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[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • Centauri Dreams considers the possibility of probes hitchhiking, as it were.
  • Crooked Timber’s John Quiggin considers the problems with replicating papers.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on a search for gas giant exoplanets orbiting massive A and F type stars.
  • Language Log looks at Scott Walker’s proposal for a US-Canada wall and finds it was no such thing.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money considers the case of Kim Davis.
  • Torontoist notes the controversy surrounding a public discussion on carding.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy quotes Scalia as to why Kim Davis should find another job.
  • Window on Eurasia argues against Ukraine abandoning Crimea and Donbas, notes the negative impact of Donbas veterans on law and order in Russia, and examines the economic casualties of the Russian recession.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about the simple pleasures of her life.
  • Centauri Dreams discusses 2014 MU69.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting that less that 0.3% of galaxies could host Kardashev III civilizations.
  • Kieran Healy shares his paper “Fuck Nuance.”
  • Joe. My. God. notes the unhappiness of one American conservative with the restoration of Denali’s name.
  • Language Hat mourns poet Charles Tomlinson.
  • Marginal Revolution argues that China’s 2008-era debt binge is now coming back to haunt it.
  • The New APPS Blog discusses the role of philosophy in making life decisions.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw dislikes the rhetoric and institutions charged with guarding Australia’s borders.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes that the reports of Russian losses in Donbas are likely false.
  • Torontoist is unimpressed by the satirical musical version of Full House.
  • Towleroad notes an American conservative who is going to continue participating in Scouting despite its new gay-friendliness.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes that secession rarely works out well for seceding entities.
  • Window on Eurasia notes a prediction that Ukraine is now on track to go west.

[LINK] On the New Horizons visit to 2014 MU69

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CBC reports on the New Horizons probe’s planned 2019 flyby of Kuiper belt object 2014 MY69.

A spacecraft that made a historic flyby of Pluto in July has a new destination — an icy rock that may reveal what the outer solar system was like shortly after it formed 4.6 billion years ago.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft’s next target is 2014 MU69 and nicknamed PT 1 or “potential target 1,” the U.S. space agency announced Friday afternoon. The mysterious icy object is less than 45 kilometres across — a tiny fraction of the size of Pluto, which is 2,370 kilometres wide. PT 1 is 1.6 billion kilometres farther away than Pluto, which was itself 4.7 billion kilometres from Earth when the spacecraft flew by.

Both Pluto and PT 1 are in an outer region of the solar system known as the Kuiper Belt, which contains thousands of icy objects, some very small and others that are large enough to be considered dwarf planets, such as Pluto.

New Horizons will begin changing direction to target PT 1 in late October or early November and is expected to arrive on New Year’s Day 2019. If all goes well, it will take measurements and detailed images of a type of celestial object that has never been seen before.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 1, 2015 at 1:27 am

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • blogTO announces the impending opening of Toronto’s first cat café.
  • Centauri Dreams shares sharper images of Ceres from New Horizons.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes the discovery of very distant Neptune-mass planet OGLE-2005-BLG-169b.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on the latest from the Donbas.
  • Far Outliers notes the spike in surrenders on Okinawa in June 1945.
  • Geocurrents maps the relatively balanced oil-based economic development of Colombia.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the use of the smartphone by refugees.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer observes the surprising casualty-heavy intensity of Russia’s war in the Donbas.
  • Torontoist explains the import of the City of Toronto’s budget surplus.
  • Towleroad notes how a fugitive priest is defending his rape of an altar boy.
  • Window on Eurasia notes one moment when Russia could have prevented the fall in oil prices.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • blogTO notes that someone built a lego replica of Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood circa 1887.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the OSIRIS REx asteroid sample return mission’s launch.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on the HD 219134 planetary system, just nearby.
  • The Dragon’s Tales suggests nuclear fusion is getting measurably closer.
  • Joe. My. God. has more on the man who murdered a teenage girl at Jerusalem’s pride parade.
  • Language Hat notes the attitude of Jabotinsky towards the Hebrew language.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the mid-19th century convergence of anti-Communist and pro-slavery attitudes.
  • Marginal Revolution looks forward to an Uighur restaurant in Virginia.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw reflects on wool.
  • Torontoist reviews all of the terrible food available at the Canadian National Exhibition.
  • Towleroad reports testimony about the terrible fates facing gay men under ISIS rule.
  • Why I Love Toronto reports on the blogger’s exciting week.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the accidental release of Russia’s casualty information in the Ukrainian war, with two thousand dead.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • Antipope’s Charlie Stross and Whatever’s John Scalzi react to the Sad Puppies’ shut-out at the Hugos.
  • blogTO notes a poll suggesting that 85% of Torontonians think taxis are safer than Uber.
  • Centauri Dreams considers the potential role comet impacts may have had on the development of life.
  • Crooked Timber’s Corey Robin engages with Ta-Nehisi Coates.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze considers ways to detect life on worlds inhabited by extremophiles and examines the impact of ultraviolet radiation on hypothetical Earth-like exoplanets.
  • The Dragon’s Tales is upset that the United States suggested Ukraine should not immediately respond to the intrusion of Little Green Men.
  • Far Outliers notes the extreme casualty projections for an invasion of Japan in the Second World War.
  • Language Hat notes the controversy over the question of who the Indo-Europeans were.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the life of a Brazilian leader of a famous naval rebellion.
  • Marginal Revolution tries to start a debate on what the United States would look like if it had open borders.
  • The Planetary Society Blog features a report by Marc Rayman noting the ongoing mapping of Ceres.
  • Savage Minds carries an interview with anthropologist Christian Zloniski regarding export agriculture in Baja California.
  • Torontoist describes the controversial visit of a Toronto journalist to the Soviet Union in 1932.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Crimea is removing Ukrainian from its education system and wonders if Belarus is moving away from Russia.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about her favourite things in New York City.
  • Centauri Dreams features an essay by Nick Nielsen arguing in favour of manned spaceflight.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes the unusual chemical composition of the debris disk of HD 34700.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes Finland’s interest in a guaranteed minimum income.
  • Language Log notes the complexities of Wenzhou dialect.
  • Languages of the World shares an old post on the Roma and their language.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that prison rape in the United States is a real thing.
  • pollotenchegg looks at birth rate trends in Ukraine over 2013-2015.
  • Savage Minds notes the difficulties of life as an anthropologist.
  • Torontoist notes a dance festival in Seaton Village.
  • Towleroad notes the Illinois ban on gay conversion therapy.
  • Transit Toronto looks at the TTC’s service in the time of the Canadian National Exhibition.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at a Ukrainian nationalist criticism of Ukrainian policy after independence, and suggests that fear of a Russian nationalist backlash might lead to a Russian annexation of Donbas.
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