- By the 24th century "actinides" might mean more than just the standard elements 89 through 102, or these elements would react in an as yet unforeseen manner in reference to future technology. If actinides were really so disruptive on their own, all it would take to frustrate Federation sensors would be to put a shield up of depleted uranium or another of the actinides. Supporting this is the fact that the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) is currently recommending the name "actinoid" rather than "actinide".
Speculation and realworld comparison. — Morder 05:34, 10 June 2009 (UTC)