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  • Le Devoir wonders if excessive tourism will make Vieux-Québec unlivable for locals.

  • Sam Sklar at CityLab, native of the New Jersey community of Fort Lee, wonders when it will burst out from the shadow of New York City.

  • The question of how Vancouver in the era of legalization will celebrate 4/20 remains actively contested. The National Post reports.

  • CityLab reports on how the 2024 Paris Olympics may help regenerate Saint-Denis.

  • The story about how resettled refugees helped revive the Italian town of Sutera, on the island of Sicily, needs to be better-known. VICE reports.

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  • Architectuul features a photo essay made by Evan Panagopoulos in the course of a hurried three-hour visit to the Socialist Modernist and modern highlights of 20th century Kiev architecture.

  • Bad Astrronomer Phil Plait notes how the latest planet found in the Kepler-47 circumbinary system evokes Tatooine.

  • Centauri Dreams looks at tide and radiation, and their impacts on potential habitability, in the TRAPPIST-1 system.

  • Citizen Science Salon looks at how the TV show Cyberchase can help get young people interested in science and math.

  • Crooked Timber mourns historian David Brion Davis.

  • The Crux looks at how the HMS Challenger pioneered the study of the deeps of the oceans, with that ship's survey of the Mariana Trench.

  • D-Brief looks at how a snowball chamber using supercooled water can be used to hunt for dark matter.

  • Earther shares photos of the heartbreaking and artificial devastation of the Amazonian rainforest of Brazil.

  • Gizmodo shares a beautiful Hubble photograph of the southern Crab Nebula.

  • Information is Beautiful shares a reworked version of the Julia Galef illustration of the San Francisco area meme space.

  • io9 notes that, fresh from being Thor, Jane Foster is set to become a Valkyrie in a new comic.

  • JSTOR Daily explains the Victorian fondness for leeches, in medicine and in popular culture.

  • Language Hat links to an interview with linguist Amina Mettouchi, a specialist in Berber languages.

  • Language Log shares the report of a one-time Jewish refugee on changing language use in Shanghai, in the 1940s and now.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money reports on the horror of self-appointed militias capturing supposed undocumented migrants in the southwestern US.

  • Marginal Revolution reports on the circumstances in which volunteer militaries can outperform conscript militaries.

  • At the NYR Daily, Christopher Benfey reports on the surprisingly intense connection between bees and mourning.

  • Personal Reflections' Jim Belshaw, responding to Israel Folau, considers free expression and employment.

  • The Planetary Society Blog shares a guest post from Barney Magrath on the surprisingly cheap adaptations needed to make an iPhone suitable for astrophotography.

  • Peter Rukavina reports on the hotly-contested PEI provincial election of 1966.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel explains what the discovery of helium hydride actually means.

  • Understanding Society's Daniel Little praises the Jill Lepore US history These Truths for its comprehensiveness.

  • Window on Eurasia reports on the growing divergences in demographics between different post-Soviet countries.

  • Arnold Zwicky starts with another Peeps creation and moves on from there.

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  • JSTOR Daily looks at how, in the 19th century, many cities made their cemeteries into parks.

  • Guardian Cities considers which city in the world is the hardest-drinking one.

  • CityLab notes that building cities is not going to be the answer to global warming.

  • The Conversation looks at the demographics of the homeless of North America.

  • The threat of Donald Trump to send undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities in the United States has widely noted. Maybe this actually might be a good solution? Global News reports.

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  • Centauri Dreams notes the remarkable imaging of the atmosphere of HR 8799 e.

  • Crooked Timber starts a discussion about books that, once picked up, turned out to be as good as promised.

  • The Crux considers obsidian, known in the Game of Thrones world as dragonglass.

  • Bruce Dorminey notes that NASA is considering a proposal for a floating Venus probe that would be recharged by microwaves from orbit.The Dragon's Tales shares a report that Russia has developed a new satellite to work with a new anti-satellite weapons system.

  • Far Outliers notes what U.S. Grant learned from the Mexican-American War, as a strategist and as a politician.

  • L.M. Sacasas at The Frailest Thing suggests, drawing from the image of M87*, that we have had a world disenchanted by the digital technology used to produce the image.

