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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.
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Written by Randy McDonald

September 1, 2017 at 8:30 pm

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Anthrodendum’s Alex Golub talks about anthropologists of the 20th century who resisted fascism.
  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes a study suggesting the TRAPPIST-1 system might be substantially older than our own solar system.
  • Centauri Dreams considers tidal locking as a factor relevant to Earth-like planetary environments.
  • The Crux shows efforts to help the piping plover in its home on the dunes of the Great Lakes coast of Pennsylvania.
  • Dead Things considers the evidence for the presence of modern humans in Sumatra 73 thousand years ago.
  • Bruce Dorminey makes the case for placing a lunar base not on the poles, but rather in the material-rich nearside highlands.
  • Far Outliers shares some evocative placenames from Japan, like Togakushi (‘door-hiding’) from ninja training spaces.
  • Language Hat notes the exceptionally stylistically uneven Spanish translation of the Harry Potter series.
  • Language Log thinks, among other things, modern technologies make language learning easier than ever before.
  • The LRB Blog notes how claims to trace modern Greece directly to the Mycenaean era are used to justify ultranationalism.
  • Marginal Revolution considers which countries are surrounded by enemies. (India rates poorly by this metric.)
  • The Numerati’s Stephen Baker considers how Confederate statues are products of recycling, like so much in our lives.
  • The NYR Daily considers the unique importance of Thomas Jefferson, a man at once statesman and slaver.
  • The Planetary Society Blog celebrated the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2 Sunday.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes that, for a country fighting a drug war, Mexico spends astonishingly little on its police force.
  • Drew Rowsome takes a look at classic John Wayne Western, The Train Robbers.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel considers the critical role of NASA’s Planetary Protection Officer.
  • Strange Company notes the many legends surrounding the early 19th century US’ Theodosia Burr.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy hosts Ilya Somin’ argument against world government, as something limiting of freedom. Thoughts?
  • Window on Eurasia notes how Ukrainians are turning from Russia, becoming more foreign to their one-time partner.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait looks at some stunning imagery of the Great Red Spot of Jupiter.
  • Inkfish notes that some jumping spiders do not just look like ants, they walk like them, too.
  • Language Log has gentle fun with the trend to develop heat maps for American English dialects.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at the idea of disgust as it is made to relate to the homeless.
  • Siva Vijenthira at Spacing considers the particular importance of biking for the independence of women.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel considers whether or not terraforming Mars is worth it. (Yes, but it will be costly.)
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that China is displacing Russia, despite the latter’s efforts, as the main trade partner of smaller post-Soviet countries.
  • Arnold Zwicky shares an amusing photo of the Wonder Bears of Provincetown.

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

  • 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

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Centauri Dreams notes evidence that pitted terrain, as found on Ceres and Vesta, indicates subsurface ice.
  • Dead Things links to evidence suggesting insomnia and poor sleep are not disorders, but rather evolutionary inheritances that were useful in the past.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the critical human role in the ongoing sixth extinction.
  • Language Hat links to speculation that the Afroasiatic language family has its origins in the Natufian Levant.
  • The LRB Blog reports on a fascinating French show about espionage, Le Bureau des légendes.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw reports on an important speech by Malcolm Turnbull on politics and Australia’s Liberal Party.
  • The Planetary Society Blog shares Marc Rayman’s report on the latest discoveries of Dawn at Ceres.
  • Spacing’ Sean Ruthven has a review of a beautiful book on the Sea Ranch, a northern California estate.
  • Back in May, Septembre Anderson argued at Torontoist that rather than embracing diversity, Canadian media was more willing to wither.
  • Window on Eurasia shares an argument suggesting Baltic Russians would not follow the Donbas into revolt because the Baltics are much better off economically.

[NEWS] Five links about science, from libraries to smartphone sociology to spaceflight

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • Centauri Dreams remembers Ben Finney, this time from the angle of a man with an interest in space colonization.
  • Crooked Timber wonders what will happen to the Anglo-American tradition of liberalism.
  • Dangerous Minds imagines the VHS tapes of Logan and Stranger Things.
  • Far Outliers notes the Soviet twist on Siberian exile.
  • Inkfish notes that Detroit is unique among cities in being a good place for bumblebees. Is it the vacant lots?
  • Marginal Revolution wonders if modern Germany really is a laboratory for innovative politics.
  • The NYRB Daily looks at 19th century writer José Maria de Eça de Queirós, the “Proust of Portugal”.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw updates his readers on his writing projects.
  • Torontoist reports on how Avi Lewis and Cheri DiNovo have advocated for the NDP’s Leap Manifesto.