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Isis Gaelyth
Sciences - Lt Commander
Sciences - Lt Commander
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Ship/Station Posted: SS Peedy Thor
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Location: Stars
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180512.2051

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SS Peedy Thor
Science Dept
Duty Report
180407
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Science requested an away team beam to the surface of Pinastri Prime. Our interest was botanical. In our data from surface scans, we noted one particular plant that has unusual characteristics and wanted further study. It is relatively rare according to sensor counts. We did locate three in a general area near the waterway, leading me to conclude it may prefer moist ground and low altitude. Samples of each plant were taken. Hoping no harm was done. My escort and I returned to the Starfleet ground facility to go back to Peedy Thor. We found transporters and communications offline and when someone went to access power controls in Engineering, intruders were discovered. A fight ensued and some injuries occurred. During this time I accessed the transporter console and make some adjustments to programming with my tricorder, in order to contact SS Peedy Thor for assistance. Intruders were captured. I returned to Peedy Thor with my samples. In the lab I examined the plants, finding their genetic makeup similar to the Terran Dionaea muscipula. Fascinating.

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LT T'Prain
Science Officer
SS Peedy Thor
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Isis Gaelyth
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Sciences - Lt Commander
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Location: Stars
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180512.2052

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SS Peedy Thor
Science Dept
Duty Report
180428
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On reporting for duty 180428.13, I reviewed standing orders for the station and for science, along with additional reports that were copied to the department. In the data from engineering I saw a message detailing a troubling concern. A weakness in the structure of the station itself has been detected. This is located in several bulkheads. A diagram with sensor readouts was attached. Although I had wanted to spend more time in the botany lab, examining the plant specimens from the surface of Pinastri Prime, I felt this report required urgent action. My main focus was first any bulkhead that had contact with the outside. Weakening of this area could affect station atmosphere and temperature, and potentially be life-threatening if environmental provision was compromised. The report stated this weakness had been detected on specific decks: Security, Medical/Science, and the main Welcome Deck. The danger of this cannot be understated. While Science examines the possible reasons for this metallurgic development, I strongly recommend those areas which contain parts of any bulkhead that interconnects with space be placed off limits. Force fields should be placed around those spots until the cause of this can be determined and proper repairs made. Starfleet Personnel, Civilians and Guests should be warned not to enter these areas without permission.

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LTCmdr T'Prain
Science Officer
SS Peedy Thor
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Isis Gaelyth
Sciences - Lt Commander
Sciences - Lt Commander
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Ship/Station Posted: SS Peedy Thor
Grid: SL
Location: Stars
Contact:

180512.2132

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SS Peedy Thor
Science Dept
Duty Report
180512
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We faced multiple issues this day. The biological specimen we harvested from Pinastri Prime for study some time ago proved to be more than a beautiful flower. It could in fact be deadly, as evidence aboard the station demonstrates.

With the assistance of Commander T'Sar, Science began work. We had two problems to quickly solve. One, a substance secreted by this plant is eating away at certain components of the actual station. Secondly, it was transmitting pollen and interacting with life forms aboard the station causing a kind of influenza.

Commander T'Sar recommended an examination at the atomic level using a harmonic chamber or perhaps an old particle accelerator.

I agreed with her proposition that the issues with the affect of the organism on the station components had the highest concern. If this biological effect continued to spread we might lose crucial systems, life support being the most urgent to protect.

Commander T'Sar suggested the substance was interacting with the hull plating at a molecular level. She wished to examine the possibility that changing the hull polarity might affect the spread of the contagion and asked permission to access what remained of science deck.

I remained on the bridge to coordinate efforts and use the power of the computer to access data and compare scans and biological information.

In my work I discovered a small anomaly. I compared sample one six three at time index 180512.1, and sample one six four at time index 180512.5 on a split screen. It seemed the DNA of the substance itself was altering as it fed.

I informed Sickbay I discovered the alien plant was mutating as it consumes the station. Logically this would impede ability to treat those afflicted as each of them may have come in contact with an altered version of the plant emissions.

At this same time, Commander T'Sar advised the substance could potentially be affected by a reversal of hull polarity. I reported this to the Captain immediately. The Commander further advised that a sustained rhythm at a particular resonation would be required to halt the spread of the substance at a subatomic level. Extra power was supplied in order that this remedy could be put in place. The spread of the substance was halted.