  • JSTOR Daily shares what critical theory has to say about the binge-watching of television.

  • Language Hat notes the Cherokee-language inscriptions on the wall of Manitou Cave.

  • Language Log considers when the first conversing automaton was built.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money takes a look at a corner of 1970s feminism forgotten despite its innovative ideas.

  • Marginal Revolution considers the idea of restricting some new migrants to particular regions of the United States.

  • The NYR Daily explores the important new work by Igiaba Scego, Beyond Babylon.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel answers a surprisingly complex question: What is an electron?

  • Window on Eurasia explains why the cost of a professional military means Russia will not abandon the draft.

  • Arnold Zwicky explores "johnson" as a euphemism for penis.

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  • Bad Astronomy notes a push by astronomers to enlist help for giving trans-Neptunian object 2007-OR10 a name.

  • Centauri Dreams reflects on M87*, the supermassive black hole at the heart of M87 recently imaged, with its implications for galactic habitability.

  • Crooked Timber is right to note that Kirstjen Nielsen, architect of the cruel border policies of Trump, should not be allowed to resume a normal professional life.

  • The Crux looks at the Event Horizon Telescope Project that imaged M87*.

  • D-Brief notes that one-quarter of Japanese in their 20s and 30s have remained virgins, and explains why this might be the case.

  • Far Outliers notes the process of the writing of U.S. Grant's acclaimed memoirs.

  • Mark Graham highlights a BBC documentary, one he contributed to, asking if artificial intelligence will kill global development.

  • Gizmodo explains why the image of black hole M87* does not look exactly like the fictional one from the scientifically-grounded Interstellar.

  • Hornet Stories explains the joys of Hawai'i in fall.

  • io9 notes that the new Deep Space Nine anniversary documentary is scheduled for a one-day theatrical release. (Will it be in Toronto?)

  • JSTOR Daily makes the point that mass enfranchisement is the best way to ensure security for all.

  • Language Hat looks at the kitabs, the books written in Afrikaans using its original Arabic script kept by Cape Malays.

  • Language Log notes, with examples, some of the uses of the words "black" and "evil" in contemporary China.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money makes the point that having a non-octogenarian president is a good idea.

  • Marginal Revolution shares the thoughts of Samir Varma on the new technologies--better computers, faster travel, artificial life--that may change the world in the near future.

  • The NYR Daily explores the subversive fairy tales of 19th century Frenchman Édouard Laboulaye.

  • The Planetary Society Blog notes the sad crash of the Beresheet probe on the surface of the Moon.

  • Drew Rowsome engages with the body of work of out horror writer John Saul.

  • Peter Rukavina maps out where Islanders will be voting, and the distances they will travel, in this month's election.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel engages with the possibility that we might be alone. What next? (Myself, I think the idea of humanity as an elder race is fascinating.)

  • Arnold Zwicky looks at the sort of humour that involves ambiguous adverbs.

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  • Charlie Stross hosts at Antipope another discussion thread examining Brexit.

  • Architectuul takes a look at five overlooked mid-20th century architects.

  • Bad Astronomy shares a satellite photo of auroras at night over the city lights of the Great Lakes basin and something else, too.

  • The Broadside Blog's Caitlin Kelly writes about the directions love has taken her, and wonders where it might have taken her readers.

  • Centauri Dreams reports on the Hayabusa 2 impactor on asteroid Ryugu.

  • John Quiggin at Crooked Timber takes issue with the claims of Steven Pinker about nuclear power.

  • D-Brief notes the detection, in remarkable detail, of a brilliant exocomet at Beta Pictoris.

  • The Dragon's Tales considers the possibility that China might be building a military base in Cambodia.

  • Karen Sternheimer writes at the Everyday Sociology Blog about the importance of small social cues, easily overlookable tough they are.

  • Far Outliers notes the role of Japan's imperial couple, Akihito and Michiko, in post-war Japan.

  • L.M. Sacasas at The Frailest Thing writes about the potential inadequacy of talking about values.

  • Gizmodo notes a new study suggesting the surprising and potentially dangerous diversity of bacteria present on the International Space Station.

  • Mark Graham shares a link to a paper, and its abstract, examining what might come of the creation of a planetary labour market through the gig economy.

