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Posts Tagged ‘white dwarfs

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Antipope Charlie Stross takes a look at the parlous state of the world, and imagines what if the US and UK went differently.
  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait takes a look at Sirius, including white dwarf Sirius B.
  • Centauri Dreams considers Cassini’s final function, as a probe of Saturn’s atmosphere.
  • D-Brief notes the discovery that diamonds rain deep in Neptune (and Uranus).
  • Bruce Dorminey reports on a NASA scientist’s argument that we need new interstellar probes, not unlike Voyager 1.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog looks at the way a course syllabus is like a Van Halen contract rider.
  • Language Hat takes a look at the palimpsests of St. Catherine’s Monastery, deep in the Sinai.
  • Language Log looks at the etymology, and the history, of chow mein.
  • The LRB Blog recounts a visit to Mount Rushmore in the era of Trump.
  • Marginal Revolution takes a look at the question of why Mexico isn’t enjoying higher rates of economic growth.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw considers the extent to which politics these days is just sound and fury, meaning nothing.
  • Mark Simpson links to an essay of his explaining why we should be glad the Smiths broke up in 1987.
  • Speed River Journal’s Van Waffle considers the import, to him and the environment, of a spring near his cottage.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel looks at the abundance of black holes in our galaxy, more than one hundred million.
  • Unicorn Booty notes that smoking marijuana might–might–have sexual benefits.
  • Window on Eurasia shares an argument that ethnic Russians in Russia share issue in common with whites in America, and reports on an argument made by one man that ethnic Russians in republics need not learn local languages.
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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • blogTO notes that a Toronto family known for its Christmas lights display may be forced to ratchet back by city inspectors.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the apparent discovery of Kuiper Belt objects around white dwarf WD 1425+540.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to one paper examining the possible orbital inclination of Proxima Centauri b, and points to another one speculating about upper limits to the masses of other exoplanets orbiting P_roxima Centauri.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money links to interviews with different historians noting how close the United States is to a scenario from 1930s Germany.
  • The LRB Blog notes that the actions of the American deep state to undermine elements of the Trump Administration seen as potentially threatening will certainly also undermine American democracy.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw looks at reasons for the continuing gap in life outcomes between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer links to a paper looking at the effect of Huey Long’s populism on Louisiana’s economy, noting that he had little effect on the markets. This suggests that counting on the markets to reign in populists before the crash may be a mistake.
  • Strange Maps links to a map and history of the Gagauz of Moldova.
  • Torontoist looks at the continuing decline of live music venues in Toronto.
  • Towleroad notes the origins of Der Spiegel‘s cover art showing Trump with the severed head of lady liberty in a Cuban exile’s work.
  • Window on Eurasia notes differences between how Russians and Americans think about ethnicity and citizenship in their diverse societies.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Centauri Dreams looks at ongoing research into the sizes of Alpha Centauri A and B.
  • Dangerous Minds notes Finland’s introduction of a new Tom of Finland emoji.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper speculating as to the fate of icy dwarf exoplanets in white dwarf systems.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on the intensification of the war in Ukraine’s Donbas.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog asks readers how they study.
  • Language Log looks at the structure of yes-no questions in Chinese.
  • The NYRB Daily looks at the consequences of the Trump travel ban.
  • The Planetary Society Blog considers impact craters as potential abodes for life.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer does not quite understand renters’ fears about new developments in their neighbourhoods.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy considers the court ruling against Trump’s refugee order.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests prospects for long-term economic growth in Russia have collapsed, and notes the sharp fall in real incomes in Asian Russia.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • blogTO notes that after the Berlin attack, the Toronto Christmas Market has upped its security.
  • D-Brief looks at how roads divide ecosystems.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes that WD 1536+520 apparently has solar levels of rock-forming elements.
  • Language Log examines central European metaphors for indecipherable languages.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money is diffident on the question of whether Sanders could have won versus Trump.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at the recent depreciation of Canada’s natural resources.
  • The Planetary Society Blog talks about a recent essay collection noting the strides made in planetary science over the past quarter-century.
  • Cheri Lucas Rowlands shares photos from her trip to Hawai’i.
  • Seriously Science notes Santa’s risk of personal injury.
  • Torontoist looks at a University of Toronto professor’s challenges to a law on gender identity.
  • Whatever’s John Scalzi likes what Disney has done, and is doing, to Star Wars.

  • Window on Eurasia argues that Russians might want fascissm but lack a leader and argues Western defeatism versus Russia is as ill-judged now as it was in 1979.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • blogTO notes that retail space on Bloor Street in Yorkville is not only the priciest in Canada, but among the priciest in the world.
  • Centauri Dreams notes how fast radio bursts, a natural phenomenon, can be used to understand the universe.
  • Dangerous Minds looks at a Kate Bush music performance on Dutch television in 1978.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to an analysis of the asteroids disintegrating in orbit of WD 1145+017.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes evidence from meteorites that Mars has been dry and inhospitable for eons.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog looks at the way we construct time.
  • Language Log highlights a 1943 phrasebook for English, Spanish, Tagalog, and Hokkien.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the resistance of the Tohono O’odham, a border people of Arizona and Sonora, to a wall.
  • The LRB Blog looks at a curious painting claiming to depict the cause of England’s greatness.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the sheer scale of mass tourism in Iceland.
  • Strange Maps shares an interesting map depicting support for Clinton and Trump, showing one as a continental landmass and the other as an archipelago.
  • Towleroad praises the musical Falsettos
  • for its LGBT content (among other things).

  • Window on Eurasia looks at controversy over ethnonyms in Russian, and argues Putinism is a bigger threat to the West than Communism.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Apostrophen’s ‘Nathan Smith talks about his upcoming session at the Naked Heart literary festival here in Toronto.
  • blogTO notes that Metrolinx is set to kill Bombardier’s LRT contract.
  • Centauri Dreams talks about the discovery of planets in the system of HD 87646, one not unlike Alpha Centauri.
  • Dangerous Minds talks about a documentary on skinheads.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to two papers about the discovery of planetary debris in orbit of white dwarfs.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a paper speculating if the primordial atmosphere of Titan was ammonia.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog talks about the vote and immigrants.
  • The LRB Blog notes the worrying state of Brexit rhetoric.
  • The Map Room Blog links to a digital atlas of Mi’kmaq names in Nova Scotia.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at the economic meltdown in Zimbabwe.
  • The Planetary Society Blog looks at China’s powerful new Long March 5 rocket.
  • Towleroad notes Kim Davis’ large legal bill.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy’s Orin Kerr supports Hillary, another noting how Utah can save the US from Trump.
  • Window on Eurasia argues Putin’s Russia is more dangerous than the Soviet Union and suggests that the official definition of the Russian nation is brittle.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • Centauri Dreams looks at photon propulsion.
  • Dangerous Minds links to an Austrian television special on Kraftwerk from 1981.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper identifying remnant planetary systems around bright white dwarf stars.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a study examining elements of the potential habitability of a young Venus.
  • Joe. My. God. reposts a vintage article relating the Stonewall riot.
  • The LRB Blog notes the strong divisions of the United Kingdom.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at reasons for growing nationalism among some lower-income groups.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw is concerned about the post-Brexit United Kingdom.
  • Peter Rukavina looks at his Raspberry Pi warning system for performances at The Guild.
  • Torontoist looks at how Brexit will affect Toronto.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes Brexit as a bad thing.
  • Whatever’s John Scalzi looks at Brexit through the American lens.
  • Window on Eurasia claims Chinese interests are buying up large amounts of Siberian border land.