July 9th, 2010

[BLOG] Some Friday links


  • Paul Gilster at Centauri Dreams argues that the nature of our modern broadcasting techniques make it unlikely that SETI will pick up radio (or other) leakage from extraterrestrial civilizations.

  • Over at A Fistful of Euros, Edward Hugh argues that relatively high debt and bad demographics will complicate Croatia's future, never mind Croatia's membership in the Eurozone.

  • Geocurrents' Martin Lewis examines the Nicaraguan emigration to Costa Rica, a richer country where Nicaraguan migrants form a tenth of the population (half undocumented). Tensions exist, naturally.

  • GNXP's Razib Khan points to new data showing that although self-identified Amerindians form less than 1% of the Brazilian population, DNA tests reveal that one-fifth of Brazilians have substantial Amerindian ancestry.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money's SEK is decidedly unimpressed by critics of Wonder Woman's recent wardrobe change, arguing that like many misogynists who accuses women who don't meet his needs of being misandrists.

  • Examining the subject of mass shipments of methane from Titan that I raised earlier in my helium-3 discussion, More Words, Deeper Holes' james_nicoll gets his readers to calculate the consequences of a million-ton methane tanker from Titan cracking open in the Earth's atmosphere. The general conclusion seems to be that it wouldn't be a huge catastrophe, at the very least a big aurora-type event.

  • The Numerati's Stephen Baker writes about an interesting way for companies to find patterns in vast data stores: start a contest and get people to look for some.

  • At Passing Strangeness, after too long an absence, pauldrye writes about the massive 1811 earthquake in Missouri's Reelroot Rift that reshaped the geography of the Mississippi valley and could devastate the unprotected American heartland if it recurs.

  • Over at Sublime Oblivion, Anatoly Karlin argues that India faces so many challenges it's not likely to equal China any time soon.

  • Torontoist's Steve Kupferman writes about how Toronto's Shriners prepared for their recent parade in the downtown.

  • At Window on Eurasia, a reporter observes that despite growing religious identification, Christian and Muslims in Tatarstan still intermarry at a high rate--30% of all marriages cross confessional boundaries.