Just some quick reminders of things that may interest y’all:
The Celestron Capture the Universe contest is still going strong! This is an astrophotography contest sponsored by Celestron and Discover Magazine. The rules and all that are at that link, but I might suggest that the comet Hartley 2, currently in the far north, is making an excellent target of itself for the next few days. The contest ends on Friday, October 30, so hurry!
The Donors Choose fundraiser is also still going on. So far, my generous readers have donated well over $2000 to help students learn math and science! I am really, really proud of all of you, and extremely grateful for helping this tremendous effort. You’ve made a lot of teachers and kids across America really happy.
Don’t forget to take a look at the best physical science websites up for the Physics.org awards! I’m judging the Best Q&A sites, and I’m looking forward to poring over them, though not so much looking forward to choosing my favorite. That’ll be tough… and you can help, since every category has a People’s Choice award, too!
The site Physics.org is holding a 2010 award contest for science/physics websites! I wrote about this before; since then they’ve closed nominations and have short-listed five sites for each of the categories, including best blog, best online magazine, and so on.
They asked me to judge the "Best ask the expert / Q&A site" and I can see my work’s cut out for me.
But you can join in: beside those of the judges, they also want the public’s opinion: there’s a Peoples Choice award in each category as well. All you have to do is register with the Physics.org website, and then submit your vote. The polls close on Sunday, November 7.
There are lots of good entries, and at the very least you can take a look to see what sciencey sites are out there you may not know about.
Know a physics website you love?
The Institute of Physics website physics.org is holding their first ever physics web awards! If there’s a site you like, you can nominate it to win in several categories, including:
* Best blog
* Best news site / online magazine
* Best podcast
* Best Q&A / ask the expert site
* Best revision site
* Best kids’ site
* President’s prize (anything which doesn’t fall under any of the categories above)
As it happens, I was asked to be a judge for the "Best ask the expert / Q&A site", no doubt because of my inexhaustible ability to obfuscate on matters scientific. Bribery and flattery will get you nowhere, but a site with fun, accurate, easy-to-understand answers certainly will! Other judges include my friends Gia Milinovich, (the Hive Overmind’s own) Amos Zeeberg, Alom Shaha (whom you may remember from the Science Is Important video effort), and astronomer-who-discovered-pulsars Jocelyn Bell-Burnell.
Nominations are open now, and close on October 10. So go through your bookmarks and start submitting!