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Wilson Cruz on Discovery’s Queer Appeal

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As Dr Hugh Culber in Star Trek: Discovery, Wilson Cruz became the gay man who saved the universe. But the actor has been fighting for change ever since his career began, deciding to be his true self from the start. In playing Rickie Vasquez on My So-Called Life, he became the first out gay actor to play a lead gay character in an American television series. PinkNews caught up with him before the Discovery season four premiere – yes, before it was announced it wouldn’t be on Netflix. But don’t worry, will premiere in the UK on Friday (26 November) … Read more

SPACE: Water Vapor Detected on Ganymede

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In the wisp-thin sky of Jupiter’s moon Ganymede, the largest satellite in the solar system, astronomers have for the first time detected evidence of water vapor, a new study finds. The discovery could shed light on similar watery atmospheres that may envelop other icy bodies in the solar system and beyond, researchers said. Previous research suggested that Ganymede — which is larger than Mercury and Pluto, and only slightly smaller than Mars — may contain more water than all of Earth’s oceans combined. However, the Jovian moon is so cold that water on its surface is frozen solid. Any liquid … Read more

Discovery’s Mary Wiseman Confirms She’s “Queer and Proud”

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Star Trek: Discovery‘s LGBT+ crew just grew a little bigger as actor Mary Wiseman confirms she is “queer and proud”. Wiseman, a powerhouse actor who plays fan-favourite Ensign Tilly, revealed that she has loved “people of all genders” in a recent interview with That small detail almost wasn’t published as the Zoom call’s audio cut out just as Wiseman started to say “I’m not straight”. Some shrewd lip-reading prompted writer Dawn Ennis to follow up with Wiseman, who happily confirmed it in a Twitter DM. “I did say this! It’s not a big deal at all, I just didn’t … Read more

SPOILERS: Star Trek Discovery Adds Non-Binary Actor/Character

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Star Trek: Discovery makes trans history in its latest episode, with the non-binary actor Blu del Barrio making their exciting debut as Adira – and there’s a lot more to their character than meets the eye. After a big, bold start to the third season, Star Trek: Discovery continues at a clippy pace as the crew get their bearings in the 23rd century, a universe that’s vastly different to the one they knew. Episode three sees the Discovery journey to Earth to learn what became of the Federation all those centuries ago. Enter newcomer Blu del Barrio as the teen … Read more

TV: Star Trek Discovery to Get Trans/NB Characters/Actors

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Star Trek is going where the 54-year-old sci-fi TV franchise has never gone before by introducing its first-ever transgender and non-binary characters. The characters will be played by actors who are trans and non-binary in real life. In its upcoming season of Star Trek: Discovery, the series’ 2018 CBS spin-off, trans actor Ian Alexander will play Gray, a Trill, which are aliens who serve as hosts for symbiotic creatures that provides unique personality traits and skills. Non-binary actor Blu del Barrio will make their debut by playing the non-binary character Adira, an intelligent and introverted teenage amnesiac whose coming-out story … Read more

SPACE: Earth-Like Planet Found “Nearby”

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A few months ago, a group of NASA exoplanet astronomers, who are in the business of discovering planets around other stars, called me into a secret meeting to tell me about a planet that had captured their interest. Because my expertise lies in modeling the climate of exoplanets, they asked me to figure out whether this new planet was habitable — a place where liquid water might exist. These NASA colleagues, Josh Schlieder and his students Emily Gilbert, Tom Barclay and Elisa Quintana, had been studying data from TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) when they discovered what may be TESS’ … Read more

Autostraddle Celebrates the Women of Discovery


When Star Trek: Discovery launched on CBS All Access in 2017, response was decidedly mixed: it led to a record subscription day for the brand-new streaming network, but many die-hard Trekkies were anti-Discovery from the jump, one taking the time to produce a 47-video series on the inconsistencies presented within Discovery, which takes place earlier on the Prime Timeline than Enterprise, The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager. The Klingons look different! Spock never said he had a sister! The technology is WAY beyond what makes sense for the time! Spores? What? But while there was … Read more

TV: Star Trek Discovery Spoiler

Don’t read this if you haven’t watched the second season of Star Trek: Discovery yet. The latest episode of Star Trek: Discovery has seen the return of a key gay character Hugh Culber. The sci-fi series, currently airing on CBS all Access and Netflix, included a first for the franchise – by featuring two gay officers who are in a relationship. But Culber, a medical officer on the Discovery played by Wilson Cruz, was killed off in the first season. He was the partner of science officer Paul Stamets, played by actor Anthony Rapp. Culber’s comeback occurs in the episode … Read more

SPACE: There’s Ice on the Moon!

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Scientists have detected the first-ever evidence of frozen water on the moon, on the darkest and coldest parts of the lunar surface. While prior analysis of the moon hinted at some ice reserves, this is the first time that ice has been observed at the north and south poles ­— and the signs of water ice are “direct and definitive,” according to a new study. Researchers peered at suspected icy patches using an instrument called the Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3), which used the near-infrared spectrum to pinpoint the signature activity of ice molecules interacting with infrared light. This helped the … Read more

TV: Patrick Stewart to Reprise Star Trek Role

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Star Trek producers revealed Saturday that Patrick Stewart will reprise the role of Star Trek: The Next Generation captain Jean-Luc Picard on the franchise’s new series. The actor is also set to serve as executive producer on the series, which will air – like Star Trek Discovery – on CBS’ video-on-demand service All Access beginning in the fall of 2019. Stewart portrayed the fan-beloved Picard during Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s original television run from 1987 to 1994; the series’ crew also starred in four feature films, with Picard last appearing in 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis. Full Story at Rolling … Read more