The themes of Margaret Atwood's novels—and her life—are the themes that define our world in 2017. lists those Trump has blocked on Twitter, a valuable archive of First Amendment encroachment.
Google now knows so much about you that it will no longer scan your email to gather advertising data.

One called him “the face of corporate greed”, another labeled him “the most hated man in America” and a third gestured as if wringing his neck.

Lawyers for the Martin Shkreli trial are having a hard time finding impartial jurors.
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When left alone, a pair of chatbots deviated into gibberish, but eventually reached a sense of compromise.
Architectural history/parody blog McMansion Hell gets cease-and-desisted by Zillow.
Predictions from 20 years ago on Hong Kong's future under China were overblown. Then again, it's still early.
Burning lands where chronic wasting disease lies in wait may be the only way to save wildlife from an epidemic.
"I never thought there were so many of them": Pride photos from '70s San Francisco.
Fascinating slide deck of computing without electricity; alternate media include DNA, fluids, and crabs.

The most startling flashback in the history of American television is the one that takes us from a black screen to the first successful test of an atomic bomb in New Mexico, on August 16, 1945, at 5:29:45 a.m.

It's happening again. With the latest Twin Peaks episode, David Lynch and Mark Frost are rewriting the rules of television.
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Spoofing an Atari 2600 cartridge with an SD card to play the “Bad Apple” video and audio.

The best places in the US to experience the Aug. 21, 2017, solar eclipse.
Salvador Dalí's body to be exhumed to investigate a woman's claim she's the artist's sole offspring.
To celebrate Harry Potter's birthday, a look back at the conspicuously popular Nimbus 2000 vibrating broom toy.

The system presented here extracts semantic meaning from an input text and uses this knowledge to generate ambient music.

Narrative can become music with this text-to-audio protocol.
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Sign language in small Negev desert town defies linguistics—phonemes aren't reused or combined.
Previous losers of presidential races enjoyed a post-race bump—notably absent from Clinton's ratings.
It's difficult to gauge Rex Tillerson's effectiveness when the State Dept. is missing in action.