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[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait notes the first time that an exoplanet, HR 8799e, has been directly observed using optical interferometry.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the possibility, demonstrated by the glimpsing of a circumplanetary disc around exoplanet PDS 70b, that we might be seeing a moon system in formation.
  • The Citizen Science Salon looks what observers in Antarctica are contributing to our wealth of scientific knowledge.
  • The Dragon’s Tales shares links to articles looking at the latest findings on the Precambrian Earth.
  • The Frailest Thing’s L.M. Sacasas writes about his ambivalent response to a Twitter that, by its popularity, undermines the open web.
  • Gizmodo notes that NASA is going to open up the International Space Station to tourists.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at how croquet, upon its introduction in the 19th century United States, was seen as scandalous for the way it allowed men and women to mix freely.
  • Shakezula at Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the unaccountable fondness of at least two Maine Republican legislators for the Confederacy.
  • Marginal Revolution suggests that the economic success of Israel in recent decades is a triumph of neoliberalism.
  • Stephen Ellis at the NYR Daily writes about the gymnastics of Willem de Kooning.
  • Drew Rowsome profiles out comic Brendan D’Souza.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel looks at the still strange galaxy NGC 1052-DF2, apparently devoid of dark matter.
  • John Scalzi at Whatever shares his theory about a fixed quantity of flavor in strawberries of different sizes.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at a contentious plan for a territorial swap between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

[NEWS] Five space science links: ocean worlds, M75, wormholes, neutron stars, black holes, LIGO

  • Gizmodo notes the remarkable depth of the oceans of water worlds, going hundreds of kilometres down (or more!).
  • Motherboard reports on the latest Hubble images of Messier 75, a star cluster that is the vestige of a galaxy absorbed into the Milky Way.
  • Matt Williams at Universe Today notes a new study suggesting that, while traversable wormholes might be physically possible without exotic matter, they would not allow for FTL travel.
  • Paul Sutter at Universe Today notes that a closer study of kilonovas might allow for a better understanding of the interior structures of neutron stars.
  • Ars Technica notes that LIGO may have detected a collision between a black hole and a neutron star.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly considers the importance of complete rest.
  • Citizen Science Salon looks at the contributions of ordinary people to Alzheimer’s research.
  • The Crux notes how recent planetary scientists acknowledge Venus to be an interestingly active world.
  • D-Brief notes the carnivorous potential of pandas.
  • Cody Delistraty considers a British Library exhibit about writing.
  • Bruce Dorminey notes the possibility that, in red giant systems, life released from the interiors of thawed outer-system exomoons might produce detectable signatures in these worlds’ atmospheres.
  • The Dragon’s Tales shares reports of some of the latest robot developments from around the world.
  • Jonathan Wynn at the Everyday Sociology Blog considers the concepts of gentrification and meritocracy.
  • Gizmodo notes a running dinosaur robot that indicates one route by which some dinosaurs took to flight.
  • At In Media Res, Russell Arben Fox talks about bringing some principles of Wendell Berry to a town hall discussion in Sterling, Kansas.
  • io9 notes that a reboot of Hellraiser is coming from David S. Goyer.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at how museums engage in the deaccessioning of items in their collections.
  • Language Log examines the Mongolian script on the renminbi bills of China.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes how Volkswagen in the United States is making the situation of labour unions more difficult.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the effective lack of property registration in the casbah of Algiers.
  • The NYR Daily notes the Afrofuturism of artist Devan Shinoyama.
  • Strange Company examines the trial of Jane Butterfield in the 1770s for murdering the man who kept her as a mistress with poison. Did she do it? What happened to her?
  • Frank Jacobs at Strange Maps notes a controversial map identifying by name the presidents of the hundred companies most closely implicated in climate change.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how the Russian Orthodox Church, retaliating against the Ecumenical Patriarchy for its recognition of Ukrainian independence, is moving into Asian territories outside of its purview.
  • Arnold Zwicky starts a rumination by looking at the sportswear of the early 20th century world.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait considers the possibility that interstellar objects like ‘Oumuamua might help planets consdense in young systems.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly explains the genesis of news stories.
  • Centauri Dreams explores a remarkable thesis of somehow intelligent, living even, mobile stars.
  • Citizen Science Blog reports on an ingenious effort by scientists to make use of crowdsourcing to identify venerable trees in a forest.
  • The Crux takes a look at the idea of rewilding.
  • D-Brief takes a look at how active auroras can lead to satellite orbits decaying prematurely.
  • Bruce Dorminey reports on a new finding suggesting that the suspected exomoon given the name Kepler-162b I does not exist.
