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[NEWS] Five science links: ancient Earth, Mars, Messier 79, gravitational waves

  • James Nicoll at Tor writes about some of the bizarre multicellular life forms of the ancient past of Earth.
  • Universe Today looks at the evidence for ancient rivers flowing on the southern highlands of Mars.
  • Universe Today notes evidence for continuing volcanic activity on Mars.
  • Universe Today examines Messier 79, a globular cluster in our galaxy that may have come from outside.
  • Wired notes how improvements in gravitational wave astronomy technology will lead to amazing amounts of detail about our cosmic neighbourhood in the near future.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 27, 2019 at 7:45 pm

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Architectuul reports on how architects, at a time of new environmental pressures on water, how some architects are integrating water into their works.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about what books she is (and is not) reading these days.
  • D-Brief notes a new study suggesting that the prospects of planet-based life at globular cluster Omega Centauri are low, simply because the tightly-packed stars disrupt each others’ planets too often.
  • Hornet Stories notes how some American conservatives wish to prohibit states from mandating adoption agencies not bar same-sex couples as applicants.
  • JSTOR Daily notes how the tattooed heads of Maori first became international trade items in the 19th century, then were returned to New Zealand in more recent years.
  • Language Log’s Victor Mair writes about his favourite Nepali expression, “Bāphre bāph!”.
  • The Map Room Blog notes the release of a revised vision of Star Trek: Stellar Cartography, including material from season 1 of Discovery.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw explains how, in 1976, he appeared on Australian television talking about the Yowie, the Australian equivalent to a Yeti.
  • Drew Rowsome reviews Folsom Street Blues, Jim Stewart’s memoirs of the leather/SoMA scene in San Francisco in the 1970s.
  • Peter Rukavina writes about the newly liberal liquor laws of Prince Edward Island, allowing children to be present in environments where liquor is being served.
  • Window on Eurasia shares suggestions that the government of Ukraine needs to take a much more visible, and active, approach towards protecting its international tourists, for their sake and for the country’s.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell talks about the redefinition, at least in the United Kingdom, of Euroskepticism into a movement of extreme suburban nationalists, away from rational critiques of the European Union.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • D-Brief reports on Ceres’ bright spots.
  • Dangerous Minds celebrates the video game arcades of the 1980s.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper speculating that tightly-packed globular clusters might be good cradles for life.
  • The Dragon’s Tales examines the processes by which gravel is formed on Mars and Titan.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog wonders about the extent to which college alienates low-income students.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money is critical of Hillary Clinton’s speech at AIPAC.
  • The LRB Blog features an essay by an American expatriate in Belgium on the occasion of the Brussels attacks.
  • Steve Munro analyses the quality of service on the 6 Bay bus.
  • The NYRB Daily reflects on the films of a Syrian film collective.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer points out that the rate of terrorism in Europe now is substantially lower than in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Savage Minds considers secrecy as it applies to the anthropological writer.
  • Strange Maps reflects on the BBC’s Shipping Forecast weather service.
  • Whatever’s John Scalzi reflects on the prospects of human survival into the future.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan are on the verge of fighting a border war.