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Universe Guide Blog Articles Archive 15

Game of the YearOctober 29, 2010, 7:47 pm

Mass Effect 2, the space RPG offering from Bioware has beaten off challenges from Modern Warfare and Guitar Hero 5 to win the coveted Golden Joystick. The Golden Joystick was given for Game of Year. Will Bioware be able to retain the Joystick with its Dragon Age 2 offering, only time will tell.


Calling all Mars VolunteersOctober 28, 2010, 4:53 pm

It has been reported in the press that NASA wants volunteers for a trip to Mars. There is one almighty catch though, you won be coming back. There will be living quarters there for you and youll be expected to fend mostly for yourself. Youll have to grow your own food with occasional supplies coming from Earth but be mainly self-sufficient. Advantages include not having to deal with problems that exist Earth such as wars, disease and Acts of God (Hurricanes, Volcanic Erruptions, etc).

One future problem might be population growth as the volunteers cannot be expected to be celebate or sterallised before they go. How would they cope with living in a bubble base on Mars? Funding for the project is being done by a mixture of private and government organisation. It is expected to cost around $10 Billion and be ready for 2030. The Worlds Billionaires are being asked to contributed to the cost of the endavour. For more information click here. Would you volunteer?


Release Dates for Avatar SequelsOctober 27, 2010, 5:26 pm

With support from 20th Century Fox, James Cameron has announced sequels for Avatar. The first will come out in December 2014, with the second sequel scheduled for the following year. Both films will be set on Pandora and a likely bet is that both films will be in 3D again. Zoe Saldana is returning as the warrior princess Neytiri and Sam Worthington as a Navi now.


Rocky ExoplanetSeptember 30, 2010, 9:54 pm

Scientists believe they may have discovered a rocky Exoplanet orbiting Gliese 581g. The planet lies within its planets Goldilocks zone. The Goldilocks zone is where its not too cold and not too hot for life not to exist. For more information, read the BBC.


Star Wars 3DSeptember 29, 2010, 10:22 am

George Lucas has announced more tinkering with the Star Wars Franchise. With the sudden growth of 3D movies, George has announced he will make a 3D version of the film. This will certainly enrage those who hated the special editions of the late nineties. One wonders how he will do it, will he make the original or the special editions or both into 3D?


Multi-planet Star System DiscoveredAugust 23, 2010, 9:50 pm

Scientists believe they have discovered a multi-planetary solar system around another star. They believe the star HD 10180 in the constellation of Hydrus may have five planets orbiting round the star. All the planets will most likely be gas giants like Jupiter so will not be harboring life forms. The star is 127 light years away so don`t go volunteering to visit it. It was discovered by a group of scientists led by Christophe Lovis of Geneva University using the European Southern Observatory (ESO). For more on the story, read the BBC.


Stay away from the AliensApril 25, 2010, 7:35 pm

Stephen Hawkings has gone on record to say that we should avoid making contact with aliens until we are as technically advanced as they are. His views echoes what happened in the film Independence Day. The film had aliens arriving on Earth and destroying everything in their wake. He believes that they have destroyed their homeworlds and now are looking at a new home and they probably don want to cohabitat with us. He cites history where Europeans travelled to the new worlds and conquered and killed the natives. Its a case of not hello to E.T. but being prepared for the creatures from Independence Day and V.


Alien Invasion, Jordanian StyleApril 9, 2010, 12:33pm

Al-Ghads front page story warned its readers that aliens had been sighted just outside Jafr, Jordan. Such was the gullability of its readers that the whole town ground to a halt. Children didn`t go to school and the Mayor nearly evacuated the town. Now with the crisis over, the Mayor is set to sue the newspaper.


End of King Davids ReignJanuary 2, 2010, 11:22am

The final episode of David Tennant has him battling both the Master and the returning Time Lords of Gallifrey. After defeating them, he knows his time for regeneration is soon so he travels back to see his recent companions one last time. The Timelords are returned back to where they had been during this time. They might make another appearance again in a future episode. He Visits Captain Jack in a bar and gets him to introduce himself to Alonso, the surviving ships captain in Damned Voyage, Christmas episode some years ago.

Martha Jones has now hooked up with Mickey Smith and fighting aliens on what looks like a barren planet. He visits Rose before he meets her for the first time because shes currently in another dimension. The episode ends as he regenerates during an emergency into the new Matt Smith doctor. A preview of the new series is available on the Doctor Who Website. He`s up against new aliens, old aliens (Daleks) and Vampires. Also whereas previous doctors have shied away from using guns, this time, he`s seen with a gun. The first episode of the two parter drew an audience of 10 Million viewers.


End of Year of AstronomyDecember 31, 2009, 5:23pm

As the year draws to an end so does the Year of Astronomy. It was so named as it was the 400th aniversary of Galileo use of the telescope. Throughout the year, there were numerous events both in the United Kingdom and worldwide. Hope you got to see one of them.


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