Steve Munro maps out routes for a Scarborough subway.
The Planetary Society Blog looks at science on Pluto.
pollotencheggmaps the distribution of ethnically mixed households in Ukraine.
The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer looks at how Panama successfully made use of price controls, and why.
Progressive Download’s John Farrell wonders what is the rush for three-parent IVF therapy.
Transit Toronto explains how old TTC tickets can be exchanged.
Window on Eurasia notes the importance of Belarus for the Baltic States, notes the newly-debatable borders of the former Soviet Union, suggests Tatarstan is unhappy with Russian federalism, and looks at the small grounds for Russian-Ukrainian hostilities.
blogTO notes that loads of new streetcars should arrive this year for the TTC.
The Dragon’s Gaze links to one paper examining the impact of colliding stellar winds in a close binary on habitable planets, links to another examining how habitable planets gets their water, and wonders about the insights provided by the HR 8799 planetary system into water delivery.
The Dragon’s Tales links to a paper arguing that Enceladus’ subsurface ocean is made of alkaline soda water.
Joe. My. God. notes a claim by some British scientists that it may be possible, with foreseeable genetic engineering, to create children with two same-sex parents.
Languages of the World’s Asya Perelstvaig looks into what Broca’s area of the brain actually means for human language.
Marginal Revolution notes that the woman-dominated area of health care is a growth area for middle-class employment in the United States.
Otto Pohl notes that yesterday was the 71st anniversary of the deportation of the Chechens and the Ingush.
pollotencheggmaps industrial production in Ukraine.
Will Baird argues at The Power and the Money that the Minsk Accord is crumbling and examines the reasons for Chinese support of Russia.
Spacing Toronto’s John Lorinc worries about corporate sponsorship of ice rinks.
Torontoist notes that Massey Hall has begun its renovations.
Towleroad notes a Texan legislator who wants to make it illegal for trans people to use public washrooms.
Transit Toronto observes that the Union-Pearson Express is undergoing test runs.
Window on Eurasia worries about the potential for a minority of Russians in Latvia’s eastern Latgale province to start trouble.
blogTO notes that the cash-strapped CBC may be forced to sell its iconic downtown Toronto headquarters.
James Bow reflects on winter in Kitchener-Waterloo.
The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper studying the relationship between exoplanets and circumstellar dust discs.
The Dragon’s Tales links to a simulation of the polar atmosphere of Venus and notes concerns that India’s Hindustan Aeronautics might not be able to manufacture French Rafale fighters under contract.
Far Outliers notes Madeleine Albright’s incomprehension of Cambodia’s late 1990s struggles and looks at the way the country lags its neighbours.
The Frailest Thing notes how human traffic errors reveal we’re not quite up to some of the tasks we’d like.
Joe. My. God. notes that Finland’s president has signed a marriage bill into existence.
Languages of the World notes the problem of where the homeland of the Indo-Europeans was located.
Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the often-ignored pattern of lynching Mexicans in the United States.
Marginal Revolution notes (1, 2) the problems of human beings with algorithmic, computer-driven planning.
Otto Pohl notes how Germans in Kyrgyzstan were forced into labour battalions.
pollotenchegglooks at demographic indicators in Ukraine over the past year, noting a collapse in the east.
The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer looks at deep history, looking at the involvement of war in state-building in Africa and noting the historically recent rise of inequality in Latin America.
Window on Eurasia looks at one Russian’s proposal to give a Ukrainian church self-government, notes Russia’s inability to serve as a mentor to China, and looks at rural depopulation in the North Caucasus and South Russia.
io9 notes that kale, cauliflower, and collards all are product of the same species.
The Dragon’s Gaze speculates on the detection of Earth analogues late in their lifespan and notes the failure to discover a predicted circumbinary brown dwarf at V471 Tauri.
The Dragon’s Tales shares Lockheed’s suggestion that it is on the verge of developing a 300-kilowatt laser weapon.
Far Outliers considers the question of who is to blame for the Khmer Rouge.
Joe. My. God. notes that One Million Moms is hostile to the free WiFi of McDonald’s.
Spacing Toronto notes an 1855 circus riot sparked by a visit of clowns to the wrong brothel.
Torontoist notes how demographic changes in different Toronto neighbourhoods means some schools are closing while others are straining.
The Volokh Conspiracy notes a California court ruling not recognizing the competence of the Iranian judicial system in a civil case on the grounds of its discrimination against religious minorities and women.
Window on Eurasia considers the implications of peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine, notes the steady integration of Abkhazia and South Ossetia into Russia, and notes Russian fascism.
Languages of the World’s Asya Perelstvaig notes that sdhe has an online course on languages available.
Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at the lessons of Uruguay’s José Mujica for the left, and suggests that putting populists on pedestals is a losing strategy.
The Map Room’s Jonathan Crowe approves of the recent book Unruly Places.
Marginal Revolution shares a revisionist take on the 1943 Bengal famine.
Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw considers the role of community gardens in modern-day Australia.
The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer wonders if Grexit will be triggered over so little.
Savage Minds shares tips on better writing for students of the social sciences (and all people, really).
Window on Eurasia notes the shattering of the post-Soviet space, suggests further advances into Ukraine are unlikely, argues that Lithuania would be much more likely to face conventional aggression than Estonia or Latvia, and notes Russia’s outlook to the European far left as well as the far right.