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So let's see how this works out. We'll start with sensors. From "Angel One" we learned that Federation sensors could detect the presence of platinum and locate it on an entire planet, because they did precisely that: they located a Federation citizen on the planet Angel One by tracking the small amounts of platinum in his gear, because the planet was mysteriously devoid of natural platinum for some reason. However, in "Survivors", Riker said that a starship once evaded detection by hiding in a Lagrange point, which seems absurd in light of the spectacular capabilities implied by "Angel One" (both incidents are already detailed in the Canon Database). Any ideas as to how one explains this? What can their sensors really do, and why would they be able to locate traces of an element on a planet while losing an entire starship that's sitting in plain sight?
Discuss, and keep in mind that other aspects of sensor behaviour are fair game for discussion as well.