  • Hornet Stories takes a look at Red Ribbon Blues, a 1995 AIDS-themed film starring RuPaul.

  • io9 notes that Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke are co-writing a Pan's Labyrinth novel scheduled for release later this year.

  • Joe. My. God. notes a new study suggesting 20% of LGBTQ Americans live in rural areas.

  • JSTOR Daily takes a look at the Bluestockings, the grouping of 18th century women in England who were noteworthy scholars and writers.

  • Language Hat notes an ambitious new historical dictionary of the Arabic language being created by the emirate of Sharjah.

  • Language Log examines, in the aftermath of a discussion of trolls, different cultures' terms for different sorts of arguments.

  • Erik Loomis at Lawyers, Guns and Money notes how early forestry in the United States was inspired by socialist ideals.

  • The Map Room Blog links to a map showing the different national parks of the United Kingdom.

  • Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution, noting the new findings from the Chixculub impact, notes how monitoring asteroids to prevent like catastrophes in the future has to be a high priority.

  • The New APPS Blog explains how data, by its very nature, is so easily made into a commodity.

  • The NYR Daily considers the future of the humanities in a world where higher education is becoming preoccupied by STEM.

  • Corey S. Powell at Out There interviews Bear Grylls about the making of his new documentary series Hostile Planet.

  • Personal Reflections' Jim Belshaw considers the pleasures of birds and of birdwatching.

  • Jason C. Davis at the Planetary Society Blog noted the arrival of the Beresheet probe in lunar orbit.

  • Drew Rowsome reviews the new amazing-sounding play Angelique at the Factory Theatre.

  • The Russian Demographics Blog notes a paper that makes the point of there being no automatic relationship between greater gender equality and increases in fertility.

  • The Signal looks at how the Library of Congress has made use of the BagIt programming language in its archiving of data.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel comes up with questions to ask plausible visitors from other universes.

  • Strange Company notes the mysterious deaths visited on three members of a British family in the early 20th century. Who was the murderer? Was there even a crime?

  • Towleroad notes the activists, including Canadian-born playwright Jordan Tannahill, who disrupted a high tea at the Dorchester Hotel in London over the homophobic law passed by its owner, the Sultan of Brunei.

  • Window on Eurasia notes rising instability in Ingushetia.

  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell notes that the British surveillance of Huawei is revealing the sorts of problems that must be present in scrutiny-less Facebook, too.

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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait reports on the massive cloud of material detected around the active galaxy Cygnus A.

  • The Crux suggests our contemporary problems with wisdom teeth represent not a failure of evolution but rather a failure on our post-Neolithic parts to eat hard foods which stimulate the jaw growth capable of supporting wisdom teeth.

  • D-Brief notes how the astronomers involved in a planetary effort to image a black hole are preparing to make an announcement next week.

  • Gizmodo notes how the debris field created in orbit by India testing an anti-satellite weapon threatens the ISS.

  • Joe. My. God. notes that at least some hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei are deleting their social media profiles following protests over Brunei's violent anti-gay laws.

  • JSTOR Daily considers if, between the drop in fertility that developing China was likely to undergo anyway and the continuing resentments of the Chinese, the one-child policy was worth it.

  • Scott Lemieux at Lawyers, Guns and Money uses a recent New York Times profile to note the sheer influence of Rupert Murdoch worldwide.

  • The Map Room Blog notes a new exhibition, at the shop of a Manhattan rare book dealer, of a collection of vintage maps of New York City from its foundation, sharing some photos, even.

  • Marginal Revolution remarks on the rapid growth of Native American numbers in the United States over the past century.

  • The NYR Daily shares a report from Debbie Bookchin in North Syria arguing that the West needs to help Rojava.

  • Roads and Kingdoms provides some tips for first-time visitors to the capital of Uruguay, Montevideo.

  • The Russian Demographics Blog notes the continuing growth in numbers of dead from HIV infection in Russia, with Siberia being a new hotspot.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel explains how the Event Horizon Telescope project will image a black hole's event horizon, and what questions exist around the project.

  • Frank Jacobs at Strange Maps shares an Anish Kapoor map demonstrating the Brexit divides in the United Kingdom.

