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[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait, looking at the Moon, considers what a “small” crater is.
  • Citizen Science Salon looks at Amino Labs, a start-up that aims to enable people–even children–to use simple kits to engage in bioengineering.
  • Crooked Timber notes that the collapse in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies means good things for the global environment.
  • The Crux considers the extent to which gender–gender identity, gendered roles–is unique to humans.
  • A Fistful of Euros considers the generalized extremism of the “filets jaunes” of France and where this might lead that country.
  • L.M. Sacasas at The Frailest Thing shares the skepticism of Jacques Ellul in a “technical” humanism, one that seeks to ameliorate the details of a dehumanizing life.
  • Gizmodo considers how we can start preparing for the risks of powerful artificial intelligence to humans, even potentially existential ones.
  • The Island Review interviews Nancy Campbell, a writer concerned with the islands and cultures of the Arctic like Greenland.
  • Language Hat considers the idea of “efficient languages”. What does this idea even mean?
  • Language Log considers the potential impact of making English an official language on Taiwan.
  • The LRB Blog considers the political future of France.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how many people in Kyrgzystan are becoming angered by China’s Xinjiang policies.
  • Arnold Zwicky considers St. Bernard, in connection with dogs and otherwise.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Charlie Stross at Antipope looks at the catastrophe that a United Kingdom bent on Brexit despite itself is heading for.
  • Crooked Timber takes a look at the collapse in Bitcoin prices and sees what this might mean for financial markets and speculation more generally.
  • D-Brief looks at the discovery of tools made by ancient humans in China.
  • L.M. Sacasas at The Frailest Thing considers the consequences–the prices to be paid–as technology transforms the way we see the world, into a collection of manipulable entities.
  • JSTOR Daily considers how the mutilated veterans of the First World War, and their masks, changed the culture of the post-war world.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money suggests trying to cater to white racism in the United States based on a misunderstanding of class structure is mistaken, in multiple ways.
  • The Map Room Blog links to a site tracking in detail the many different wildfires of California.
  • Marginal Revolution, looking at the remarkable power of artificial intelligence to discover unknown relationships, considers it as an alien intelligence. What might it do?
  • The NYR Daily, inspired by the horrors in Xinjiang being inflicted on the Uighurs, looks at the relationship in China more generally between that country and Islam.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel explains why quantum mechanics are necessary to explain the sun’s fusion.
  • Arnold Zwicky, noting a recent news report mistakenly claiming the death of Spike Lee, examines the mechanics of misremembering names.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: architecture, cryptocurrency condos, crime, police

  • Toronto Storeys shares the opinions of six architects as to their favourite buildings in the city.
  • Why is one condo owner in Toronto only accepting bitcoin payments from potential purchasers? Among other things, it makes things relatively easier for foreign buyers. CBC reports.
  • Marcel Theriault, one of the policeman accused of brutally beating Dafonte Miller, is also accused of misleading Durham Region police investigators. The Toronto Star reports.
  • University of Toronto doctoral student Sasha Reid identified the pattern of a serial killer at work in Toronto’s LGBTQ community, and told police. Their response? They thanked her and moved on. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Edward Keenan wonders why Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders possibly thought he could say what he said about the community not helping, especially when the community has been warning about a serial killer while police denied anything. The Toronto Star has the article.

[NEWS] Seven science links: Bitcoin, China in space, Saturn rings, Atacama, Southern Cone energy

  • The Chinese decision to forbid further bitcoin mining within its frontiers makes sense, actually. VICE reports.
  • Matt Williams at Universe Today notes that China is planning more than forty space launches in 2018.
  • The upcoming Chang’e 4 lunar lander will carry live plants and animals to the surface of the far side of the Moon. Universe Today’s Matt Williams reports.
  • Nadia Drake at National Geographic points to research suggesting that the rings of Saturn, far from being primordial, may well have formed as recently as less than a hundred million years ago. Catastrophes can still happen, it seems, in the mature solar system.
  • Paul M. Sutter at Universe Today talks about the preternaturally clear night sky above the Atacama Desert in Chile. I would love to see this.
  • The Inter Press Service notes that clean energy, including renewable sources like solar and wind, have contributed to a sharp fall in electricity prices in Chile.
  • Argentina, the Inter Press Service notes, is set to become a major exporter of lithium from its northwestern Jujuy province, perhaps the leading exporter in the world.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 11, 2018 at 10:30 pm

