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[NEWS] Four Language Log links: Chinese, mare, Ukrainian, Yorkshire

  • Victor Mair at Language Log takes a look at the many and varied colloquialisms in the different varieties of Chinese.
  • Robert Hymes writes a guest post at Language Log examining the word “mare” and its relatives across language families.
  • Mark Liberman at Language Log considers how the name of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, is to be pronounced.
  • Victor Mair at Language Log takes a look at the English dialect of Yorkshire.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 23, 2019 at 11:59 pm

[NEWS] Five JSTOR Daily links: ch’arki, pisco, X-rays, lavender scare, language (@jstor_daily)

  • JSTOR Daily examines ch’arki, an Andean food like jerky.
  • JSTOR Daily reports on how Peru and Chile contest claims to being the origins of pisco.
  • JSTOR Daily explores the X-ray craze of 1896, here.
  • JSTOR Daily explores the “lavender scare” of the 1950s that saw dozens of queer men purged from the American government.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at how linguists are using Urban Dictionary to study the evolution of language.

[NEWS] Five Centauri Dreams links: ARIEL Ryugu, Titan, electric sail, exoplanets (@centauri_dreams)

  • Centauri Dreams reports on the emergent ARIEL telescope, here.
  • Centauri Dreams reports on the return of Hayabusa2 from Ryugu, here.
  • Centauri Dreams shares a new map showing all of the landforms of Titan.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at the propulsion technology of the electric sail.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at the once-surprising number of planets found in multiple star systems.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 23, 2019 at 8:30 pm

[NEWS] Five D-Brief links: Nile, apartment fungi, house plants, methane, HR 5183

  • D-Brief looks at how the Nile River has kept its current course for 30 million years, here.
  • D-Brief notes a study suggesting modern apartments are filled with fungi.
  • House plants do not purify the air, D-Brief reports.
  • D-Brief notes that 0.2% of the methane emitters in California release a third of the methane released in the entire state.
  • A rocky planet in the right orbit in the HR5183 system, with a gas giant in a very eccentric orbit, could have a spectacular sky, D-Brief notes.

[CAT] Five #caturday links: horror, returns, communications

  • At JSTOR Daily, Stephanie Larson looks at how and why cats have been used in horror films.
  • BBC reports on a black cat that was returned to its owners on Halloween six years after it disappeared.
  • Sarah Basford as Lifehacker AU explains what different cat vocalizations man.
  • Cats show love in many different ways. Non Pareil Online reports.
  • Stephen Dowling at BBC Future looks at the different mistakes we make that keep us from understanding the friendliness of cats.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 2, 2019 at 11:45 am

[NEWS] Ten Halloween links (#halloween)

  • Jamie Bradburn took a look at now-effaced Toronto cemetery Potter’s Field, here.
  • Kingston, Ontario’s Skeleton Park is a remarkable legacy. Global News reports.
  • CBC Saskatoon reports on the origins of Halloween in harvest events.
  • The Hong Kong protests took on a new tinge this Halloween. CBC reports.
  • The Vancouver tradition of Halloween fireworks may be dying out. The National Post reports.
  • Guardian Cities looks around the world, from Derry to West Hollywood, at local celebrations of Halloween.
  • Gizmodo shares an image of a ghostly collision of galaxies in deep space.
  • Dangerous Minds shared some album covers inspired by Halloween.
  • CBC looks at the very low rate of candy tampering in Canada over the past decade.
  • JSTOR Daily considers how the Great Pumpkin of Peanuts came to be so great.

[AH] Six #alternatehistory maps from Reddit: Irish, Canada, Alaska, Russia, Prairies, South Africa

  • This r/mapporn map shows the scale of the collapse of Irish as a spoken language across most of Ireland. Was this avoidable?
  • This r/imaginarymaps map shows a Canada where the 1837 rebellions were successful, with an autonomous Upper Canada and a Lower Canada with a Patriote state. Doable?
  • This r/imaginarymaps map depicts a common alternate history trope, that of an independent but culturally Russian Alaska. What would it take for this to happen?
  • This r/imaginarymaps map depicts a world where Eurasia, from Germany to Korea, was dominated by a successfully industrializing Russian Empire. Was this common fear of the belle époque actually achievable?
  • This r/mapporn map shows the different proposals for different territorial configurations of the Canadian Prairies. (I like the ones with north-south divisions.)
  • Was a single South Africa covering most of British Southern Africa with relatively liberal racial policies, as Jan Smuts wanted, actually achievable? r/imaginarymaps hosts the map.

[CAT] Five #caturday links: Taylor Swift, Matsumoto, art, disease, Newfoundland

  • io9 notes that Taylor Swift is co-writing a song for the new Cats movie.
  • Japan Times looks at a newly translated work by Taiyu Matusomoto, Cats of the Louvre.
  • CTV News reports that Vancouver cat cafe Catfe offers life drawing classes featuring its cats as models.
  • D-Brief shares a list of diseases that cats can pass on to humans, and of prevention measures.
  • Global News looks at the feral cats of Little Bay Islands, a Newfoundland outport community about to be abandoned. What will happen to them?

[NEWS] Five Universe Today (@universetoday) links: colours, panspermia, Venus, superhabitable worlds

  • Brian Koberlein at Universe Today considers the question of what was the first colour in the universe. (Is it orange?)
  • Matt Williams at Universe Today considers how comets and other bodies could be exporting life from Earth to the wider galaxy.
  • Matt Williams at Universe Today explores one study suggesting Venus could have remained broadly Earth-like for billions of years.
  • Matt Williams at Universe Today also notes another story suggesting, based on the nature of the lava of the volcanic highlands of Venus, that world was never warm and wet.
  • Fraser Cain at Universe Today took a look at the idea of superhabitable worlds, of worlds better suited to supporting life than Earth.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 24, 2019 at 10:00 pm

[NEWS] Five D-Brief links: rats and cars, gravitational lensing, black holes, geodes, dark matter

  • D-Brief notes the glorious science produced by scientists who trained rats to drive miniature cars and found that, in so doing, the rats’ stress was relieved.
  • D-Brief reports on how scientists used gravitational lensing to study a galaxy nine billion light-years away.
  • D-Brief explains how, in dwarf galaxies, supermassive black holes can stop star formation.
  • D-Brief looks at how scientists have found the giant Geode of Pulpi was created.
  • D-Brief notes how dark matter is making some spiral galaxies rotate at well over 500 kilometres a second.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 24, 2019 at 8:00 pm