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Yellowstone at risk of Hydrothermal explosion, not Volcanic

One of the USA’s greatest tourist destinations, Yellowstone National Park is more than just the home of Old Faithful. Yellowstone lies atop one of the world’s few dozen hotspots, just like Hawaii, and is home to the Yellowstone Caldera (a volcanic feature formed by the collapse of land following a volcanic eruption) which measures in at 55 kilometers by 72 kilometers.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - Full Story

Black Holes spinning near the Speed of Light

We’ve dedicated a lot of attention to black holes of late, with rogue holes roaming the universe and other holes shooting energy at harmless nearby galaxies. So it is not a surprise that the research keeps coming.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - Full Story

France Used to be a Jungle

The reason I started writing professionally for sites such as Daily Galaxy was, first and foremost, so that I could write my own fiction. It is a great tradeoff, don’t get me wrong; I get to write about that which interests me, dig into news, history and science like I would never have had the opportunity to prior. But I consider myself an ‘aspiring author’ first and foremost.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - Full Story

Another Inconvenient Truth

But this time, this inconvenient truth has nothing to do with our planet or how we’re treating it. According to results that were presented to the American Astronomical Society meeting in Austin, Texas last Tuesday, a spiral galaxy has been confirmed to have a pair of arms that are winding in the opposite direction from most galaxies.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - Full Story

Gizmorons, or, How to give Bloggers a Bad Name in One Easy Step

The face of journalism has been undergoing a massive shift over the past several years. From the days where news could only be written by lay men and women with writing skills, things have changed. Now blogs and websites exist that allow the experts in all fields to speak for their own field. But the internet has also allowed the layman the chance to do the same, participating in a way that is reminiscent of the journalistic cadetships of yesteryear.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - Full Story

Bill Gates on the Second Age of Technology

You may have something against Microsoft – let’s be honest, who doesn’t? – but you have got to admire and love their soon to be ex-boss, Mr. Bill Gates.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Thursday, January 10, 2008 - Full Story

Solar Cycle 24 Heats Up

Looking to our skies is the job of your local weatherman, and for the most part, we thank them for it (despite the fact it still seems they don’t know what they’re doing). But our planet is affected by more than just terrestrial weather. Space weather also affects us here on planet Earth, and the driving force behind that, is the solar cycle.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Thursday, January 10, 2008 - Full Story

And The Winner Is… BLU-RAY!

Much to my disappointment, a winner has all but been chosen in the HD war, and Microsoft isn’t one of the winners (so, maybe it isn’t all bad?). And while there will still be some holdouts, and many sitting on the fence, we can officially call Blu-Ray the winner of the High Definition war.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Thursday, January 10, 2008 - Full Story

The Dust that Formed us Has a Home

Dust is all the rage at the moment, thanks to Phillip Pullman’s widely popular His Dark Materials trilogy. But what of the dust that formed what we know and love today; the dust that, for all intents and purposes, we are all made from.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Thursday, January 3, 2008 - Full Story

Ancient Civilization Found

Reported at the end of last year, but missed pretty much everywhere, Russian archaeologists working in Kyrgyzstan have discovered the remains of, what must have been at its time, a thriving metropolis. Estimated to be from 2,500 years ago, they were found at the bottom of Lake Issyk Kul, in the Kyrgyz mountains.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Thursday, January 3, 2008 - Full Story

Is Modern Man Descendant of Neanderthal?

It is always a joy to write a piece on scientific ‘evidence’ that pits itself against long held beliefs. Thus it is my great pleasure to visit the world of human evolution; where we came from, and whether we lived side by side the Neanderthal, or evolved from him.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Thursday, January 3, 2008 - Full Story

Feasible Impact Risk Detected

It seems a bit of a wonder that movies like Deep Impact and Armageddon made such an impact on humanity, considering the source of their storyline. One would imagine that the end of all humankind is not necessarily a story built for the masses.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - Full Story

Twin Satellites to make Study of the Moon

It has played a significant part in our planets history, both geographical and historical. But our moon has been ultimately unexplored, except for a few locations where humanity has left their footprints. So an MIT study costing $375 million will attempt to rectify that matter, by conducted a study using a pair of satellites.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Thursday, December 20, 2007 - Full Story

Google to go up against Wikipedia

If you had asked me prior to this news who there was in the world that could successfully beat Wikipedia at their own game, there would have been only one answer. With their stated mission to gather all of the world’s information, Google not only have what it takes to beat Wikipedia, but the fan base as well.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Thursday, December 20, 2007 - Full Story

Does Time Slow Down in an Emergency?

“Does the experience of slow motion really happen, or does it only seem to have happened in retrospect? The answer is critical for understanding how time is represented in the brain.” That is the question being asked by several American scientists who, for science, decided that jumping off a 45-meter high platform would be a good method of discovery.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Monday, December 17, 2007 - Full Story

Replacing the Shuttle NASA’s big Dilemma

Most of you will be well aware by now that NASA’s fleet of space shuttle’s will be retired 2010. After nearly 30 years of (semi-)regular trips to space, NASA is mothballing the Atlantis, Discovery and Endeavor space shuttles.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Friday, December 14, 2007 - Full Story

Captain Kidd’s Last Prize Found

The other day I reflected on a child’s love of dinosaurs, and how they play such a fun part in our adolescence. Add a few more years to our imaginary child there, with his dinosaur toys under his bed and his books gathering dust in the bookshelves, and he’s moved on to more exciting discoveries: pirates!

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Friday, December 14, 2007 - Full Story