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Headlines Edition

Thursday Headlines: When “nobody” wins.

Saudi Arabia claims an intelligence officer, not Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, ordered Jamal Khashoggi's murder, and has charged 11 individuals.

What the bipartisan prison reform bill, which Trump says he will support, would do for current and future inmates.

In an effort to curb the rise in teen vaping, the FDA says sales of flavored e-cigarettes will be restricted to online and specialty stores that verify customers' ages.

According to a new FBI report, US hate crimes increased by 17%—the highest in over a decade—during Trump's first year in office.

Yesterday, California Republican Rep. Jeff Denham conceded to Democrat Josh Harder. Democrats have now picked up 34 seats in the House, the biggest blue shift since the election following Watergate.

On the outcome in Kansas: "It didn’t appear Kris Kobach seemed that interested in...fundraising, grassroots organizing, or asking voters for their support."

As the GOP loses half its Climate Solutions Caucus seats, more Republicans are acknowledging that humans cause climate change.

If not voting in the 2016 US Presidential Election counted, "nobody" would have won 445 electoral votes.

A group of scientists hopes to raise awareness of global warming by discussing climate issues while playing Fortnite on Twitch.

In this aerial timelapse beginning in 1984, we can see that as Las Vegas grows, Lake Mead sinks.

If you visit any page on XKCD from a Congressional IP, the site only returns the climate temperature graphic.

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Facebook hired a PR firm that spread misinformation about its critics, including a fake news item that George Soros was funding a group that wanted to break up Facebook.

What happens when you request your data from Quantcast, which knows everything about you—including your Tumblr.

Femtech isn't designed for women. One period-tracking app didn't factor in pregnancy, "a several-hundred-day menstrual cycle."

British terror-watch program flags an academic paper on the ethics of revolution. The catch: It's required undergraduate reading.

I want you to always work hard to be creative to write and tell the best stories. It’s what I did. Don’t let anyone stop you from dreaming up fun new heroes and worlds. Dreaming is the best thing that we do. Rion Scott became his son’s pen pal, under the guise of Stan Lee.

At best, personality tests offer nothing; at worst, they're a scam. But they endure, promising a structure to interpret our world.

An argument for the end of retirement.

It seems to me, that if we love, we grieve. That’s the deal. That’s the pact. Grief and love are forever intertwined. Grief is the terrible reminder of the depths of our love and, like love, grief is non-negotiable. In his ask-me-anything newsletter, Nick Cave answers a fan’s question about the death of his son.

Video: A soothing exploration of flowing colors and forms. Made without special effects—only paint, oil, and liquid soap.