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  • Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait notes the continuing maps and naming of the Pluto system.

  • Centauri Dreams considers one method to detect photosynthesis on Earth-like worlds of red dwarf stars.

  • D-Brief notes the discovery of Octlantis, a permanent community of octopi located off the coast of Australia.

  • The Dragon's Gaze notes Earth-like world can co-exist with a Jovian in a circumstellar habitable zone.

  • Hornet Stories notes that Morrissey is now in Twitter. (This will not go well.

  • Language Log notes the kanji tattoo of one American neo-Nazi.

  • The LRB Blog notes how the English town of Tewksbury is still recovering from massive flooding a decade later.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the improbable life of Barry Sadler, he of "The Ballad of the Green Berets".

  • The Map Room Blog shares this terrifying map examining the rain footprint of Hurricane Irma.

  • Spacing reviews a fascinating dual biography of architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson.

  • Window on Eurasia notes an call to restore to maps the old Chinese name for former Chinese Tuva, Uryankhai.

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  • Anthrodendum's Alex Golub talks about anthropologists of the 20th century who resisted fascism.

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes a study suggesting the TRAPPIST-1 system might be substantially older than our own solar system.

  • Centauri Dreams considers tidal locking as a factor relevant to Earth-like planetary environments.

  • The Crux shows efforts to help the piping plover in its home on the dunes of the Great Lakes coast of Pennsylvania.

  • Dead Things considers the evidence for the presence of modern humans in Sumatra 73 thousand years ago.

  • Bruce Dorminey makes the case for placing a lunar base not on the poles, but rather in the material-rich nearside highlands.

  • Far Outliers shares some evocative placenames from Japan, like Togakushi (‘door-hiding’) from ninja training spaces.

  • Language Hat notes the exceptionally stylistically uneven Spanish translation of the Harry Potter series.

  • Language Log thinks, among other things, modern technologies make language learning easier than ever before.

  • The LRB Blog notes how claims to trace modern Greece directly to the Mycenaean era are used to justify ultranationalism.

  • Marginal Revolution considers which countries are surrounded by enemies. (India rates poorly by this metric.)

  • The Numerati's Stephen Baker considers how Confederate statues are products of recycling, like so much in our lives.

  • The NYR Daily considers the unique importance of Thomas Jefferson, a man at once statesman and slaver.

  • The Planetary Society Blog celebrated the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2 Sunday.

  • The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer notes that, for a country fighting a drug war, Mexico spends astonishingly little on its police force.

  • Drew Rowsome takes a look at classic John Wayne Western, The Train Robbers.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel considers the critical role of NASA's Planetary Protection Officer.

  • Strange Company notes the many legends surrounding the early 19th century US' Theodosia Burr.

  • The Volokh Conspiracy hosts Ilya Somin' argument against world government, as something limiting of freedom. Thoughts?

  • Window on Eurasia notes how Ukrainians are turning from Russia, becoming more foreign to their one-time partner.

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  • The Broadside Blog's Caitlin Kelly re-introduces herself to her readers.

  • Bruce Dorminey shares one man's theory about how extraterrestrials could use exoplanet sightings to build up a galactic communications network.

  • Far Outliers shares some unusual Japanese words, starting with "amepotu" for American potato.

  • Language Hat takes
  • Did the spokeswoman of the NRA threaten to "fisk" the New York Times or threaten something else? Language Log reports.

  • Drew Rowsome notes that, compared to San Francisco, Toronto does not have much of a public kink scene.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel examines the quantum reasons behind the explosion produced by sodium metal and water.

  • Understanding Society takes rightful issue with The Guardian's shoddy coverage of Dearborn, Michigan, and that city's Muslims and/or Arabs.

  • Unicorn Booty notes that Canada is, at last, starting to take in queer refugees from Chechnya.

  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell notes the embarrassing support for Jean-Luc Mélenchon for Venezuela. Was opposing the US all he wanted?

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  • The Crux makes the case that, for too long, modern homo sapiens have underestimated the genius of the Neanderthals.

  • D-Brief looks at the efforts of some scientists to develop brewing standards for the Moon.

  • Language Hat examines different languages' writing standards--Turkish, Greek, Armenian--in the late Ottoman Empire.

  • Language Log deconstructs claims that Japanese has no language for curses.

