‘Star Trek’ is officially coming back to TV. These 15 things could make it really, really great.

It’s official. A new “Star Trek” series is slated to air in 2017… New #StarTrek TV series premiering January 2017. Details at https://t.co/hN8urQiCEG pic.twitter.com/rOHNdLKO8M Star Trek (@StarTrek) November 2, 2015 …and the following reaction would not be at all inappropriate: That’s

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‘Star Trek’ is officially coming back to TV. These 15 things could make it really, really great.

It’s official. A new “Star Trek” series is slated to air in 2017

…and the following reaction would not be at all inappropriate:

That’s because the “Star Trek” TV series weren’t just fantastic television. Although they were that.

1. An LGBTQ character … or several.


“Star Trek” has a history of breaking new ground in casting, but when it comes to LGBTQ main cast members, it not only hasn’t boldly gone there, it’s behind the times. The franchise has yet to feature even one non-straight, non-cisgender main character. It’s high time to get one or preferably more than one on the crew, or in the captain’s chair, and have it be no big deal.

2. Planets with diverse, complex cultures.


Let’s be honest: In “Star Trek” captain-speak, “seek out new life and new civilizations,” is often code for, “Let’s go to the planet where everyone is greedy,” or “The planet where the genders are flipped,” or, “The planet where everyone is Benjamin Button.”

Planets are big places! Full of all kinds of people! Religious people, secular people, liberals, conservatives, soldiers, civilians, good guys, bad guys, medium guys and everything in between. Do all Klingons really like to fight? The whole planet of them? What about the pacifist Klingons? What about the ethnic minority Klingons? The conscientious objectors?

Let’s see a few more planets that look a little more like Earth and the way-more-interesting stories that come from landing there.

3. Worf.

Photo by Michael Doss/Flickr.

I mean…

4. Darkness and moral complexity.


Remember the last two-and-a-half seasons of “Deep Space Nine” where the Federation got completely owned by the Dominion in pretty much every episode? Remember how Sisko straight-up committed a war crime to persuade the Romulans to join the fight and completely got away with it? Remember how Damar shot a child in cold blood but, by the end, we’re all rooting for him?

That was kind of awesome. More of that please.

5. Gender parity.

European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti aboard the International Space Station as Captain Kathryn Janeway. Photo by NASA.

That doesn’t just mean a female captain or a smattering of women crew members. That means an officer corps that’s at least fifty-fifty. And let’s get some gender nonconforming people in there as well. Who says aliens (and humans!) exist have only two fixed, never-changing genders. It’s the freaking 23rd century, people!

6. Fewer stereotypes.

Photo by Jonathan McIntosh/Flickr.

I love Quark. Quark is the best. I would go to Quark’s Passover Seder in a heartbeat. But no more weird stereotypes masquerading as “alien” cultures going forward, please.

7. No time travel. Not ever.

Photo by Oto Godfrey and Justin Morton/Wikimedia Commons.

I realize this is controversial. Time travel has been a fixture of the Star Trek universe since the beginning. And … responsible for some of its weakest episodes (though shoutout to “City on the Edge of Forever” never change).

Even “First Contact,” an otherwise perfect movie, is rendered 40% more annoying by its time travel premise. It’s science fiction! It is possible to comment on the world we live in today without actually, literally going back to it.

No time travel, please. Let’s leave that to “Doctor Who.” That show does it so well.

8. A diverse creative team.

Writers at the WGAw Committee of Black Writers and LGBT Writers Committee. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

While “Star Trek” has been far better than many of its peers at reflecting diversity on-screen, like so many other shows, its writers’ room, historically, has been a white dude party. It’s employed some great women writers for sure D.C. Fontana! Jane Espenson! but generally speaking, white dudes.

And there’s nothing wrong with white dudes! Some of my best friends are white dudes! Some of them are pretty good writers too. But there are lots of good women writers and writers of color out there too, who have stories to tell that many white dudes might not think of. Getting them to the table could lead to some singularly great TV.

9. Ostensibly adorable aliens that create mass chaos.

Tribbles! Photo by Tim Bailey/Flickr.

Awwww. Aaaaaaaaggggh! Awwww. Aaaaaaaaggghhh!

