GeekValley: A Safe House for Geeks of all Sorts

Geeks, Nerds and Brainiacs the world over are very rarely given the praise and appreciation they deserve.

This website is dedicated to all those who spend late nights staring through telescopes, playing with pipettes, completing Call of Duty and worshipping Bill Gates.

Here, we aim to develop a passionate following of those with a keen interest in outer space, video games, biological advances and software as it applies to business.

Granted, this seems to be a pretty random mish mash of topics with seemingly no connection to one another other than they are typically associated with interests that geeks may have.

There is method to the madness though; I own and manage an enterprise which deploys freelance journalists to write for blogs and newspapers on these very topics.

I hope you’ll enjoy, and if willing, contribute to the content seen here, so that one day, Geekvalley.com will become a reputable source for all-things astronomy, gaming, software and the future of Biology.

Purpose of this Website

I’ve knitted together the bare bones of this website by first starting with the subjects closest to my heart.

Going forward, I hope that readers of this website will feel compelled to submit articles so that the content grows like a multiplying cell. Of course, I intend to continue to contribute with more articles as and when I find the time.

Clearly, there is scope for expanding on each of the sections. Within space, I’d love to have a section on the “Big Bang Theory”, “Black Holes” and the particle collider in Switzerland.

Within our video game section, I aim to start posting timely video game reviews as and when new ones are released. I’m particularly excited for the launch of “Wolfenstein: The New Order” for the Playstation 4 and Killer Instinct for the Xbox One.

As for biology, I’d love to delve deeper into the potential uses for nanotechnology, now that scientists seem to have a pretty good hold on it.

Space: Hubble Telescope, Space Simulation Technology

Starting with space, since I was a young lass, I’d gaze into the night sky, pondering what those little twinkly silver lights were. When the Hubble Telescope was launched in 1990, I knew humanity was soon to be enlightened as to some of the more obscure, unanswered questions of space.

Indeed, since then, scientists have made giant leaps towards understanding dark matter, black holes and the Big Bang. Our piece on the famous Hubble Telescope gives you a flavour of why it is so effective at peering into space, spanning distances of billions of light years.

As we continue to send rockets and astronauts to space, the importance of testing equipment beforehand becomes ever more important. Companies across the globe have been inventing new ways of simulating the space environment using space simulation technology. In this endeavour, gear such as vacuum evaporators and CVD equipment have been particularly handy.

In our piece on Space Simulation, we delve into more detail about how the space environment can be replicated, and the equipment required to do so.

Video Games: Xbox One, Playstation 4, Computer Games

Video games are so often written off as mindless forms of entertainment that stoner teenagers play because they are lacking other responsibilities.

In my opinion, and as countless other studies have shown, some video games can be instrumental in helping children and teenagers develop.

This initially seems counter-intuitive, but the point is perhaps best made anecdotally. Games like Call of Duty and Metal Gear Solid require its players to make quick decisions, lest they be killed.

This skill of swift decision-making is readily applicable to other areas of life. A study that is featured in our page on video games demonstrated that a group of people who played war games for a period of time were significantly quicker at completing tasks than the other control group who were made to play RPG games.

Personal development aside, video games are a heck of a lot of fun. Right now, gamers spanning the globe are deliberating over whether to buy an Xbox One, a Playstation 4, or to stick with their trusty Personal Computer.
To help allow you make a better informed decision, our resident gamers have written up brief reviews for the Xbox One and Playstation 4. Hopefully, these articles will allow you to weigh up the pros and cons of each gaming console and buy the one right for you.

Biology: Nanotechnology, Stem Cell Research, Fluorescence Illumination

The future of biology holds the promise of helping cure diseases, prolonging life and creating new materials which will catapult us into a new age of technology.

Nanotechnology, in a nutshell, is the act of manipulating atoms, by working at a scale which is one billionth the size of a meter.

Using the techniques of nanotechnology, scientists are fast producing new materials with heroic qualities. Take Graphene – a miracle substance which is 2000 times stronger than steel while being six times lighter. It’s stronger than diamond and is the most conductive substance on the planet. And this was all discovered by shaving a graphite pencil!

Stem Cell research is fast helping humanity to cure diseases and prolong our living expectancy. Many of you will have heard of Dolly, the first animal to be cloned. Done in 1996, humankind demonstrated that DNA could readily be cloned, and this knowledge had far-reaching consequences for stem cell research.

Nowadays, we’re able to synthetically create stem cells in the laboratory. This, in turn, will some day allow us to easily grow replacement organs. Imagine having heart failure, but knowing that it wasn’t the end of the world. I loathe to even contemplate how people will treat alcohol if they know that they have a perfectly customized back up liver in the fridge!

And, while less exciting then the two aforementioned biotechnology topics, developments in biology equipment are crucial to allow the right research to be carried out.

Software: Microsoft Dynamics

As a business owner, managing hoards of unruly journalists and business communicators, I know the importance of simplifying every administrative task so you can get on with day-to-day business.

Ever since I discovered the wonders of Microsoft Dynamics, a software package aimed at small-to-medium sized enterprises, our business has boomed. We’ve been able to free up a tonne of labour and capacity to get on with doing what we do best; freelance writing.

Within the Dynamics suite, we utilise the Customer Relationship Management and Enterprise Resource Planning products extensively. As far as the latter is concerned, Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Dynamics GP have been a god send.

These programs have allowed us to streamline our human resources and accounting processes.

As such, I feel passionately that all businesses that can afford this package should make the investment.

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