  • Daniel Little at Understanding Society considers the study of ethical disasters in capitalism, looking at OxyContin as an example.

  • Window on Eurasia notes continued threats, and continued protests to these threats, surrounding Lake Baikal in Siberia.

  • Arnold Zwicky has fun with a cartoon that plays on a pun between the words chants and chance.

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  • Police in Hamilton explain why unauthorized marijuana shops are not easy to shut down. Theirs is a city of laws. Global News reports.

  • The small Nova Scotia community of Blacks Harbour has lost its only grocery store, presaging perhaps a future of decline. Global News reports.

  • New York City is getting congestions pricing for traffic setting a precedent for other cities. VICE reports.

  • Roads and Kingdoms is providing some tips to the Australian surfing resort of Byron Bay.

  • Bloomberg notes the plight of British immigrant workers in Luxembourg faced with Brexit.

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  • Architectuul profiles the construction of the Modern Berlin Temple built to a design by Mies van der Rohe in 1968.

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes the beauty of galaxy M61.

  • D-Brief notes new evidence that Mars sustained rivers on its surface at a surprising late date.

  • Gizmodo notes a theory that the oddly shaped ring moons of Saturn might be product of a collision.

  • Hornet Stories suggests/u> that recent raids on gay bars in New Orleans might be driven by internecine politics within the LGBTQ community.

  • Joe. My. God. notes that a court in the Cayman Islands has recently legalized same-sex marriage there.

  • JSTOR Daily looks at the origins of the Chipko activists of 1960s and 1970s India, whose tree-hugging helped save forests there.

  • Language Log notes the story of Beau Jessep, who got rich off of a business creating English names for Chinese children.

  • Scott Lemieux at Lawyers, Guns and Money, looking at the introduction of public healthcare in Saskatchewan and wider Canada, notes the great institutional differences that do not make that a close model for public healthcare in the US now.

  • Marginal Revolution links to a paper examining the close relationship over time between population growth and economic and technological change.

  • Roads and Kingdoms interviews documentary filmmaker Nadir Bouhmouch about a Amazigh community's resistance to an intrusive mine on their territory.

  • The Russian Demographics Blog notes, correctly, that one reason why Ukrainians are more prone to emigration to Europe and points beyond than Russians is that Ukraine has long been included, in whole or in part, in European states.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel notes that we still do not know why antimatter does not dominate in our universe.

  • Understanding Society features a guest post from Indian sociologist V.K. Ramachandran talking about two visits four decades apart to one of his subjects.

  • Vintage Space makes a compelling case for people not to be afraid of nuclear rockets in space, like the vintage never-deployed NERVA.

  • Window on Eurasia takes issue with the bilingual radio programs aired in Russian republics, which subtly undermine local non-Russian languages.

  • Arnold Zwicky starts with lilacs, which include hybrids tolerant of the California climate, and goes on to explore lavender in all of its glories, queer and otherwise.

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  • A tiny house put on the market in Oshawa got a surprising amount of buzz before its sale. Global News reports.

  • The Speed River Journal's Van Waffle shares photos for a nearby crossing for the new Kitchener-Waterloo Ion light rail project, set to open very soon.

  • MTLBlog shares a map showing the distribution of some notable immigrant communities in Montréal.

  • Guardian Cities reports on how authorities in Accra are trying to deal with noise pollution produced by the city's many churches and preachers.

  • Roads and Kingdoms notes how elderly singles in Beijing use Changpu River Park as a place to meet new partners.

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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait argues that the new American plan to put people on the Moon in 2024 is unlikely to succeed in that timeframe.

  • The Broadside Blog's Caitlin Kelly considers whether or not women should travel alone, for safety reasons. (That choice is one I've not had to make myself, thanks to my male privilege; I'm very sorry others have to consider this.)

  • Centauri Dreams shares the thinking of Gregory Benford on Lurkers, self-replicating probes produced by another civilization not signaling their existence to Earth.

  • Maria Farrell at Crooked Timber argues that policy-making these days is often fundamentally ill-conceived, closing off possibilities for the future.

  • The Crux notes the remarkable powers of beet juice, as a tonic for athletes for instance.

