Astronomy

this soapbox seems familiar...

H.R. 4645, the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act, has been reported by its Committee to the full House of Representatives.

H.R. 4635 is a bill that, if passed, will lift all restrictions on travel to Cuba and remove certain restrictions on selling agricultural products to Cuba. Currently, legislation severely restricts American citizens from traveling to Cuba, and the embargo (known in Cuba as el bloqueo - the blockade) makes it incredibly difficult for farmers to sell their products in Cuba. There are several reasons to support this bill: Perhaps the most obvious is that US policy towards Cuba in general has always banked on the Castro regime dying out (sometimes literally) in the next few years...for half a century. Another is that the travel restrictions impinge on the rights of Americans to travel where they see fit, including Cuban-Americans who have no surviving relatives on the island. Opening up agricultural trade to Cuba will not only likely help with the food shortages on the island, but stimulate the economy and open up jobs for Americans.

Please consider contacting your Representative in support of this bill. You can find your representative here; even one email can make a difference.

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Please feel free to link to this post or ask questions; I am always happy to provide citations. Crossposted everywhere, because this is a subject that is very near and dear to my heart, for obvious reasons.
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What with all the bingo cards going around, I unfortunately still haven't seen the one I REALLY want to see: Science Porn Bingo. I would be all over that.

SO, if you want, comment with something sciencey that you want to see in a fic. If enough people comment, I'll make a bingo card and try to get bingo! Feel free to comment with more than one prompt, although if it's something that's not astronomy, physics, or computer science, a Wikipedia link would be greatly appreciated.

Hopefully this will help me get my fanfic-writing groove back, as it absconded somewhere around halfway through the semester and is still MIA.
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Cassinispam!

Just a quick Cassinispam I put together. Featuring Saturn, Saturn's moons, and a cameo by Jupiter. All pictures taken by the Cassini-Huygens space probe.

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I have the distinct feeling these things may become weekly, or at least somewhat regular. In case that ends up happening, feel free to let me know other (astronomical) things you'd like to see picspammed - the next one will definitely include the Pleiades, but you never know, I may shake things up and throw some atmospheric halos in there.
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scifi_ghetto is now open for prompts!

Ever wondered why there are no fics about your favorite nebula? Why we never see Spock actually doing ~*~science~*~? Why nobody seems quite willing to acknowledge that the Enterprise is a closed system?

Well, prompt away. It can be math, it can be science, it can be coding, it can be as detailed or laconic as you want, so long as it is dorky as hell. Prompts will be open for about one week (until March 10th), at which point it will be run as a Science Battle. Right now it's just Star Trek, but if there's interest in opening it up to other fandoms, I'm totally up for that too.
Astronomy

Five Times Jim Was Neurotically Mothered By His Crew (And...)

Title: Five Times Jim Was Neurotically Mothered By His Crew (And One Time He Mothered Them Right Back)
Rating: PG for mentions of violence
Summary: It says a lot about his life that Jim's no longer surprised to be waking up in sickbay with no idea of how he got there.
Notes: Written for extraonions for help_haiti, who said "I am a big fan of hurt/comfort, Kirk!whump, any kind of story where the other characters are concerned about Kirk, discuss these concerns with each other, and generally hover and mother hen him (either with or without him noticing). You can write me 1,000 words of everyone on the Enterprise monitoring Kirk's emotional state and nutritional intake and making him wear mittens and it will hit every button I have :)." I may have taken this a bit more literally than it was intended. I hope you enjoy it! :D Huge thanks to Ari and Rachel for the beta.

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