Centauri Dreams notes the odd reddish marks on the surface of Saturn’s moon Tethys.
Crooked Timber takes issue with David Frum’s misrepresentation of an article on Mediterranean migration.
The Dragon’s Gaze notes the discovery of the aurora of a nearby brown dwarf.
The Dragon’s Tales notes evidence of carbonation on the Martian surface and suggests the presence of anomalous amounts of mercury on Earth associated with mass extinctions.
Geocurrents maps the terrifying strength of California’s drought.
Language Hat notes that Cockney is disappearing from London.
Language Log notes coded word usage on the Chinese Internet.
Marginal Revolution links to a paper examining the effects of hunting male lions.
The Map Room links to new maps of Ceres and Pluto.
The Planetary Society Blog examines the Dawn probe’s mapping orbits of Ceres.
Progressive Download traces the migration of the aloe plants over time from Arabia.
Savage Minds notes how hacktivists are being treated as terrorists.
Window on Eurasia notes how the Ukrainian war is leading to the spread of heavy weapons in Russia, looks at Russian opposition to a Crimean Tatar conference in Turkey, suggests that the West is letting Ukraine fight a limited war in Donbas, and looks at the falling Russian birthrate.
The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper considering habitable exoplanets around nearby red dwarf stars, defends the potential existence of exoplanets at Kapteyn’s Star, and looks at the Epsilon Eridani system.
The Dragon’s Tales notes that a second Scottish referendum on independence is possible, according to Alex Salmond.
Joe. My. God. notes that Mormons are unhappy with the Scouts’ gay-friendly shift.
Language Hat considers the history of family name usage in Russia.
Languages of the World examines intwo posts the argument that primitive peoples have simple languages.
Lawyers, Guns and Money considers the strategies of Spanish populist group Podemos.
Peter Watts considers the peculiar thing of people lacking large chunks of the brain who nonetheless seem normal.
Diane Duane, at Out of Ambit, is quite unhappy with an impending forced upgrade to Windows 10.
Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw notes how labour-saving technologies improved the lives of women.
The Planetary Society Blog considers proposals to explore small solar system bodies.
The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer considers what would happen if Bernie Sanders won the nomination of the Democratic Party.
The Russian Demographics Blog links to statistics on the population of Abu Dhabi.
Window on Eurasia notes the depopulation of South Ossetia and looks at the Russian Orthodox Church’s hostility to Ukraine’s Uniate Catholics.
Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell notes that although Labour apparently did a good job of convincing potential voters it was right, it did a worse job of getting them to vote.
The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly looks forward to her impending visit to Maine.
Centauri Dreams features an essay by Michael A.G. Michaud looking at modern SETI.
Crooked Timber finds that even the style of the New York intellectuals of the mid-20th century is lacking.
The Dragon’s Gaze notes that a search for superjovians around two nearby brown dwarfs has failed.
The Dragon’s Tales considers the flowing nitrogen ice of Pluto.
Geocurrents compares Chile’s Aysén region to the Pacific Northwest.
Joe. My. God. shares the new Janet Jackson single, “No Sleeep”.
Language Log looks at misleading similarities between Chinese and Japanese words as written.
Lawyers, Guns and Money argues that the low-wage southern economy dates back to slavery.
Marginal Revolution is critical of rent control in Stockholm and observes the negative long-term consequences of serfdom in the former Russian Empire.
The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes how Jamaica is tearing down illegal electrical connections.
Savage Minds considers death in the era of Facebook.
Towleroad looks at how the Taipei city government is petitioning the Taiwanese high court to institute same-sex marriage.
The Volokh Conspiracy argues restrictive zoning hurts the poor.
Window on Eurasia looks at how Tatarstan bargains with Moscow, looks at Crimean deprivation and quiet resistance, considers Kazakh immigration to Kazakhstan, and argues Russian nationalist radicals might undermine Russia itself.
Crooked Timber considers the question of how to organize vast quantities of data.
The Dragon’s Gaze links to two papers on exoplanet habitability, noting that the composition of exoplanets influences their habitability and suggests exomoons need to be relatively massive to be habitable.
The Big Picture shares photos relating to the restoration of Cuban-American relations.
The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about why she uses Twitter.
The Dragon’s Gaze links to a study noting the sulfur-rich environment of protostar HH 212.
The Dragon’s Tales reports a Chinese plan to develop a mixed fission/fusion reactor.
Language Log notes an example of Chinese writing in pinyin without accompanying script.
Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen notes the importance of Kevin Kwan’s novels about Chinese socialites.
Language Hat reports on an effort to save the Nuu language of South Africa.
Languages of the World reports on Urum, the Turkic language of Pontic Greeks.
Discover‘s Out There reports on the oddities of Pluto.
The Planetary Society Blog’s Emily Lakdawalla explains why the New Horizons data from Pluto is still being processed.
Spacing Toronto reports from a Vancouver porch competition.
Towelroad notes a married gay man with a child denied Communion at his mother’s funeral.
Window on Eurasia notes racism in Russia, looks at Tajikistan’s interest in the killing of its citizens in Russia, suggests Belarus is on the verge of an explosion, and examines Mongolian influence in Buryatia.
Towleroad notes how Scott Walker tried, pathetically, to backtrack from his anti-gay comments on Scouts.
Window on Eurasia notes Dagestani discontent with pollution allegedly produced by the Russian navy in the Caspian, looks at the awkward approach of the Russian Orthodox Church to Orthodox churches in South Ossetia, and argues Kazakhstan is a role model for Russia.
Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell looks at the political economy of the BBC.