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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait shares a stunning amateur astronomer's photograph of a gravitationally-lensed galaxy billions of light-years away.

  • Centauri Dreams reports on the successful imaging from Argentina of Kuiper belt object MU69, a possible binary.

  • Dangerous Minds traces the origin of the garden gnome to a time when the rich had people in their gardens.

  • The Dragon's Gaze links to a paper suggesting TRAPPIST-1's inner planets have had their atmospheres burned off.

  • Language Hat notes the struggle to rid Appalachian dialects of English of their stigma.

  • Language Log compares Chinese, Greek, and Latin, as classical languages of philologists.

  • Marginal Revolution reports that a new job is that of intimacy director, guiding actors and others in intimate scenes.

  • Neuroskeptic reports on an apparently solid paper suggesting female brains are more active than male ones.

  • Noel Maurer notes that, although Venezuela's system of government was alert to fraud, its leaders responded by not caring and moving ahead.

  • Roads and Kingdoms reports on a visit to post-Jammeh Gambia.

  • Strange Maps reports on a bizarre 1920 proposal to unite Europe and divide it into regions shape like pie slices.

  • Towleroad notes that Karl Stefanovic thinks Australian politicians' treatment of same-sex marriage is disrespectful.

  • Window on Eurasia notes a study saying Tajik immigrants in Moscow adapt better than migrants from provincial Russia.

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