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[NEWS] Five JSTOR Daily links: Blaschka glass, Priestley, crime, Humphrey, writing

  • JSTOR Daily looks at the remarkable glasswork of the Blaschka Invertebrate Collection.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at the political radicalism of inventor Joseph Priestley.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at how Midwesterners responded to the 1930s craze of bank robberies with their own improvised systems in the face of police failures.
  • JSTOR Daily explains why Hubert Humphrey, despite his conventional strengths, was not going to be a winning Democratic candidate for President.
  • Austin Allen writes at JSTOR Daily about the complicated aesthetic and political radicalism of W.H. Auden, George Orwell, and James Baldwin.

[NEWS] Five links about smart animals: elephants, octopuses, gorillas, primates, termites

  • D-Brief notes that elephants seem to count the same way humans do.
  • JSTOR Daily takes a look at the reasons why octopus mothers maintain such long, silent vigils over their eggs.
  • Happily, the mountain gorilla is now no longer a “critically endangered” species. CBC reports.
  • The Crux looks at how studies of communication among other primates can help solve the question of how language developed among humans.
  • D-Brief notes the determination that a collection of termite mounds dates back four thousand years, product of a sophisticated hive insect society.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 19, 2018 at 9:15 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Markham, Seattle, Tijuana, New York City, Hong Kong and Shenzhen

  • A new neighbourhood in Markham is going to make use of geothermal energy to heat hundreds of homes. CBC reports.
  • CityLab reports on how a census of the giant Pacific octopus in the waters of Seattle is going to be conducted.
  • Some residents of Tijuana are protesting against the thousands of Central American refugees now sheltering in their city. Global News reports.
  • A new exhibit at the 9/11 Museum in New York City tells of the contribution of Mohawk steelworkers to the construction of the megalopolis’ skyline. CBC Indigenous reports.
  • Officials in Hong Kong and Shenzhen are having problems drawing a boundary through a garden plot on their mutual border. The SCMP reports.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait shares a stunning photo of two galaxies colliding in the eternal night and considers the implications of the Milky Way’s future encounter with Andromeda.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at the latest discoveries regarding FRB 121102 and fast radio bursts generally.
  • Hornet Stories suggests that a recent ruling by the Inter American Court of Human Rights sets the stage for marriage equality across Latin America.
  • Inkfish notes that the biomass of dead squid mothers plays a major role in the environments and ecologies of seafloors.
  • JSTOR Daily suggests retirees can actually learn a lot from the lifestyles of members of the RV–recreational vehicle–community.
  • Language Hat reports on wordplay, and its translations, in the works of Homer.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the turn to anti-intellectualism among American conservatives.
  • At Lingua Franca, William Germano talks about telling numbers.
  • The LRB Blog notes the story of the English village of Imber, intentionally depopulated by the British military during the Second World War and never allowed to be restored.
  • The NYR Daily talks about a London exhibition on the art of our era of terrorism and terror.
  • The Planetary Society Blog reports on the latest Juno discoveries from Jupiter.
  • Progressive Download’s John Farrell reports on a debate as to whether the origin of life is a more difficult question than the origin of consciousness.
  • Roads and Kingdoms reports on the simple pleasures of an iced coffee enjoyed in the Australian Outback.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel U>considers an interesting question: is ours the only advanced civilization in the universe?
  • Understanding Society’s Daniel Little tackles the concept of organizational cultures.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that post-1991 immigrants from the former Soviet Union form a tenth of the Russian labour force.

[PHOTO] Twenty-four more photos of Ripley’s Aquarium

This is the third and final photo post from Ripley’s Aquarium, following Monday and Tuesday.

The last portion of the tour through Ripley’s was, for me, perhaps the most memorable. The clownfish, the lionfish, the cute cuttlefish (look hard!), the scarlet cleaner shrimp manicure and the bamboo shark petting, the complex life support technology, the glowing jellyfish—all stood out. Even the goldfish in their neat clean tanks inside the entry were worthy of attention, and memory.

Clownfish (1) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #clownfish #latergram

Clownfish (2) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #clownfish #latergram

Lionfish (2) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #lionfish #latergram

Lionfish (3) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #lionfish #latergram

Electric eel (1) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #eel #electriceel #latergram

Electric eel (2) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #eel #electriceel #latergram

Cuttlefish (1) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #cuttlefish #cephalopod #camouflage #latergram

Cuttlefish (3) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #cuttlefish #cephalopod #camouflage #latergram

Hiding #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #green #latergram

Scarlet cleaner shrimp (1) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #shrimp #scarletcleanershrimp #latergram

Scarlet cleaner shrimp (2) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #shrimp #scarletcleanershrimp #manicure #latergram

Quiet glitter #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #latergram

Stingrays (1)#toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #rays #stingray #latergram

Stingrays (3) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #rays #stingray #latergram

Jellyfish (2) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #jellyfish #latergram

Jellyfish (4) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #jellyfish #latergram

Life support (1) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #lifesupport #latergram

Life support (4) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #lifesupport #latergram

Bamboo shark (2) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #shark #bambooshark #latergram

Bamboo shark (3) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #shark #bambooshark #latergram

