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[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait shares stunning photos taken by Hubble of distant galaxy cluster RXC J0142.9+4438, three billion light-years away.
  • The Buzz celebrates the Hugo victory of N.K. Jemisin, and points readers to her various works.
  • Centauri Dreams links to a paper considering if gravitational wave-producing events might be used as ersatz beacons by hypothetical civilizations hoping to transmit to distant observers of the event.
  • The Crux considers how we can get the four billion people alive currently without Internet access online.
  • D-Brief notes that a class of violet aurora known as STEVE is actually not an aurora at all, but a “skyglow” product of a different sort of process.
  • Far Outliers takes a look at the history of slavery in Mauritius and the nearby and associated Seychelles.
  • Kieran Healy shares a funny cartoon, “A Field Guide to Social Scientists.”
  • JSTOR Daily takes a look at the story of the stolen children of Argentina, abducted by the military dictatorship, and the fight to find them again.
  • Language Hat links to an article considering the task faced by some in bringing the novel to Africans, not only creating readerships but creating new readerships in indigenous languages displaced by English and French.
  • Paul Campos at Lawyers, Guns and Money criticizes John McCain in particular connection with the mythology surrounding the POWs and MIA of the United States in the Vietnam War.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel goes through the evidence supporting the idea that our universe must be embedded in a vaster multiverse.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how Russians have come to recognize Belarusians as a nation separate from their own, if less distinctly separate than Ukrainians.
  • Arnold Zwicky considers a visual pun inspired by Route 66: Is the image a cartoon?
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