blogTO notes that the cash-strapped CBC may be forced to sell its iconic downtown Toronto headquarters.
James Bow reflects on winter in Kitchener-Waterloo.
The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper studying the relationship between exoplanets and circumstellar dust discs.
The Dragon’s Tales links to a simulation of the polar atmosphere of Venus and notes concerns that India’s Hindustan Aeronautics might not be able to manufacture French Rafale fighters under contract.
Far Outliers notes Madeleine Albright’s incomprehension of Cambodia’s late 1990s struggles and looks at the way the country lags its neighbours.
The Frailest Thing notes how human traffic errors reveal we’re not quite up to some of the tasks we’d like.
Joe. My. God. notes that Finland’s president has signed a marriage bill into existence.
Languages of the World notes the problem of where the homeland of the Indo-Europeans was located.
Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the often-ignored pattern of lynching Mexicans in the United States.
Marginal Revolution notes (1, 2) the problems of human beings with algorithmic, computer-driven planning.
Otto Pohl notes how Germans in Kyrgyzstan were forced into labour battalions.
pollotenchegglooks at demographic indicators in Ukraine over the past year, noting a collapse in the east.
The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer looks at deep history, looking at the involvement of war in state-building in Africa and noting the historically recent rise of inequality in Latin America.
Window on Eurasia looks at one Russian’s proposal to give a Ukrainian church self-government, notes Russia’s inability to serve as a mentor to China, and looks at rural depopulation in the North Caucasus and South Russia.
io9 notes that kale, cauliflower, and collards all are product of the same species.
The Dragon’s Gaze speculates on the detection of Earth analogues late in their lifespan and notes the failure to discover a predicted circumbinary brown dwarf at V471 Tauri.
The Dragon’s Tales shares Lockheed’s suggestion that it is on the verge of developing a 300-kilowatt laser weapon.
Far Outliers considers the question of who is to blame for the Khmer Rouge.
Joe. My. God. notes that One Million Moms is hostile to the free WiFi of McDonald’s.
Spacing Toronto notes an 1855 circus riot sparked by a visit of clowns to the wrong brothel.
Torontoist notes how demographic changes in different Toronto neighbourhoods means some schools are closing while others are straining.
The Volokh Conspiracy notes a California court ruling not recognizing the competence of the Iranian judicial system in a civil case on the grounds of its discrimination against religious minorities and women.
Window on Eurasia considers the implications of peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine, notes the steady integration of Abkhazia and South Ossetia into Russia, and notes Russian fascism.
Centauri Dreams notes how atmospheres can break the tidal locks of close-orbiting planets.
The Dragon’s Gaze suggests Fomalhaut b is a false positive, speculates on the evaporation time of hot Jupiters, and wonders if planetoids impacting on white dwarfs can trigger Type Ia supernovas.
The Dragon’s Tales considers the status of the Brazilian navy, notes the Egyptian purchase of 24 Rafale fighters from France, and observes that Russia no longer has early-warning satellites.
The Everyday Sociology Blog looks at the sociology of the red carpet.
Far Outliers assesses the achievements and problems of Chiang Kai-shek.
A Fistful of Euros notes intra-European negotiations over Greece.
Joe. My. God. notes the progress of a same-sex marriage bill in Slovenia.
Languages of the World argues that of all of the minority languages of Russia, Tuvan is the least endangered.
Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the Confederate diaspora in Brazil.
Marginal Revolution suggests that the larger the American state the more likely it is to be unequal, notes that South Korean wages have exceeded Japanese wages for the first time, and looks at anti-Valentine’s Day men in Japan.
Out of Ambit’s Diane Duane notes how a German translator of her Star Trek novels put subtle advertisements for soup in.
The Planetary Society Blog shares photos from Rosetta of its target comet.
The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer is skeptical about the Nicaragua Canal, wonders about Greece in the Eurozone, looks at instability in Venezuela, and suggests an inverse relationship between social networking platforms–mass media, even–and social capital.
Spacing Toronto wonders if the Scarborough subway will survive.
Towleroad notes popular American-born Russian actor Odin Biron’s coming out and observes that Antonin Scalia doesn’t want people to call him anti-gay.
Understanding Society’s Daniel Little looks at the forces which lead to the split of communtiies.
Window on Eurasia suggests that the non-Russian republics of Russia will survive, argues that Putin’s Russia is already fascist, and notes that Russians overwhelmingly support non-traditional families.