The Science Behind Sci-Fi Interspecies Viral Transmission
SyFy examines the science behind the Star Trek: Lower Decks episode where an alien bug virus spreads.
Star Trek: Lower Decks, the latest Star Trek adventure, takes its name and premise from an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which eschewed the bridge crew in favor of a story centering on lower-ranking members of Starfleet. Lower Decks the animated series does the same.
In its premiere episode, we’re introduced to the crew of the U.S.S. Cerritos, an unimportant ship within the fleet. Their mission: second contact. They arrive on newly contacted planets to handle the paperwork and get new civilizations settled within the Federation. All of the work, none of the glory. The central conflict of Episode 1, “Second Contact,” arises when a member of the away team is bitten by an alien bug and infected with a virus that quickly spreads back aboard the ship.
Adafruit has had paid day off for voting for our team for years, if you need help getting that going for your organization, let us know – we can share how and why we did this as well as the good results. Here are some resources for voting by mail, voting in person, and some NY resources for our NY based teams as well. If there are additional resources to add, please let us know – adafruit.com/vote
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.