The 11th edition of the monthly science carnival Philosophia Naturalis is now up at Chris Rowan’s Highly Allochthonous site, where discussions move from the Higgs boson to Cassini’s extended mission, with time in between to investigate puddles on Mars. Take note as well of the weekly Carnival of Space, now in its 9th edition, this week edited on the Planetary Society’s weblog by the able Emily Lakdawalla. Here again the range is spacious, with musings on the atmospheres of extrasolar planets to the nano-minded Brian Wang’s thoughts on laser systems that could get us to Mars. If you only have time for one, don’t miss Pamela Gay’s take on gravitational lenses, a fine job on a tool of ever growing importance.