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[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • Anthrodendum takes a look at how surfing has been commodified.
  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait looks at the stellar occultation that has revealed information about MU69, the next New Horizons target.
  • Crooked Timber’s Corey Robin takes issue with Mélenchon’s take on anti-Semitism and the French role in the Holocaust.
  • D-Brief notes that we really are not good at detecting faked photos.
  • Dangerous Minds shares some vintage photos of strippers from the 1960s.
  • Michael Sacasas of The Frailest Things looks, again, at the technologically enchanted world.
  • Language Log takes issue with the dismissive treatment of “… in a woodpile.” The expression is poison.
  • The LRB Blog looks at the dual position of the camel among the Sahrawi, as wild and tame at once.
  • Neuroskeptic looks at the problems of neuroscience, statistically.
  • The NYR Daily considers the hacking of the American vote. Who did it? Who gained?
  • Science Sushi notes that climate change threats African wild dogs’ survival.
  • Window on Eurasia notes an Armenian argument that Russia lacks the soft power that the Soviet Union once enjoyed.

[URBAN NOTE] Four links on cities around the world: Churchill, Halifax, London, New York City

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  • CBC reports on how the Hudson Bay port of Churchill could profit from global warming opening up sea lanes but suffer from heaving land wrecking infrastructure.
  • Brett Bundale reports on how Halifax, Nova Scotia, is booming, unlike the rest of the Maritimes.
  • This article describing how the London police remain vague about the number of dead in Grenfell Tower is horrifying.
  • Global News reports on how many in Harlem dislike the idea of renaming their neighbourhood’s south “SoHa”.

[NEWS] Four notes about water, from ferries to rubber ducks to climate change to melting Greenland

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  • blogTO observes that a former ferry from Halifax is coming to Lake Ontario, to connect mainland Toronto to Centre Island.
  • Shawn Micallef notes in the Toronto Star how Toronto fell for the World’s Largest Rubber Duck.
  • Alex Bozikovic notes in The Globe and Mail how Toronto(and other cities) can prepare for climate change by trying to adapt to flooding, not prevent it altogether.
  • CBC notes that the more sunshine Greenland gets, the faster its ice cap melts.

[NEWS] Four science links, from tree-planting drones to the effectiveness of PrEP

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  • Australia’s ABC reports on an ambitious plan to develop drones capable of mass tree planting.
  • The Weather Network warns that global warming could see Canada circa 2100 experience tropical summers.
  • National Geographic reports on the discovery of a thriving ecosystem existing in the waters beneath the Greenland icecap.
  • Daily Xtra criticizes a recent MacLean’s article for making bad arguments against anti-HIV treatment PrEP.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait is skeptical that the Trump-era EPA will deal well with global warming.
  • Discover’s The Crux considers the challenge of developing safer explosives for fireworkers.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper considering the (real) possibility of Earth-like worlds orbiting neutron stars.
  • Language Log notes an odd use of katakana in Australia.
  • The LRB Blog considers the possibly overrated import of George Osborne’s move into the newspaper business.
  • Marginal Revolution notes one observer’s suggestion that China could sustain high-speed growth much longer than Japan.
  • The NYR Daily shares Eleanor Davis’ cartoon journal of her bike trip across America.
  • Peter Rukavina does not like the odd way Prince Edward Island made its library card into a museum pass.
  • Starts with a Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes the odd galaxy MACS2129-1, young yet apparently no longer star-forming.
  • Strange Company explores the strange death of 17th century New England woman Rebecca Cornell.
  • Unicorn Booty looks at how early Playgirl tried to handle, quietly, its substantially gay readership.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at one Russian proclaiming Russia needs to stop an imminent takeover by Muslims.

[NEWS] Five links on infrastructure, from Toronto parks and climate change to nuclear energy

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  • Nikhil Sharma at Torontoist looks at the latest City of Toronto TransformTO report on adapting to climate change.
  • The Toronto Star Fatima Syed looks at how community organizations in Toronto are getting involved in running local parks.
  • Politico.eu notes how Malta, despite having plenty of sun, is having difficulty getting solar energy (and other alternative energy) up and running.
  • The Inter Press Service examines the potential complexities involved in China’s involvement in Argentina’s nuclear energy program.
  • VICE reports on the desperate need to get Ojibwa consent before building a nuclear waste disposal site on their traditional lands.

[NEWS] Four links about global warming and changing shorelines

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  • Ars Technica recommends five sights on the British coast to see before they are erased by global warming.
  • This Syracuse.com report about the upstate New York town of Sandy Creek, beset by Lake Ontario flooding, is alarming.
  • VICE‘s Kate Lunau notes the serious threat posed by sea level rise to coastal Canadian centres, from Halifax to Vancouver.
  • Robinson Meyer in The Atlantic notes that the US South, already badly off, will be hit hard by global warming.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 30, 2017 at 6:15 pm