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Pen Computer Aims at Literate Kids

Everyone knows kids are far more tech savvy than we oldsters and that they’re as at home with computers as they are with mouthing off to grownups and hanging out at malls. This “savviness” seems especially true with computers, to which kids take like the proverbial duck to water.

By Jim Bray - Monday, December 10, 2007 - Full Story

Software Lets You Record Your Favorite Online Programs

Broadcasters are going online increasingly, which can make it difficult to record a particular show you’d like to monitor or time shift. VCR’s and PVR’s will do a fine job of “taping” a show from off air, cable or satellite TV, but they’re useless if what you want to record is being streamed over the Internet.

By Jim Bray - Monday, December 10, 2007 - Full Story

The Ugly Duckling of the US Space Program

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Tuesday, December 4, 2007 - Full Story

The Precipice of a New Technological Age

Technological advancement is one of those things that people only notice long after. There are dozens of little things that have to come prior to mass distribution. A new phone is reliant on so much, but people only see flashy phones that they think are the ‘next thing.’

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Tuesday, December 4, 2007 - Full Story

From a Water Fight to a Fire Fight

For many of us, when the days got hot, and we were still sent to school, it meant only one thing; a water fight! Magically, water balloons would be pulled from pockets at lunch time, and mayhem would ensue. Given a hot enough day, the teachers would also wondrously fail to notice the soaking children coming in after lunch was over. Who ever thought that such mad fun could possibly lead to a way to fight fires?

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Monday, December 3, 2007 - Full Story

A 2007 Technology Review: The Bad!

The latest year on the calendar is coming to a close, and we at Daily Galaxy thought it was time to take a bit of a look back at the year. Being the resident nerd, I’ve decided to begin by tackling the bad in the tech world we’ve had to endure this year.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Monday, December 3, 2007 - Full Story

The Great Nothing may be something…

Earlier this year astronomers from the University of Minnesota discovered a massive void of space that measured nearly a billion light years across. It was a real discovery, in a universe that is filled with numerous objects, cramming up the space.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Monday, December 3, 2007 - Full Story

Inflatable Space Base Heads to South Pole

We’ve seen over the past decade the slow reemergence back in to the world of lunar exploration. After the excitement of the Apollo missions died away and funding with it, it’s good to see us moving back to the moon. NASA is planning missions by 2020, and China is hoping to head there soon after.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Tuesday, November 20, 2007 - Full Story

Recycling Circuit Boards for Fun and Profit

Ever wonder what happens to those old bits of dead electronics after you drop them off at a recycling center?

By Jim Bray - Friday, November 16, 2007 - Full Story

ICEpower a Cool Way to Enhance Your Sound

There’s a better mousetrap being built in the world of audiophile equipment, and you may see it in your audio stand one of these days.

By Jim Bray - Friday, November 16, 2007 - Full Story

James Webb get’s a Speed Boost

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is in line to launch 2013, and become the new era of space telescope. The warhorse of the skies—Hubble—has been patrolling the skies since 1990, and is due for a rest. James Webb will become the new darling of space exploration, and to help it do its job, it has received a broadband boost in speed.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - Full Story

Second Earth Swing-By for Rosetta

The European Space Agency’s comet chaser Rosetta is once again in the news. Earlier this year, on the 25th of February, the robotic spacecraft made its closest approach to Mars, to slow down its speed. The Rosetta mission is intended to target three separate asteroids.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - Full Story

Fifth Planet to Blame for Earth and Moon’s Battering

Just as early man would slowly discover the land “just over the mountain”, so has modern man furthered our knowledge of the Sol system. First we were at its center, then the church allowed us to orbit the sun—how gracious of them. We knew of 5 planets in the solar system along with our own, and then we knew 6, 7, and then 8. Pluto came last, closely followed by the now debunked Planet-X.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - Full Story

Discovery, Atlantis and the International Space Station

The Space Shuttle Discovery has only just landed, and already NASA are prepping her sister ship—Atlantis—to launch in under a month. But there is a lot of work to do, both on the ground and up in space, before everything can go ahead. Here’s a bit of a festive run down for you.

Presumably named for the mythological lost city of Atlantis, she’s nearly 30 years old and has made almost as many missions. She’s currently “mated” with her fuel tank and solid rocket boosters, and plans are to move her to NASA’s Pad 39A launch site on the 10th of November.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Thursday, November 8, 2007 - Full Story

The Trouble with Astronomy and Computer Storage

You need not be a tech-head to understand the problems being faced by the modern astronomers and scientists. Hard drive space is literally something we can all understand. You might not understand the mechanics, but you know that if you need 20GB and only have 18, then there is a problem.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Thursday, November 8, 2007 - Full Story

Why Google will be bigger than Apple

The tech industry has never been a wholly stable industry. One need look back no further than the buest of the .com bubble only a few years back for proof. So there are always fluctuations, and inconsistencies. Microsoft is huge, but hated. Yahoo have just been dubbed “moral pygmies” by the US House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, Tom Lantos.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Wednesday, November 7, 2007 - Full Story

The Google Phone; Let the Battle Begin

It wasn’t that long ago—a little under 5 months—that we were all a quiver about the release of the iPhone. Monday brought about the next big thing in mobile technology, and it looks as if it is going to be even bigger.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Wednesday, November 7, 2007 - Full Story

Where’d it go… FOUND IT! Oh, hang on, no, lost it again!

The universe is a very complex place; there’s no doubting that. It continually throws up new questions that people have to answer, or answers that we just don’t know the question for. One of these questions is where is all the mass?

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Wednesday, November 7, 2007 - Full Story

Genesis Mission Yields Results

The day was the 8th of September, 2004, when the Genesis capsule tumbled to Earth, failed to launch its parachute, and seemingly brought all the hopes of NASA’s Genesis mission to a grinding halt. However, due to some nifty NASA pre-mission planning, not everything was lost, as the latest study results show.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Tuesday, November 6, 2007 - Full Story

Pair of Supermassive Black Holes Discovered

In another astronomical first involving black holes, a team of scientists working with images garnered from the Chandra X-ray Observatory, have discovered a pair of supermassive black holes orbiting one another.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Monday, November 5, 2007 - Full Story