  • D-Brief looks at the slot canyons of Titan, bearing similarities in structure and perhaps origin to like structures in Utah.

  • Andrew LePage at Drew Ex Machina, celebrating five years of blogging, links to his ten most popular posts.

  • Gizmodo notes the creation for a list of nearly two thousand nearby stars that the TESS planet-hunter might target for a search for Earth-like worlds.

  • Joe. My. God. notes that the Austrian president has confirmed the New Zealand shooter has made a financial donation to a far-right group in Austria.

  • JSTOR Daily looks at Inge Lehmann, the scientist who determined the nature of the inner core of the Earth.

  • Language Hat reports on a new scholarly publication, hundreds of pages long, gathering together the curses and profanities of the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Scott Lemieux at Lawyers, Guns and Money does not seem impressed by the argument of Mike Lee that pronatalism is a good response to global warming.

  • The Map Room Blog notes the impressive maps of Priscilla Spencer, created for fantasy books.

  • Marginal Revolution links to a paper that examines the positions of Jews in the economies of eastern Europe, as a "rural service minority".

  • The Russian Demographics Blog links to a paper noting the ways in which increased human development has, and has not, led to convergence in family structures around the world.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel explains how, despite the expanding universe, we can still see very distant points.

  • Frank Jacobs at Strange Maps reports on the recent mistakes made by Google Maps in Japan.

  • Yorkshire Ranter Alexander Harrowell explains why the United Kingdom, after Brexit, does not automatically become a member of the European Economic Area.

  • Arnold Zwicky takes a look at the different factors, often unrecognized, going onto the formation of nonsense names, like those of the characters from Lilo and Stitch.

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  • Urban Toronto looks at the new proposal for a condo tower at 300 Bloor Street West, at Bloor and Huron.

  • Toronto's Great Hall, on Queen Street West, is up for sale. blogTO reports.

  • Residents and tenants of the Coffin Factory at staging a funeral for this location as it is on the verge of being made into a condo development. blogTO reports.

  • A new exhibit in North York is profiling the history of immigrant construction workers in Toronto. CBC reports.

  • Could a tax on multi-million dollar homes in Toronto be used to generate funds for the homeless? The Toronto Star reports.

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  • Centauri Dreams considers the possibility of carbon dioxide being a biosignature in the atmospheres of exoplanets.

  • D-Brief notes the discoveries of Hayabusa2 at asteroid Ryugu, including the possibility it was part of a larger body.

  • Gizmodo links to a new analysis suggesting the behaviour of 'Oumuamua was not so unprecedented after all, that it was a simple exocomet.

  • JSTOR Daily looks at Agnes Chase, an early 20th century biologist who did remarkable things, both with science and with getting women into her field.

  • Robert Farley at Lawyers, Guns and Money links to a new article of his analyzing the new aircraft carriers of Japan, noting not just their power but the effective lack of limits on Japanese military strength.

  • Marginal Revolution notes the substantial demographic shifts occurring in Kazakhstan since independence, with Kazakh majorities appearing throughout the country.

  • Neuroskeptic considers if independent discussion sections for online papers would make sense.

  • The NYR Daily shares a photo essay by Louis Witter reporting on Moroccan boys seeking to migrate to Europe through Ceuta.

  • Roads and Kingdoms has an interview with photographer Brett Gundlock about his images of Latin American migrants in Mexico seeking the US.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel explores the mass extinction and extended ice age following the development of photosynthesis and appearance of atmospheric oxygen on Earth two billion years ago.

  • Window on Eurasia notes that, in Karabakh, Jehovah's Witnesses now constitute the biggest religious minority.

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  • Charlie Stross at Antipope has an open thread regarding Brexit.

  • Centauri Dreams considers the dust lanes of the solar system.

  • D-Brief reports on the discovery of the first confirmed skull piece of a Denisovan.

  • Dangerous Minds considers the filmic history of Baron Munchausen.

  • JSTOR Daily considers the past of the Monroe Doctrine, as a marker of American power over the Western Hemisphere.

  • Language Log notes that "frequency illusion", a 2005 coinage of Arnold Zwicky on that blog, has made it to the Oxford English Dictionary. Congratulations!

