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NanitesNanotechnical devices developed by the Federation to work in microscopic environments, for instance on a cellular level in a human body. In 2366, nanites were discovered to have developed a consciousness.
NanoprobesMicroscopic devices that are programmed to convert (assimilate) a living organism to a Borg drone. Once injected to the blood stream, the nanoprobes take control of the organism and form the first Borg implants. It was amazing and disturbing how fast humanoids are assimilated. The mere injection of nanoprobes is obviously sufficient to change the whole metabolism in an instant and, moreover, form Borg implants that exceed the size of all nanoprobes combined by far. The nanoprobes are equipped with some kind of replicator that converts body tissue to metallic implants. The size of the nanoprobes is probably not in the nanometer range but slightly larger.
Nanosurgeon A suspension of nanotechnological assemblies that are typically used to survey cellular genetic damage and effect repairs. They report to, and are monitored by, the attending physician. Nanosurgeons are useful to repair additional damage that drugs or other materials cannot affect.
Navigational Deflector Device that deflects potential obstacles in a starship's flight path. The deflector dish usually produces a low-power static field for deflecting submicron particles and a concentrated main beam that pushes aside larger objects thousands of kilometers ahead of the ship. Deflector beams are indispensable at warp speed, for a submicron particle could penetrate and damage the hull. Miranda and Constellation-class navigational deflectors are small emitters that looks different from other designs.
Nebula Clouds of gaseous substances; dust or many different chemicals, with a typical measurement of multiple lightyears. Typical nebulas are composed of hydrogen, helium and bits of oxygen and other trace elements.
Nebula ClassStarship class constructed in the middle and late 24th century which resembles the Galaxy class in shape and structure, but is somewhat smaller and less complex. In contrast to its "sister class," the Nebula class does not achieve its multi-mission ability by universal configuration, but by an exchangeable module on the upper saucer section.
NeurolinkAllows a healthy "donor" to take over autonomic functions for a patient suffering from brain stem damage. One link is attached to the head of the "donor" and the other on the head of the patient. Upon activation, the autonomic functions of the donor control the patient's heart rate, blood pressur and, respiration
Neurostimulator This device "jumpstarts" the Central Nervous System of patients who have suffered some form of neuro-synaptic failure. This is useful to treat a patient who has suffered CNS shock from the high settings of a Phaser.
NeutrinosParticles, with almost no mass, travelling at almost the speed of light. Predicted in the 1930's by the famous quantumphysicist Enrico Fermi, and found in 1956. Stars produce hundreds of billions of neutrinos per second. Cloaked ships also emit neutrinos.
NeutonThe neutron is a powerful tool for the study of condensed matter (solids and liquids) in the world around us, having significant advantages over other forms of radiation in the study of microscopic structure and dynamics. Neutron scattering gives detailed information about the microscopic behaviour of condensed matter, playing a major role in shaping the experimental and theoretical understanding of materials ranging from magnetism and superconductivity to chemical surfaces and interfaces.

A neutron is an uncharged (electrically neutral) subatomic particle with mass 1,839 times that of the electron. Neutrons are stable when bound in an atomic nucleus, while having a mean lifetime of approximately 1000 seconds as a free particle. The neutron and the proton form nearly the entire mass of atomic nuclei, so they are both called nucleons.

Neutron RadiationNaturally occurring. Emitted from older classes of the Klingon Bird of Prey, neutrons not contained within an atomic nucleus have a half-life of about 15 minutes.
Neutronic MineBorg weapon. It spreads neutrons over 5 lightyears. The explosive force is 5 million isotons.
NeutroniumVery cohesive material made of densely-packed neutrons, held together by gravity. The material neutron stars are made of. The Doomsday Machine's hull was made of it, as well as the outer hull of a Dyson sphere.
Norway ClassThis small starship class, commissioned in the middle 24th century, is mainly used for escort and combat missions because of its durable structure and extensive, strong armament. A peculiar feature is the structure deviating from the typical design, which consists of a triangular saucer section, but not a large drive section. Instead, the main hull and warp nacelles are connected by a type wing, making the Norway class remarkable.
NovaBurst of energy in the last phase of the life of a light star. A nova can cause a star to reject its outer layers. The people of Sarpeidon travelled back in time to escape when their sun, Beta Niobe, went nova in 2269. Atavachron, the Fabrina sun went nova. The survivors are now living on the giant worldship of Yonada. In the latter part of the 25th century they should reach their new home world
Nova ClassIn the 24th century, Starfleet commissioned this class of small science ships, which are primarily used for planetary investigations due to their size, short distance warp drive and small defensive capability.
Nullifier Cores Energy sources onboard of cloak capable ships. Nullifier cores dissipate the energy they use, so the energy emissions are harder to detect from outside the ship.
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