dailygalaxy.com (companion to the Discovery Channel) has some fascinating articles, whereby scientists have more or less "proven" some of Star Trek's science.
Most of these articles are from 2007, so the science may no longer be cutting-edge. But do they address how imagination, or even a stab-in-the-dark about how something might/should work, can many times be proven accurate later on.
"Neutron Stars and The Physics of Star Trek" --- A ST episode saw the crew studying a neutron star about to erupt as it accreted material. In June 2007, NASA's Chandra x-ray Observatory discovered a distant neutron star shooting out an extended x-ray jet.
"Great Galactic Barrier - Star Trek Science Fact or Fiction?" --- ST envisioned an energy field that completely encompassed our galactic disc of the Milky Way, and prevented conventional starship travel beyond our galaxy. In reality, there is not a barrier, but a couple of energy "halos" around our galaxy. The outmost invisible "halo" is dark matter.
"Star Trek Teleportation: Physicists Develop A Way to Beam-Up Atoms" --- Physicists have found a way to cool atoms to almost absolute zero, (when all atoms start behaving in the same way), and then zap them with two lasers.
"Star Trek Warp Speeds A Reality? Scientists Claim Quantum Tunneling Exceeds Speed of Light" --- A pair of German scientists claim to have broken the speed of light, by propelling photons faster than the speed of light.
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