Black stingray #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #fish #black #stingray #rays #latergram

Across the lagoon surface #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #lagoon #latergram

Goldfish (2) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #tank #goldfish #koi #latergram

Goldfish (4) #toronto #ripleysaquarium #aquarium #tank #goldfish #koi #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

December 13, 2017 at 9:15 am

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait notes the continuing maps and naming of the Pluto system.
  • Centauri Dreams considers one method to detect photosynthesis on Earth-like worlds of red dwarf stars.
  • D-Brief notes the discovery of Octlantis, a permanent community of octopi located off the coast of Australia.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes Earth-like world can co-exist with a Jovian in a circumstellar habitable zone.
  • Hornet Stories notes that Morrissey is now in Twitter. (This will not go well.
  • Language Log notes the kanji tattoo of one American neo-Nazi.
  • The LRB Blog notes how the English town of Tewksbury is still recovering from massive flooding a decade later.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the improbable life of Barry Sadler, he of “The Ballad of the Green Berets”.
  • The Map Room Blog shares this terrifying map examining the rain footprint of Hurricane Irma.
  • Spacing reviews a fascinating dual biography of architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson.
  • Window on Eurasia notes an call to restore to maps the old Chinese name for former Chinese Tuva, Uryankhai.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Apostrophen’s ‘Nathan Smith writes about what he has learned from his huskie.
  • Bad Astronomy shares some gorgeous Cassini images of Saturn’s polar hexagon.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at L2 Puppis, a red giant star that our own sun will come to resemble.
  • D-Brief notes climate change is starting to hit eastern Antarctica, the more stable region of the continent.
  • Dangerous Minds looks at some of the cool pins put out by supporters of LGBT rights over the decades.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog looks at Susan Faludi’s account of her life with her newly trans father.
  • Far Outliers examines the War of American Independence as one of the many Anglo-French global wars.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money wonders why the Los Angeles Times allowed the publication of letters defend the deportation of the Japanese-Americans.
  • Marginal Revolution’s Alex Tabarrok argues that we are now moving beyond meat production.
  • The NYRB Daily looks at Mexico as a seedbed of modernism.
  • Savage Minds shares an article arguing for a decentering of the position of human beings at the interface of anthropology and science.
  • Understanding Society has more on the strange and fundamentally alien nature of the cephalopod mind.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that the North Caucasus is set to go through austerity.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Beyond the Beyond links to an exhibition of art by a Brazilian inspired by War of the Worlds.
  • blogTO shares photos of Vaughan’s new library.
  • Centauri Dreams reports on the difficulty of reaching Proxima b.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on KS-39b, a hot Jupiter orbiting a subgiant.
  • False Steps reports on a proposed late Soviet space shuttle.
  • Inkfish notes a study suggesting that cuttlefish can count to five.
  • Language Hat reports on efforts to revive indigenous languages in Australia.
  • Language Log shares a sign in New York that combines Latin and Chinese scripts.
  • The Map Room Blog notes a Korean movie about a mid-19th century mapmaker.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer wonders what the Trump meeting with Mexico’s president was about, and is unimpressed by Jill Stein.
  • Savage Minds sparks a discussion among its readers about what moment made them an activist for equality.
  • Torontoist reports on how the Great Hall was saved.
  • Understanding Society looks at a cutting-edge sociology anthology from 2008.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy reports on the decision of an American court to allow a Muslim convert to Christianity to file a civil suit with a pseudonym.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at Russia-Ukraine tensions, and wonders about the consequences of Karimov’s death of Karakalpakstan and Uzbekistan generally.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • blogTO notes laneway crawls in Toronto and notes a vacant lot in Leslieville is set to become a community market.
  • The Dragon’s Tales looks at atmospheric nitrogen on Earth and Venus.
  • Joe. My. God. confirms Prince’s death as a consequence of an opioid overdose.
  • The LRB Blog notes the importance of Felix the Cat in television broadcasting.
  • The Map Room Blog notes a collection of Atlantic Canadian maps.
  • Marginal Revolution talks about Indians taking good lessons from the Raj as well.
  • Peter Watts crows at the success of cephalopods on the changing Earth.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes the weakness of the Mexican welfare state.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the concentration of Russians in a bit more than a dozen major cities.

[NEWS] Some Friday links

  • Bloomberg notes the European Parliament’s criticism of Turkey’s democratic deficit, reports the Czech foreign minister’s statement that Brexit propagandists are distorting the reality, reports on Putin’s preparation for upcoming national elections, and looks at an American nuclear engineer accused of transferring technology to China.
  • CBC reports on the infuriating trial of two Alberta parents who allowed their child to die of untreated meningitis, and looks at the mixed opinions of Attawapiskat residents about their community.
  • MacLean’s is profoundly critical of the new Newfoundland budget, fiscally regressive.
  • National Geographic and Wired each consider, in the light of Inky the octopus’ famous escape from his New Zealand cage, the ethics of putting smart cephalopods in tanks.
  • The Toronto Star notes the recognition by the Supreme Court of Métis and non-status Indians.
  • Wired notes how online fandom is making it more difficult to dispose of LGBTQ characters on television.