10. Serialization.

While the vast majority “Star Trek” episodes have historically been self-contained, some of the best runs of the franchise like “Deep Space Nine’s” Dominion War arc and “Enterprise’s” third season have explored a single story for multiple episodes. In the age of binge-viewing, where most of the best shows on TV give their main characters a series-long arc, a “Star Trek” that joined the party could potentially be pretty amazing.

11. A serious exploration of the implications of the holodeck.


It’s incredibly weird how infrequently it’s remarked upon that, in addition to tri-corders, photon torpedoes, and emergency medical holograms, Federation starships are equipped with a magic machine that allows anyone on the ship to live out literally any fantasy they so desire.

Some fans hate the holodeck and holodeck episodes for this very reason. But I disagree. The holodeck is fascinating. The way people use the holodeck and what it says about them is fascinating to think about. The series doesn’t explore this often enough.

The franchise already did one great episode on this premise. I hope the holodeck stays. And that there are more.

12. Cameos from a time-traveling Sulu.

Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images.

I know I said no time travel, but come on. This would be worth it.

13. Searing social relevance.

Civil rights marchers in front of the White House, 1964. Photo by National Archives/Getty Images.

This has been “Star Trek’s” bread-and-butter since day one. The original series dealt frankly with race relations and civil rights. “Deep Space Nine” explored war, occupation and its complicated aftermath. “Enterprise” took on terrorism and post-9/11 paranoia.

History hasn’t stopped happening. Let’s hope with the new series, there’s lots more where that came from.

14. A captain who breaks boundaries.

GIF via “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”/Paramount.

For a while, “Star Trek” was all over this. The franchise debuted its first black captain and first female captain in the ’90s, before retreating in the 2000s and doubling down on the white guys. (Again, love me some white guys. Hey, Josh!)

Stoic, steely, TV-attractive white guys are a dime a dozen. We’ve seen it. Let’s see an Asian captain, a Latino captain, a queer captain, or a woman-of-color captain. How fantastic would that be? Pretty fantastic, is how!

15. An optimistic vision of the future.

At the end of the day, what “Star Trek” does better than anyone else is show us a future we want to be a part of. It can still have moral complexity, darkness, violence, and sadness. But, ultimately, its vision of progress on terms that uplift all humankind and human resilience is what keeps us coming back episode after episode, series after series.

It’s why we love it so much.

Even the Tribbles.

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10 Places That Might Disappear Before You Can See Them

Some of the world’s greatest wonders are the historical sites that have existed for hundreds and sometimes thousands of years. Many of them were lost to human knowledge for centuries before they were uncovered. Thanks to urbanization, natural disasters, and pollution, however, it is likely that these historical landmarks will be lost once more before the end of this century.

10Glacier National Park


Around 10,000 years ago, the ice in the area of Montana’s Glacier National Park was about 1.6 kilometers (1 mi) deep. When the park was founded in 1910, there were around 150 glaciers. Only 25 of these giants remain, and it is suspected that all of them might be gone by 2030.

The heart of the National Park, Grinnell Glacier, has lost more than 90 percent of its ice over the past century. It’s no surprise that global warming is the cause, but the park seems to be getting hit even worse than other places: The temperature in the area has increased 1.8 times more than other areas around the globe.

It’s not just the glaciers that are in danger of disappearing. The icy streams that have always flowed from the great sheets of ice keep the ecosystem of the park going, with its wolves, herds of elk, and one of the largest populations of grizzly bears in lower America. If the glaciers go, not only will the last remnant of the Ice Age disappear, several species will find their home in shambles.

9The Valley Of Kings


The resting places of the mighty pharaohs of Egypt, such as Ramses II and the boy king Tutankhamun, have inspired wonder and awe through centuries. Unfortunately, they have also inspired many treasure hunters who were little more than thieves and plunderers.

But now, the Valley of Kings faces a different kind of threat. This one comes not from greedy Indiana Jones wannabes but several thousand well-meaning tourists. Fungus has begun to grow out of control around the tombs, and scientists believe that the parasite has flourished due to poor ventilation and the respiration of thousands of visitors. The head of Egypt’s antiques has reported that the tombs may vanish within 150 years.

