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[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • Centauri Dreams considers the idea of uploading a digital “Golden Record” into the memory of New Horizons.
  • Crooked Timber takes a look at American legal writer (and judge) Richard Posner’s embrace of pragmatism. What does it mean?
  • D-Brief notes the rapid melting of the glaciers that feed the major rivers of Asia.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper considering ways to detect planets in orbit of red giants.
  • The LRB Blog considers the potential for political tumult in Saudi Arabia, in the wake of arrests and rumours.
  • The Map Room Blog links to a new gravity map of Mars, revealing the crust of that world to be less dense and more variable than thought.
  • The NYR Daily looks at the South China Sea dispute in the wake of Indonesia’s newly restated claims.
  • Roads and Kingdoms looks at Philadelphia’s seasonal cookie–spiced wafer–wars.
  • Drew Rowsome is a big fan of the movie adaptation of It.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that, for want of better options, the Donbas republics’ people might return to Ukraine.
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[NEWS] Four space science links, from Mars to TRAPPIST-1 to Gliese 710 to starships

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  • CBC reports on recent research noting markers of hydrothermal activity in the minerals of Mars’ Gale Crater.
  • Universe Today reports on findings that ultraviolet radiation from TRAPPIST-1 is low enough to let its habitable-zone planets retain their volatiles, like water.
  • VICE notes that, in 1.3 million years, red dwarf star Gliese 710 will have a close encounter with our solar system.
  • In light of the Voyagers’ 40th, Becky Ferreira considers some of the latest proposals for crewed starship designs.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 1, 2017 at 8:30 pm

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • Centauri Dreams notes the latest on fast radio burst FRB 121102.
  • D-Brief makes a good case for the human diet to expand to include insects. I’d like to try an insect burger myself.
  • Dangerous Minds shares some wonderful photos of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting up to 1% of stars could capture, at least temporarily, rogue planets.
  • Hornet Stories–the new name for Unicorn Booty–notes the latest shake-up in German-language LGBTQ media.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money shares a thoughtful essay by Christa Blackmon, drawing from her experiences as a survivor of Hurricane Andrew. How do you best take care of child survivors?
  • The Map Room Blog links to a fascinating-sounding book, Alastair Bonnett’s new Beyond the Map.
  • The NYR Daily reviews a documentary about the Venerable W, a Buddhist monk in Burma who has led anti-Muslim violence.
  • The Planetary Society Blog considers the way forward for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program.
  • Roads and Kingdoms reports on the search for Texas barbecue in Mexico City.

[NEWS] Four links on life in the solar system, past and present

  • When the sun becomes a red giant, Europa and Enceladus will become superheated greenhouses without Earth-like phases.
  • A new model of early Venus suggests it could have had oceans and Earthly temperatures less than a billion years ago.
  • Past activity around the volcanoes of Mars means that these areas could have been refuges for life.
  • On the discovery of acrylonitrile on Titan, a membrane-forming chemical that could permit life in the super-cold.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 4, 2017 at 2:30 pm

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait looks at the emergent evidence for exomoon Kepler-1625b-I.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at the future of technological civilizations: what if they do not always ascend, but stagnate?
  • D-Brief takes issue with the idea of the “digital native.” Everyone needs to adopt new technology at some point.
  • Are Elon Musk and Space-X backing away from the Mars colony plans? The Dragon’s Tales notes.
  • The Map Room Blog links to a map of massacres of Aborigines on the Australian frontiers.
  • Marginal Revolution wonders if widespread roboticization really will increase productivity much.
  • Roads and Kingdoms reports on the traditional rum of Newfoundland.
  • Drew Rowsome likes a new Toronto show, Permanence, in part for its take on male sexuality and sexual presence.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog notes that Russia leads the world in cat ownership.
  • Strange Company reports on coin-collecting 1920 cat Peter Pan Wass.
  • Understanding Society takes a look at the potential conflicts between “contingency” and “explanation.”
  • The Volokh Conspiracy looks at how a Nassau County legislator wants to block a Roger Waters conconcert because of his support for an Israel boycott.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Chinese outnumber Jews in the Far East’s Jewish Autonomous Oblast. (Not many of both, mind.)

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Anthrodendum considers the question of what, exactly, is the genre of ethnographic film.
  • Centauri Dreams features authors’ calls for a debate on METI, on sending messages to extraterrestrial intelligences.
  • The Crux reports on the continuing damage caused by the continuing eruptions of Indonesia’s mud volcano, Sidoarjo.
  • Imageo shares a cute time-lapse video from Hubble showing the motion of Phobos around Mars.
  • Language Hat responds to a newly-translated mid-19th century Russian novella, Nadezhda Khvoshchinskaya‘s 1861 novella Пансионерка (The Boarding School Girl).
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money has a depressing extended examination of Trump as reflecting structural crisis in the United States.
  • The LRB Blog looks at the genesis and continuing success of Nicaraguan Sign Language.
  • The Map Room Blog shares a satirical map of Washington D.C., defined by the names that its metro stations should have.
  • Ethan Siegel at Starts With A Bang lists the various worlds in our Solar System possibly hosting life, and notes how you could get an Earth-like world with wildly erratic seasons as in Game of Thrones.
  • Unicorn Booty notes that the German president has signed marriage equality into law. (Also, the country has good LGBT protections.)
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Putin is fine with an asymmetrical bilingualism in Russia’s republics, aimed against non-Russian languages.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Charley Ross notes the belated recovery and identification of Margret Dodd, four decades after her abduction and more than two after her body was found.
  • D-Brief notes that the Pale Red Dot is extending their exoplanet search from Proxima Centauri to include Barnard’s Star and Ross 154.
  • Dangerous Minds shares colour autochromes of American women from a century ago.
  • Gizmodo notes more evidence suggesting Mars’ moons, Phobos and Deimos, are legacies of a massive Mars impact.
  • The LRB Blog looks back at the 1951 “Festival of Britain”.
  • Roads and Kingdoms’ Karen Dias looks at a girls’ soccer team in Haryana, north India.
  • Peter Rukavina shares a sketch of some of the work being done at Province House.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy looks at the timeline for Russian influence on the Trump campaign.
  • Window on Eurasia comes to worrying conclusions about ethnic conflict in Daghestan.