“A new speaker can rearrange its seven ‘self-deploying’ microphones to partition a room into so-called ‘speech zones,’ allowing it to track and identify different voices, even as they move.” Scientists Say They’ve Invented a Speaker That “Mutes” Annoying People. (Ironically, science might liberate us from hearing from people who don’t believe in science.)

+ Children’s picture book flagged at Alabama library because author’s last name is Gay.