Centauri Dreams notes the sad news that, because of the destructive way in which the stellar activity of young red dwarfs interacts with oxygen molecules in exoplanet atmospheres, Proxima Centauri b is likely not Earth-like.
Crooked Timber takes issue with the idea of Haidt that conservatives are uniquely interested in the idea of purity.
D-Brief notes the discovery of an intermediate-mass black hole in the heart of 47 Tucanae.
The Dragon’s Tales reports on the search for Planet Nine.</li.
Far Outliers reports on the politics in 1868 of the first US Indian Bureau.
Imageo maps the depletion of sea ice in the Arctic.
Language Hat remembers the life of linguist Patricia Crampton.
Lawyers, Guns and Money notes some of the potential pitfalls involved with Buy American campaigns (and like political programs in other countries), including broad-based xenophobia.
The LRB Blog looks at nationalism and identity in their intersections with anti-Muslim sentiment in Québec.
The Map Room Blog links to an essay on the last unmapped places.
Torontoist notes the 2017 Toronto budget is not going to support affordable housing.
Transit Toronto reports on TTC revisions to its schedules owing to shortfalls in equipment, like buses.
Window on Eurasia claims that Putin needs a successful war in Ukraine to legitimize his rule, just as Nicholas II needed a victory to save Tsarism.