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This is Subi Reef, which until recently was a narrow spit of land off the Philippine coast inhabited by fish and turtles. But in China’s massive drive to expand its reach in the South China Sea, it’s now a construction site. A shelter for surface-to-air missiles is being built here, among barracks, bunkers and airplane hangars. At least 70 vessels, including warships, surround it. All of that is making a lot of nearby nations, as well as the international community, uneasy. The photographer @adamjdean took this photo early this month while flying with a @usnavy reconnaissance plane crew over some of the reefs China is using to expand its territorial claims in international waters. As the plane banked low near another reef, Mischief Reef, a Chinese warning crackled on the radio. “U.S. military aircraft,” came the challenge, delivered in English in a harsh staccato. “You have violated our China sovereignty and infringed on our security and our rights. You need to leave immediately and keep far out.” Visit the link in our profile to see the full story by Hannah Beech, our Southeast Asia bureau chief.

“We thought everything was going to be OK, but it’s getting very hard.” The first island David Tebaubau moved to 14 years ago has already disappeared, drowned by heaving currents and rising seas. “It used to be right there,” he said, pointing to what looked like more ocean. The spit of earth he currently occupies in a remote stretch of the South Pacific is half the size it was when he arrived 5 years ago. Precarious and precious, life here is lovely, but also akin to living in a bathtub with warm water pouring in and no drain to let it out. It’s what you see in many parts of the #SolomonIslands, a struggling, stunning country of around 900 islands and 570,000 people. At mid-tide, David’s island is 24 steps across at its widest point, 58 steps long. (That’s by our reporter @damiencave’s count.) At high tide it’s even smaller, leaving just enough room for David’s family and a few tons of the seaweed they grow offshore. It’s that #seaweed that keeps them here. The shallows near the island are perfect for a wiry breed that’s exported across Asia. And David, 50, is especially adept at its cultivation. To the neighboring farmers, he is not just a recluse. He is The Seaweed King. At least for as long as he has a kingdom. Visit the link in our profile to learn more.

Where in the world is @nytimestravel? @sliceofpai took this photo while on assignment for a story we’re publishing this week. Where do you think he was when he captured this scene? #🌍🔍

From @nytmag | If you have ever felt like the rats of New York City are taunting you, you're not wrong. Brian House, a Brooklyn sound artist, says that rats hear on a different register than we do. What is quite loud for humans — the inescapable noise of a constantly moving city — isn’t an issue for #rats, who hear and speak above the human range of hearing. There's room in those higher frequencies for the rats to hear each other talk, gossip, chastise their kids. With special equipment and cleverly hidden microphones, Brian has figured out a way to record the city’s rats in their own loopy language. What they're discussing is still unknown, but there's one unmistakable sound: rat laughter. @dina_litovsky took this photo while on assignment for @nytmag’s special audio #NYTVoyages issue. See this weekend’s magazine, and visit nytimes.com/magazine to hear more. #🐀

From @nytmag | Kilauea is one of 6 active volcanoes in #Hawaii. This spring and summer, it erupted, and ribbons of molten orange lava flowed down to the sea, destroying homes and burning through forest. From afar, it’s a spectacular, cataclysmic sight, and the sounds that it makes are strange and surprising. Depending on the type of lava, the sounds can be entirely different — something that you might not have a chance to hear unless you live next to an active volcano. In this weekend's special audio #NYTVoyages issue, @nytmag sent the photographer @philipmontgomery and the field recordist Jeremiah Lofgreen to Hawaii to capture the sights and sounds of lava. See (and hear more) from Montgomery and 9 other photographers in eleven destinations in this week's @nytmag.

From @nytmag | What's a whisper gallery? How are they constructed? Some of the world's most interesting acoustic locations were built entirely by accident — after a building was completed, people discovered that sound traveled inside it in interesting or unusual ways. With thick walls and huge domes, many mausoleums have exactly this kind of incredible acoustic eccentricities. #GolGumbaz in India is famous for its tremendous reverberations. Tourists come from all over to hear their voices carry for what feels like an eternity in this majestic, moody space. We recorded some of these sounds for this week's #NYTVoyages issue, with photographs by Dhruv Malhotra and field recordings by Asheesh Pandya. Visit the link in our profile to hear the sounds.

From @nytmag | Water, water, everywhere you look. Iceland is defined by its complex hydrology — gigantic waterfalls, explosive geysers, burbling mud pots, cracking ice lagoons, natural pools where people congregate — and the isle is full of noises. This weekend, @nytmag is bringing you the sounds and sights of Iceland (and 10 other destinations) in their audio #NYTVoyages issue. Matthew Brandt (@phatbrandt) made this video, and the field recordings are Anna Friz and Konrad Korabiewski. Visit the link in our profile to see and hear more.

