Links – December 21, 2015

The New York Times points out that the United States tries to minimize civilian casualties in its bombing in Syria. Russia doesn’t, and is using cluster munitions, banned by most countries. It might be useful for Donald Trump and Ted Cruz to read this article.

Interview with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Javad Zarif. Syria, the nuclear deal, and more.

A resolution has been passed at the United Nations calling for peace talks on Syria. Iran says it is aligning its stand with Russia’s. The two have been somewhat at odds; every participant in the Syrian mess has a different set of priorities. Aligning the two would help to move toward productive peace talks, but it’s not clear this will happen. Russia is confused on whether it is arming Syrian rebels.

Previously unpublished images of the 1953 coup in Iran. Top image, of a demonstration in Tehran, from here.

Crimea’s electric power situation isn’t going to improve any time soon.

Is Russia still a key world power? Facts and figures from BBC.

We need to remember the brutal history that created the EU.

2016 look ahead for nuclear energy.

The best way we have of understanding the causes of cancer, including radiation, is epidemiological – measuring the occurrence of cancer and relating it to exposures to known causes of cancer. Eventually we will have a cellular understanding of the processes that lead to cancer. This response to another paper is in the middle of a discussion, but it illustrates how difficult joining the two is.

If we wrote about the physical downsides of men’s bodies the way we write about women’s, and the implications for the military.

Berkeley releases report on Geoff Marcy’s sexual harassment case. Notice that Nature can’t quite bring itself to use his name in the headline. Some astronomer guy, move along.


One comment

  1. The Blog Fodder · December 23, 2015

    Good articles. Many thanks. Merry Christmas, Cheryl. All the best in the new year.


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