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In case you do not easily panic, you may have missed the story that two asteroids were passing close to Earth yesterday.  Not to worry, it happens all of the time, but because their existence was only discovered Sunday by the Catalina Sky Survey, people were concerned.

The 50-foot 2010 RX30 came within 154,000 miles of Earth, just over halfway from here to the moon (0.6 lunar distances if you want to impress your friends), yesterday morning and then 2010 RF12, about 30 feet in size, came within 50,000 miles of Earth yesterday afternoon.
Are blogs valuable?   They must be to science readers.  A Pew Research Center study shows that Old Media doesn't cover science very well, leaving a gap to be filled by bloggers, with 10X the science content.  And leadership.

They cite the "ClimateGate" East Anglia coverage, which was basically ignored by cheerleaders in science journalism until it took off in the blogosphere.   A week later, it gained traction in traditional media.

Blogs and Traditional Press science coverage
I have long told my more progressive brethren who have been happy about overarching judicial decisions they happened to like that activism is a double-edged sword.   Certainly it's reasonable to 'cross that bridge' when society gets to it, but until then the repercussions are substantial.

In the instance of an injunction on embryonic stem cell research being upheld, it's not evil Republicans sticking it to stem cell research, though I have long contended they never did by simply restricting the human embryonic stem cell kind anyway - that law was signed by Clinton.  Instead, it is a court and we have 50 solid years of aggressive judicial good works that has gone well beyond interpreting the Constitution, making it the most powerful branch of government.
Digg founder Kevin Rose cheerfully responds to the mountains of criticism around the newly launched Digg 4. His overall theme is that users need to deal with it.
I just learned about this today so I am passing the info along.   Why mention it?  One of the riders is Pete Schleider, who is the lead outside investor in Science 2.0.  He's a modest, compassionate guy who obviously cares about society and only mentioned it in an email this morning, but this is a terrific cause so I am passing the info along, with details on how to donate/sponsor if you are inclined.

Ride the Divide for Wounded Warriors is an event for the charity Healing American Heroes, which is devoted to helping those that were wounded serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  100% of the money these gents are raising is for charity.
As mentioned, I had a chance to break some bread with uber-Geek book author Garth Sundem a few days back and posted a Bloggy pic.   But, as is common, we took more than one to try and get it right.  So below is the pic I posted from my article and then down farther is an 'outtake' that didn't make the cut.   

Can your keen eyes fathom why the waitress snapping the photo said that one was not so good?