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[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly considers the importance of complete rest.
  • Citizen Science Salon looks at the contributions of ordinary people to Alzheimer’s research.
  • The Crux notes how recent planetary scientists acknowledge Venus to be an interestingly active world.
  • D-Brief notes the carnivorous potential of pandas.
  • Cody Delistraty considers a British Library exhibit about writing.
  • Bruce Dorminey notes the possibility that, in red giant systems, life released from the interiors of thawed outer-system exomoons might produce detectable signatures in these worlds’ atmospheres.
  • The Dragon’s Tales shares reports of some of the latest robot developments from around the world.
  • Jonathan Wynn at the Everyday Sociology Blog considers the concepts of gentrification and meritocracy.
  • Gizmodo notes a running dinosaur robot that indicates one route by which some dinosaurs took to flight.
  • At In Media Res, Russell Arben Fox talks about bringing some principles of Wendell Berry to a town hall discussion in Sterling, Kansas.
  • io9 notes that a reboot of Hellraiser is coming from David S. Goyer.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at how museums engage in the deaccessioning of items in their collections.
  • Language Log examines the Mongolian script on the renminbi bills of China.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes how Volkswagen in the United States is making the situation of labour unions more difficult.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the effective lack of property registration in the casbah of Algiers.
  • The NYR Daily notes the Afrofuturism of artist Devan Shinoyama.
  • Strange Company examines the trial of Jane Butterfield in the 1770s for murdering the man who kept her as a mistress with poison. Did she do it? What happened to her?
  • Frank Jacobs at Strange Maps notes a controversial map identifying by name the presidents of the hundred companies most closely implicated in climate change.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how the Russian Orthodox Church, retaliating against the Ecumenical Patriarchy for its recognition of Ukrainian independence, is moving into Asian territories outside of its purview.
  • Arnold Zwicky starts a rumination by looking at the sportswear of the early 20th century world.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • The Big Picture shares some of the Boston Globe’s most noteworthy photos from January.
  • Centauri Dreams hosts Larry Klaes’ review of the 1972 sci-fi film Silent Running.
  • Dangerous Minds reports on a 1988 documentary of a spontaneous street Superbowl party, Show Us Your Belly.
  • D-Brief notes evidence that the dependence of pandas on bamboo as a major foodstuff is actually recent, perhaps a consequence of a recent contraction in the territory of the panda.
  • Bruce Dorminey reports on one NASA scientist’s examination of what we need to do to progress more rapidly in space travel.
  • Gizmodo notes that the Parker Solar Probe is heading for another close rendezvous with the Sun.
  • JSTOR Daily notes how, in cities, environments like gardens and hotel patios can be used to provide shelter for bees.
  • Language Hat looks at some of the unusual names given by Puritan parents to their children in 17th century England.
  • The LRB Blog looks at how, in its ongoing state of emergency, France is repressing peaceful protest.
  • The Map Room Blog notes how climate zones are shifting as the world climate changes.
  • Marginal Revolution notes how population growth is so much more rapid in the modern developing world than in 19th century Europe, simply because of the lower mortality rates of our era.
  • Rocky Planet looks at primordial bodies in our solar system, like asteroids and Kuiper belt objects.
  • Mark Simpson looks at how a 1970s BBC comedy show, It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum, played with norms of sexuality and gender.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel looks at the potentially revolutionary implications if dark energy turns out to not be a constant.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that, if nuclear weapons were not involved, Japan could win a naval war with Russia over the Kurils.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Centauri Dreams notes the lack of evidence for heat plumes around the Europan crater of Pwyll.
  • Patrick Nunn at The Crux writes about the new evidence for the millennias-long records preserved remarkably well in oral history.
  • D-Brief notes the discovery of a two-year cycle in gamma ray output in blazar PG 1553+113.
  • Bruce Dorminey notes a proposal from French astronomer Antoine Labeyrie to create a low-cost hypertelescope in nearby space.
  • Gizmodo interviews experts on the possibility of whether people who are now cryogenically frozen will be revived. (The consensus is not encouraging for current cryonicists.)
  • JSTOR Daily notes how, looking back at old records, we can identify many veterans of the US Civil War suffering from the sorts of psychological issues we know now that military veterans suffer from.
  • Language Hat notes the beauty of two stars’ Arabic names, Zubeneschamali and Zubenelgenubi, beta and alpha Librae.
  • The LRB Blog takes a look at the encounters of Anthony Burgess with the Russian language.
  • Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution is surprised that Canada has allowed China to add deep-sea sensors to its deep-sea observatories in the Pacific, in a geopolitically-concerned American way.
  • Tim Parks at the NYR Daily talks about the importance of translation, as a career that needs to be supported while also needing critiques.
  • Drew Rowsome takes a look at two shows on young people coming out, the web series It’s Complicated and the documentary Room to Grow.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes that the evidence of the existence of a potential Planet Nine in our solar system is not necessarily that strong.
  • Strange Maps shares a map of Europe in 1920, one oriented towards Americans, warning of famine across a broad swathe of the continent including in countries now no longer around.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that, in multiethnic Dagestan, Russian has displaced other local languages as a language of interethnic communication.
  • Arnold Zwicky announces the creation, at his blog via the sharing of a Liz Climo cartoon, of a new category at his blog relating to pandas.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: pandas, rail, transit funding, real estate, police

  • CBC, among others, bids goodbye to the pandas of the Toronto Zoo, here.
  • blogTO notes the extended hours of operation of the Union-Pearson Express and of the GO Transit rail network.
  • Steve Munro is not impressed by the extra funding given to Toronto transit for a few reasons.
  • May Warren notes that four thousand people applied for a lottery for 59 affordable units in Regent Park, over at the Toronto Star.
  • The Toronto Star notes that John Tory has called for a limited external review of police in the context of the Church-Wellesley disappearances.

