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  • At NOW Toronto, Rebecca Campbell pays tribute to her friend, and collaborator, the activist Justin Haynes.

  • Transit Toronto notes the four generations of TTC streetcars on display in the Beaches Easter Parade tomorrow.

  • NOW Toronto criticizes the politics of bike lanes in Toronto.

  • NOW Toronto noted how badly Scarborough will be served by the Doug Ford subway plans.

  • Happily, Toronto is one of the top cities for students in the world. blogTO 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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  • Queerty profiles the new permanent exhibition in Miami of mid-20th century photographer George Daniell, whose works often including queer subjects date back to the 1940s.

  • Mike Miksche writes at Slate about the import of the Black Party in New York City in 1989, for partying gay and bi men in the era of AIDS.

  • This extended interview with Troye Sivan at The Guardian exposes a lot of this out star.

  • This VICE interview with Contrapoints star Natalie Wynn makes me want to start watching her, now, on YouTube.

  • John Aravosis is quite right to argue, at The Daily Beast, that arguing Pete Buttigieg is not gay enough is ridiculous.

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  • This r/imaginarymaps map imagines a Balkans where Muslims remain in larger numbers throughout the peninsula, leading to border changes in the south, particularly.

  • An Ethiopia that has conquered most of the Horn of Africa by the mid-19th century, even going into Yemen, is the subject of this r/imaginarymaps map. Could this ever have happened?

  • This r/imaginarymaps map imagines, here, a unified European Confederation descending from a conquest of Europe by Napoleon. Would this have been stable, I wonder?

  • Was the unification of Australia inevitable, or, as this r/imaginarymaps post suggests, was a failure to unify or even a later split imaginable?

  • Was a unified and independent Bengal possible, something like what this r/imaginarymaps post depicts?

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  • Helen Armstrong at NOW Toronto writes against the crude repression, well short of constructive regulation, facing sex workers in Toronto.

  • Donovan Vincent at the Toronto Star notes the Toronto controversy around the idea of having houses with two front doors, including one for a basement unit. Why must that unit's residents be hidden?

  • blogTO notes the utter absence of the Eglinton East LRT in the new Toronto transit plan.

  • Steve Munro considers the poor state of planning, and funding, for Line 1 of the subway.

  • Toronto Life goes back more than a century to take a look at the many discarded plans for subways. Is it comfort, at least, that the lack of good planning is a trait apparently inherent to Torontonians?

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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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  • JSTOR Daily notes how early doctors used to party with drugs as a matter of course.

  • JSTOR Daily notes the experiences of horses and donkeys in the US Civil War.

  • JSTOR Daily notes how the disaster of the Bay of Pigs changed the decision-making of JFK.

  • JSTOR Daily notes how early 19th century American Jews made use of raisin wine in Passover, and how this changed.

  • JSTOR Daily <a href="https://daily.jstor.org/when-language-started-a-political-revolution/><U>notes</u></a> how the revival of the Irish language, connecting Ireland to the rest of Europe, played a key role in leading to independence for Ireland.</li> </ul>
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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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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait shows four different images of nearby stellar nursery NGC 1333.

  • Centauri Dreams looks at the hot Saturn TOI-197, and the way it was detected.

  • D-Brief notes how galaxy NGC-1052 DF2 has been confirmed as the second galaxy apparently lacking in dark matter.

  • Gizmodo notes new confirmation, from an orbiting probe, that Curiosity detected methane emanating from Mars back in 2013.

  • Hornet Stories tries to correct some misconceptions about the Burning Man festival.

  • The Island Review links to a New York Times profile of post-Maria Puerto Rico.

  • Joe. My. God. notes that Martin Shkreli has been tossed into solitary confinement.

  • JSTOR Daily notes the work of psychologists in the 1930s US who profiled individuals who did not fit the gender binary. Would these people have identified themselves as trans or non-binary now?

  • The LRB Blog notes the fondness of Jacob Rees-Mogg for extreme-right German politicians from the AfD.

  • Language Log shares a written ad in Cantonese from Hong Kong.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money compares China now to the Untied States of the past, and finds interesting correspondences.

  • Marginal Revolution notes the deep and significant commitment of China under Mao to providing foreign aid.

  • The NYR Daily looks at the complex, once-overlooked, life and career of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, writer of "The Yellow Wallpaper".

  • Out There notes that, while dark matter is certainly real, "dark matter" is a poor name for this mysterious substance.

  • Jason Davis at the Planetary Society Blog considers the challenges to be faced by Hayabusa 2 when it fires a sampling probe into asteroid Ryugu.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel considers how into the universe a spaceship could travel if it accelerated consistently at one gravity.

  • Strange Company examines the life and adventures of Jeffrey Hudson, a royal dwarf in 17th century England.

  • Daniel Little at Understanding Society builds on the work of V.K. Ramachandran in considering the ethics of development ethnography.

  • Window on Eurasia notes the new identification of Azerbaijanis as victims of genocide by neighbours, and what this means for the relations of Azerbaijan.

  • Arnold Zwicky has fun, in a NSFW fanfic way, with figures from comics contemporary and old.

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  • Saying that costs for the Scarborough subway extension would be contained within an order of magnitude was telling. The Toronto Star reports.

  • NOW Toronto shares the warning of former mayor David Miller that the plans to upload the TTC will cost everyone involved dearly.

  • Chris Bateman at blogTO reports on some of the aerial walkways of Toronto.

