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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait shares a photo taken by the Lunar Reconnaissane Observer looking straight down on Chang’e-4.
  • The Crux shares an argument for preserving the Apollo landing areas as part of the common heritage of humanity.
  • D-Brief, looking at ancient evidence from Sri Lanka, suggests human beings evolved as hunters of smaller primates like monkeys.
  • JSTOR Daily notes the evidence suggesting the limited potential of wildlife to adapt to heat waves.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the racial tonedeafness of Bernie Sanders.
  • The LRB Blog takes a look at qanats, the ingenious Persian underground irritation system that has spread worldwide.
  • Marginal Revolution considers what Singapore will do with its sovereign investment fund, estimated to be worth at least a half-trillion US dollars.
  • Window on Eurasia considers the effects that a merger of Belarus with Russia might have on Russia’s own federal units.
  • Arnold Zwicky notes the fun that others have had with puns on Vladimir and Estragon.

[NEWS] Five space links: China in Argentina, Moon impacts, Alpha Centauri trip, supernova, R Aquarii

  • A Chinese space tracking base in Argentina is proving controversial, among its neighbours and in the wider region. VICE reports.
  • Universe Today notes a new project aimed at monitoring the Moon to catch the flash of asteroid impacts, to better gauge (among other things) the risk to Earth.
  • Universe Today notes one proposal to send an unmanned probe to Alpha Centauri.
  • Universe Today looks at the possibility that a supernova near Earth some 2.6 million years ago might have triggered mass extinctions of ocean life.
  • Universe Today looks at R Aquarii, a close binary of a Mira-type red giant feeding a white dwarf a mere 650 light years away.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

    The Buzz at the Toronto Public Library bids farewell to V.S. Naipaul.

  • Centauri Dreams takes a look at ultra-hot Jupiters, gas giants orbiting close enough to their star that water in their atmosphere breaks down and rubies rain down from their skies.
  • The Crux explores the pathways among neurons that transform experiences into memories.
  • D-Brief notes that, according to a study of mice, the more fit a person is the better they will shiver.
  • Karen Sternheimer at the Everyday Sociology Blog notes how the shift to a cashless economy leaves people who don’t have access to good-quality financial services marginalized. How can they function if they lack access to a bank account?
  • The Finger Post praises Tokyo’s Narita airport, among other things for offering excellent Japanese food.
  • Russell Arben Fox at In Media Res considers the evolution of the Mormons of the American West as a distinctive voting bloc.
  • Lucy Ferris at Lingua Franca talks about language learning, in the light of an American state governor’s campaign against French language instruction, as something that can open up new possibilities and perspectives.
  • Bill McKibben at the NYR Daily argues that the best political response of Americans to Trumpism and its environmental outrages is to vote Democratic in the upcoming midterms.
  • The Planetary Society Blog’s Emily Lakdawalla notes the postponement of the launch of the Indian Chandrayaan-2 Moon probe to the start of January 2019, for technical reasons with the probe and its launcher.
  • Drew Rowsome notes the homophobic censorship by Facebook of non-explicit LGBTQ content like his.
  • Peter Rukavina flowcharts the evolution of different Charlottetown coffeeshops, by location and by owners, over the past few years.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes evidence that the first stars in the early universe formed around 250 million years after the Big Bang.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan have just engaged in a swap of territories, the better to create a coherent frontier between the two neighbours.

[NEWS] Five PEI links: anti-immigration, O’Leary, tourism, housing, Buffalo of Buffaloland

  • The Guardian reports on an Island woman’s publicizing of an anti-immigrant flyer being mailed out locally.
  • The West Prince community of O’Leary now has a family doctor again. The Guardian reports.
  • The 2018 tourist season on the Island so far is apparently going quite nicely, with 92 cruise ships coming by. CBC reports.
  • The Island housing market is continuing to boom with plenty of new investment. (What, I wonder, of housing prices?) CBC reports.
  • The buffalo of Buffaloland Provincial Park continue to grow in number, reaching a population of 56. CBC reports.