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[NEWS] Seven links, from drugs in Germany to dolphin cuisine to dual nations in Australia

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  • Johann Hari writes for Open Democracy about what may be the beginning of the end of the drug war in Germany.
  • I am not in agreement with Joseph Couture’s argument in NOW Toronto that the Internet has ended gay communities. (Convince me.)
  • Samantha Edwards reports in NOW Toronto controversy regarding the Parkdale feminist street art event. Was it really intersectional?
  • James Cooray Smith wonders–or “wonders”–why some Doctor Who fans are so upset with a woman portraying the Doctor.
  • In MacLean’s, chief Perry Bellegarde argues that more Canadians should be concerned with the too-many deaths of young First Nations people in Thunder Bay.
  • The National Post tells the story of how Australian senator Larissa Walters had to unexpectedly resign her position on account of her Canadian birth.
  • Via James Nicoll, a paper claiming evidence of human presence in northern Australia, in Madjedbebe, 65k years ago.
  • National Geographic tells of the peculiar way some Gulf of Mexico dolphins prepare their catfish. Is it cultural, culinary even?

[NEWS] Four science links, from coffee to cloning mammoths to space colonies to EBLM J0555-57Ab

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  • Global News notes one study suggesting coffee can extend human lives. My morning pot is worthwhile, then!
  • National Geographic features an interview with Ben Mezrich talking about how cloning and genetic engineering can bring back the mammoth.
  • CBC News reports on the discovery of ultra-cool dwarf star EBLM J0555-57Ab, smaller than TRAPPIST-1, even.
  • Jacobin Magazine has a stirring essay by Nick Levine calling space colonization and space resources to be shared equitably.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm

[NEWS] Five links in Canada, from NAFTA corn syrup to Amazon Prime in Iqaluit and abortion

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  • Could NAFTA, as one article suggests, have contributed to obesity in Canada by boosting consumption of high-fructose corn syrup?
  • VICE reports on a new Canadian federal program to extend high-speed Internet throughout rural Canada.
  • CBC notes the scary extent to which Iqaluit depends on Amazon Prime to afford even basic things, including food.
  • VICE notes the overrepresentation of indigenous children in the child welfare system in Canada.
  • VICE tells the story of a Maritime women who helps Maritimers navigate the health care system to get abortions.

[URBAN NOTE] Five notes on Toronto, including the condo explosion and TTC planning

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  • The National Post‘s Victor Ferreira notes that CAMH will be driven from its College Street home by its landlord to make room for condos.
  • blogTO notes the site of a former heritage building at Yonge and Eglinton will become–surprise!–a condo site.
  • The Toronto Star‘s Ben Spurr notes the deputy mayor wants to encourage the TTC to buy future streetcars not from Bombardier.
  • Steve Munro looks in detail at the amended plan to give priority on King Street to mass transit.
  • Tricia Wood at Torontoist talks about ways the TTC can improve bus service, starting with better scheduling.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 10, 2017 at 3:15 pm

[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 Friday links

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  • Centauri Dreams looks at the potentially deadly effect of the stellar flares of red dwarfs on potentially habitable exoplanets.
  • Charley Ross notes the strange 1957 disappearance of William ad Margaret Patterson from their Texas home.
  • D-Brief notes the evidence for a second planet at Proxima Centauri, a super-Earth Proxima C with a 215 day orbit.
  • Tom Yulsman of ImaGeo shares shares photos of the active Sun.
  • The argument made by Scott Lemieux of Lawyers, Guns and Money that Americans were learning to love Obamacare and Republicans wanted to take it away before they got used to it … well.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that, and why, restaurant servers in Maine wanted their minimum wage lowered. (Tips.)
  • Roads and Kingdoms shares the story of Na De Fo, a rare Korean restaurant in Mexico City.
  • The NYR Daily looks at how Macron might try to “California-ize” France, and whether he could pull this off.
  • Unicorn Booty notes studies noting bisexuals have a lower quality of life than gays, and wonders why. (Stigma is an issue.)
  • Window on Eurasia notes that global warming, by leading to permafrost melt, is literally undermining the infrastructure of Russia.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Citizen Science Salon links to some ongoing crowdsourced experiments that non-scientists can take part in.
  • The LRB Blog reports on the return of Newt Gingrich to the American political scene.
  • The NYR Daily compares Donald Trump to a 19th century counterpart, Andrew Jackson.
  • Roads and Kingdoms reports on the now rather different cocaine problem of MedellĂ­n, Colombia.
  • Starts with a Bang’s Ethan Siegel reports on a paper suggesting potential problems with gravitational observatory LIGO.
  • Towleroad notes a recent sharp drop in new HIV diagnoses in the United Kingdom, thanks to treatment and PrEP.
  • Window on Eurasia reports on projected long-run economic decline in Russia, argues about the potential for instability in Tatarstan, and reports on Belarusianization.
  • Arnold Zwicky describes Silver Age Rainbow Batman and his later pride appearances.