Rising up to block part of the star-studded sky, the New Technology Telescope (NTT) cuts a striking and dramatic figure in this ESO Picture of the Week. Located at ESO's La Silla Observatory in the Chilean Atacama Desert, the NTT was inaugurated in 1989. It was the first ever telescope to have a computer-controlled main mirror. This 3.58-metre mirror is very flexible and its shape can be continuously changed, allowing astronomers to counteract deformations due to external influences such as wind, temperature and mechanical stress mid-observation in order to see the objects as clearly as possible. Complementing the NTT’s groundbreaking technology is the innovative design of its housing. Its octagonal dome is relatively small and includes a series of flaps that ventilate the structure with reduced turbulence, allowing air to flow smoothly across the mirror. The dome walls can be opened entirely — as opposed to only opening the roof, as with conventional domes — to reveal large swathes of the southern sky. This image was taken by ESO Photo Ambassador Babak Tafreshi. (ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org))
Rising up to block part of the star-studded sky, the New Technology Telescope (NTT) cuts a striking and dramatic figure in this ESO Picture of the Week. Located at ESO's La Silla Observatory in the Chilean Atacama Desert, the NTT was inaugurated in 1989. It was the first ever telescope to have a computer-controlled main mirror. This 3.58-metre mirror is very flexible and its shape can be continuously changed, allowing astronomers to counteract deformations due to external influences such as wind, temperature and mechanical stress mid-observation in order to see the objects as clearly as possible. Complementing the NTT’s groundbreaking technology is the innovative design of its housing. Its octagonal dome is relatively small and includes a series of flaps that ventilate the structure with reduced turbulence, allowing air to flow smoothly across the mirror. The dome walls can be opened entirely — as opposed to only opening the roof, as with conventional domes — to reveal large swathes of the southern sky. This image was taken by ESO Photo Ambassador Babak Tafreshi.

ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org)

Tech Corner Vol. 1

The New Beginning...

December 15, 2017

Hello everybody, welcome to the first issue of Tech Corner! In the Tech Corner, we talk about all things and everything tech. New technology, old technology, computer hacks, tech preferences and much more.

To start off with, here’s something new around the school: What The Tech! What The Tech (WTT) is a student lead IT desk to help with you will all technology problems or needs. Founded by two High School Tech Interns Riley Gamson and myself with the aid of our schools Tech Guru (Support/Trainer) Mrs. Debbie Wilson, you can receive advice as well as any help regarding technology involving the school. This is for both students and faculty!!! What the Tech will officially launch after winter break and will be stationed in the LLC. If you have any questions or concerns, email WTT at this address: whatthetech@swsdonline.com

How about a computer hack. Have you ever found yourself in a position where you are doing your math hw, find yourself in need of a graphing calculator, and realize that your calculator is in your backpack across the room? Well fear not, because did you know that if you visit desmos.com, you can access a free online graphing calculator? Save yourself the effort of walking across a room to get a calculator and just use this website! There you go. Math hack achieved.

Situation: you have an english paper coming up? Everything is going great, your essay is all typed, but you forgot one thing. You need to create a bibliography for all of your sources that you used. You don’t want/don’t know how to create the bibliography yourself. Well try this. Citethisforme.com will create the bibliography for you! Isn’t that fancy!

Have you tried waterproofing your phone? It’s not as hard as you would think it would be. Simply put your phone in a ziplock sandwich bag and make sure that the seal is closed nice and tight. You will still be able to use the touchscreen on your phone when it is in the bag, but the plastic from the bag will keep the water out! This is perfect for boat rides, or maybe using your phone to watch Netflix while you’re taking a bath. The possibilities are endless!

If you are one of the people that take videos of loud events on your phone, such as a concert, or a screaming parade, cover the microphone when you record to make the audio sound more clear when you go back to listen to it. Covering your phone’s microphone causes sharp sudden sounds to be muffled, and keeps the annoying fuzzy sound out of your audio. Maybe it will even mask the sound of the freaking out person next you you at the concert you are recording.

You have a problem that involves technology? Before you call for help, remember to try the two most common solutions that may save you a lot of time and a lot of effort: 1) Did you restart it? 2) Is it plugged in? It may sound silly, but this is a very common and simple mistake that many people make. It is nothing to be ashamed of, it happens to the best of us.

Looking for a better way to use canvas? Did you know that canvas can be downloaded from the app store, so you won’t miss another canvas notification again. If you have an online discussion, and you need to have a certain number of words typed to receive a decent grade, you can use the text to speech input from your phone to type your response, and the word limit will not seem to be so many words after all. DISCLAIMER: I do advise that you go back over your text and edit your response after using text to speech. Sometimes text to speech will not pick up what you meant to say and will instead “autocorrect” to other words not so school appropriate.

There are all kinds of tech hacks and problems out there, so if you questions about tech, or you want to suggest a tech topic, email me at uzunoram000@swsdonline.com

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