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Dictators have long used various methods to manipulate public opinion, and AI may become their most promising tool yet. / Foreign Affairs

See also: The number of electoral autocracies is growing, resulting in more of them receiving even greater amounts of Western aid. / OECD Library

A campaign from the anti-LGBTQ Libs of TikTok Twitter account is fueling harassment and threats against children's hospitals. / The Washington Post

"The border crisis is bad now, but climate change will make it exponentially worse." Heat waves are killing migrants at a record pace along the US-Mexico border. / Atmos

Australia's unprecedentedly intense wildfires in 2019-20, equivalent to a "moderate volcanic eruption," probably increased the size of the hole in the ozone layer. / Nature

Tree-planting efforts sound good in theory, but can go awry if the trees die from poor gardening practices—or, worse, destroy already existing biodiversity. / Motherboard

Connecting the dots between the beauty industry, patriarchy, consumerism, and climate change. / Heated

The global population has skewed male since the mid-1960s, but will reach parity by 2050. / Pew Research Center

On a mission to rid the country's bureaucracy of floppy disks, Japan's digital minister encounters resistance from officials who point to the disks' reliability. / The Guardian

See also: Twenty-three years after it first landed in New York City subway stations, the MetroCard machine meets its demise this year. / Curbed

"How do you preserve a cell-phone game like Flappy Bird, which enjoyed massive popularity but then vanished from app stores because the developer felt that it was too addictive?" / The New Yorker

Inside an ambitious longevity center where members pay $100,000 to access experimental biohacking treatments. / Toronto Life

"A medication prescribed for Parkinson's and other diseases can transform a patient's personality, unleashing heroic bouts of creativity or a torrent of shocking, even criminal behavior." / The American Scholar

After a gripping third-round loss at the US Open yesterday, Serena Williams's tennis career likely draws to a close. / For the Win

Movie critics and audiences rarely agree, but in 2022 the difference in opinion has never been wider. / Bloomberg