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the talents of Pete Buttigieg, someone who (among other things) is fluent in the Norwegian language. Could he be a serious challenger?

  • Oliver Miles at the LRB Blog notes the threat of new locust swarms across the Sahara and into the Middle East.

  • Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution highlights a new paper aiming to predict the future, one that argues that the greatest economic gains will eventually accrue to the densest populations.

  • The NYR Daily reports from the scene in a fragmented Libya.

  • The Planetary Society Blog reports that the OSIRIS-REx probe has detected asteroid Bennu ejecting material into space.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel explains the import of having a supermoon occur on the Equinox this year.

  • Strange Maps' Frank Jacobs reports a new finding that Mercury actually tends to be the closest planet in the Solar System to Earth.

  • Window on Eurasia notes that fewer Russians than before think highly of the annexation of Crimea.

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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes new evidence that the Pathfinder probe landed, on Mars, on the shores of an ancient sea.

  • The Crux reports on tholins, the organic chemicals that are possible predecessors to life, now found in abundance throughout the outer Solar System.

  • D-Brief reports on the hard work that has demonstrated some meteorites which recently fell in Turkey trace their origins to Vesta.

  • Colby King at the Everyday Sociology Blog explores sociologist Eric Klinenberg's concept of social infrastructure, the public spaces we use.

  • Far Outliers reports on a Honolulu bus announcement in Yapese, a Micronesian language spoken by immigrants in Hawai'i.

  • JSTOR Daily considers the import of the autobiography of Catherine the Great.

  • Language Hat reports, with skepticism, on the idea of "f" and "v" as sounds being products of the post-Neolithic technological revolution.

  • Marginal Revolution's Tyler Cowen is critical of the idea of limiting the number of children one has in a time of climate change.

  • Jim Belshaw at Personal Reflections reflects on death, close at hand and in New Zealand.

  • Strange Company reports on the mysterious disappearance, somewhere in Anatolia, of American cyclist Frank Lenz in 1892, and its wider consequences.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel identifies five types of cosmic events capable of triggering mass extinctions on Earth.

  • Towleroad reports on the frustration of many J.K. Rowling fans with the author's continuing identification of queer histories for characters that are never made explicit in books or movies.

  • Window on Eurasia has a skeptical report about a Russian government plan to recruit Russophones in neighbouring countries as immigrants.

  • Arnold Zwicky explores themes of shipwrecks and of being shipwrecked.

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  • MTLBlog reports from each borough of Montréal to see what a monthly rent of $C 1000 can get a hopeful tenant. The results will shock you, especially if you are used to Toronto rents (or higher!).

  • The Alberta city of Lethbridge hopes, coming the 2020 census, its population will finally reach the mark of one hundred thousand residents. Global News reports.

  • The northern Canadian town of Tuktoyaktuk is literally falling into the Arctic Ocean, as the ground crumbles while the sea rises. The National Post reports.

  • The aging of the population of taxi drivers of Hong Kong leaves open the question of who, or what, will take their place. Bloomberg reports.

  • CityLab reports on the remarkable ambition of the new transit plan of Berlin.

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  • Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait shares Johannes Kroeger's image of the median Earth.

  • The Crux considers when human societies began to accumulate large numbers of aged people. Would there have been octogenarians in any Stone Age cultures, for instance?

  • The Dragon's Tales considers Russia's strategy in Southeast Asia.

  • Alexandra Samuel at JSTOR Daily notes that one way to fight against fake news is for people to broaden their friends networks beyond their ideological sympathizers.

  • Language Log, noting a television clip from Algeria in which a person defend their native dialect versus standard Arabic, compares the language situation in the Arab world to that of China.

  • Marginal Revolution's Tyler Cowen explains how the Tervuren Central African museum in Brussels has not been decolonized.

  • The Planetary Society Blog explores the ice giants, Uranus and Neptune.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel explains why, in current physics, the multiverse must exist.

  • Strange Company explores the strange disappearance, in the Arizona desert in 1952, of a young couple. Their plane was found and in perfect condition, but what happened to them?

  • Strange Maps reports on the tragic migration of six Californian raptors, only one of which managed to make it to its destination.

