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[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Centauri Dreams writes about the ferocious storms of Titan.
  • The Crux reports on the crisis of dark matter: What _is_ it, exactly?
  • D-Brief reports on the particular strangeness around nearby neutron star RX J0806.4–4123, an unusually hot star.
  • Bruce Dorminey reports on a new search for signs of extraterrestrial civilizations using optical telescopes directed towards the Andromeda Galaxy.
  • Far Outliers describes the origins of the feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys.
  • A Fistful of Euros considers the future of Angela Merkel in light of the election of Ralph Brinkhaus as joint parliamentary leader of the CDU and CSU in Germany.
  • Language Hat reports on an unexpected connection, dynastically and culturally, between the last of Anglo-Saxon England and very early Kiev.
  • Language Hat shares a sample of Vietnamese text written without diacritics.
  • The NYR Daily shares a first-hand experience of a patient with the famed Mayo Clinic.
  • Roads and Kingdoms reports on a meal of zaru soba in Tokyo.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel considers what the universe looks like when the second generation of stars began to form.
  • Frank Jacobs at Strange Maps shares a canonical map of the planet of Gethen, from the Ursula LK. Le Guin classic The Left Hand of Darkness, made by Le Guin herself.
  • At Understanding Society, Daniel Little talks about the lessons that he has taken from his study of technological failures, tracing many back to theoretically chartable organizational deficiencies.
  • Window on Eurasia notes some late Stalinist deportations of Russians in districts bordering the Baltics, suggesting this may have been connected to the plans of Beria to establish the Baltics as satellite states separate from the USSR.
  • Arnold Zwicky links to a collection of papers examining imperfect rhymes.
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