Oh my, it’s already November…

Even though it’s been a few weeks, I still want to bring attention to some of the interesting stuff on the internet that has caught my attention…

via NASA

Earth had a visitor of the rocky kind in YU55 which passed within the distance of the Moon’s orbit. See the radar video from NASA and get your dose of science from the Bad Astronomer. I got to see the asteroid fly through the field of view of the 26-inch telescope at McCormick Observatory, thanks to Ed Murphy, who is my new favorite candidate for space-laser-operator after the great job he did of finding and tracking it.

Then, it’s the Carnival of Spaaaaaace! Latest one is 223 with a fun picture of Apollo astronauts just lounging about.

Chances are, you don’t suck at that thing you think you suck at. Another reason to *heart* LifeHacker.

More <a href="http://www.randi.org/site/index prozac drug.php/swift-blog/1490-flu-vaccine-safety-and-efficacy.html”>solid information on flu vaccine safety and efficacy from Dr. Steven Novella. I got my shot!

Meanwhile, Delta Airlines is running a public “service” announcement by the National Center for Vaccine Information. It actually seems like a disservice to public health, promoting the NVIC’s anti-vaccine agenda. Delta has responded, but they have not yet removed the ad. Elyse from Skepchick has collated all the ways that you can tell Delta that you are unhappy with this, so keep the pressure on.

The Skeptical Teacher, Matt Lowry, encourages us to support Science Debate 2012. See story immediately above this one to be reminded of why science literacy is important in the public sphere. Shouldn’t our elected representatives know their science, too? This group got Obama and McCain to respond to their questions about science policy in 2008.

More on the science behind Celiac disease, or the autoimmune disease that responds to gluten, from “Smaller Questions”.

A really great example of why falsification is important to science, by Barbara Drescher.

George Hrab exposes the idiocy of “77 non-religious reasons for man/woman marriage,” including the silly use of a slash in their title.

The creative minds at Mad Art Lab have gotten hold of a 3-D printer. Only awesome-ness can come from this. Or the robot apocalypse. Or both. Maybe they’ll even make a space laser!

I found this to be a rather poignant essay on the “Occupy” movements and rape culture. (Not found on my own, but found it here.) Also, the Occupy Wall Street protestors were kicked out in the middle of the night, but have returned this evening. Rock on.

For me, last weekend was pretty fun. I went to Philly, spent some time with Tim, hung out with an old college friend with whom I have way too much fun, took a workshop in “Circus Aerials,” and did a really cool historical walking tour. And I took part in my very first TuacaCon! This is a really fun virtual event where authors read their work to you. It’s like storytime for adults! At least some of the segments are posted on the UStream site, so check it out! I got to talk about astronomy and extraterrestrials with P.G. Holyfield for a bit which was really great. He’s particularly interested in astronomy due to a story that he’s working on right now that I can’t wait to read. In the meantime, you can read or listen to “Murder at Avedon Hill” which combines fantasy and mystery in a world that I very much hope he revisits in the future. Also, I learned about Write Or Die. NOW I can finish my thesis.

Speaking of podcasts, I had a lovely chat about astronomy with Kylie Sturgess a while back, at Dragon*Con actually, which she recorded and posted, and I don’t think I ever linked to that. Sorry about that, Kylie! Some of her other recent episodes are from SkepTrack, so you can re-live (or for-the-first-time-live) those panels.

Finally, if that’s not enough to keep you informed and entertained for a while, the James Randi Educational Foundation posted two talks from The Amazing Meeting 9 so far, one by Sadie Crabtree on skeptical activism:

Sadie Crabtree – Winning Hearts and Minds for Skepticism from JREF on Vimeo.

… and the rather spirited panel on space, which contains the “shush heard round the world.”

TAM Panel – Our Future in Space from JREF on Vimeo.

If you’ve made it this far down the page, then you probably have time for this (via Tim).

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