Two Weeks of Links

I didn’t do links last Monday because something more important came up. So this week, instead of one link per section, you can have several! Except in the beer section, because the beer stuff I got these last couple of weeks somehow wasn’t my jam.


Beyond Brothels: Farms And Fisheries Are Frontier Of Human Trafficking When Americans think about modern-day slavery, we typically tend to think of sexual slavery and movies like “Taken”. The reality is that trafficking is as much, if not more, about forced work of a non-sexual nature. Food is often produced under such conditions.

Europe’s Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish. Lake Superior apparently has really adorable tiny fish that, in turn, have really delicious roe. But is it going to last?

Summer Campaign & 21 New Soul Food Hacks Micheal Twitty remains one of my favorite food bloggers. He blends history, religion, and food into an absolutely fantastic blog. Here, he suggests 21 ways to do up soul food right. And if you do decide to have a BBQ potluck (tip 7), may I suggest these amazing looking Grilled BBQ Chicken Wings from The Kitchenista?


Trouble Brewing. Water makes up the vast majority of the mass of beer. Most of us understand this without having to think terribly hard about it. But say, “beer is an agricultural product” and more folks struggle with the idea. Here’s some reading on how climate change is impacting the water, barley, and hops that go into beer.

A good explanation post about beers poured “on nitro.” In the lab nitrogen is a very fun element to play with, so long as you’re careful. In beer, though, it becomes an interesting driver of flavor elements.

The Session: Landscape of Beer This is kind of a cheater link because it, in turn, is a bunch of links. But some are quite interesting. Folks are trying to predict what the beer scene will be like in 30+ years. So go read what sounds interesting. And pay attention to the announcement of the next session.


Why Do Glowing Sharks Glow? Is it prey attraction? Predation avoidance? Mating??? Go read and find out.

Airplane Poop Could Help Track Global Disease Outbreaks Poop is kind of the worst. But it’s also kind of the best for non-invasive sampling of a population. If we regularly monitor the poop we find on airplanes, will we be able to prevent global pandemics from occuring?

New York Needs Coyotes I have to be honest with you guys. I love predators, and I love seeing how predators can coexist with humans. I’ve long known that coyotes are everywhere. They, like house sparrows, are amazing human commensalists. So, does a city need coyotes? I certainly think so, but I’ve been well aware of living with coyotes since I was in middle school. Richardson makes an interesting case for cities welcoming coyotes.

What the Nose Knows

They’re aware that while they rely heavily on facial expressions, for example, friends who can smell somehow seem to be picking up on signals they’re missing, signals that are so powerful they can override the emotional information contained in a smile or a frown.

They’ll talk about meeting up with a group of friends, Mainland explains, and one friend might say of another: “Oh, she wasn’t happy at all.” And they’ll say, “She looked happy.” And the other will say, “Yeah, she looked happy, but she clearly was not happy.”


The Tragedy of iTunes and Classical Music Because even I have found iTunes occasionally clunky, and I’m so not a music person that some of those closest to me discuss running and hiding when my music is on. You know, the kind of music iTunes should be able to handle seamlessly?

Born In Between Is surgery as an infant the correct answer for babies born intersex? The ethics debate is huge, and has spawned a lawsuit at this point. Probably not the last lawsuit either.

One of Mine

Because Ed Yong of Not Exactly Rocket Science posted this link on photographers and lions, I’m sharing with you my post Six Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Lions