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[NEWS] Four science links: Neanderthals, oceans and computers, Brazil rainforest, water on Vesta

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  • Neanderthals, like contemporary humans, had the sort of prolonged childhoods which lend themselves to intelligence. National Geographic reports.
  • The cool chill water of oceans is starting to be used to cool data centres. VICE reports.
  • Brazil is set to embark on a substantial process to restore Amazonian rainforest. VICE reports.
  • The Dawn probe found evidence of subsurface ice on rocky asteroid-belt protoplanet Vesta. Universe Today reports.
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[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • Centauri Dreams considers the idea of dispatching a fleet of sail-equipped probes to map the asteroid belt.
  • Crux considers the importance of the invention of zero for mathematics.
  • D-Brief notes that Scotland’s oldest snow patch is set to melt imminently.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper looking at the stability of multiplanetary systems in star clusters.
  • Imageo notes the modest recovery of icecaps in the Arctic this summer.
  • Language Log notes the importance of Kazakhstan’s shift to using the Latin script for the Kazakh language.
  • The LRB Blog reports on a writer’s visit to Helsinki.
  • The Map Room Blog notes a giant relief map of Guatemala, built to reinforce claims to what is now Belize.
  • The NYR Daily considers the continued salience of race in the fragile liberal-democratic world, in America and Europe.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer wonders if the heavy-handed Spanish government is trying to trigger Catalonian independence.
  • Roads and Kingdoms considers the palm wine of Senegal, and its vendors.
  • Understanding Society considers the Holocaust, as an experience sociological and otherwise.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy makes a libertarian case for open borders.
  • Whatever’s John Scalzi celebrates his meeting mutual fan Alison Moyet.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how Belarus’ cautious Belarusianization is met by Russia’s pro-Soviet nostalgia.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes how data mining of stellar surveys led to the discovery of a new star type, the BLAP.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly tells about her enjoyable recent stay at Fire Island.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the latest maneuvers of asteroid probe OSIRIS-REx.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper considering oxygen in exoplanet atmospheres as a biomarker.
  • Joe. My. God. notes how racist Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio is upset at being called a racist.
  • Language Log notes how China censored images of the Tibetan-language tattoo of MMA fighter Dan Hardy.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes how deportees to Mexico are beset by that country’s crime syndicates.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a paper considering how many sellers a market needs to be competitive.
  • The New APPS Blog considers the racism of Donald Trump in the light of Agamben’s concept of the homo sacer.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw considers the issue of monuments in Australia in the context of Aborigines’ sufferings by the subjects memorialized.
  • The Planetary Society Blog shows the Jupiter approach videos taken by the Voyager probes.
  • Towleroad explains why Diana, with her embrace of (among other things) fashion and AIDS victims, is a gay icon.
  • Arnold Zwicky notes the official registration in Scotland of a tartan for LGBT people.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • blogTO looks at a condo of 22 Wellesley Street East.
  • Centauri Dreams considers if Enceladus may have been recently shaped by a massive asteroid impact.
  • Dangerous Minds shares photos from a Florida alligator farm where children could ride the reptiles.
  • D-Brief reports on the craters left by methane blowouts on the bottom of the Barents Sea.
  • Language Hat notes the apparently declining diversity of English dialects in England.
  • Marginal Revolution shares a nice passage arguing that reading is a cumulative progress, the reader progressing the more they read.
  • Spacing Toronto shares John Lorinc’s thoughts on the politics of the minimum wage.
  • Torontoist notes that the Lower Don Trail is nearing completion.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Centauri Dreams reports on asteroid P/2016 G1, a world that, after splitting, is now showing signs of a cometary tail.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers outrage as a sociological phenomenon. What, exactly, does it do? What does it change?
  • Joe. My. God. reports on a new push for same-sex marriage in Germany, coming from the SPD.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money examines the Alabama government’s disinterest in commemorating the Selma march for freedom.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at Oxford University’s attempt to recruit white British male students.
  • At the NYRB Daily, Masha Gessen warns against falling too readily into the trap of identifying conspiracies in dealing with Trump.
  • pollotenchegg maps the distribution of Muslims in Crimea according to the 1897 Russian census.
  • Savage Minds takes a brief look at ayahuasca, a ritual beverage of Andean indigenous peoples, and looks at how its legality in the United States remains complicated.
  • Elf Sternberg considers the problems of straight men with sex, and argues they might be especially trapped by a culture that makes it difficult for straight men to consider sex as anything but a birthright and an obligation.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy considers how the complexities of eminent domain might complicate the US-Mexican border wall.
  • Window on Eurasia reports on protests in Russia and argues Belarus is on the verge of something.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • blogTO notes that Toronto’s housing market is now hotter than Vancouver’s.
  • The Crux looks at progress in human reproductive technology, including in ectogenesis.
  • D-Brief looks at a new simulation of an asteroid impacting the ocean.
  • Dangerous Minds reports on a French cement truck made into a giant mirrored disco ball.
  • In Media Res’ Russell Arben Fox writes about the benefits of reading the Old Testament.
  • Language Hat considers the experiences of one man trying to learn Avar.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money suggests Obama’s evaluation of his historical touchstone personalities is off.
  • The Map Room Blog looks at Soviet spy maps.
  • The Planetary Society Blog tries to figure out space policy under the Trump Administration.
  • Window on Eurasia notes Russia’s loss of sporting events and argues that Circassian language and culture are threatened with extinction.
  • Arnold Zwicky talks about two unusual flowers.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • blogTO notes Niagara Falls’ new light show.
  • Body Horrors reports on a 1980 epidemic of MRSA among Detroit drug users.
  • Centauri Dreams describes the final orbits of Cassini around Saturn.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting Tabby’s Star is being star-mined.
  • Language Log looks at an element of Chinese slang regarding telecommunications.
  • The LRB Blog argues against blaming migrants for problems on the left.
  • The Planetary Society Blog discusses the continued Dawn mission around Ceres.
  • Savage Minds talks about the need to slow down in a time of crisis.
  • Seriously Science notes research suggesting whales jump out of the water for purposes of communication.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes that, in the United States, flag burners cannot be stripped of their citizenship.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russians would like the West to make up on Russia’s terms and looks at the embassies and delegations of Russia’s component regions.