Andart’s Anders Sandberg links to an essay he co-wrote about human longevity. The lessons of centenarians are important, but they also indicate the problems with extended: the damage of ageing has to be slowed down or even repaired, somehow.
BlogTO has two photoposts about alternate subways in Toronto, one showing a 1913 proposal for a downtown route, the other examining the Lower Queen Station that could have anchored a Queen Street subway.
BlogTO reported on the latest push by some Torontonians to crack down on nudity at the annual Pride parade.
Cody Delistraty writes about one Parisian bloggers whose writings about overlooked corners of that city have gotten her fame.
The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting that the effects of giant impacts on terrestrial planets might be detectable at long range.
At the Financial Times World blog, Gideon Rachman argues that handing Crimea over to Russia (or local proxies) without the preconditions for an internationally-recognized referendum on independence would be very problematic.
Joe. My. God. notes celebration in Lebanon after a court rules that same-sex relations are quite normal, after all.
Language Hat notes that Russian Tsarina Catherine the Great was also interested in the Greeks, to the point of being interested in claiming the territory of Byzantium in an Orthodox imperium.
Language Log notes that Encyclopedia Britannica is now using the Putonghua names of Hong Kong and Tibet (Xianggang and Xizang).
Otto Pohl links to his work on the Crimean Tatars.
At the Speed River Journal, Van Waffle reminds us that gardening and caring for plants can be a good thing. I hope to take it up.
Strange Maps follows the biography and the plans of Pakistan’s inventory, Chaudhari Rahmat Ali.
Torontoist links to trans comedian Avery Edison’s story of her issues with imprisonment at Toronto, being placed in one gender-inappropriate jail after another.
Towleroad notes that Russia Today is sending an anchor who spoke out against the occupation of Crimea to the peninsula in question, in what surely is not sly payback.
Beyond the Numbers suggests that talk of an African demographic dividend may be overstated, in that the young cohorts need–among other things–education.
Crooked Timber’s Chris Bertram talks about the ethics of open versus closed borders, suggesting that the latter is only acceptable if there actually are other ways to help.
The Dragon’s Gaze notes exoplanet WTS-2 b, a hot Jupiter set to spiral into its orange dwarf sun in 40 milion years.
The Dragon’s Tales notes that the ancestors of the Americas’ indigenous populations apparently hung out in Beringia for ten thousand years before moving south, observes that Moldovans now have visa-less travel rights to the European Union, and comments on the still unknown composition of Mars’ moons Phobos and Deimos.
At A Fistful of Euros, Edward Hugh argues that Abenomics in Japan is turning out to be a huge, expensive, mess.
Language Hat observes that many Soviets learned Polish in order to partake in the freer and more cosmopolitan literature of Poland.
As the Crimean crisis continues, I thought I’d share a few links from the blogophere.
The Economist‘s Eastern Approaches has two recent posts of note, one noting on the close ties, past and present, between the Czech Republic (and Czechoslovakia) and Ukrainians, the other observing that Russia and Ukraine are close to war.
Asya Pereltsvaig’s Geocurrents post from last year examining the Stalin-era deportation of the Crimean Tatars on charges of Nazi collaboration, the beginning of their return from Central Asia under Gorbachev, and their remaining issues of integration, remains quite relevant.
At Lawyers, Guns and Money, Scott Lemieux doesn’t think much about Charles Krauthammer’s call for action, and Robert Farley links to a cross-section of American thinkers on the subject.
Marginal Revolution has two posts–one here, one here–arguing that a Ukraine that had kept its nuclear weapons wouldn’t have experienced this invasion, suggesting that aspiring nuclear powers are looking to Ukraine’s example.
At Personal Reflections, Jim Belshaw argues that there isn’t much that can be done, perhaps suggesting that an integrated Ukraine in a Russian sphere of influence is the best-case scenario.
Justin Petrone notes that Crimea’s inclusion in Ukraine is just one example of the Soviet Union’s conflict-prone borders.
Otto Pohl wonders about the extent to which the Russian takeover will threaten the Crimean Tatars.
The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes that, so far, the markets don’t seem to suggest that Russia is taking a hit from its invasion. If it broadens to include southeastern Ukraine, maybe.
Towleroad features an essay by David Mixner calling for a partition of Ukraine on lines of language and politics. We will see more of these in days to come.
Centauri Dreams notes a new, sensitive technique that can distinguish the signals of planets from those of their stars. (Tau Boötis b was the subject.)
Crooked Timber has a whole series of posts on Ukraine’s issues, one on ethnic and language issues, and two–one here and one here–about institutional issues.
The Dragon’s Gaze notes a new model for the Fomalhaut system and observes the discovery of two Jupiter-analog planets.
The role of gas warfare in the First World War’s final year is expanded upon at Far Outliers.
Geocurrents notes that Norway and Slovenia are big winners at the Olympics measured in medals per capita.
Marginal Revolution observes that foreign aid can boost group.
Justin Petrone writes about his experience in Estonia under Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, retired after nine years.
Russian Demographics links to a chart showing the different languages spoken in the United States. The rapid decline of most European immigrant languages–though, curiously, not French–is noteworthy, as is the ascent of Spanish and Asian languages.
Supernova Condensate’s stunning true-colour image of the Martian surface got more forty thousand shares on Tumblr.
Towleroad notes that Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands have diverted aid from the Ugandan government following that country’s recent passage of a terrible anti-gay law.