Carnival of space 30 is up at bad astronomy The latests methods to find extrasolar planets, fusion rockets if bussard fusion works, more astronomy of planets and comets, new space finance and Obama's position on space. Obama would cut space programs and use the funds for education.
My contribution was the view of space travel if the Bussard IED fusion project is successful.
Mini black holes are discussed
Centauri dreams forecasts that in 2015 we will have discovered a lot more extrasolar planets (with planetary transit techniques, but also robotics and better telescopes) and gotten spectrographic analysis of any atmospheres. Spectrographic analysis using the light from the object to tell us what elements it is made.