D-Brief shares the news that scientists think that Saturn’s moon Enceladus has a subsurface ocean in its southern polar region.
The Dragon’s Gaze links to a remarkable paper claiming that red dwarf stars are exceptionally likely to have a planet in their circumstellar habitable zones.
The Dragon’s Tales links to an other paper on Mars suggesting that world was never very hot, even in its youth.
Eastern Approaches suggests that Poland is approaching the point of relative energy-independence from Russia.
The Financial Times The World blog reports on the failure of a US-subsidized Cuban social networking system.
The Frailest Thing’s Michael Sacasas links to an account of an 1895 conversation between Paul Valéry and a Chinese friend suggesting that Chinese may have had different perspectives on technology than Westerners.
Geocurrents’ Martin Lewis notes Ukrainian regionalism, observing that the Europe-leaning west/centre region has inside it a strongly nationalist Galicia and a regionalist Ruthene-leaning Transcarpathia.
Joe. My. God. points to the story of a Floridian sex offender who tried to burn down the home of a lesbian couple and their eight children just because.
Personal Reflection’s Jim Belshaw explores the origin of the word “bogey” in Australian English to mean swimming hole.
The Planetary Society Blog’s Bruce Betts reports on the progress made in the search for planets at Alpha Centauri. (So far, no evidence for Alpha Centauri Bb, but then the technology isn’t sensitive enough to confirm that world’s existence.)
Towleroad reports on the controversy surrounding the recent resignation of former Mozilla Brandon Eich, Andrew Sullivan aligning with left-wingers and Michael Signorile making the point that Eich’s donations to people like Pat Buchanan tipped things over.
Window on Eurasia comments on the successful program of the Kazakhstani government to settle ethnic Kazakhs in the once-Russian-majority north of the country so as to prevent a secession.
Bloomberg notes how IKEA’s dreams for expansion in Ukraine were undermined by corruption.
Bloomberg BusinessWeekchronicles falling Japanese stock prices, warns that Russia is becoming a junior partner of China, and notes the threats facing Ukrainian agriculture.
CNET examines the story behind the iconic Windows XP photo “Bliss”.
Global Voices Online hints, by way of a recent quitting, that Ukrainians might be disenchanted with Russian-owned Livejournal.
The Guardiannotes that the Australian city of Darwin is a military garrison par excellence, and observes that Bulgaria has derived some benefit from the Greek economic collapse as businesses have migrated north.
MacLean’s suggests that Ukraine can be anchored ittno the West if it can experience Polish-style prosperity.
Radio Free Europe notes that a Russian plan to institute fast-tract citizenship procedures for professionals has sparked fears of brain drain in Central Asia, observes the effects that currency devaluation has had on immigrants in Kazakhstan, and comments that Afghanistan’s support for Russia’s annexation of Crimea has much to do with Afghanistan’s long-standing irredentism aimed at Pakistan.
Centauri Dreams’ notes that the surface of Titan’s Ligeia Mare is apparently completely still.
The Dragon’s Gaze links to different papers, one suggesting that terrestrial planets orbiting red dwarfs are less likely to enter runaway ice ages, another further examining the concept of superhabitable worlds.
Eastern Approaches takes a look at the continuing progress made by Poland’s modernizing agricultural sector.
Geocurrents examines the geopolitical complexities of Ukraine and its relationship with Russia.
The New APPS Blog notes research suggesting that Internet trolls actually are problematic people in real life.
The Transit Toronto Blog notes that a vintage streetcar will be giving free rides on Kingston Road on Saturday the 29th of this month.
Torontoist provides an overview of the concept of co-op housing.
The Volokh Conspiracy notes that, whatever else it was, the Russian conquest of Crimea was at least almost bloodless.
Window on Eurasia warns of unrest among the Tatars of Tatarstan.
Centauri Dreams’ Paul Gilster comments upon Brian Stableford’s argument that modern science fiction traces its origins to 19th century France.
The Dragon’s Gaze notes a new study suggesting that 0.5% of G dwarf stars and 0.8% of K dwarf stars have very close-orbiting planets.
At Eastern Approaches, Joe’s Biden’s reassurance to Poland that NATO would defend Polish frontiers in the case of conflict is noted.
Far Outliers observes that, at the beginning of the Second World War in the Pacific, Australian defenses in Melanesia were quite weak, additionally commenting on the first Japanese naval deployment south of the equator.
The Financial Times‘ World blog notes that, while the Cypriot economy is doing less badly than predicting, the ongoing dependence on Russia is a problem.
Language Log’s Victor Mair is critical of a new system for learning Chinese script.
Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen observes, after the New York Times, that the economy of South Ossetia five years after the Georgian war isn’t doing very well.
Open the Future’s Jamais Cascio, reacting to the Crimean crisis, doesn’t think much of futurological methods which keep making errors.
The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes Ukraine’s exceptional economic dependence on Russia.
Visiting Toronto, Peter Rukavina quite likes the inexpensive integration of the TTC into Pearson International Airport.
Towleroad notes that Susanna Atanus, a Republican congressional candidate in Illinois who said autism was God’s punishment for same-sex marriage, won the party primary.
The Volokh Conspiracy’s Eugene Kontrovich observes the difficult situation of France, which has contracted to sell helicopter carriers to Russia.
John Scalzi at Whatever commemorates twenty years of his online presence.
Window on Eurasia notes that the Russian annexation of Crimea is accelerating the disintegration of the post-Soviet space and warns of a crackdown on Russian civil society.
io9 links to an online version of a 1984 text game, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
After disproving the existence of Tyche, Centauri Dreams meditates on the rich data provided on the interstellar neighbourhood by the WISE infrared telescope.
The Dragon’s Tales maps the distribution of Russian and Ukrainian military forces.
Eastern Approaches visits the western Ukrainian village of Chervone, a community dependent on remittances from guest workers that finds itself getting along increasingly well with Poland and Poles. (Russia and Russians, not so much.)
Joe. My. God. notes that seven billionaires on Forbes’ famed list are openly gay.
Language Log has issues with the reported sensitivity of the new test for Alzheimer’s.
Marginal Revolution follows up on Edward Hugh’s suggestion that all Abenomics in Japan has been doing is boosting the Japanese trade deficit.
Livejournal’s pollotencheggmaps the demographics of Ukraine. Despite a significant recent improvements, the west and cities in the center of the country are the only ones avoiding population shrinkage.
Savage Minds features a post from anthropologist Robin Bernstein talking about how she likes grant writing.
Strange Maps notes a Dutch doctoral thesis arguing that the portolan charts of the early modern period are much too good to have been done in the medieval period. Are they legacies of Greco-Roman civilization?
Towleroad notes the testimony of a gay singer-songwriter Justin Utley before a state committee in Utah as to the persecution he has experienced on account of his sexual orientation.
Transit Toronto’s Robert McKenzie notes the expansion of parking at the Pickering GO station.
Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell complaints that his Firefox is crashing repeatedly and with frequency aren’t things I’ve experienced yet, fortunately.
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.