Sexy Phil Does The Space Carnival

Phil Plait, by leshoward @ FlickrThe thirtieth Carnival of Space is up at Dr. BA’s place.

Pretty pictures, cheap fusion rockets, extra-solar planets, comic books and an unidentified object following Rosetta.

Much spacy goodness for your brain.

Go. Now. Before I promise not to beat you.

Where I found it:

That’s Phil Plait, by leshoward.

Operation FuckTard

The Hovind Crime Family has managed to have the Rational Response Squad’s YouTube account suspended by filing at least ten false copyright infringement claims. (That’s a felony, in case you’re interested.)

The Rational Response Squad’s rational response comes in video form (another You’re A FuckTard music video entry at the end, watch all of it!). Please download the video and repost it wherever you can, and add it as a response to this video at this link.

I suppose that when your lies masquerading as Science are exposed by people educated in the relevant fields as a pile of crap, you don’t really have any other choice but to lie to censor your critics. It’s typical behavior from Creationist “scientists”, so I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised. For the record, “Dr.” Dino (as he styles himself) unshockingly has no credentials in either the scientific or education fields.

Once again, just cuz it’s so damned funny – Live and Acoustic, from EddyGoombah himself right below the fold!:

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What If You Find Something Totally Cool?

Thousands of Sexy and Funny Images at DarkCasket.com

A great big peek above our garters to Dr. Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer for his helpful post about the Galaxy Zoo website. (Plus I’ve been dying to use this image and it’s perfect for this!)

So you’re addicted to Galaxy Zoo, and while identifying galaxies hither and yon you found some killer cool galaxy image. Did you discover something new? Could this be the scientific breakthrough of all time?

Probably not. But it’s still wicked nifty, and you want to find out more. What to do?

Actually, it’s not too hard. What you need to find out is the name of the galaxy — really, the catalog number. If the galaxy is bright/big enough, it’ll be in some catalog like the New General Catalog or the Uppsala Galaxy Catalog.

If you haven’t visited the Galaxy Zoo yet (direct link to the Galaxy Zoo here), I highly recommend it. It’s a website that allows you and I, the average Jane and Joe, to assist astronomers in sifting through the terrabytes of images that are being collected. There’s so much stuff coming in these days that Astronomers just can’t sort it all.

Help science, and look at pretty space pictures. What could be more fun in your underwear? OK, BESIDES that! Seriously, mucho coolio funno.

Read the BA’s step by step instructions and there’s some more helpful hints and some beautiful finds in the comments there, so don’t skip ’em.

(NOTE: We’re still working on killing the spam trojan. We want to be sure it’s gone before we ask to be removed from the blacklists. So we still can’t comment over there. I hope he doesn’t think we don’t love him any more.)

Shuttle Play By Play

We’re about 40 minutes from landing, and I’ll be giving the text version in the comments as I watch NASA TV.

Here’s the NASA-TV page with video links, or you can follow along with the Dr. BA here.   He’s cute and more knowlegable, but I have my moments.  Take your pick.

🙂

Shuttle To Land In Cali

Via CNN (no word from Dr. BA yet…):

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — For the second day, rain prevented space shuttle Atlantis from landing Friday at the Kennedy Space Center on its first try, leaving NASA managers to decide whether to prepare to land at a backup site in California instead.

“Our mindset down here is we’re going to land you somewhere safely today,” Mission Control told the shuttle crew Friday morning.

The first landing attempt at California’s Edwards Air Force Base would be at 3:49 p.m. ET. If the weather cleared up over Florida before then, NASA could instead try bringing the shuttle into Kennedy at 3:55 p.m. ET.

The landing site at Edwards was expected to have clear skies, and wind gusts there were not expected to pick up until late in the day.

Carnival of Space #8

The eighth edition of Carnival of Space is up at Universe Today.

Great space related science posts from around the blogosphere collected for your reading pleasure.

In this edition, there are posts all sorts of space stuff, from puddles on Mars (or not), to moon madness, to nanobots in the Gobi desert.
Check it out!

Beetles Swallow, Don’t Spit

Happy HumpdayVia New Scientist:

Buying a lady a drink to win her favour is a trick not confined to men. Some beetle females will mate simply to quench their thirst.

The bean weevil Callosobruchus maculatus feeds on dry pulses. With a diet like this, the male’s ejaculate is a valuable water source for females. Martin Edvardsson at Uppsala University, Sweden, tested the idea that females tap into this by keeping them on dry beans with or without access to water. Females living on beans alone accepted more matings, presumably to secure the water in the seminal fluid (Animal Behaviour, DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2006.07.018).

Well, whattya know? An evolutionary advantage to one of my favorite passtimes…

Happy Hump Day!

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