The engravings and paintings inside the tombs are already beginning to disappear. In response, the number of tourists allowed inside the tombs has been restricted, and some exhibits have been closed completely. Hopefully, these restrictions, along with the use of new ventilation systems in the tombs, will be enough to save them.



It’s probably a fair bet that most people haven’t heard of the Seychelles, a group of around 115 islands not far from the more well-known Madagascar. They were somehow completely uninhabited by humans until the British East India Company discovered them in the 1600s. After that, they became a haven for pirates. Today, they are known as one of the greatest places to see the biggest fish in the sea: whale sharks. The Seychelles hold some of the earliest scientific records about the magnificent creatures, which are strictly protected.

However, the islands could be underwater in as little as half a century, largely due to the destruction of the coral barriers around the beaches. The Seychelles have fallen victim to one of the most brutal incidences of coral bleaching worldwide. The rising temperatures destroy the coral and leave it a disturbing, almost skeleton-like white, destroying entire ecosystems and leaving everyone who lives on the islands vulnerable to devastating events like hurricanes.



When we think of ancient Greece, most of us think of the Greek gods, Sparta, or the Olympics. While everyone knows that the Olympics were created in Greece, not many people know about the exact city where they were founded.

Olympia has been occupied by several different cults over the years who worshiped several different gods, from Kronos, the King of Titans, to the goddess of lust and beauty, Aphrodite. Over time, one cult claimed the city completely for their god, the ruler of the Olympians, Zeus himself. Nearly everything in the city was designed to honor him, from the magnificent 13-meter (42 ft) statue covered in gold and ivory (which, sadly, no longer exists) to the Olympic games themselves. Today, the Olympic flame is still ignited in this city and then transported to wherever the games are being held.

Ironically, it is fire that threatens the origin site of the beloved games. In 2007, several fires that were started by arsonists spread rapidly across the country, killing more than 60 people. The flames were barely contained by a dedicated team of firefighters just a hillside away from wiping out the historic site of the original games. Thanks to global warming, fires have become much more commonplace and much more powerful, threatening to burn the site to a crisp and render all efforts to protect it in vain.

6The Chan Chan Archaeological Zone


Chan Chan, which enjoys the titles of the largest pre-Columbian city to be discovered and the largest ever adobe city, covers around 20 kilometers (12 mi) of Peruvian land. It was originally inhabited by the Chimu people, who divided the city into nine different citadels, each of which were autonomous.

Chan Chan has also been labeled by anthropologists as the “first true engineering society in the New World.” Their projects, such as an irrigation system that supplied the entire city and their attempt to create a massive canal that would have stretched to the Chicama River 80 kilometers (50 mi) north, were unheard of in “civilized” Europe. The city lasted for more than 600 years before the Incan Empire finally managed to overthrow it.

Today, this archaeological wonder is under attack not only from those who come to pillage and loot but also from storms caused by the deadly El Nino phenomena. To make matters worse, powerful earthquakes put the city in danger of being crushed completely.

5The Galapagos Islands


Everyone who’s taken a high school biology class knows about Charles Darwin and how he was inspired to devise his theory of evolution while studying the wildlife of these secluded islands. Nearly 9,000 species, many of which can be found nowhere else in the entire world, call these islands home. However, the wildlife that makes the Galapagos so unique is being seriously threatened.

As the number of immigrant workers and tourists has increased, the latter by more than 12 percent every year, so does the number of invasive species. Goats and pigs eat the food that the native species need to survive, and predators such as rats make off with the young and the weak. For thousands of years, there were no predators at all on the islands, and evolution works too slowly for many of these unique animals to hope to catch up in time.

4The Chersonesos Archaeological Site


Though it is located in modern-day Ukraine, southwest of the Crimean Peninsula, Chersoneos is actually an ancient Greek site, founded between 300 and 200 B.C. However, much like Ukraine currently, it was not a peaceful site. Though it was one of the few relatively democratic societies at the time, historical records have shown that this city-state was constantly at war against the Scythian people and the Roman Empire. It eventually lost its independence to the latter.

In the fifth century, most of the Greek buildings and temples were destroyed as Christianity became the dominant religion. However, even becoming part of the Byzantine Empire was not enough to save the society, as nomadic tribes raided and burned it around eight centuries later.