  • Marginal Revolution's Tyler Cowen looks at the standards of truth by which Trump's supporters are judging him.

  • The NYRB Daily looks at the hollow Styrofoam aesthetics of the Trump Administration.

  • Savage Minds considers the idea of personhood.

  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell considers key mechanics of populism.

  • Arnold Zwicky meditates, somewhat pornographically, on a porn star of the last decade and public sexuality.

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  • Bad Astronomy reports on the astounding scientific illiteracy of Trump advisor Anthony Scaramucci.

  • blogTO compiles a list of the best tobagganing hills in Toronto.

  • Citizen Science Salon looks at what we can do in the redwood forests.

  • The Dragon's Gaze notes a gap in the disk of TW Hydrae.

  • Imageo notes that 2016 is the warmest year in the records.

  • Joe. My. God. notes that a pride parade protected by police went off in Montenegro.

  • Language Hat shares the story of Lazer Lederhendler, a son of Holocaust survivors in Montréal who became one of the leading translators into English of Québec literature.

  • Language Log looks at the distant origins of Japanese terms for "dog."

  • Marginal Revolution notes the rising popularity of Vladimir Putin on the American right.

  • The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer looks at the links between Russia and the "Calexit" movement.

  • The Volokh Conspiracy celebrates Saturnalia.

  • Window on Eurasia looks at Russia's use of genetics to disentangle the Tatar peoples and argues that the definition of Russians and Ukrainians as fraternal is dangerous to the latter.

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  • The Big Picture shares photos of motorbike racing in South Africa.

  • Centauri Dreams considers the stellar weather that planets of red dwarf stars might encounter.

  • Dead Things looks at two genetic studies which complicate the narrative of humanity's spread.

  • Dangerous Minds shares the infamous anti-disco night of 1979 that spelled the end of the genre in North America.

  • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers how one makes a home among strangers.

  • Joe. My. God. notes that the UKIP MP claims the sun is responsible for the bulk of the Earth's tides not the moon, and reports on a Kentucky judge who says gays ruined straight men's ability to hug.

  • Language Log looks at changing patterns of language usage in Japanese.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money mocks the cosmic perspective of Gary Johnson.

  • The LRB Blog reports from devastated Lesbos.

  • Maximos62 maps the smoke from this year's Indonesian fires.

  • The NYRB Daily shares vintage photos from mid-1960s Cuba.

  • The Planetary Society Blog reports on a recent tour of NASA facilities.

  • Window on Eurasia reports on a call for a single Circassian alphabet, suggests a Russian initiative to use sufism to unite Russian Muslims will end badly, and argues that Russian criticism of language policy in post-Soviet countries is linked to geopolitics.

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Government House, multilingual #pei #charlottetown #governmenthouse #fanningbank #language #english #français #chinese #japanese


This sign inviting people to Fanningbank, the official residence of the lieutenant governor, is multilingual. English is on the top, followed by the second official language of French, and the Chinese and Japanese languages originally associated with tourism.
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  • blogTO notes that a half-million dollars does not buy one much of a house in Toronto.

  • The Broadside Blog's Caitlin Kelly celebrates the fifth anniversary of her marriage on the Toronto Islands.

  • The Dragon's Gaze considers exoplanet fatigue in the news, suggesting Proxima b is about as excited as the media will get.

  • Far Outliers looks at the foreign safety zone set up in Nanjing in 1937 as the Japanese approached.

  • Language Hat considers the globalization of Latin American writers.

  • Language Log examines the linguistics behind "hikikomori".

  • The LRB Blog looks at the British political spectrum.

  • The Map Room Blog reports on some beautiful letterpress maps.

  • Marginal Revolution notes that in Africa, urbanization is not accompanied by economic growth.

  • The NYRB Daily shares vintage photographs of Syria's Palmyra.

  • Spacing looks at the examples of the Netherlands.

  • Window on Eurasia looks at a call to create a unified Russian diaspora lobby in the United States and examines ethnic Russian migration from Tuva.

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  • blogTO notes how expensive Toronto's rental market is.

  • Centauri Dreams looks at the TRAPPIST-1 exoplanet system.

  • Crooked Timber engages with the complexities of racism.

  • The Crux shares some oral history about the detection of the first gravitational wave.

  • The Dragon's Gaze reports about the difficulties involved with detecting exoplanets around red dwarfs and describes the discovery of a super-Earth orbiting an orange dwarf in the Pleiades.

