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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

Call of Duty 4: Experience Vicariously What Our Troops Go Through

Of all the types of video and/or computer games, first person shooters are some of the most popular – and arguably some of the most fun.

By Jim Bray - Sunday, January 13, 2008 - Full Story

Google Archaeology; How Satellite Imagery is Helping us Locate the Past

History is a passion of many, myself included, and the natural friend to history is archaeology. Archaeology can shed so much light on the past, that it informs us of not just who lived there, but how they lived.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Thursday, January 10, 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

Plate Tectonics May Take the odd Millennia off!

Plate tectonics, geology, etc, is one of my passions. Being a journalist, my only real chance to indulge in it though is when it comes up in a story, such as this one.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Monday, January 7, 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

Dinosaurs Called Antarctica Home?

As children, one of those topics that fascinate the most is that of dinosaurs. Whether you played with toys, had pictures, or read the books, dinosaurs are almost an integral part of every child’s life. So it isn’t with any reluctance that we get to revisit such stories when we’ve moved on in to our adult lives. The same can be said for the team led by William Hammer of Augustana College, who found the remains of a dinosaur in Antarctica in the early 1990s.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Thursday, December 13, 2007 - Full Story

No Federation or Empire for Our Universe

Whether you’re a Sci-Fi fan or not, you will have probably watched at least an episode of Star Trek, or one of the Star Wars movies. The former’s Federation of Planets is the utopia of many, including myself, and the latter’s Galactic Empire definitely doesn’t do anything for one’s self esteem in a universe. Across the realm of science fiction mediums, great galactic groups of people come together to wage war or preserve peace.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - Full Story

Sols Solar System Squashed

December 2004 saw the Voyager 1 spacecraft exit our solar system. It was the first manmade object to do so, and has been an unqualified success from its launch date, September 5, 1977. Its sister ship, Voyager 2 has also made it outside the solar system, and in doing so, provided us with invaluable information about our home.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - Full Story