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[BLOG] Some Friday links
BlogTO notes plans by the City of Toronto to refurbish Front Street.
Centauri Dreams’ Paul Gilster points to astronomers who think current techniques might, just barely, be able to identify massive moons orbiting exoplanets–the more massive and hotter the moon the better, of course.
Eastern Approaches observes the popularity, in Poland, of conspiracy theories surrounding the 2010 crash of the plane carrying Polish president Lech Kaczyński and 95 other VIPs in Smolensk.
Geocurrents notes that Lithuania’s electorate has voted massively against building a new nuclear power plant to replace the recently-closed Ignalina plant.
GNXP’s Razib Khan makes mention of the surprising fact that the near-totality of the wilderness present in North America four centuries ago at the beginning of European colonization is back.
Language Hat comments on the etymology and usage of Rus, as ethnonym and political term.
Language Log’s Victor Mair examines the origins and usage of the terms “Sinophone” and “Sinosphere.”</a
At Lawyers, Guns and Money, Robert Farley points out that with the single exception of North Korea, East Asia is actually reasonably demilitarized by the standards of the Cold War powers.
The Numerati’s Stephen Baker praises Nate Silver and his methods of statistical analysis: they don’t make use of unquantifiable and misleading sentiments, they just make use very accurate statistical methods and models.