Weekend Links & Community Recap – 11/18

Each Friday we’ll post a collection of links for you to check out over the weekend — posts from around the web that didn’t quite make the cut for the week. Not saying these aren’t cool, by any means — they’re just older or not as exciting as the links we decided to post.

Enjoy:

And here is a recap of this week’s community posts, in case you missed them on Facebook or Twitter:

Have a great weekend.

Our Customers Know Best!

Our customers know best!Do you have an Edmund product you absolutely love? If so, we want to hear from you!

We’re putting the final touches on our gift guide and we want you to be a part of it by recommending your favorite Edmund item for the holidays.

How can you help?
Take a picture of you (or your kids or whomever uses the product) and the product, write up one paragraph describing why you love this item and recommend it for the holidays, then send it to us!

There are a few ways you can enter:

  1. Post it to your Facebook wall and tag us (@Edmund Scientific) in the post. You have to “Like” us on Facebook in order to tag us, so be sure to do that first.
  2. Write up a blog post and send us the link (either post it on our Facebook wall, send us a tweet (@edmundsci), share it with us on Google+, or use the contact form on our blog.)
  3. Send us a tweet (@edmundsci) with the image and your review. Feel free to use multiple tweets, if necessary — although clever, 140 character or less entries may receive special treatment!
  4. Create a post on Google+ and share it with us (+Edmund Scientifics)

Of course, we won’t let you go away empty handed! As a way of saying thanks, we’re offering a couple prizes:

  • All submissions will be entered into a random drawing for a $200 Edmund Scientifics gift certificate.
  • The authors of any submissions we use in our gift guide will receive a $25 gift certificate.

Submissions will be accepted through Black Friday. (November 25th, 2011)

Good luck and we can’t wait to see what you recommend!

Sky Talk November 2011: Jupiter (and Its Belt) Returns!

Brilliant Jupiter is now well-placed in the eastern evening sky and once again has a surprise in store for telescope users. As reported here last year, the giant planet lost one of its two main equatorial belts (while its famed Great Red Spot increased in prominence after being nearly invisible for some time). But the belt is back! And adding to the show are Jupiter’s four bright moons waltzing around the planet from night-to-night. All you need to see the action for yourself is a clear sky and a good telescope.
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Looking for a Super Deal?

We’ve got a special offer for new fans and old fans alike. Simply ‘Like’ Edmund Scientific on Facebook and then head over to the Super Deal Signup tab on our page to register to get a super secret promotion code sent to your inbox. The more fans we get, the better the deal!

  • Get us to 6,500 Facebook fans by the end of October and we’ll give you 30% off one item under $100.
  • If we get to 7,500 fans, we’ll up the offer to 40% off one item under $100.
  • And if we get to 8,500 fans, we’ll unlock a whopping 50% off one item under $100.

Be sure to share this with your friends too! They can help us reach our goal and unlock the best deal for everyone.

We’ll send out the code once we get to the highest goal or the end of October, which ever comes first. Perfect timing for the holidays, right?

Offer details: Once conditions have been met, the offer code will be unlocked and sent via email to the fans who registered through our Facebook page. Offer good only in the United States. Does not including shipping costs. Offer rquires that you have only one item in your cart and the value of the product is less than $100. By registering for this promotion, you will also be subscribed to our email newsletter. Our newsletter features more deals, special promotions, previews, and new product announcements. Promo code expires 12/31/2011.

Weekend Links + Community Recap (10/14)

Each Friday we’ll post a collection of links for you to check out over the weekend — posts from around the web that didn’t quite make the cut for the week. Not saying these aren’t cool, by any means — they’re just older or not as exciting as the links we decided to post.

Enjoy:

And here is a recap of this week’s community posts, in case you missed them on Facebook or Twitter:

Have a great weekend!

Weekend Links + Community Recap (10/7)

Each Friday we’ll post a collection of links for you to check out over the weekend — posts from around the web that didn’t quite make the cut for the week. Not saying these aren’t cool, by any means — they’re just older or not as exciting as the links we decided to post.

Enjoy:

And here is a recap of this week’s community posts, in case you missed them on Facebook or Twitter:

Have a great weekend!

Chemistry Cat Caption Contest Winners Announced!

Our fans are amazing! Seriously. Thank you for making this contest a success: over 500 entries, thousands of votes, and 1,140 new Facebook fans. We couldn’t have asked for anything more!

So, who won?

As I mentioned above, we had a LOT of entries. We also had 25 entries receive over 10 ‘likes’! The caption champ, however, is Michael Howland with a very LOLcat-like message “i iz a scienrist” and a whopping 70 ‘likes’:

Congratulations Michael!

The caption runner-up is Levent Sakar, with an entry that received 53 likes.

The random fan winner is Chris Macri. Congratulations!

Michael gets the first choice between the Astroscan or the CHEM C3000 chemistry set. Chris will get the other prize.

Thank you to everyone who participated. As a way of saying thanks, we have something really special lined up for all of our fans. Keep an eye on our updates later in the week for more detail.

The 4th Annual Kids’ Science Challenge

Kids' Science ChallengeRegistration for the Kids’ Science Challenge, a free nationwide competition for 3rd to 6th graders, opened today for it’s fourth year. The competition gives kids the opportunity to submit experiments and problems for real scientists and engineers to solve. Plus kids can play science games, watch videos, and enter to win awesome prizes and trips.

This year’s topics:

  • Zero Waste
  • Animal Smarts
  • Meals on Mars

Through the competition kids research these topics, brainstorm ideas, and submit their experiments or problems for scientists to solve. The winning students are given the opportunity to work with real scientists to bring their ideas to life.

The first 1,000 entrants receive a free science activity kit with hands-on projects related to the three science topics. Other prizes include science kits, science equipment and cool science toys.

The competition is open between October 1, 2011 and February 29, 2012.

Visit the site for more information, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

Good luck to all that enter!

Disclosure: Edmund Scientific has provided some of the great prizes for this competition.

Sky Talk October 2011: A Meteor Shower & Two Planets

Orionids Meteor Shower

Orionids Meteor Shower Lights Up the Sky by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on Flickr

Skywatchers have an ideal opportunity this month to see one of the most reliable annual displays of “shooting stars” plus the rising of the two brightest planets on opposite horizons. And all this couldn’t happen at a better time, for October typically has not only some of the best skies of the year for viewing but also on average the greatest number of clear nights.

The Orionid Meteor Shower will provide another fine display of celestial fireworks as it reaches peak activity during the evening hours of the 21st into the morning of the 22nd, maximum itself coming sometime before dawn. The Moon will interfere somewhat after midnight, being just two days past Last Quarter. As many as two dozen shooting stars will be seen under good sky conditions (or about one every two minutes).
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Weekend Links – 9/30

Each Friday we’ll post a collection of links for you to check out over the weekend — posts from around the web that didn’t quite make the cut for the week. Not saying these aren’t cool, by any means — they’re just older or not as exciting as the links we decided to post.

Enjoy:

Have a good weekend!