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[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Architectuul looks at the modernist works of Spanish Antonio Lamela, building after the Second World War under Franco.
  • Centauri Dreams considers the possibility of life-supporting environments on Barnard’s Star b, a frozen super-Earth.
  • The Crux takes a look at how, and when, human beings and their ancestors stopped being as furry as other primates.
  • D-Brief notes the Russian startup that wants to put advertisements in Earth orbit.
  • Drew Ex Machina takes a look at the Soyuz 4 and 5 missions, the first missions to see two crewed craft link up in space.
  • Far Outliers notes</a the extent to which, before the Opium War, knowledge of Chinese language and culture was kept strictly secret from Westerners at Canton.
  • L.M. Sacasas at The Frailest Thing notes the ironies of housing a state-of-the-art supercomputers in the deconsecrated Torre Girona Chapel in Barcelona.
  • Gizmodo notes a new study claiming that the rings of Saturn may be less than a hundred million years old, product of some catastrophic obliteration of an ice moon perhaps.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the death of Pulitzer-winning lesbian poet Mary Oliver.
  • JSTOR Daily takes a look at the rising prominence of hoarding as a psychological disorder.
  • Language Hat shares a manuscript more than a hundred pages long, reporting on terms relating to sea ice used in the Inupiaq language spoken by the Alaska community of Kifigin, or Wales.
  • Language Log examines the etymology of “slave” and “Slav”. (Apparently “ciao” is also linked to these words.)
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that Buzzfeed was right to claim that Trump ordered his lawyer to lie to Congress about the Moscow Trump Tower project.
  • Marginal Revolution notes a serious proposal in the Indian state of Sikkim to set up a guaranteed minimum income project.
  • Frank Jacobs at Strange Maps links to a map showing visitations of the Virgin Mary worldwide, both recognized and unrecognized by the Vatican.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes the continuing controversy over the identity of AT2018cow.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that Russians have more to fear from a Sino-Russian alliance than Americans, on account of the possibility of a Chinese takeover of Russia enabled by this alliance.
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