Star Trek: Dilithium Crystals & All Their Uses Explained
Dilithium is the key to all Star Trek's pseudoscience - but what is this rare and precious crystal, and what can it do? The Star Trek franchise has always indulged in pseudoscience in order to explain away its miracles, but Gene Roddenberry swiftly realized there were risks to using known elements as part of this. Early episodes of Star Trek had referred to "lithium" as key to space travel, but Roddenberry realized that anyone could look into the real-world science and recognized that the show didn't match up to reality at all. As a result, Star Trek made a single subtle change; they substituted "lithium" for "dilithium," an entirely fictional crystalline mineral. Amusingly, as is so often the case with Star Trek, truth has been inspired by fiction.More...
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