebook, Jim, but not quite as you like it. Canadian actor William Shatner — variously famous as eccentric lawyer Denny Crane on Boston Legal, beat cop TJ Hooker, womanising starship captain James T Kirk and a "singer" — is, unlike most 83-year-olds, quite a dab hand at social media. And he's not backward in…

Now you can buy a Star Trek Phaser Universal Remote Control

Online retailer Firebox has just put on sale a Star Trek: The Original Series Phaser, that can be used not for shooting aliens, but for changing the channel. Unfortunately the press release has already done the best pun available: "Turn it up, Scotty". The replica, which will be officially unveiled next week at San Diego…

How Star Trek predicted the future

Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry was a visionary man. He foresaw a future in which humanity had learned to live together in peace and harmony. A future in which the people of Earth had joined forces with alien races to…

Star Trek replicator 'close to reality'

They were much-loved scenes in Star Trek: The Next Generation – Enterprise captain Jean-Luc Picard walking up to the replicator and ordering, "Tea. Earl Grey. Hot". The replicator on board the Starship Enterprise (and also seen in the spinoff shows…

Real-life Star Trek teleporter in the works!

Those crazy kids over at Imperial College are at it again. Famed for their pioneering research into invisible sheds, they say they have applied the undetectable garden sanctum theory of metamaterials to produce a type of "space-time cloak." Which…