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LINKS Atlas Obscura: Ghost Dunes on Mars IT’S NOT A GREAT IDEA to sunbathe on Mars. But if you really wanted to, and you lived a few billion years ago, we now know where you might have gone. In a recent study in the Journal of Geophysical Research, planetary geomorphologist Mackenzie Day and astrobiologist David

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fuguewave loop 0000006 by brett van donsel “Each of them would soon literally be an island in an archipelago drained of time.”#JGBallard #TheDrought pic.twitter.com/WcqaSLEKBu — is.Ballardian (@TerminalBeach_) May 15, 2018 ..Soleil inversé de la nuit /Giovanna Garzoni (1600–1670) pic.twitter.com/JicMa16Kzw — Laetitia Wilfert (@LaetitiaWilfert) May 25, 2018 pic.twitter.com/uSwxOBdaQe — Archillect (@archillect) May 25, 2018 pic.twitter.com/q5WiOVyzPr —

LINKS May 21

DICTATORS Daniel Kalder on what he’s learned upon reading several books written by dictators. Fidel Castro was a great admirer of Ernest Hemingway. He met the hard living, Nobel Prize winning author twice, and kept a signed photo of “Papa” on his desk. Unlike Hemingway, however, Castro was not known for his brevity and could

LINKS 05-02-18

ADVERSARIAL COLLABORATIONS Scott Alexander has put out a call for “adversarial collaborations”: An adversarial collaboration is an effort by two people with opposing opinions on a topic to collaborate on a summary of the evidence. Just as we hope that a trial with both prosecutor and defense will give the jury a balanced view of

LINKS 4.15.18

CALIFORNIA Here’s What Will Happen After a Huge Earthquake Inevitably Hits California: If you think dealing with a dead iPhone and navigating your apartment—which may or may not still be standing—by candlelight is rough, wait until high-pressure gas lines rupture. When they break, they leak gas into the air, which can potentially ignite and cause

L I N K S 04.07.18

BIOMIMICRY Underwater GPS Inspired by Shrimp Eyes: A few years ago, U.S. and Australian researchers developed a special camera inspired by the eyes of mantis shrimp that can see the polarization patterns of light waves, which resemble those in a rope being waved up and down. That means the bio-inspired camera can detect how light

Saturday LINKS 03-24-18

CALIFORNIA Bay Area Residents Who Live in Vans Not to Travel, but to Contend with Housing Costs: The threat of a “knock on the door” looms constantly for those who live in their vehicles, and it can inspire paranoia. A recent discussion in a Facebook group devoted to local RV lifers quickly became split between

ASK AN EXPERT: Jim Stewart (the Zymoglyphic Museum)

Jim Stewart is the owner of Portland’s wonderful Zymoglyphic Museum. He recently gave us the skinny on all things zymoglyphic. Q: What exactly is the zymoglyphic concept? A:  The formal definition is: zy’-mo-glyph’-ic, adj. [Gr. zyme leaven + Gr. glyphe carving] 1. Of, or pertaining to, images of fermentation, specifically the solid residue of creative fermentation

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 02/19/18

NATURE The sounds of skating on black ice:   PERSONAL SOVEREIGNTY  Jordan Greenhall on the Jordan Peterson notion of “clean up your room” as personal sovereignty: Sort yourself out. First. When it comes to relating to the world, remember, the world starts with you. Before you can begin to extend yourself into the complex dance

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 02/17/18

  CALIFORNIA Elizabeth Nolan Brown on the condition of some of California women’s prisons: Women imprisoned at California’s Santa Rita Jail say they’re being housed in filthy conditions, denied basic hygiene products, pressured to have abortions, subjected to incessant strip searches, and forced to endure many other manners of cruel and inhumane treatment from guards

What the Hell is Going on in the World LINKS 01/27/18

  BILLIONAIRES Elon Musk is making $600 flamethrowers.   CHAOS AND ORDER Quillette interviews Jordan Peterson. An excerpt: Q: How do I go about meditating on my shadow? A: I think you consult your resentment. I think you can do it in the normal confines of your life. There are things that confront you, that
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