As much as for Captain James T. Kirk's way with alien women or Bones' quips about being a doctor (not a magician, or miracle worker, or engineer), Star Trek is loved by fans for Leonard Nimoy's portrayal of the Vulcan scientist, Mr. Spock. Researchers today can learn a lot from Spock, says Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution researcher Christopher Reddy at Wired Science.

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