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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait shares stunning deep-field pictures of intergalactic space.
  • Centauri Dreams shares the second part of Larry Klaes’ analysis of Forbidden Planet.
  • D-Brief suggests that controlled kangaroo hunting may be necessary for the ecological health of Australia.
  • Bruce Dorminey notes a new radio telescope in British Columbia that may help solve the mystery of fast radio burst.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes that quasars can irradiate a noteworthy fraction of potentially Earth-like planets.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money comes out against the idea of giving Amazon massive tax breaks for HQ2.
  • The LRB Blog bids a fond farewell to Saturn probe Cassini.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a paper suggesting new ideas–hence, new sources of economic growth–are harder to come by.
  • Maximos62 recounts a quietly chilling trip to East Timor where he discovers a landscape marked by genocide.
  • The New APPS Blog is quite unsurprised by news that Russians may have used Facebook to manipulate the US election.
  • At Out of Ambit, Diane Duane bids a fond farewell to colleague Len Wein.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw does not think Australia is committed enough to affordable housing to solve homelessness Finland-style.
  • Roads and Kingdoms reports from the Suwalki Gap, the thin corridor joining the Baltic States to Poland.
  • Peter Rukavina looks at how a storied land rover was recovered from St. Helena.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel lists the top six discoveries of Cassini at Saturn.
  • Towleroad notes fundamentally misaimed criticism of new AI that determines sexual orientation from facepics.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at contemporary Russian fears about the power of rising China in Russia’s Asian territories.
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[ISL] Four links about Islands: Ainoshima and Ed Sheeran, Tasmania, Barbuda, Salt Spring Island

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  • The Verge notes the Japanese cat island of Ainoshima has a music video in a bid to bring Ed Sheeran to its shores.
  • ABC notes new findings that Tasmanian Aborigines have used fire to manage their island’s forests for 41k years.
  • The Independent notes the devastation of Barbuda by Hurricane Irma.
  • CBC looks at the causes of Salt Spring Island’s divisions over the issue of becoming a municipality. (The antis won.)

[URBAN NOTE] Four notes about urban change: Hamilton, Victoria, the Legion, St. James Park

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  • A Hamilton church is digging up hundreds of dead for an old cemetery turned parking lot to make room for condos.
  • A RV fire that left an elderly couple in Victoria homeless highlights the affordable housing crisis there.
  • MacLean’s notes how the Royal Canadian Legion is starting to make a new fortune, in eateries and real estate even.
  • Why is the St. Lawrence BIA using security guards to kick homeless people out of a park? (Rhetorical, I know.) NOW Toronto looks.

[NEWS] Four National Post links: Nootka Island, satanic panic, Iceland volcanoes, Norton anthology

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  • An unethical Victoria psychologist and his vulnerable patient helped spark the Satanic panic of the 1980s.
  • There seems to be a romance to the life of the lighthouse keepers of Nootka Island.
  • The Icelanders are watching very carefully for signs of the next big volcanic eruption. (Tourists are a concern.)
  • Who can forget all the different Norton anthologies of literature? I still have mine. The National Post remembers in a brief piece.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 8, 2017 at 11:30 pm

[NEWS] Five science and technology links: Chinese fields, Vancouver bananas, geothermal, space

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  • Bloomberg notes that the Chinese habit of wrapping farmers’ fields in plastic has long-term negative consequences.
  • It’s difficult not to trace the ability of a man in Vancouver to raise bananas at home to climate change. CBC reports.
  • The Caribbean island of Dominica is set to start to turn to geothermal power for its energy needs. The Inter Press Service reports.
  • Universe Today notes the astrometric data provided by GAIA lets us track stars set for close encounters.
  • The possible discovery of an intermediate-mass black hole very near the Galactic Centre is big in a lot of ways.

[NEWS] Five links: Greyhound in Canada, militarized Hamptons, Tohono O’odham, Rohingya, memes

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  • If Greyhound pulls out of northern BC, and the rest of rural Canada, what will happen to these regions? CBC reports.
  • The militarized community policing describes in Bloomberg View in New York’s famed Hamptons does say something worrisome of psyches.
  • A Bangladeshi observer makes the obvious point over at the Inter Press Service that Myanmar needs to radically change its treatment of the Rohingya.
  • Open Democracy looks at how the miliitarized US-Mexican border harms the Tohono O’odham, divided by said.
  • This Wired interview with Antonio Guillem, the photographer whose images made distracted boyfriend meme, is amazing.

[NEWS] Four science links warming Maritime waters, BC forests, gravitational lens, Voyager data

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  • The waters off the Maritimes, it seems, have enjoyed unusually warm temperatures this year. The Globe and Mail reports.
  • What will become of the forest of British Columbia if locals do not protect it from over-logging? National Observer considers.
  • What, exactly, is this mysteriously invisible high-mass body acting as a gravitational lens in intergalactic space? VICE describes the mystery.
  • The Planetary Society Blog, in commemoration of the Voyagers, shares its archived materials on the probes’ discoveries, right here.