Many science fiction stories are full of predictions of the future and with its handheld personal communicators and powerful computers, Star Trek has always been ahead of the curve. However, a new piece of research has shown that one particular episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation actually made an extremely accurate prediction about one of the most important parts of human existence.
But what was the study? Well, it was conducted by scientists from the University of Cincinnati in Canada and the Berlin University of Medicine. They were given access to men and women who had suffered brain injuries. The patients in question had ended up having the medical equipment that had been keeping them alive turned off.
It was the moment the equipment was turned off that the researchers were most interested in. While studies into what happens when the brain stops receiving oxygen had been conducted with animals throughout the past century. This was to be the first time that the investigation had been conducted on humans though.