  • JSTOR Daily takes a look at the incident that led to the concept of Stockholm syndrome.
  • Language Log takes a look at the idea of someone having more than one native language. Is it even possible?
  • Robert Farley at Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at how trade war with the EU is hurting the bourbon industry of the United States.
  • The LRB Blog reports on the aftermath in Peru of the startling suicide of former president Alan Garcia.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a paper suggesting that rising health care costs have hurt the American savings rate and the wider American economy.
  • Russell Darnley takes a look at the innovative fish weirs of the Aborigines on Australia’s Darling River.
  • The NYR Daily takes a look at Russian Doll and the new era of television.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes the formal end of the Mars rover expeditions. Spirit and Opportunity can rest easy.
  • Drew Rowsome praises Out, a one-man show at Buddies in Bad Times exploring what it was like to be out in the late 1970s.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes that a search for dark matter has revealed evidence of the radioactive decay of pretty but not perfectly stable isotope xenon-124.
  • Window on Eurasia considers the likely impact of new Ukrainian president Volodymir Zelensky on Ukrainian autocephaly.
  • Arnold Zwicky celebrated the penguin drawings of Sandra Boynton, starting from her World Penguin Day image from the 25th of April.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Bad Astronomy shares Hubble images of asteroid 6478 Gault, seemingly in the process of dissolving.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly writes about the experience of living in a body one knows from hard experience to be fallible.
  • Gizmodo notes new evidence that environmental stresses pushed at least some Neanderthals to engage in cannibalism.
  • Hornet Stories notes the 1967 raid by Los Angeles police against the Black Cat nightclub, a pre-Stonewall trigger of LGBTQ organization.
  • Imageo notes the imperfect deal wrought by Colorado Basin states to minimize the pain felt by drought in that river basin.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at the cinema of Claire Denis.
  • Language Log reports on the work of linguist Ghil’ad Zuckermann, a man involved in language revival efforts in Australia after work in Israel with Hebrew.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money wonders if the Iran-Contra scandal will be a precedent for the Mueller report, with the allegations being buried by studied inattention.
  • Marginal Revolution makes a case for NIMBYism leading to street urination.
  • Justin Petrone at North! looks at a theatrical performance of a modern Estonian literary classic, and what it says about gender and national identity.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw makes the case for a treaty with Australian Aborigines, to try to settle settler-indigenous relations in Australia.
  • John Quiggin looks at the factors leading to the extinction of coal as an energy source in the United Kingdom.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes that we are not yet up to the point of being able to detect exomoons of Earth-like planets comparable to our Moon.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the occasion of the last singer in the Ket language.
  • Arnold Zwicky shares some cartoon humour, around thought balloons.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • {anthro}dendum reads the recent Sokal Square project as satire.
  • Architectuul takes a look at an ingenious floating school, in an artificial pond at Berlin’s Tempelhof airport.
  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait takes an in-depth look at the possibility of moons having moons. What does the lack of such worlds in our solar system, despite possible spaces for their existence, say about their presence in the wider universe?
  • Larry Klaes at Centauri Dreams takes a look at The Farthest, a recent film examining the Voyager probes.
  • The Crux looks at Georges Lemaître, the Belgian Jesuit and physicist who first imagined the Big Bang.
  • D-Brief notes that scientists have successfully created healthy mice using the genomes of two same-sex parents.
  • Gizmodo notes that new computer models of pulsars have revealed unexpected new elements of their behaviour.
  • JSTOR Daily interviews Alexander Chee, who tells about how the JSTOR database helped him write his novel The Queen of the Night.
  • Marginal Revolution notes a Ukrainian bank that offers high-interest savings accounts to people who, as measured by app, walk at least 10 thousand steps a day.
  • The NYR Daily profiles Jair Bolsonario, the likely next Brazilian president arguably because of his fondness for the military regimes of old, and what his success says about the failings of democracy in Brazil.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how the impending recognition of a national Ukrainian Orthodox Church by the Ecumenical Patriarch will have global repercussions, being a victory for Ukraine and a major loss for Russia.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Centauri Dreams reports on the work of the MASCOT rover on asteroid Ryugu.
  • The Crux considers the critical role of the dolphin in the thinking of early SETI enthusiasts.
  • D-Brief goes into more detail about the import of the Soyuz malfunction for the International Space Station.
  • Dangerous Minds notes an artist who has made classic pop song lyrics, like Blue Monday, into pulp paperback covers.
  • Earther is entirely correct about how humans will need to engage in geoengineering to keep the Earth habitable.
