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Saturday headlines: The modern hellscape.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision to essentially shutter the state’s high-speed rail project is disappointing to supporters of the Green New Deal.

“The United States is overdue for high-speed rail: it represents the standard we are trailing.”

Another day in America: An employee  opened fire at his workplace in Illinois, killing five people and wounding five police officers.

In the ongoing argument over whether the universe preserves or prevents life, the preservers are currently winning.

A study finds a major decline in African-American death rates for common cancers. Early evidence suggests the ACA is why.

The connection between a rise in kidney disease and climate change: More heat means more dehydration, which taxes the body.

An experiment shows how climate change will affect wine: Bigger, juicier grapes that attract more pests and require more water.

Takeda predicts that climate change will help its Zika and dengue fever vaccines find a larger market. Roche says it could ultimately make it attractive for the company to develop treatments for diseases like malaria. In an article about how big pharma is preparing for climate change, the lede is the lede.

Instagram influencers are now pushing pharmaceutical brands—what could possibly go wrong?

Citing privacy concerns, LexisNexis bans journalists from accessing a key database of addresses and phone numbers.

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Fuel your nightmares with the following site, which generates a new portrait of a fake human every time you refresh the page.

A data analysis of Jackson Pollock's color palettes.

Watch: Aerial views of cities and roadways, infinitely spliced and remixed by Dirk Koy.

Lush, organic digital paintings by Debora Cheyenne Cruchon.

An interactive chart of popular music from the past 60 years shows, among other things, our present-day modern country hellscape.