Randy McDonald (rfmcdpei) wrote,

[BLOG] Some Friday links


  • Centauri Dreams' Paul Gilster notes the theories that planets orbiting younger stars, on account of their greater abundances of heavy elements, will be warmer than older planets like Earth, extending habitable zones deeper into planetary systems than previously believed.

  • Daniel Drezner is unimpressed by American skills at empire-building; even the surfeit of Americans involved in the reconstruction of Kosovo arguably plays to the Kosovars' benefit more than to the United States.

  • Will Baird at The Dragon's Tale notes that a recent Australian study of fossils of multicellular fossils from more than a half-billion years ago, the Ediacaran age, aren't ancestral to modern land-dwellers.

  • The Global Sociology Blog notes the ways in which privilege can couch itself as neutrality, i.e. heterosexuality as normal and queerness as not.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money broke for me the news that the Syrian government is using Scud missiles against rebels, inaccurate though they may be. Is this a sign of desperation?

  • Marginal Revolution notes that educated East Asian women tend not to marry, perhaps reflecting the choice forced on them between careers and traditional families.

  • At Open the Future, Jamais Cascio considers the ethical questions connected with sexbots.

  • The Population Reference Blog notes the changing American population: aging, slower-growing, more diverse.

  • Torontoist reports on a forum in Toronto on the need to repair high-rise apartment towers.

  • The Volokh Conspiracy shares the old argument that the commercial exploitation of resources in space requires private property rights, first.

  • Window on Eurasia notes that at least economically, China is replacing Russia as a partner for post-Soviet Central Asia.

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