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    Biologist Gets a Fake Star Trek Paper Accepted by 4 Dodgy Science Journals (ARTICLE LINK)

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    Warning: Warp 10 is *really* bad for your health.

    Obviously travelling at warp speed isn't a natural state of existence for most terrestrial organisms, but we never knew just how harmful the effects of maximum warp velocities could be on human beings – until now.

    A new study published – yes, published – in an 'American' science journal (and accepted by three others) details how an experimental attempt to cross the transwarp barrier and achieve Warp 10 can have devastating and unforeseen consequences on human physiology. Wait… what?

    Okay, if you've gotten the sense that something might be amiss with this purported science experiment, congratulations: you're already doing better than the editors of the American Research Journal of Biosciences.

    They just published this hokum without realising the 'research' is actually a thinly disguised storyline of Star Trek: Voyager, Episode 31, "Threshold".

    For those not down with their Trekkie lore, the episode sees Starfleet Lieutenant Tom Paris achieve the theoretically unreachable maximum warp velocity of Warp 10 in an experimentally rigged shuttle – but doing so has severe, unexpected consequences (spoilers ahead).
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    Hope the voyage is a long one.
    May there be many a summer morning when,
    with what pleasure, what joy,
    you come into harbors seen for the first time...

    Ithaka, by Cavafy
    (Keeley - Sherrard translation)

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    Default Re: Biologist Gets a Fake Star Trek Paper Accepted by 4 Dodgy Science Journals

    THAT is freakin' hilarious and depressing, all at the same time!

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    Default Re: Biologist Gets a Fake Star Trek Paper Accepted by 4 Dodgy Science Journals

    Internet bottom feeders. Needless to say, this "publisher" has a spot on Beall's List of Predatory Journals and Publishers.

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    Default Re: Biologist Gets a Fake Star Trek Paper Accepted by 4 Dodgy Science Journals

    Frank!
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Default Re: Biologist Gets a Fake Star Trek Paper Accepted by 4 Dodgy Science Journals

    I believe an editorship might be opening up...

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    Default Re: Biologist Gets a Fake Star Trek Paper Accepted by 4 Dodgy Science Journals

    I still love the one that published a paper describing gravity as a social construct, rather than a physical force.

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