For @lizzobeeating, music is as much about building yourself up as it is about accepting where you are. “I had to really look myself in the mirror and say, this is it,” she said. “This is the person I am going to be for the rest of my life and it is not going to change.” That commitment to self-love was on full display as she performed recently at @momaps1 in Manhattan, where she appeared in a regal, bright bodysuit and Gucci shoes, looking every inch a queen. Before taking the stage, she thought back to her middle school days when she would use Saran Wrap on her body and feet, to make them look smaller. What would she say to that girl today? “I would tell her, ‘You know what girl? I’m going to let you finish because everything you’re doing right now is going to create the person I am today,’” she said. “‘I don’t want you to change who you are, because I think the struggle is what makes me special.’” That struggle has blossomed into feel-good music, celebrating race, sexuality, the body — diversity in all forms — as #Lizzo sets her sights on her upcoming debut album, slated for early 2019. @amylombard took this photo of @lizzobeeating while on #nytassignment. Visit the link in our profile to read more.

It’s been a week since Hurricane Florence slugged ashore. But the tiny town of Ivanhoe, North Carolina, is still underwater. The town, at the confluence of the Black and South Rivers, is a drain trap for Florence’s record rain and floods, with no power and no roads in or out. As many residents of the Carolinas begin to head home and asses the damage, small towns like this one are worried that the country’s attention will slip away. “The disaster just really starts for us now,” said one Ivanhoe resident, Elvira Malinek. The photographer @ilanapl spent a day in Ivanhoe with residents Autumn and Thomas Brown, who used their boat to pick up a few things from their flooded home. The couple also tried to guide their neighbor’s horse, Lady, to shallower water. Thomas has gone back daily to check on Lady, who's now on a small patch of dry land with grass. Visit the link in our profile to read more about the rural towns fighting for attention after Florence.

A year after Hurricane Maria, we asked musicians, actors and comedians to talk about how the devastation and its aftermath affected their lives and influenced their work. Raquel Berrios and Luis Alfredo Del Valle, the husband and wife indie-pop duo who perform as @buscabulla, were in New York, desperate to reach their families on the island. “We just felt like, “What are we doing in New York?” said Raquel. So the couple moved back to #PuertoRico in February. “We had already built a fan base and we didn’t really depend on the city anymore.” The pair, and other artists like them, sprung into action. Some raised money for the relief efforts. Others delivered much-needed supplies. And all turned to their art. @buscabulla started a fund to get emergency money to independent musicians. “More than for your country, you just really want to be there for your family and the people that you love,” Luis said. @ericmrojas took this of photo of #Buscabulla in Puerto Rico. Visit the link to read more.

The singer and songwriter Chan Marshall, also known as @catpowerofficial, has a new child, a new label and a new lease on life with her 10th album, “Wanderer.” Her 10th LP will be out on October 5; it contains, in the abstract poetic fragments of any #CatPower album, the reasons she could not just pack it all in. For one, she’s still too vibrant a songwriter, with too extraordinary a voice and too many feelings, to stop now. Her first release in more than 6 years, “Wanderer” also represents a career rebirth of sorts. She had an ugly breakup with Matador, which she would call her ex-label. “I understood that I was a product,” she said, “and I always thought I was a person.” None of which is to say that she’s lost her frenzied edge or relentless vulnerability. In person, Chan is at turns glamorous, self-effacing, eloquent, self-hating, jittery, effusive, impenetrable, endearing, curious, frustrated and frustrating, a near-constant stream of consciousness and conversational tics. An eternally exposed nerve who refuses to present as fully healed or whole — even in the era of self-care and commodified feminism — she has always sounded as if she’d seen some things. Now, at 46, she truly has the life experience to back up her songs, steeped as they are in the soul and blues traditions, a rarity in indie rock. @ryanpfluger took this photo of #CatPower. Visit the link in our profile to read more.

A year ago today, the deadliest storm to hit Puerto Rico in over 100 years slammed into the island’s southeast coast. A year later, many are living in ruin, still awaiting repairs. In late August, a team of @nytimes journalists visited Punta Santiago, a small town in southeast Puerto Rico near where #HurricaneMaria made landfall. In house after house, it looks like the #hurricane just hit. Almost 650 homes flooded with water from the sea; others were inundated by an overflowing lake, a river, ponds — and raw sewage. In neighborhoods where residents live on meager pensions and disability checks, roofs are now covered with plywood or plastic. Families live in single rooms in unfurnished houses. @fema’s work in #PuertoRico was the longest sustained domestic airborne food and water mission in the nation’s history. The agency has never distributed more food or installed more generators. Yet the federal government failed to take into account the poverty that plagued the island before the storm. @erikaprodriguez took this photo of Ivette Estrada Peña. Swipe left to see photos of 2 more residents — Miriam Medina and Veronica Ortiz with her husband, Modesto Guzman — by from @victorblue. And visit the link in our profile to read more about all of the people shown in the final photo.

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