Headlines Edition

Saturday Headlines: Sound and vision.

Of the 24 Democrats currently running for president, only 10 mention reproductive rights on their websites.

In border wall planning, Trump prefers sharp, injury-prone spikes rather than field-tested anti-climbing surfaces.

Trump's "Tech Bias Reporting Tool" is almost certainly a ruse to lure people into being targeted by the Trump campaign.

A nationwide survey finds broad support for various aspects of the Green New Deal.

A map estimates the amounts and locations of plastic floating in the world's oceans.

In 2018, the US birth rate dropped for a fourth consecutive year, to its lowest level in 32 years.

Researchers find evidence bedbugs are much older than previously thought, and probably dined on dinosaurs.

Photos of concert halls that make the most of acoustics and aesthetics.

As Jeff Koons breaks the price record for a living artist's work, billionaires push millionaires out of the art market.

A new, terrifying scam: virtual kidnappings, where no one is taken, yet perpetrators frighten loved ones into paying ransoms.

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.

Generative poetry based on user-submitted terms.

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.

Obscured views of a city, photographed by John MacLean.