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[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • At The Big Picture, the Boston Globe shares some of its best photos from September.
  • Drone 360 notes that drones are being used to track polar bear populations.
  • The Frailest Thing’s Michael Sacasas notes how people too often abandon moral responsibility to the machines which administer algorithms with real-world consequences.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the remarkable story of hockey star Jaromir Jagr.
  • The Map Room Blog shares an official guide to map-making from Austria-Hungary.
  • The NYR Daily notes how official Myanmar has invented Rohingya violent extremism out of practically nothing.
  • Roads and Kingdoms shows readers where you can eat kosher in Mexico City.
  • Whatever’s John Scalzi shares a tweetstorm of his talking about the problems with daily word totals for writers.
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[NEWS] Four notes on the future: Toronto-Montréal hyperloop, brain hacking, Puerto Rico, Germany

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  • Universe Today reports on the potential game-changing nature of a hyperloop connecting Toronto and Montréal.
  • Hacking of the brain is an obvious risk of two-way brain/Internet interfaces. From VICE.
  • Puerto Rico’s ongoing economic crisis has only been worsened by Hurricane Maria. Bloomberg reports.
  • The problem with the German economy, strong as it may be now, is that not enough has been invested in the future. Bloomberg warns.

[NEWS] Four science links: Neanderthals, oceans and computers, Brazil rainforest, water on Vesta

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  • Neanderthals, like contemporary humans, had the sort of prolonged childhoods which lend themselves to intelligence. National Geographic reports.
  • The cool chill water of oceans is starting to be used to cool data centres. VICE reports.
  • Brazil is set to embark on a substantial process to restore Amazonian rainforest. VICE reports.
  • The Dawn probe found evidence of subsurface ice on rocky asteroid-belt protoplanet Vesta. Universe Today reports.

[NEWS] Four science and technology links: exoplanets seeing Earth, encyclopedias, robots, gaydar

  • At least nine exoplanets now known to us could detect the Earth if inhabited by civilizations with our tech levels. Motherboard reports.
  • Ernie Smith examines how the CD-ROM, that ephemeral media preceding the Internet, killed off the classical encyclopedia of our youth.
  • Are robots, and roboticization, practical solutions to falling working-age populations? Joseph Chamie is unconvinced, at the Inter Press Service.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy looks at the remarkable new algorithms which can distinguish between straights and LGBTQ people via facepics.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • James Bow writes about the latest computer purchase he has made.
  • Far Outliers notes the scarily minimalist goals of the American occupation in early post-war Japan.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that The Nation is not exactly covering itself in glory with its pro-Putin coverage of late.
  • Drew Rowsome quite likes the new musical endeavours of Adore Delano.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes how stars–and which stars–make elements heavier than iron.
  • Transit Toronto notes the impending partial resumption of streetcar service on Queen Street.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Dangerous Minds points readers to Cindy Sherman’s Instagram account. (“_cindysherman_”, if you are interested.)
  • Language Hat takes note of a rare early 20th century Judaeo-Urdu manuscript.
  • Language Log lists some of the many, many words and phrases banned from Internet usage in China.
  • The argument made at Lawyers, Guns and Money about Trump’s many cognitive defects is frightening. How can he be president?
  • The LRB Blog notes that many traditional Labour voters, contra fears, are in fact willing to vote for non-ethnocratic policies.
  • The NYR Daily describes a book of photos with companion essays by Teju Cole that I like.
  • Of course, as Roads and Kingdom notes, there is such a thing as pho craft beer in Vietnam.
  • Peter Rukavina notes</a. the genetic history of mice in New York City and the beavers of Prince Edward Island.
  • Towleroad notes a love duet between Kele Okereke and Olly Alexander.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy seems unconvinced by the charges against Kronos programmer Marcus Hutchins.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly photoblogs about her trip to Berlin.
  • Dead Things reports on a recent study that unraveled the evolutionary history of the domestic cat.
  • James Nicoll notes that his niece and nephew will each be performing theatre in Toronto.
  • Language Hat has an interesting link to interviews of coders as if they were translators.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at Chinese video game competitions and Chinese tours to Soviet revolutionary sites.
  • Steve Munro shares photos of the old Kitchener trolleybus.
  • Roads and Kingdoms shares the story of the Ramadan drummer of Coney Island.
  • Savage Minds shares an essay arguing that photographed subjects should provide they consent and receive renumeration.
  • Torontoist shares photos of the Trans March.
  • Towleroad notes the cancellation of anti-gay convictions of Nazis.
  • Van Waffle shows the stories of the caterpillars in his backyard.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy hosts an essay talking about the difficulties of translating the Book of Genesis.