  • Joe. My. God. notes that New York City ended free web browsing at browsing stations because people kept looking up porn.

  • Language Log notes that a partially shared script does not make Chinese readable by speakers of Japanese, and vice versa.

  • Marginal Revolution cautions against the idea that Brexit is over.

  • The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer talks about the usefulness of counterfactuals, especially good counterfactuals.

  • Torontoist argues that the TTC needs more cats. Why not?

  • The Volokh Conspiracy links to a comparative global study of settlements in occupied territories.

  • Window on Eurasia reports that Google has displaced television as a primary source of news for Russians.

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  • Antipope's Charlie Stross looks at some outrageous but real figures from history.

  • Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait notes UGC 1382, a huge galaxy that looks small to the naked eye.

  • blogTO lists some destinations for Torontonians on Labour Day.

  • The Dragon's Tales notes Finland's launching of a guaranteed minimum income experiment.

  • Language Log looks at a multilingual restaurant advertisement in Japan.

  • Marginal Revolution considers the issue of interest rates in the United States.

  • The Planetary Society Blog shares photos that Juno took of Jupiter.

  • Otto Pohl links to an old article of his on black Eurasia.

  • Savage Minds considers ways anthropologists can archive for the longue durée.

  • Window on Eurasia looks on Russian public opinion on Russian policy in Ukraine, and reports on speculation about Western policy towards Russia if Russia goes further into Ukraine.

  • Arnold Zwicky links to a New York Times article on spam E-mail.

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  • Beyond the Beyond's notes the imminent end of Moore's law.

  • Centauri Dreams imagines what a stellified gas giant might look like.

  • D-Brief notes Ceres' lack of large craters and looks at how New Zealand is declaring war on invasive fauna.

  • The Dragon's Gaze looks at Venus analog Gliese 832d.

  • Joe. My. God. notes intensifying scrutiny of Trump's Russian links.

  • Language Log looks at the portmanteaux used in the Japanese language.

  • The LRB Blog notes Erdogan's many voices.

  • Marginal Revolution argues that slow economic growth will not undermine the Chinese system.

  • Steve Munro looks at the effects of construction on the 501 Queen.

  • The Planetary Society Blog looks at the final landing site of the Rosetta probe.

  • pollotenchegg maps wages across Ukraine.

  • Savage Minds reports how war can fragment families, looking to Ukraine.

  • Transit Toroto notes GO Transit's adding of new double-decker buses.

  • The Volokh Conspiracy considers the thesis that Trump is a consequence of the breakdown of traditional political parties.

  • Window on Eurasia looks at Daghestan's restriction of movement of "potential" criminals.

  • The Yorkshire Ranter searches for a statistical link between austerity and Brexit.

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  • Beyond the Beyond's Bruce Sterling mourns the death of Alvin Toffler.

  • The Big Picture shares images of the Istanbul airport attack.

  • blogTO notes Toronto's recent Trans March was the largest in world history.

  • The Broadside Blog's Caitlin Kelly interviews memoirist Plum Johnson.

  • Centauri Dreams considers the determination of distances to dim stars and looks at the total energies likely to be used in interstellar travel and interplanetary colonization.

  • Crooked Timber notes the ordered recount in Austria's presidential elections and advocates for anti-militarism.

  • D-Brief notes the exciting discoveries of Ceres, and observes that ancient tombs may have doubled as astronomical observatories.

  • The Dragon's Gaze considers where warm Jupiters form, considers the stability of complex exoplanet systems, and notes a high-precision analysis of solar twin HIP 100963.

  • The Dragon's Tales wonders if the shape of Martian sand dunes indicate a denser Martian atmosphere a bit more than four billion years ago.

  • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers evictions and poverty in the United States.

  • Inkfish notes that different honeybees seem to have different personalities.

  • Language Hat notes the import of Maltese in Mediterranean history.

  • Language Log talks about Sino-Japanese.

  • Lovesick Cyborg shares the doubts of polled Americans with the viability of virtual lovers.

  • The LRB Blog shares an article supporting Corbyn.

  • The Map Room Blog notes that San Francisco was literally built on buried ships.

  • Marginal Revolution notes the collapse of Greek savings and looks at Euroskepticism's history in the United Kingdom.

