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Young Galaxy not as Young as First Thought

In the world of science, nothing is absolutely certain for very long. Einstein’s theories of relativity and general relativity are already being rethought. Evolution is always up in the air. And now, I Zwicky 18—a dwarf irregular galaxy—appears not to be as young as first thought.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Friday, October 19, 2007 - Full Story

Is Mars Dead. The Volcanoes will Tell

Mars has been the at the center of the attention spotlight of late, with the Mars rovers traversing its surface, NASA’s Mars Odyssey and Mars Global Surveyor, and the European Space Agency’s Mars Express missions operating from orbit. A team of scientists have collaborated to determine that, while at the moment Mars is a lifeless hunk of rock, the future may not be the same.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Thursday, October 18, 2007 - Full Story

Third Tallest Roller Coaster Constructed by NASA

When confronted with the question “Where are the three biggest roller coasters located?” one is not normally expected to answer “Kennedy Space Center”. However, that is just where the third tallest roller coaster is now located, thanks to NASA’s keen hearted interest in keeping their astronauts and ground crews alive.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Monday, October 15, 2007 - Full Story

Outer Space Tourism Acquires its own Currency

Scientists are once again up to their formidable best with their newest invention for space travel; currency. For use by inter-planetary travelers - expected to be increasing over the next 5 to 40 years - this new currency will act as the safe and reliable intergalactic currency Star Trek fans have been longing for.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Monday, October 15, 2007 - Full Story

Undergrads Unexpectedly Uncover Unruly… Asteroids

The majority of astronomical finds are attributed to the experts in fields that have been invested in their studies for many years. Occasionally a post-graduate student will have been given access to some information which will allow her or him to have discovered something, but in the long run, it doesn’t happen all that often.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Sunday, October 14, 2007 - Full Story

New Horizons Jovian Visit

Just like when you go on holiday somewhere, there are always great sights along the way. Rarely do we just keep our heads down in the car. The same can be said for the New Horizons mission, currently en route for the newly christened dwarf planet Pluto and its three moons, Charon, Nix and Hydra

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Saturday, October 13, 2007 - Full Story

iPods and Laptops Owe their Allegiance to Nobel Prize Winners

Many in the world take the fact that their little iPod or laptop is capable of holding “just so much” music or information. They don’t really take all that much notice of the fact that, inside such a small device, is the technological know-how and ingenuity of a decade’s worth of technological progress.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Friday, October 12, 2007 - Full Story

Personal Coffee Maker Turns Writer into a Caf-fiend

I may never drink instant coffee again. Not that I do anyway, much, except under emergency conditions, but thanks to the people at Braun I’ve become convinced that individually packaged coffee and tea, and the hardware to brew it, is one of the better inventions of the early 21st century, second possibly to any breakthroughs in cancer research that may happen.

By Jim Bray - Monday, October 8, 2007 - Full Story

Oppo DVD Player Offers Big Bang for the Buck

Up converting DVD players are pretty well standard equipment these days, even on virtually entry level units being sold as impulse items. These are players that take a DVD’s normal 480 pixel resolution output and “digitally fudge” higher resolutions from 720 to 1080 pixels (from the top to the bottom of your screen).

By Jim Bray - Monday, October 8, 2007 - Full Story

Mission to Mars to be undertaken by humans or robots?

For the past year or so we’ve finally seen an uptick in the amount of interest given to space exploration. The Asian space race is on with Japan, China and India seemingly all competing against each other. NASA continue to make strides as they explore past the galaxies outer limit with Voyager and closer to home begin preparations for the James Webb Space Telescope.  Now Google has entered the fray by creating the Google Lunar X Prize, putting $30 million up for the first to send information back from the Moon via an unmanned robot.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Saturday, October 6, 2007 - Full Story

Moon Base Plans Slowly Evolving

You know that you’re living in an interesting time when the idea of constructing a base of operations on the Moon is not met with amused giggles, but studied thoughtfulness. And that’s just where we are, with news of NASA’s Lunar Architecture Team hard at work in designing a human outpost on our closest solar neighbor.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Thursday, October 4, 2007 - Full Story

Space Shuttle Discovery at Launch Pad

Continuing in our series of articles focusing on the current and future NASA space missions, news from the American space agency is that the next shuttle to visit the International Space Station, Discovery, was delivered to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center launch pad this past Sunday.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Thursday, October 4, 2007 - Full Story

Asia’s Race to the Skies

If you were to be asked who was the leader in space exploration, there is really only one name that springs to mind; NASA. For so long, America has been at the forefront of many discoveries made in space, either by visiting space or by watching it, that we are sometimes tuned out to the fact that they are now merely players, as the poem would read.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Wednesday, October 3, 2007 - Full Story

iTunes Receives some Welcome Competition

For a long time now, longer than you would first think considering how time flies in the tech world, Apple has been the leader in online music sales, thanks in part to their near-monopoly on the portable media device market, and the symbiotic iTunes Store. They’ve led the way in terms of sales for music, and video.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Wednesday, October 3, 2007 - Full Story

U.S. Military get their hands on a Heat-Ray

When you cast your mind back to the radio serials of the past century, depicting our future (or even the years we are living), the term ‘heat-ray’ will inevitably be linked to the mad ravings of someone known as “Doctor Dementor” or “The Professor of Pain”. In reality, some will say that they should be left there, in literary—or not so much—peace.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - Full Story