[PHOTO] Sixteen photos of the pandas of the Toronto Zoo (@thetorontozoo)

The pandas in residence at the Toronto Zoo–adult male Da Mao, adult female Er Shun, and their cubs male child Jia Panpan and their female Jia Yueyue-are adorable. Mother and children in the main enclosure, enthusiastically eating vast amounts of bamboo or sleeping thoroughly, were wonderfully photogenic. Da Mao, off by himself in his own pen, seemed more intent on his own affairs.

Er Shun, Jia Panpan, Jia Yueyue (1) #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #ershun #jiapanpan #jiayueyue #latergram

Er Shun, Jia Panpan, Jia Yueyue (2) #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #ershun #jiapanpan #jiayueyue #latergram

Er Shun, Jia Panpan, Jia Yueyue (3) #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #ershun #jiapanpan #jiayueyue #bamboo #latergram

Er Shun, Jia Panpan, Jia Yueyue (4) #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #ershun #jiapanpan #jiayueyue #bamboo #latergram

Er Shun, Jia Panpan, Jia Yueyue (5) #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #ershun #jiapanpan #jiayueyue #bamboo #latergram

Er Shun, Jia Panpan, Jia Yueyue (6) #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #ershun #jiapanpan #jiayueyue #bamboo #latergram

Er Shun, Jia Panpan, Jia Yueyue (7) #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #ershun #jiapanpan #jiayueyue #bamboo #latergram

Er Shun, Jia Panpan, Jia Yueyue (8) #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #ershun #jiapanpan #jiayueyue #bamboo #latergram

Winter residence (1) #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #latergram

Winter residence (2) #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #latergram

Er Shun, Jia Panpan, Jia Yueyue (9) #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #ershun #jiapanpan #jiayueyue #bamboo #latergram

Er Shun, Jia Panpan, Jia Yueyue (10) #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #ershun #jiapanpan #jiayueyue #bamboo #latergram

Da Mao (1) #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #damao #bamboo #latergram

Da Mao (2) #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #damao #bamboo #latergram

Da Mao (3) #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #damao #bamboo #latergram

"I Saw The Giant Pandas Before They Left!" #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #me #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

December 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm

[PHOTO] Seventeen photos of the Great Panda Experience at the Toronto Zoo (@thetorontozoo)

The Giant Panda Experience at the Toronto Zoo</u< is certainly well-publicized, and well-organized. After passing through the gates of the zoo, you are directed to the panda exhibit nearby, through some gates to the temporary exhibit hall. There, visitors are directed past a series of displays about giant panda life—their food, their shrinking range, the tools and techniques used to save them, and their breeding—before being channelled towards the pandas’ display area.

Going to see the pandas of the Toronto Zoo #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #sign #latergram

Gift shop #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #plush #giftshop #latergram

To the Giant Panda Experience #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #gate #giantpandaexperience #latergram

The Giant Pandas #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #sign #chineselanguage #latergram

First Giant Panda Cubs #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #sign #gate #latergram

Chinese Animal Symbols #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #zodiac #zodiacsigns #china #astrology #chineselanguage #gate #latergram

Towards the exhibition hall #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #latergram

"Pandas Are What They Eat" #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #sign #bamboo #chineselanguage #latergram

A daily ration of 42 to 64 kilograms #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #bamboo #chineselanguage #latergram

Vet gear #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #bamboo #chineselanguage #latergram

"Play, Eat, and Sleep Like A Panda" #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #latergram

"The Panda Predicament" #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #china #maps #extinction #latergram

Changing bamboo forest #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #china #bamboo #forest #latergram//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

"Breeding success story" #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #latergram

"Playful panda cubs" #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #latergram

"Giant Pandas this way" #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #gate #latergram

As if through bamboo #toronto #torontozoo #pandas #giantpandaexperience #gate #bamboo  #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

December 17, 2017 at 1:05 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “At eight months old, Toronto Zoo panda cubs starting to like bamboo”

CityNews reports on the Toronto Zoo’s pandas, complete with many photos. I really must go see them!

Those adorable giant panda cubs at the Toronto Zoo are just so cute that we need to mark their milestones as often as we can.

On Monday, the cubs – Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue – turned eight months old. It seems like only yesterday they were born.

They were born to mom Er Shun on Oct. 13, 2015, and at the time, weighed only 187 grams and 115 grams. Now, Jia Panpan (the male panda), weighs 14.4 kilograms, while the female Jia Yueyue weighs 11.15 kilograms.

And as all pandas do, they are getting a taste for bamboo, their food of choice.

“Although they aren’t eating very much quite yet, they have now developed a keen interest in bamboo,” the Zoo said in a statement.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 13, 2016 at 8:30 pm