  • Steve Munro updates readers on Union-Pearson Express ridership.

  • The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer thinks the Netherlands Antilles offer useful models to the United Kingdom, and is confused by a claim that that bias against Mexican immigrants does not exist when the data seems to suggest it does.

  • Torontoist goes into the life of conservative Protestant newspaper publishing Black Jack Robinson.

  • Transit Toronto notes that in a decade, GO Trains will connect Hamilton to Niagara Falls.

  • The Volokh Conspiracy argues against using the Brexit vote to argue against referenda.

  • Window on Eurasia notes the Russian deployment of military forces to the Belarus border, looks at Tatarstan's concern for its autonomy, observes the changing demographics of Ukraine, and notes the Russian debate over what sort of European Union collapse they would like.

  • Arnold Zwicky remembers his father through ephemera.

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  • Dangerous Minds notes the food songs that gorillas apparently sing to themselves as they eat.

  • The Dragon's Gaze reports on the TRAPPIST-1 system, with three Earth-sized terrestrial planets orbiting a very faint star.

  • The Dragon's Tales notes a paper examining methane exchange in the Martian near-surface.

  • Joe. My. God. reports that Eurovision will be broadcasting live in the USA for the first time, on Logo.

  • Language Hat reports on the effects of Japanese company Rakuten's switch to English as a working language.

  • The LRB Blog and Marginal Revolution report on the claim of Australian Craig Wright to be Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto.

  • The Map Room Blog reports on an exhibition of the map history of Texas.

  • Marginal Revolution reports on the economic dominance of vinyl sales and streaming music in the music industry.

  • Steve Munro notes the Ontario government's refusal to talk about how transit fares in Toronto will be set.

  • The Planetary Society Blog notes the discovery of the moon of dwarf planet Makemake.

  • Window on Eurasia notes the Russian response to the MH17 shootdown and reports on the firebombing of a pro-Donbas museum in St. Petersburg.

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  • Apostrophen's 'Nathan Smith updates readers on his writing projects and points them to anthologies looking for new submissions.

  • blogTO talks about the origins of Bay Street.

  • Centauri Dreams notes new discoveries about the origins of mysterious "fast radio bursts".

  • The Dragon's Tales notes how a genetic study of Panama's population showed the impact of colonization.

  • Joe. My. God. notes Germany's opening of a centre for LGBT refugees.

  • Language Log notes controversy over simplified characters in Hong Kong and poor fluency in kanji in Japan.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the controversies surrounding the commemoration of the death of Scalia at Georgetown University.

  • Steve Munro looks at various routes for a relief line in the east of the city.

  • North's Justin Petrone talks about teaching his daughter who ran Estonia during the Soviet era.

  • Strange Maps maps Europe divided into city-states.

  • Window on Eurasia notes Kazakhstan's plan to shift to Latin script for Kazakh and looks at ethnic Russian converts to Islam.

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  • Anthropology notes the latest archeological findings suggesting that Easter Island was not destroyed by war.

  • Beyond the Beyond's Bruce Sterling notes that Wired will now no longer be allowing people with ad blockers to access the site.

  • The Dragon's Gaze notes the likely existence of a substantial gas giant in the disk of TW Hydrae and describes a Neptune-type world found through microlensing.

  • The Dragon's Gaze links to a paper suggesting, on the basis of the geology of Mars, that the early atmosphere was dominated by carbon dioxide with little oxygen.

  • Joe. My. God. links to the audio track of the new Pet Shop Boys single, "The Pop Kids".

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes opposition to the TPP in Indonesia.

  • Language Log notes a poster from the Second World War era United States propagandizing against the use of German, Italian, and Japanese.

  • Personal Reflections' Jim Belshaw contrasts Australia's response to the Syrian refugee crisis with Canada's.

  • The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer notes that Mexico's PEMEX may be in bad shape.

  • Spacing Toronto shares John Lorinc's skeptical essay about transit in Toronto. Grand schemes are great, but what about implementation?

  • Strange Maps maps Brexit, in various dimensions.

  • Torontoist suggests this city can learn from Detroit when it comes to repurposing vacant lots.

  • Window on Eurasia notes the growth of separate Muslim and Christian neighbourhoods in many cities.

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  • blogTO identify five neighbourhoods in downtownish Toronto with cheap rent.

