Headlines Edition

Thursday headlines: Banning the midriff.

The number of migrants intercepted at the US southern border reaches an 11-year high—“a border security and a humanitarian crisis.”

When the New York Times says it’s an emergency except when Trump says it is, a reader asks, so is it a crisis or not?

The American consensus is that immigrants strengthen the nation (62%). As a generation, only those born pre-1945 disagree (44%).

Homeland Security created a clandestine database to track journalists and activists focused on the Central American migrant caravan.

White supremacists have a new strategy: targeted messaging that's not always overtly hateful.

Federal disaster funds favor the rich and the white over minorities and those with less wealth.

A massive research project involving over half a million children in Denmark confirms—again—that vaccines don't cause autism.

New cameras reportedly can spot shoplifters before they steal, or identify people behaving like they might commit suicide.

"Emotion detection" is a $20B industry that relies on markers like ethnicity, "suggesting a future of automated physiognomy."

Watch: If you want to prepare for the day when robots get emotional (and sing opera).

Introducing the 2019 Tournament of Books, presented by Field Notes. Let the madness begin!

Sixty finalists in Smithsonian magazine's 16th annual photo contest.

All of us are part of Google’s image machine, “harnessed inside its cycle of creating and managing company data.”

A question for Google: How quickly can you update a disaster site? (A question for us: How long will we watch the world melt?)

Protesting environmental impacts of a new battery plant, Belarussian activists devise a novel tactic: Feeding pigeons.

A note for consumers: the prices you pay for eyewear "in no way reflect the actual cost of making frames and lenses."

A dataset of all of the people executed by the state of Texas includes their last statements.

Here is "every rule listed in each dress code” at 481 public high schools in 36 states, plus the words used in their rationale.