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[NEWS] Five D-Brief links: Small Magellanic Cloud, Pluto, Neanderthals, Atacama, rogues

  • D-Brief notes that the Small Magellanic Cloud is losing gas, diminishing its future capacity for starbirth.
  • D-Brief notes evidence that the strange ridges of Pluto are legacies of glaciers.
  • Neanderthals, a new analysis shared by D-Brief suggests, suffered from head trauma at rates similar to that of Homo sapiens.
  • D-Brief notes how recent heavy rain in the Atacama Desert of Chile killed many of the local extremophile microbes adapted to desert conditions, with obvious implications for life on Mars.
  • D-Brief notes the discovery of two rogue planets, OGLE-2012-BLG-1323 and OGLE-2017-BLG-0560.

[NEWS] Five Canada links: Refus global, Gimli, refugees, right to roam, beavers

  • Anne-Marie Bouchard wrote at Huffington Post Québec on the 9th about the anniversary of the publication in 1948 of Refus global, the artistic manifesto that changed Québec.
  • Global News reported on Gimli, Manitoba, as its Islendingadagurinn–the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba–approached.
  • The fact that Canada is managing the refugee crisis on its southern border so well is something Canadians should take pride in. CBC has it.
  • The introduction of the right to roam to Canada, as suggested at The Conversation, does make some sense to me.
  • The beaver, introduced to Patagonia in 1945, has shown itself to be so prolific and ecologically disruptive that Argentina and Chile are planning a massive cull. The National Post reports.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes that the measured rate of the expansion of the universe depends on the method used to track this rate, and that this is a problem.
  • On Sunday, Caitlin Kelly celebrated receiving her annual cheque from Canada’s Public Lending Program, which gives authors royalties based on how often their book has been borrowed in our public libraries.
  • In The Buzz, the Toronto Public Library identified five books in its collection particularly prone to be challenged by would-be censors.
  • D-Brief suggests that, if bacteria managed to survive and adapt in the Atacama desert as it became hostile to life, like life might have done the same on Mars.
  • Far Outliers notes the crushing defeat, and extensive looting of, the MOghul empire by the Persia of Nader Shah.
  • Hornet Stories looks at the medal hauls of out Olympic athletes this year in Pyeongchang.
  • Imageo notes satellite imagery indicating that fisheries occupy four times the footprint of agriculture. Aquaculture is starting to look like a necessary idea, I think.

  • At In Media Res, Russell Arben Fox praises Porch Fires, a new biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser, for its insights on Wilder and on the moment of the settlement of the American West.
  • JSTOR Daily notes how, in the 19th century after the development of anesthesia, the ability to relieve people of pain was a political controversy. Shouldn’t it be felt, wasn’t it natural?
  • Language Hat links to an article taking a look behind the scenes at the Oxford English Dictionary. How does it work? What are its challenges?
  • At Lingua Franca, Roger Shuy distinguishes between different kinds of speech events and explains why they are so important in the context of bribery trials.
  • The LRB Blog shares some advice on ethics in statecraft from the 2nd century CE Chinese writer Liu An.
  • J. Hoberman at the NYR Daily reviews an exhibit of the work of Bauhaus artist Jozef Albers at the Guggenheim.
  • Roads and Kingdoms shares an anecdote of travellers drinking homemade wine in Montenegro.
  • Drew Rowsome interviews Native American drag queen and up-and-coming music star Vizin.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel explains how star S0-2, orbiting so close to the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way Galaxy, will help prove Einsteinian relativity.
  • Vintage Space explains, for the record, how rockets can work in a vacuum. (This did baffle some people this time last century.)
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that, on its 100th anniversary, Estonia has succeeded in integrating most of its Russophones.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • anthro{dendum} hosts Alexia Maddox’s essay on her experience doing ethnographic work on Darknet drug markets.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly writes about how the creative life, contrary to some imaginings, is not self-sustaining. It desperately needs external support–an outside job, perhaps.
  • Bruce Dorminey writes about how the climate of Chile, especially the Atacame, is perfect for astronomy.
  • JSTOR Daily shares a paper talking about how Alexander Pushkin, the 19th century Russian author, was demonstrably proud of his African ancestry.
  • Language Hat links to a new article on rongorongo, the mysterious and undeciphered script of the Rapa Nui of Polynesian Easter Island.
  • Lingua Franca, at the Chronicle, notes in passing the oddness of restrictions imposed by customs in Chile on taking ordinary books into the country.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes a bizarrely parochial article from the New York Times talking down to Los Angeles.
  • The Map Room Blog links to some interesting articles, from The New York Times recently and from the Atlantic in 2012, about the art of gerrymandering.
  • The NYR Daily looks at the import of the Nunes memo for Trump and Russian-American relations.
  • Roads and Kingdoms considers the simple pleasures of a snack featuring canned fish by the beach in Mallorca.
  • Drew Rowsome quite approves of this year’s gay romance film Sebastian, set here in Toronto.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes that, contrary to predictions, most satellite galaxies orbit in the same plane as their hosts. This is a problem for dark matter.</li
  • Towleroad notes that some are lobbying Amazon not to locate its HQ2 in a city without human rights protections for LGBT people.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about the long process of planning and work–almost two years!–going into the production of a trade non-fiction book.
  • Centauri Dreams touches upon the new European Southern Observatory ExTrA telescope that will study Earth-like planets of red dwarfs, and shares a new model indicating the likely watery nature of the outer planets of TRAPPIST-1.
  • D-Brief takes a look inside the unsettlingly thorough data-collection machineries of home assistants like Google Home and Alexa.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at a paper examining the long and complicated process by which, through trade and empire, the United Kingdom ended up embracing tea.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money pays tribute to Ursula K Le Guin and Mark E. Smith of the Fall.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a source arguing that regulatory costs have played the biggest role in the sharp increase of housing prices in California (and elsewhere?).
  • The NYR Daily considers if Pope Francis’ shocking willingness to make excuses for the abetters of child abuse in Chile has anything to do with his relationship, as an Argentine, to his home country’s complicated past of church collaboration with the military regime of the dirty war.
  • Out There considers what, exactly, would happen to a person if they stood completely still in relation to the universe. Where would they go (or, more accurately, where would the universe go without them)?
  • The Planetary Society Blog reports on the preparations of the New Horizons probe for its encounter, at the very start of 2019, with Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69.
  • Peter Rukavina shares beautiful posters he made out of last year’s map calendar.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes that, although the multiverse is almost certainly real, its existence hardly solves the pressing problems of physics.
  • Towleroad describes Reverend Raymond Broshears, a gay preacher in San Francisco who, after one beating in 1973, organized the vigilante Lavender Panthers to defend the community and to fight back. Complicated man, he, with a complicated legacy.
  • Arnold Zwicky looks into the latest sociological and psychological research on the especially warm friendships that can exist between gay men and straight women. What factors are at work?

[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] Four links about economies: the United Kingdom, Chile, Québec, Ontario

  • Bloomberg notes that, in the era of Brexit, the United Kingdom is set to face prolonged recession. It may regain its 2007 levels of income only in 2025.
  • Chile is technically a high-income country, but not enough of one to escape the middle-income trap. Bloomberg View reports.
  • A Québec that is prosperous enough to no longer qualify for equalization payments may not be plausible, but the rhetoric around it makes good politics. MacLean’s reports.
  • The new $15 an hour minimum wage in Ontario is emerging as an election issue. The Toronto Star reports.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 25, 2017 at 9:45 pm