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Headlines Edition

Wednesday Headlines: Blue, blue, electric blue.

In yesterday's midterm elections in the US, Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, flipping many Republican-held districts that Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Among other victories, Democrats will now be able to prevent a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Essential to recognize in the midterm results: Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, which delivered the presidency to Trump in 2016, all elected Democratic governors and senators.

A list of people who became the first of their gender, race, ethnicity, or sexual identity to be elected to their positions last night.

Congress currently has 107 women. That was the all-time high, until this week’s elections.

Democratic leaders have already said they plan to use their first month in the House majority to advance sweeping changes to future campaign and ethics laws, including outlawing the gerrymandering of congressional districts and restoring key enforcement provisions to the Voting Rights Act.

Many anticipate a Democrat-led House of Representatives will now proceed with a long list of investigations into Trump, including the release of his tax returns, and Trump has already threatened to use the Senate to launch retaliatory investigations.

Last night, Florida passed an amendment to restore voting rights to ex-felons.

Michigan became the 10th state to legalize recreational marijuana, and Utah and Missouri joined 31 other states that have legalized medical marijuana.

In Georgia's gubernatorial battle, Stacy Abrams won't concede to Brian Kemp, anticipating the possibility of a runoff next month.

If the [Georgia] governor’s race had taken place in another country, the State Dept. would have questioned its legitimacy.

Rampant voter suppression across America is among the reasons the US government must stop hamstringing election observers.

“Dónde votar” (where to vote) was Google’s top search term in the US on the morning of Election Day.

A rundown of all the voting glitches reported yesterday, many of which resulted in long lines to vote.

A computer scientist explains the many ways voting machines can be hacked, and how we're not doing anything to stop bad actors.

Nearly half of Americans don't believe their votes are counted fairly—that belief alone undermines election legitimacy.

Hearing Trump's caravan talk as a call to arms, civilian militias and vigilantes are heading to the US-Mexico border.

Republicans felt emboldened across the country to attack Jewish candidates using anti-Semitic tropes.

The MAGA pages that still exist on Facebook have survived because they successfully sow division, while playing by the rules.

Abusive comments on news stories—which are most often directed at female journalists—hurt outlets' overall perceived credibility.

Don't count on the younger Murdochs to rid Fox News of the xenophobia and race-baiting that has made the family billions.

In 1979, American newsroom editors acknowledged a severe lack of diversity—nearly 40 years later, the news is as white as ever.

The media is in a frenzy over a Harvard paper on ’Oumuamua—specifically a single line that theorizes it could be of alien origin.

An MRI of Hughes’ brain in June found chronic small vessel ischemic changes, “more than expected for age.” Additional neuroimaging found “scattered foci of abnormal signal in white matter.” The cause of diplomats’ brain injuries in Cuba or China is still unknown, and their ordeal is far from over.

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How seismographs differentiate between a nuclear bomb test and an earthquake.

A group of mathematicians proves that when taken to a granular level, there are limits to symmetry.

Where Marx wants to “hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticize after dinner,” O’Connor wonders why he can’t just take a nap. Recent encomiums to idleness reveal a diversity of idlenesses—some more worth pursuit than others.

Professional curators of background music provide a subliminal human touch that algorithms can't replicate—yet.

A "sound pavilion" project in Sydney translates paintings' formal elements and other background information into audio.

This is a female perspective on pain. How the women writers on The Haunting of Hill House capture the realities of female trauma.

The Future Library opens outside Oslo in 2114, housing previously unpublished novels by Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell, and more.

Video: An animated short depicting life above the clouds, where civilization can't touch you, until it does.