  • The Dragon's Gaze notes one paper suggesting Earth-like worlds may need both ocean and rocky surfaces to be habitable.

  • The Dragon's Tales reports that Pluto's Sputnik Planum is apparently less than ten million years old.

  • Geocurrents begins an interesting regional schema of California.

  • Language Log notes a Hong Kong ad that blends Chinese and Japanese remarkably.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that societies with low inequality report higher levels of happiness than others.

  • The Map Room points to the lovely Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands.

  • Marginal Revolution wonders why Amazon book reviews are so dominated by American reviewers.

  • Savage Minds considers, after Björk, the ecopoetics of physical geology data.

  • Window on Eurasia commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Vilnius massacre.

  • The Financial Times' The World blog looks at Leo, the dog of the Cypriot president.

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  • The Broadside Blog's Caitlin Kelly makes the case that people need rest.

  • The Dragon's Gaze wonders if a lithium-rich giant star KIC 9821622 ate its exoplanets.

  • The Dragon's Tales writes about the Russian war in Syria.

  • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers the sociology of holidays.

  • A Geocurrents guest post looks at one mapping of ISIS.

  • Joe. My. God. notes Donald Trump's defense of Vladimir Putin, discounting state-sponsored murder of journalists, and reports on the repeal of marriage equality in Slovenia.

  • Language Hat looks at how a Chinese font was created.

  • Language Log looks at how the Japanese language can be used to memorize pi.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money maps student debt in the United States.

  • Marginal Revolution considers migration as a basic human right.

  • Torontoist looks at how KFC got started in Mississauga.

  • Window on Eurasia considers the reasons for Donbas residents to seek refugee status elsewhere, looks at Russia's problems with Circassians, examines Russian Muslim emigrants in Turkey, and reports on fears in Kazakhstan that the country might be attacked by Russian media.
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  • blogTO shares photos of Yonge and Dundas in the grimy 1970s.

  • The Big Picture shares photos from a Tibetan Buddhist assembly.

  • Crooked Timber shares a photo of Bristol's floating bridge.

  • The Dragon's Gaze reports on an estimate of the number of extraterrestrial technological civilizations.

  • The Dragon's Tales notes an atlas of drought in Europe.

  • Geocurrents examines the fallacy of environmental determinism.

  • Joe. My. God. notes how open travel between the European Union and Ukraine has been endangered by the failure to protect gay employment.

  • Language Hat links to an essay by a feminist talking about what it is like to live in a language environment, that of Hebrew, where everything is gendered.

  • Language Log engages with fax usage in Japan and notes rare characters in Taiwan.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the plight of the dying steel town, all the worse because it was evitable.

  • Marginal Revolution has a bizarre defense of Ben Carson.

  • The Russian Demographics Blog and Window on Eurasia report on a rectification of the Russian-Chinese frontier.

  • Window on Eurasia is critical of village values in Russia, and notes the return of ISIS fighters to Azerbaijan.

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  • blogTO ranks Toronto's newest neighbourhoods from best to worst.

  • The Dragon's Gaze suggests exoplanets which receive between 60 to 90% of the energy the Earth received are likely to be Earth-like.

  • The Dragon's Tales links to a paper suggesting the solar system likely did not eject a fifth gas giant and looks at what happened to the very early crust of the Earth.

  • Language Hat talks about the language use of writer Raymond Federman and tries to find a story with an unusual method of inputting Japanese.

  • Marginal Revolution notes dropping fluency in English in China.

  • The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer describes how he kicked a man dressed as Adolf Hitler out of a Halloween party.

  • Towleroad notes an interracial German-Thai gay couple mocked on social media has married.

  • Window on Eurasia wonders whether Russia will use the recent crash of a Russian plane in the Sinai to justify a widened war.

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  • The Dragon's Gaze links to a paper suggesting that stars commonly ingest hot Jupiters.

  • The Dragon's Tales reports on the spread of robots.

  • Far Outliers shares terms for making shoyu.

  • Joe. My. God. notes that Ashley Madison nearly bought Grindr.

  • Language Log notes the changing usage of "hemp" as a political term.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the plan to save New Orleans by abandoning the Mississippi delta.

  • The Russian Demographics blog notes the genetic distinctiveness of the Denisovans.

  • Towleroad notes the pulling-down of a Warsaw rainbow monument.

  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes the American debate over birthright citizenship.

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