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Trump signs two spending packages totaling $1.4 trillion that include funding for the federal government, the border wall, and Space Force.

Boris Johnson's Brexit bill passes a House of Commons vote, setting up the UK for a Jan. 31 departure from the EU.

"The United States has a disturbing habit of investing in unvetted new touchscreen voting machines that later prove disastrous."

Facebook and Twitter shut down pro-Trump disinformation networks that used AI-generated faces to masquerade as Americans.

See also: How social media disinformation profiles use AI to create fake faces.

America's real class war is "between elites primarily dependent on capital gains and those primarily dependent on profes­sional labor."

Exposed to violent content daily, some YouTube moderators are suffering from PTSD. (Warning: Disturbing descriptions ahead.)

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Following up on this week’s big investigation into the pervasive tracking of smartphone locations: How to track President Trump.

"The story of the cheap HD television in the last decade is, in many ways, the story of the American economy writ large."

A new BBC show duped Instagram influencers into agreeing they would promote a nonexistent diet beverage containing cyanide.

“As the lead from the pewter mixes with the acid in the pears, the seemingly harmless stewed fruit becomes fertile ground for lead poisoning.” A history of horrible food delicacies.

Visualizing the color breakdown of 175 years of Scientific American covers.

Bruce Davidson's photos of early '60s Britain: "the last remnant of an England that was vanishing into other things like the Beatles or modernization of some kind."

"We are our ancestors’ wildest dreams." Black medical students take a group photo at the slave quarters of a former plantation.

This decade, country music radio has been skewed to benefit male artists—here are 20 songs by women that should have been hits.

Related: From 2014, Alice Bolin's report on Miranda Lambert, Dolly Parton, and the seeming ubiquity of bro country.

“The internet can’t hurt you. If it does, that’s your fault. That was the refrain feminist bloggers kept hearing in the early days of fending off ‘trolls.’” How the internet killed feminism.

Photos that capture the sculptural beauty of skateparks, by Amir Zaki.

We are transfixed by this soothing video of the Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction.

With no children living there anymore, a Japanese village has repopulated its youth with life-sized dolls. (See more photos of the village and its dolls here.)

How to unroll a 2,000-year-old scroll: First, construct a humidified chamber.