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[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Bad Astronomer notes the grooves of Phobos, and describes the latest theory behind the formation of this strange feature on the largest Martian moon.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the first detection of helium in an exoplanet atmosphere, from hot Neptune HAT-P-11b.
  • D-Brief notes how new dating technologies, drawing on artifacts from Toronto sites, reveal that European contact with the Iroquois came at a much later date than previously thought.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that Russia has pushed its plans for a crewed Moon landing back a decade, to 2040.
  • Gizmodo notes that the Large Hadron Collider is going to be shut down for a couple of years, for repairs and upgrading.
  • JSTOR Daily took a look at how forest fires work in Finland, particularly in contrast to those of California.
  • Roger Shuy at Lingua Franca notes, looking at a famous American legal case, how the way we ask questions really does matter.
  • Marginal Revolution notes, in passing, the economic stagnation of Portugal in the past two decades, with very little growth over this time.
  • The NYR Daily shares an interview with the late sociologist Zygmunt Bauman in which he talks about how our era has trivialized evil.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes how disagreements between different scientists using different methods to measure the expansion of the universe reveal that, somewhere, something is incorrect. But what?
  • Daniel Little at Understanding Society looks at corruption as a sociological phenomenon.
  • Arnold Zwicky considers the idea of the ongoing insect apocalypse.
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