Were these Star Trek terms taken from science or made up for the show?

By: H&I Staff     Posted: July 7, 2020, 9:31AM

Star Trek has had a profound affect not just on science fiction but on real science as well. The original series inspired a generation of people to become scientists and inventors. Even certain elements of the series have now become reality.

Part of Gene Roddenberry’s genius was weaving real scientific theories and terms with fictional technologies. This combination makes the world of the show feel real but also fun and interesting.

Can you guess which of the following terms are taken from science and which were completely made up just for the show?

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  1. Event horizon
  2. Stardate
  3. Antimatter
  4. Holodeck
  5. Pon farr
  6. Iridium
  7. Dilithium
  8. Ion propulsion
  9. Delta rays
  10. Xenopolycythemia
  11. Baryon
  12. Scalosian water
  13. Protoplasm
  14. Tetralubisol
  15. Gravimetric
  16. Tachyon
  17. Quadrotriticale
Were these Star Trek terms taken from science or made up for the show?

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