Based on my research I contacted sickbay and proposed we upgrade our classification of the substance from an allergen to a virus. I had at that point identified one hundred and three strains. The rate of mutation made it almost impossible to counteract.

I then determined the virus was a form of molecular panspermia that had been altered at the subatomic level by an ingenious modification that created a gene that would mutate upon cell regeneration.

Two questions remained. Most urgently, how to stop the virus and heal those afflicted. Secondly, how did this mutation occur. If natural, how could it be undone or made safe. If unnatural... then this is a grave concern.

My final data showed there is no doubt this is a genetically modified plant. According to its DNA it does originate on Pinastri. But it has been altered. I surmise that someone injected several of these plants with a version of the virus, which then began its mutation. On the planet surface, its affects were mild, but no doubt over time would have affected any infrastructure we placed there. It would have eventually been brought to the station either through transport of components or indeed, a living being. In other words, this plant was used as a biological weapon meant to supplant and overtake any lifeforms living and working on or near Pinastri.

At that point I recommended to medical that we use our transporter records and medical records and transport all patients through a modified biofilter that would remove any virus from their systems by simply returning their DNA to its state before this contagion occurred.

This treatment was applied and was successful. I must commend the science and medical departments for their diligence and care during this event.

Our remaining concern is the fact that naturally occurring flora from Pinastri Prime was genetically altered in order to impact those living on or near the planet surface. Further research into the age of the virus must take place. It might be something left from a time in history of which we know little. Only by determining its evolutionary history will we be able to fix a time index for the first mutation and thereby determine whether this threat is old or new.

I did not imagine my work here would include the forensic study of the genetic development of a virulent virus that can affect both humanoids and infrastructures built to house them. Fascinating.

In Service,
LTCmdr T'Prain
Science Officer
SS Peedy Thor
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Isis Gaelyth
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Ship/Station Posted: SS Peedy Thor
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Location: Stars
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180519.1428

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SS Peedy Thor
Science Dept
Duty Report
180519
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The biological specimen we harvested from Pinastri Prime for study some time ago proved to be deadly. After finding a way to stop the spread of the secretion that was consuming the station, and cure the infection caused by a virus emitted by the plant, we placed the samples in a quarantine forcefield. Our assignment was then to devise safer containment to support further study of the plant and its DNA alterations.

Genetic makeup was similar to the Terran Dionaea muscipula. Somehow the DNA had been altered to produce a dual effect, one a virus that mutated upon cell division, the other, a substance that could eat through hull plating and other infrustructure. It was most interesting that the consumption of the station itself had been halted through the use of sound waves at a particular vibration combined with the reversal of hull polarity. The virus had been less easy to contain, in fact, a cure had only been found by using transporter buffer or medical scan data in order to return the patient DNA to its state before infection. The plant was dangerous. What was most curious and fascinating was the question... how did this occur.

It is illogical for us to keep the plant samples on the station, yet, we can not return them to the planet surface. The best solution to stop the infection would be to destroy them, of course. But even that had issues. There could be other plants similarly altered and mutating on Pinastri. Identifying them and containing them would then be a crucial step to ensure the safety of everyone. I called up LCARS to examine data on the security measures used when dealing with highly volitle substances. Still, I could not help but think that if someone had engineered the mutation of this plant, it was a biological weapon and therefore, within the Federation, illegal.

I contemplated the possibility of rendering the plant's DNA inert, which would make it safe for study, but not assist in some other aspects of examination. I was not satisfied the mutating plant would not be able to deconstruct a physical container, however. It had already eaten away a great deal of the station and if not stopped I have no doubt we now would be in a critical situation with evacuations. We may have had to leave Pinastri entirely.

In fact, I am of the opinion that if these plants were altered by some entity, the purpose would have been to either remove us from Pinastri or watch us perish.

I devised a containment field with a reverse polarity along with a sonic emission at a frequency of four hundred and forty four herz to ensure the plant samples are quarantined. This was been tested through computer simulations and double quarantine of samples.

In Service,
LTCmdr T'Prain
Chief Science Officer
SS Peedy Thor
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Isis Gaelyth
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Location: Stars
Contact:

180605.1236

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SS Peedy Thor
Science Dept
Duty Report
180602.8
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I have continued my investigation into the botanical specimen we harvested from Pinastri Prime for study some time ago.

As previously reported, genetic makeup was similar to the Terran Dionaea muscipula. Somehow the DNA had been altered to produce a dual effect, one a virus that mutated upon cell division, the other, a substance that could eat through hull plating and other infrastructure. The resulting effects on SS Peedy Thor and its crew demonstrated the catastrophic effects of this genetic alteration.

