Nanites - Microscopic robotic devices
episodes of the sci-fi series STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/SYN/1987-94.
Tiny enough to enter living cells, the Nanites were seen on
episode No.50 "Evolution" when microscopic robots (accidentally
evolved in intelligent life-forms) got into the circuitry of the
starship USS Enterprise-D after escaping from an experiment conducted by
Ensign Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton) in the year 2366.
The Nanites (who could be destroyed with a burst of high-level
gamma radiation) were eventually transferred to the Kavis Alpha IV
where they founded their own civilization.
Nanites were also considered as a possible solution for
destroying the Borg when they attacked Earth on episode No.75 "The
Best of Both Worlds, Part II."
TRIVIA NOTE: Similar creatures
called Replicators (tiny self-replicating machines) appeared on
the sci-fi series STARGATE: SG1 and STARGATE ATLANTIC. They were
first mentioned in the episode "Fair Game" and first appeared in
the episode "Nemesis."
The Replicators were created by Reese (Danielle Nicolet) an
advanced gynoid, built by a scientist. Her systems are
maintained by millions of nanites (nanobots) which are able to
reorder matter on a microscopic level. The Replicators eventually
evolved into a race of humanoids which threatened the galaxy and
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