  • Towleroad reports on the appearance of actor and singer Ben Platt on The Ellen Show, talking about his career and coming out.

  • Window on Eurasia notes the apparently widespread mutual dislike of Chechens and Muscovites.

  • Arnold Zwicky considers the French Impressionist artists Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and Suzanne Valadon, with images of their art.

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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes how the dinosaurs seem to have been killed off 65 million years ago by a combination of geological and astronomical catastrophes.

  • Centauri Dreams examines Kepler 1658b, a hot Jupiter in a close orbit around an old star.

  • The Crux reports on the continuing search for Planet Nine in the orbits of distant solar system objects.

  • D-Brief notes how researchers have begun to study the archaeological records of otters.

  • Cody Delistraty profiles author and journalist John Lanchester.

  • Far Outliers reports on the terrible violence between Hindus and Muslims preceding partition in Calcutta.

  • L.M. Sacasas at The Frailest Thing suggests the carnival of the online world, full of hidden work, is actually an unsatisfying false carnival.

  • Hornet Stories reports that São Paulo LGBTQ cultural centre and homeless shelter Casa 1 is facing closure thanks to cuts by the homophobic new government.

  • io9 reports on one fan's attempt to use machine learning to produce a HD version of Deep Space Nine.

  • JSTOR Daily takes a look at the increasing trend, at least in the United States and the United Kingdom, to deport long-term residents lacking sufficiently secure residency rights.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money looks at the literally medieval epidemics raging among the homeless of California.

  • Marginal Revolution considers how the Book of Genesis can be read as a story of increasing technology driving improved living standards and economic growth.

  • The NYR Daily interviews Lénaïg Bredoux about #MeToo in France.

  • The Planetary Society Blog considers the subtle differences in colour between ice giants Uranus and Neptune, one greenish and the other a blue, and the causes of this difference.

  • The Speed River Journal's Van Waffle shares beautiful photos of ice on a stream as he talks about his creative process.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel considers what the universe was like back when the Earth was forming.

  • Window on Eurasia reports on a statement made by the government of Belarus that the survival of the Belarusian language is a guarantor of national security.

  • Arnold Zwicky was kind enough to share his handout for the semiotics gathering SemFest20.

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  • The Broadside Blog's Caitlin Kelly writes about the importance of seeing the world from new angles.

  • John Quiggin at Crooked Timber suggests that, worldwide, coal is becoming increasingly closely associated with corruption.

  • D-Brief looks at a study drawing on Twitter that suggests people will quickly get used to changing weather in the era of climate change.

  • Jonathan Wynn at the Everyday Sociology Blog writes about a family trip during which he spent time listening to sociology-related podcasts.

  • Far Outliers notes the life-determining intensity of exam time for young people in Calcutta.

  • io9 notes that, finally, the classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Once More, With Feeling" is being released on vinyl.

  • JSTOR Daily looks at how medieval Europe regulated the sex trade.

  • Language Hat looks at how anthropologists have stopped using "hominid" and started using "hominin", and why.

  • Language Log considers the difficulty of talking about "Sinophone" given the unrepresented linguistic diversity included in the umbrella of "Chinese".

  • Marginal Revolution suggests there are conflicts between NIMBYism and supporting open immigration policies.

  • At Out There, Corey S. Powell interviews astronomer Slava Turyshev about the possibility not only of interstellar travel but of exploiting the Solar Gravity Lens, 550 AU away.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 9 mission.

  • Towleroad notes that Marvel Comics is planning to make its lead character in the Eternals gay.

  • Daniel Little at Understanding Society examines how the human body and its physical capacities are represented in sociology.

  • Window on Eurasia notes the growth of the Volga Tatar population of Moscow, something hidden by the high degree of assimilation of many of its members.

  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell notes, in connection to Huawei, the broad powers allotted to the British government under existing security and communications laws.

  • Arnold Zwicky looks at anteaters and antedaters.

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  • Plans for a residential development in Kingston's west-end Graceland district have raised environmental concerns. Global News reports.

  • HuffPostQuebec shares the exciting plans for expanding and modernizing the complex around the Oratoire Saint-Joseph.

  • CityLab notes how, despite having a declining black population, Chicago is set to elect a black mayor.

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