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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

“No animals or midgets” for the DARPA Grand Challenge

If you’ve read or watched any decent Science Fiction, then no doubt you will have been introduced to the autonomous car. One of the more recent and spectacular displays was from the failed movie I, Robot, where Will Smith was casually driven in to a trap by his autonomous car. Or at least, I’m fairly certain that was what was implied; as I said, a crap movie!

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

Slingbox Lets You Take Your TV on the Road

I don’t know about you, but I hate hotel televisions. Well, I mean I hate the type of TV and service you get in the class of hotel I can usually afford to stay at, the generic chains that cater to travelers who don’t arrive in Ferraris.

By Jim Bray - Saturday, November 3, 2007 - Full Story

Course Correction sets Phoenix on Target for Mars

One of the things that really fascinates is space travel. When you think about the closest interstellar neighbors Earth has, Mars is definitely on your list. It’s, essentially, right next door. But when you look at the location of the Phoenix Mars Lander currently en route, it sort of baffles the mind.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Friday, November 2, 2007 - Full Story

Adobe Creative Suite—Three’s Charming

Adobe’s big time creativity suite has been reborn yet again, this time in a third incarnation that brings into the fold new-to-the-suite products that weren’t available before.

By Jim Bray - Friday, November 2, 2007 - Full Story

Apple Goes to YouTube Teen for Advertising Genius

If you thought that all that time you were spending on YouTube was a total waste… then you’re probably right. But if you are directing some effort towards putting something up on YouTube, then you’re most likely on the right track. At least, that’s what you could hypothesize after hearing Nick Haley’s story.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Thursday, November 1, 2007 - Full Story

Heaviest Small Black Hole found… again

It was only two weeks ago that astronomers found that what they had previously thought about black holes, was not the entire story. Announced on the 17th of October, a “stellar” black hole was discovered to be 16 times the mass of our own sun. Previously it was thought that the norm was only 10. That record has been smashed, by a new stellar black hole that is weighing in at 24 times the mass of our sun.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Thursday, November 1, 2007 - Full Story

Video Discs—The Next Generation

Did you know your DVD player is obsolete?

By Jim Bray - Thursday, November 1, 2007 - Full Story

Dark Matter Not Matter…

For a long time now, dark matter has been the explanation for one of those space anomalies that no one has quite been able to figure out. The anomaly? The visible and interesting stuff that hangs around our universe—stars, planets, gasses and dust—are simply not heavy enough.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - Full Story

The Internet and the Future

An ABC News article headlined a story on the internet with “Is it Time to Scrap the Internet and Start Over?” And it is a question that a lot of people are asking these days. So much of what the internet is has evolved long after the original conception. So much so, it’s become outdated.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Monday, October 29, 2007 - Full Story

HDMI Switcher Accells in Home Theater Setting

If you want to take advantage of the best in audio and video reproduction these days, you need an HDMI connection. It’s an unfortunate fact of life, but there it is.

By Jim Bray - Saturday, October 27, 2007 - Full Story

New Uses for the so-called “frivolous” Social Medias

One of the challenges some of us face as we try and introduce our friends and family to some of the new Web 2.0 applications is a very large brick wall. My best friend is insistent in her belief that “Twitter is gay” and refuses to report anything other than reports on a fictional cat named Tubby. But for many of us, we are slowly getting through.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Friday, October 26, 2007 - Full Story

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