  • The Toronto Star reports on six people in west-end Toronto who are dealing with high real estate prices by sharing a mortgage on a single home.

  • blogTO notes a proposal for Ontario Place that would include a large waterpark.

  • The first part of this Transit Toronto history of the TTC, looking back 65 years, is compelling, as is the second part.

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  • Bad Astronomy shares Hubble images of asteroid 6478 Gault, seemingly in the process of dissolving.

  • The Broadside Blog's Caitlin Kelly writes about the experience of living in a body one knows from hard experience to be fallible.

  • Gizmodo notes new evidence that environmental stresses pushed at least some Neanderthals to engage in cannibalism.

  • Hornet Stories notes the 1967 raid by Los Angeles police against the Black Cat nightclub, a pre-Stonewall trigger of LGBTQ organization.

  • Imageo notes the imperfect deal wrought by Colorado Basin states to minimize the pain felt by drought in that river basin.

  • JSTOR Daily looks at the cinema of Claire Denis.

  • Language Log reports on the work of linguist Ghil'ad Zuckermann, a man involved in language revival efforts in Australia after work in Israel with Hebrew.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money wonders if the Iran-Contra scandal will be a precedent for the Mueller report, with the allegations being buried by studied inattention.

  • Marginal Revolution makes a case for NIMBYism leading to street urination.

  • Justin Petrone at North! looks at a theatrical performance of a modern Estonian literary classic, and what it says about gender and national identity.

  • Personal Reflections' Jim Belshaw makes the case for a treaty with Australian Aborigines, to try to settle settler-indigenous relations in Australia.

  • John Quiggin looks at the factors leading to the extinction of coal as an energy source in the United Kingdom.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel notes that we are not yet up to the point of being able to detect exomoons of Earth-like planets comparable to our Moon.

  • Window on Eurasia notes the occasion of the last singer in the Ket language.

  • Arnold Zwicky shares some cartoon humour, around thought balloons.

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  • Sean Marshall reports on the long history of Toronto in coming up with new transit plans and failing to follow through.

  • The failings of the one-stop Scarborough subway extension go back to the concept's very conception. The Toronto Star reports.

  • The new plans of the province of Ontario for taking over the TTC are, rightfully, causing alarm at Toronto City Hall. CBC reports.

  • blogTO notes the proposal for Union Centre, a new skyscraper in downtown Toronto designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group that will feature a treed roof.

  • blogTO notes a new report making it clear that housing affordability has become a major issue for Torontonians, with costs of ownership and rental having reached new highs relative to income.

  • Alok Mukherjee makes the point at NOW Toronto that any inquiry into Toronto Police conduct in the McArthur killings has to be part of a general inquiry into how the police conducts itself internally.

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  • A formal inquest into the stage collapse that killed one person at a Radiohead concert at Downsview Park in 2012 is only now taking off. CBC reports.

  • The May opening of a new exhibit of Robert Mapplethorpe's work at the Olga Korper Gallery, reported by NOW Toronto, is very exciting.

  • blogTO notes a new graphic novel to be put out by Dirty Water Comics dealing with the anti-Semitic Christie Pits Riot of 1933.

  • Queen Video's last location, in the Annex, is finally closing, with plenty of its titles now available to be bought before it shutters its doors at the end of April. Global News reports.

  • NOW Toronto reports on Museum II, a show part of the Myseum Intersections Festival looking at the impact of war and trauma on spaces.

  • Karon Liu, writing at the Toronto Star, explores with WeChat influencer Joanna Luo a whole universe of Chinese restaurants and social networking that was almost unknown to many Torontonians like myself.

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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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  • Rick Zamperin at Global News makes the case for Hamilton to at least investigate the idea of bidding for the 2030 Commonwealth Games.

  • HuffPostQuébec hosts the argument for bringing back to the surface, in Montréal on the McGill campus, a stream running down Mount Royal that has been canalized for nearly two centuries.

  • Wired highlights the photos of Atlantic City taken by photographer Brian Rose, a city that stands as testimony to the failed promises of Trump.

  • DW notes how the French port of Dieppe stands unprepared and vulnerable in the face of Brexit.

  • Guardian Cities notes how activists and historians in the Indian city of Bangalore, or Bengaluru, are trying to preserve the ancient stone markets from development.

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  • Sean Marshall explores the origins of the "bull's eyes" lights on TTC streetcars and buses.

  • This Toronto Star article looks at how the construction of oversized homes is changing established Toronto neighbourhoods.

  • Urban Toronto reports on a new high-end townhouse development set for construction in Long Branch, Longhaven Towns.

  • Toronto Life shares the story of a young woman from Cambridge whose first Toronto apartment was a nightmare.

  • Toronto Life profiles Unboxed Market, a zero-waste grocery store in Little Portugal at Dundas and Dovercourt.

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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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  • blogTO reports that the Hearn Generating Station is set to become a public space again this summer with a party.

  • Laneway housing in Toronto, now legalized, is starting to take shape as an architectural form. The Toronto Star reports.

  • The new Artscape Weston Common project for artists at Weston Road and Lawrence will hopefully help a neighbourhood taking on a new form. The Toronto Star reports.

  • A redditor at r/Toronto confirms that the venerable Coffee Time outside of Jane station, supposedly closed for renovations, will not reopen.

  • The last Mmmuffins store in Toronto, somewhere in the PATH, is also set to close. blogTO reports.

  • The selection of Toronto-born Lilly Singh to be the next late-night host on NBC really breaks all sorts of boundaries. VICE reports.


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