The Soviet Union discovered the site when they annexed Crimea in the 1800s. It was rigidly protected and reconstructed, becoming one of the most important sites for Russian historians and archaeologists to study. Today, it is under attack by both natural and man-made forces, as coastal erosion, pollution, and urban encroachment threaten its destruction.



The name of this district of Manilla, which is the second largest city in the Philippines, means “within the walls.” It’s a very appropriate moniker, considering that it has been guarded by the same walls since they were built in the 16th century despite the horrific damage and destruction they have endured. It was the original capital of the city, when the Spanish Empire still owned the territory.

During World War II, the Imperial Japanese Army invaded the Philippines. Manilla was hit especially hard, and several historical buildings within Intramuros-such as the Santo Domingo Church and the original University of Santo Tomas-were ravaged. However, the real destruction occurred when America fought to take back the city from Japan. After this attack, only 5 percent of the original structures were left standing, and 40 percent of the walls had turned to rubble.

In 1951, Intramuros was declared a historic monument. Slow progress has been made toward its restoration, including the return of its five original gates to their former glory. However, these ancient walls cannot keep out the modern world. Several franchises of Starbucks and McDonald’s have been erected around the ancient city, and the moats surrounding it have been converted into golf courses. Historians tremble at what will come next.

2Hisham’s Palace


Hisham’s Palace was buried underneath the sand in A.D. 747 and remained there until Palestinian archeologist D.C. Baramki began excavating it in 1934. Sadly, historians fear that the site might not be around in as few as 100 years.

Intriguingly, no one is quite sure what Hisham’s Palace is supposed to be. When it vanished from sight, it also seemed to vanish from any historical text. The only hint archaeologists have found is a chunk of pottery bearing the name “Hisham.” Baramki’s colleague, Robert W. Hamilton, has argued that this is proof that the palace belonged to the heir of the caliph, Al-Walid II. All we really know for sure is that it was definitely built in the early eighth century and destroyed by a massive earthquake.

Tragically, we might never know the palace’s secrets. It’s threatened by the massive expansion from the neighboring, modern Jericho as well as extremely vulnerable to the natural elements after being buried under the sand for so long. The sand appears to be seeking to claim it yet again.

1Lamu, Kenya


This city has been a World Heritage Site since 2001, but it has been around since the 14th century. Lamu was one of the original Swahili settlements, founded on the east coast of Africa, and it’s still inhabited to this day. During its golden age, Lamu was one of the biggest cities around, a scholastic center of arts, politics, and literature. The city later became an important strategic location for both Germany and Britian, and it only gained its independence along with Kenya in the 1960s.

Although Lamu has been a bustling town filled with people for many centuries, people nowadays are doing their best to avoid or leave it. In 2011, travel to Lamu was banned due to several kidnappings carried out by the terrorist group Al Shaabab, who claims vengeance for stolen Muslim lands as its motive for the kidnappings as well as several brutal assaults on the city just this year that have left many dead. The terrorist attacks make it all but impossible to preserve historical sites such as Lamu Fort.

+The Taj Mahal


Created as a tomb by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife, the Taj Mahal took more than 20,000 laborers, 1,000 elephants, and 20 years to complete. It is considered one of the most breathtaking marvels of the ancient world, but in under five years, it could be completely closed to the public.

A little over 10 years ago, one study determined that air and water pollution were starting to turn the beautiful white building a sickly yellow color, and the India Supreme Court ordered that a small fortune be spent restoring the site. The program to halt the damage attracted global attention, but as of 2014, the problem isn’t getting any better.

Though some workers at the monument have denied it, studies have shown that the levels of pollutants such as nitrogen oxide have increased dramatically. Vehicles are not permitted to come within 500 meters (1,640 ft) of the palace. As the city of Agra and the massive amount of traffic that comes with it continues to grow, the Taj Mahal may still be doomed.

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Momentum Project busca a los mejores emprendedores sociales en España

Con el objetivo de fomentar el carácter global del ecosistema de emprendimiento interpersonal, Impetus Task, un proyecto impulsado por el BBVA b ESADE en colaboración con la Fundación PwC, ha iniciado recientemente su cuarta edición. Los participantes pueden presentar su candidatura a través de la página internet hasta el próximo 17 de febrero de 2014.