  • David Finger at The Finger Post describes his visit to Accra, capital of Ghana.
  • Gizmodo notes a new paper suggesting that, in some cases where massive moons orbit far from their parent planet, these moons can have their own moons.
  • Hornet Stories shares the first look at Ruby Rose at Batwoman.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at how the image of southern California and Los Angeles changed from a Mediterranean paradise with orange trees to a dystopic urban sprawl.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money imagines what might have happened to the navy of China had it not bought the Ukrainian aircraft carrier Varyag.
  • Lingua Franca at the Chronicle reports on how the actual length of “minute”, as euphemism for a short period of time, can vary between cultures.
  • The LRB Blog reports on the disaster in Sulawesi, noting particularly the vulnerability of colonial-era port settlements in Indonesia to earthquakes and tsunamis.
  • The Map Room Blog shares Itchy Feet’s funny map of every European city.
  • The New APPS Blog wonders if the tensions of capitalism are responsible for the high rate of neurological health issues.
  • The NYR Daily considers what, exactly, it would take to abolish ICE.
  • At the Planetary Society Weblog, Ian Regan talks about how he assembled a photoanimated flyover of Titan using probe data.
  • Roads and Kingdoms explores some excellent pancakes in the Malaysian state of Sabah with unusual ingredients.
  • Drew Rowsome raves over a new documentary looking at the life of opera star Maria Callas.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the continued high rate of natural increase in Tajikistan.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes the growing evidence for the detection of a Neptune-size exomoon, provisionally named Kepler-1625b I, as does Centauri Dreams, as does D-Brief.
  • D-Brief notes evidence that the songs of humpback whales last over generations.
  • JSTOR Daily considers the fascination of Mary Shelley with cemeteries.
  • Lingua Franca, at the Chronicle of Higher Education, considers an important question: “different from”, or “different than”?
  • The Map Room Blog shares maps of the earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, and the relief effort.
  • Drew Rowsome takes a look at a new documentary examining the famed Studio 54.
  • Daniel Little, at Understanding Society, considers (after others) the idea of emotions as neurophysical phenomena.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that Turkey’s recent efforts to become a power in Central Asia are being aided by the way its efforts mesh with China’s.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about some of the less visible heroes of journalism, of support staff and the like.
  • Centauri Dreams takes a look at astrophysicist Adam Frank’s thoughts on extraterrestrial civilizations in the past, on “exoarcheology”.
  • D-Brief notes SIMP J01365663+0933473, a rogue superjovian planet 20 light years away with a powerful magnetic field and possibly even a major moon.
  • Hornet Stories notes (possibly unfair) criticism of the Provincetown AIDS Memorial by Masha Gessen, who wishes it had more recognition of specifically gay victims and of the community’s anger.
  • JSTOR Daily takes a look at the challenges faced by the Outer Space Treaty, fifty years old and facing unprecedented challenges of a militarized space.
  • Erik Loomis writes at Lawyers, Guns and Money about the need for the left to articulate a coherent and serious agenda on global trade.
  • The Map Room Blog notes that the US military has told its personnel to turn off their portable devices’ geolocation in sensitive areas.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that, in some cities, people have begun to sleep rough in all-night McDonald’s restaurants on account of the lack of affordable housing.
  • Drew Rowsome interviews some of the actors involved in the queer play Box 4901, a new SummerWorks play written by playwright and novelist Brian Francis. Sounds exciting!
  • The Speed River Journal’s Van Waffle writes about how cicadas are important to him, and why.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel warns that Project Starshot and like interstellar propulsion methods, which would project engineless starships at relativistic speeds, could endanger life–and people–on the planets that these starships investigated.
  • Strange Maps’ Frank Jacobs notes/u> some people in the Turkish province of Batman want to bring their province’s borders in line with those of the character.
  • Arnold Zwicky shares Arthur’s photo of the tasteful rainbow poles at the entrance to Montréal’s Beaudry Métro station, in the heart of the Village gay.

[NEWS] Four space science links: water worlds, debris disks, Alpha Centauri, Kepler 1625 b-i

  • Watery worlds orbiting red dwarf stars, in one scenario, tend to see their volatiles evaporate into space quickly.
  • Gaps in debris disks orbiting young stars seem to point to the existence of planets in these gaps.
  • The proposed Project Blue–a space-based telescope capable of imaging planets at Alpha Centauri–sounds good to me.
  • Kepler-1625 b-i, a strong candidate to be the first exomoon found, seems to have a fascinating history.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 26, 2017 at 9:40 pm