The United Federation of Planets is Near!

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While the scientists involved in creating what is soon to be a real-life "sickbay" are not admitting that they got the idea from spending more time watching Star Trek then doing much of anything else, it's safe to assume that that's probably what did happen.

"British engineers have built a £1 million Star Trek-style 'sick bay' for the National Health Service, debuting at the Leicester Royal Infirmary's accident and emergency department.

'We are replacing doctors' eyes with state-of-the-art imaging systems, replacing the nose with breath analysis, and the 'feel of the pulse' with monitoring of blood flow using ultra sound technology and measurement of blood oxygen levels,' says professor Mark Sims, a University of Leicester space scientist.

'Ultimately in the longer term we would aim to work towards something like the 'tricorder' device seen in futuristic science series like Star Trek. What we are developing so far is more like a first attempt at the medical bed in the sci-fi series,' says Sims.

'It is hard to predict how this work will develop. But ten years from now it could be routine for diagnostic technology to be combined in this way."

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