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A map estimates the amounts and locations of plastic floating in the world's oceans.
Researchers find evidence bedbugs are much older than previously thought, and probably dined on dinosaurs.

The AI-created version of Joe Rogan's voice is unreal. (Literally.)

AI is quite successful in poetry because it’s able to create something that leaves enough ambiguity so the reader can use a lot of their creativity to bring the poems to life. But when you turn to [longform] literature, AI has been quite unsuccessful.

An interview with Marcus du Sautoy, whose new book encourages artists to view AI as a collaborator, rather than a threat.

↩︎ Vox
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As Jeff Koons breaks the price record for a living artist's work, billionaires push millionaires out of the art market.
In border wall planning, Trump prefers sharp, injury-prone spikes rather than field-tested anti-climbing surfaces.

They were disparate, alienated young men attracted to like-minded souls. They wanted something offbeat and off the beaten track, and the shop supplied this. They probably saw the shop as being a beacon in the rather bleak Manchester of the early '70s.

Excerpted from a new oral history of Joy Division: how the legendary band formed, thanks to hanging around bookstores.

↩︎ Literary Hub
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Photos of concert halls that make the most of acoustics and aesthetics.
Of the 24 Democrats currently running for president, only 10 mention reproductive rights on their websites.
A nationwide survey finds broad support for various aspects of the Green New Deal.
Trump's "Tech Bias Reporting Tool" is almost certainly a ruse to lure people into being targeted by the Trump campaign.
A new, terrifying scam: virtual kidnappings, where no one is taken, yet perpetrators frighten loved ones into paying ransoms.
Generative poetry based on user-submitted terms.
In 2018, the US birth rate dropped for a fourth consecutive year, to its lowest level in 32 years.

What a "waterfall" of monarch butterflies sounds like (jump to 03:17). 

Whether Steven Avery killed her or not, I couldn’t imagine being Teresa’s mom or cousin or friend, watching this show all about someone who was accused of killing her, with her dead body only in the story as an inciting incident.

What it’s like to watch or listen to true crime stories when you’re the relative of a murder victim.

↩︎ CrimeReads
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"Sometimes when I'm stressed, I'll walk up the stairs backwards." Polar explorer Erling Kagge on the value of walking.
Matika Wilbur is attempting to photograph every federally recognized Native American tribe.
A new wrinkle in the authorship controversy around Shakespeare: What if he was a woman? The case for playwright Emilia Bassano.