What was most curious and fascinating was the question... how did this occur.

In examining the genus of this plant, we have determined that it has only recently appeared on Pinastri Prime. An exact date cannot be determined but by using various analysis we have established that the soil and light of the plants' natural habitat bears little resemblance to that of Pinastri IV. The environment of here is too cold for the plants' longevity. Thus we would presume the plant was placed here at the beginning of the spring season. No doubt several of the plants perished in the late frosts. This perhaps was lucky for us as the three samples we found were near to the ground facility and habitation areas.

In our study we noted a decreased phototropism when the plant was subjected to an equal amount of light as that provided by this system's Class G3V Yellow Star. The surface temperature of between 5,000 and 6,000 degrees K is simply not enough.

Photosynthesis increased when the plant was exposed to a level of light, heat and radiation consistent with that emitted by a closed binary system with two class G stars.

In examining LCARS, we note one such system is located in the Delta Quadrant and was visited by USS Voyager on stardate 52610. It is possible these plants are native to the Natori system and that those who developed this mutation are still there or have left evidence that may lead us to them.

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LTCmdr T'Prain
Chief Science Officer
SS Peedy Thor
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Isis Gaelyth
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180609.1523

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SS Peedy Thor
Science Dept
Mission Log
180609
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Aboard the USS USS Mjolnir: We approached the Hapke Cluster while chasing the ship which haboured a criminal who had escaped the Brig on Peedy Thor. Despite our urging to stand down, they continued on their course, endangering ourselves and them by maintaining high warp in an area rife with gravimentric fluxuations and high levels of radiation. They cut off communications and continued on course. We detected 57 life forms aboard, along with Starfleet weapons and explosives which had clearly been stolen. In the end we had no option but to attempt to slow them by damaging their engines. However. Someone had placed explosives in that area, perhaps with the intent that the ship would be destroyed and the resulting debris and shockwave would cover their escape. Emerick Kearne now adds the murder of 56 beings to his crimes. We detected his ion trail. We are preparing the ship to follow him into the cluster, and will launch a probe both to extend our sensors in tracking his location as well as give us advance warning of anomalies that might effect the ship.

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LTCmdr T'Prain
Chief Science Officer
SS Peedy Thor
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Isis Gaelyth
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180623.1450

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SS Peedy Thor
Science Dept
Status Log
180623
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I was present on Science Deck for an Inspection by the Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, and Second Officer of SS Peedy Thor.

I reported the Science deck is still undergoing renovations due to the recent issue with the genetically modified Pinastri muscipula. What remains at this time is a small laboratory for the study of plant, fossils and other substances, and a hydroponics lab.

During the episode with the Pinastri muscipula we discovered that quarantine measures on SS Peedy Thor, and indeed, most stations in the Fleet, would fail to contain that particular contagion. Some experimentation was required and, interestingly enough, a sonic vibration was added to science force fields to ensure such an occurance would not happen again. It should protect us from an issue at least ninety-eight point two three percent of the time.

I was asked to report on hydroponics routines. I informed the party that I personally inspect the area daily and station engineers come by every Friday morning at oh six thirty to ensure seals and piping are maintained.

I also respectfully made suggestions with regard to renovations: It would be most agreeable to have an area where warp theory and other propulsion could be studied, as well as a chamber designated for robotics.. and one or two desks with access to the computer core and LCARS for uploading and downloading of reports, logs and other data.

The Senior Staff seemed to be satisfied and exited Science deck to carry on with their inspection.

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LTCmdr T'Prain
Chief Science Officer
SS Peedy Thor
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Isis Gaelyth
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Location: Stars
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180804.1340

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SS Peedy Thor
Science Dept
Status Log
180804
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I attended a brief meeting with the Acting XO, Commander Brittany Buttons at 1000 hours this day. I reported that work continues in the rebuilding of the science laboratory and offices. After a brief discussion, I was dismissed.

I proceeded to Med/Sci where I found the lab deserted. I inspected the newly added walls and containment areas, and examined the equipment. I am not entirely pleased that Doctor Cardigan has brought several antiquated devices and placed them in what should be a pristine area. I shall schedule a discussion with regard to his requirements and our procedures. In particular as a civilian he may need to be educated in the usage of the chain of command.

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LTCmdr T'Prain
Chief Science Officer
SS Peedy Thor
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