Como primary novedad, Según indican BBVA, este se diferentes presentaciones del proyecto en ciudades Zaragoza social y de candidatas that is posibles.

Para poder participar, las organizaciones deberán tener una experiencia mínima de 2 ó 3 años y tendrán que demostrar la viabilidad y sostenibilidad de su modelo de negocio, además de generar un impacto positivo en la sociedad y ser capaces de escalarlo, bien mediante la growth a mercados diferentes e adaptándose a nuevos territorios con el propósito de beneficiar al mayor número de people posible.

Proceso de selección

Proceso tendrá tres fases. En lugar los candidatos de todos los participantes apuntados a la web. Después, se solicitará más información a los  elegidos para que profundicen durante su modelo de negocio y el plan de crecimiento en términos económicos y sociales y de ahí, el Comité de Preselección, compuesto por representantes de las instituciones organizadoras, escogerán A – 20 empresas que pasarán a la tercer fase. Finalmente, formado por expertos del field interpersonal, el de Impetus Task, empresarial , financiero, elegirán a que tendrán la de participar en el programa.

España-México-Perú, el marco de acción

Impetus Task, que durante 2011, se lanzó en en 2012 y marzo 2013. El se ha consolidado en estas tres con el objetivo de el del emprendimiento social por la iniciativa, geografías, que ya una p 46 emprendedores, más 70 that is de mentores y alrededor 90 estudiantes.

El pasado se presentaron 400 candidaturas de sociales donde se desarrolla la iniciativa.

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Presenta tu proyecto en el V Elevator Pitch del Salón MiEmpresa

¿Tienes una startup? ¿Eres persuasivo? ¿Estás totalmente convencido de que tu proyecto cuenta con un modelo de negocio fiable? ¿Buscas financiación para adelante? De convencer an un grupo de inversores tu concept de es la y la innovadora? La V edición del concurso Elevator Message, que promueve el Salón MiEmpresa, llega a Madrid y te brinda la oportunidad de que tu empresa sea conocida ante un nutrido grupo de inversores company angels y entidades de capital riesgo.

A lo largo de tres minutos, los emprendedores deberán hacer una breve presentación de su proyecto en-el que resuman la actividad, los objetivos y estrategias de negocio. Las empresas que quieran presentar sus suggestions lo pueden hacer ya en-el concurso abierto de la página web del Salón MiEmpresa, así cómo a través de otras aceleradoras elizabeth incubadoras colaboradoras durante esta edición del evento. Creaventure, organizadora del evento, seleccionará las diez mejores startups.

El jurado los proyectos. Por un lado, se otorgarán cinco puntos en función de la calidad de la presentación y otros cinco por la viabilidad del proyecto. Ambos recompensados un premio euros cada uno. Además de premios en que una para empredendedores poco that is vayan a su camino empresas y negocios a la de acceder a a.

“El Elevator es el perfecto para poner en contacto a que demostrado con inversores que los proyectos y las suggestions entidad del MiEmpresa, , explica Chartier delegado Creaventure. Además, al del premio, la de cerca de grandes inversores e fondos de money permite an estas empresas de forma sencilla y adelantar que veces eat recursos emprendedor y no logra añade.

Aprende a hablar en público

Además del concurso, el Salón MiEmpresa, que ya es un referente en nuestro país en-el mundo del emprendimiento, contará con un taller para aprender a hablar en público y superar el miedo escénico, así como con un mentoring destinado an anticipar posibles dudas que podrían surgirle al potencial inversor en-el momento del message.

Este evento, que atraerá a 15.000 visitantes, tendrá 5.000 m2 de exposición, b en-el que darán charlas más de 250 ponentes se celebrará en la funds española durante los días 18 b 19 de febrero en-el Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid.

El lema elegido para la V edición de este evento es “Construye tú éxito” y su objetivo es, indican desde la organización, que todos los emprendedores y pequeños y medianos empresarios consigan construir sus empresas, ya sea desde la nada, a través de franquicias e comprando una compañía, b que llegado el momento sepan cómo ampliar sus expectativas y consolidarlas.

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