Headlines edition

Friday Headlines: I’m no German office plant.

Elections in western Kenya are postponed after protests prevent voting. Turnout is generally lower across the country.

A list of highlights from an impromptu press conference shows, if nothing else, how much Trump truly loves the media.

Related: A new bot can detect whether that's a bot or a real person (or president?) spewing political disinformation.

“I wanted to prove, if nothing else, that Zhukov had taken a proper measure of me as an American who could hold his vodka. Bohlen, who knew I didn’t drink except for that occasional glass of wine, looked at me with questions in his eyes.” Teetotaling diplomat recalls high-stakes July 4th dinner with top Soviet tipplers.

In 2008 Adam Lanza planned to kill Sandy Hook students. Police knew but didn't act, saying his mother owned the guns.

Redaction poetry dislocates words into meaning. Since 2000, it's become a preferred form for challenging the state.

See also: Various sorting algorithms, demonstrated through animations.

New research connects more REM sleep to protection against fear and trauma.

Neuroscientists are now able to create models of live patients' brain cells, complete with firing neurons.

After a Los Angeles Times reporter publishes a story accusing director James Toback of sexual harassment—with plenty of women on the record—310 additional women contact him.

“When we see a man with a trail-worn Gore-Tex jacket and a decade-old Dana Designs backpack, we instinctively trust him. We can’t help but envy his authenticity, his freedom. He’s not just a weekend warrior—he’s living the life we want. Or at least, that’s how it seems.” A con man specialized in presenting himself as an outdoorsman, “following someone else’s dream.”

When Hollywood enables male directors to torment actresses in the name of art, it still doesn't equal box-office success.

As the Red Scare peaked, Woody Guthrie tried to beat the blacklist by "being as commercial as possible."

A server that's part of a lawsuit against Georgia election officials was wiped clean after the suit was filed.

From "sidejacking" to "warboating," a history of Wi-Fi's many insecurities.

A brief list of possible scenarios for the remainder of this heady week in Spanish/Catalonian politics.

An interview with the designers of deceased Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej’s amazingly elaborate crematorium.

“Envelope, n. The coffin of a document; the scabbard of a bill; the husk of a remittance; the bed-gown of a love-letter.” Seventy-four of the greatest hits from Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary.

The booming popularity of bananas in the 20th century is to blame for a disease epidemic that places their future in doubt.

Without using calculus, a Victorian biologist inferred the mathematical constraints that direct the form of fauna.

A lovely and intriguing new symphonic track and video: “Doujiri” by Sugai Ken.

"Robert is already quite excited." Some loving photographs of angst-ridden German office plants.