[NEWS] Three science links: bitcoin and the environment, Halszkaraptor escuillei, ocean worlds

  • GRIST points out that the massive growth in electricity consumption in bitcoin mining is starting to have an impact on the overall global environment.
  • CBC reports on the analysis of the fossil of Halszkaraptor escuilliei, a dinosaur that evokes a contemporary heron more than anything else.
  • Universe Today reports on a study suggesting that worlds like Europa and Enceladus, with habitable oceans located beneath icy surfaces, are far more common than Earth-like worlds in conventional circumstellar habitable zones.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 8, 2017 at 11:59 pm

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • At Antipope, Charlie Stross examines the connections between bitcoin production and the alt-right. Could cryptocurrency have seriously bad political linkages?
  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes GW170680, a recent gravitational wave detection that is both immense in its effect and surprising for its detection being normal.
  • Centauri Dreams reports on a new study suggesting hot Jupiters are so large because they are heated by their local star.
  • Crooked Timber counsels against an easy condemnation of baby boomers as uniquely politically malign.
  • Daily JSTOR notes one paper that takes a look at how the surprisingly late introduction of the bed, as a piece of household technology, changed the way we sleep.
  • Dangerous Minds shares a 1968 newspaper interview with Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys, talking about Charlie Manson and his family and their influence on him.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog takes a look at the opioid epidemic and the way that it is perceived.
  • At A Fistful of Euros, Alex Harrowell suggests that the unsolvable complexities of Northern Ireland may be enough to avoid a hard Brexit after all.
  • The LRB Blog describes a visit to a seaside village in Costa Rica where locals and visitors try to save sea turtles.
  • Lingua Franca reflects on the beauty of the Icelandic language.
  • The Map Room Blog shares an awesome map depicting the locations of the stars around which we have detected exoplanets.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the ill health of North Korean defectors, infected with parasites now unseen in South Korea.
  • Roads and Kingdoms reports on the revival of fonio, a West African grain that is now starting to see successful marketing in Senegal.
  • Spacing reviews a fascinating book examining the functioning of urban villages embedded in the metropoli of south China.
  • Strange Company reports on the mysterious 1920 murder of famous bridge player Joseph Bowne Elwell.
  • Towleroad reports on Larnelle Foster, a gay black man who was a close friend of Meghan Markle in their college years.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that, although Ukraine suffered the largest number of premature dead in the Stalinist famines of the 1930s, Kazakhstan suffered the greatest proportion of dead.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell has a photo essay looking at the Berlin Brandenburg Airport, still years away from completion and beset by many complex failures of its advanced systems. What does the failure of this complex system say about others we may wish to build?

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Dangerous Minds notes the food songs that gorillas apparently sing to themselves as they eat.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on the TRAPPIST-1 system, with three Earth-sized terrestrial planets orbiting a very faint star.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes a paper examining methane exchange in the Martian near-surface.
  • Joe. My. God. reports that Eurovision will be broadcasting live in the USA for the first time, on Logo.
  • Language Hat reports on the effects of Japanese company Rakuten’s switch to English as a working language.
  • The LRB Blog and Marginal Revolution report on the claim of Australian Craig Wright to be Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto.
  • The Map Room Blog reports on an exhibition of the map history of Texas.
  • Marginal Revolution reports on the economic dominance of vinyl sales and streaming music in the music industry.
  • Steve Munro notes the Ontario government’s refusal to talk about how transit fares in Toronto will be set.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes the discovery of the moon of dwarf planet Makemake.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the Russian response to the MH17 shootdown and reports on the firebombing of a pro-Donbas museum in St. Petersburg.