Chinese scientists led by He Jiankui claimed they used CRISPR to modify human embryos that eventually were born as twin girls.
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The announcement of the birth of babies with edited genes has been met by a deluge of scientific and ethical criticism. Public discussion focuses on risks and benefits – was breaking this taboo worth it?
As deadline day approaches, more and more people are getting the jitters.
The public is increasingly pessimistic about the way Brexit negotiations are going.
Malcolm Turnbull’s days were numbered as the Newspoll losses continued to mount.
Policymaking is no longer based solely on what a party stands for. Now, it also matters how a decision is going to play in the opinion polls – and that's a problem for our political system.
Interested in a juicy burger grown in the lab?
Cultured meat comes from cells in a lab, not muscles in an animal. While regulatory and technological aspects are being worked out, less is known about whether people are up for eating this stuff.
Women pose for pictures in front of Saint Basil’s Cathedral at the Red Square in Moscow.
The number of Russians who said they 'really' or 'rather' like Trump significantly increased from 10 percent to 14 percent.
The endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep.
As attempts to water down the Endangered Species Act have accelerated, public support for the act has stayed high. Then why do politicians keep trying to weaken the act?
Historically, the high-water mark for American dissatisfaction with government was the 1970s — the era of Vietnam, Nixon and Watergate.
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Russian meddling has shaken Americans' faith in democracy. But public discontent after a scandal is hardly new. Trust in government began to erode under Nixon, and it's mostly worsened since then.
People walk on Leningradskaya street in Samara, Russia, 2017.
For example, 77 percent of Russians see Trump as 'self-centered.'
Putin and Trump bond in November 2017.
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Is the pen that signs the peace treaty more powerful than the sword in the realm of public opinion?
Antwon Rose Jr. was fatally shot by a police officer in East Pittsburgh.
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Scholarship in organizational psychology has shown that when employee morale is low, it can result in poorer performance. A new study finds this may be true for some police officers.
A man carries an anti-EU, pro-Brexit placard during in London on September 3, 2016.
Since the Brexit vote in 2016, rebellious movements have repeatedly shown their ability to shape political outcomes across the globe, often in unexpected ways: So what lies next?
The UK media failed to challenge the government narrative of austerity despite its failure to revive the economy.
Members of the public believe child sexual abuse and paedophilia can be attributed to one of four main causes.
Recent research found that members of the public have four common explanations for paedophilia or child sexual abuse. But the reality is more complex, with multiple causes often at work.
Former South African president Jacob Zuma stands accused of racketeering, fraud, money laundering and corruption.
South Africans expect former president Zuma him to take responsibility and remedy his undemocratic and unconstitutional behaviour.
Bob Carr has a decades-long record of opposition to a ‘big Australia’.
Most surveys are consistent in finding there is a substantial minority of the view that immigration is too high, but not a large majority.
Protesters at the Vermont Statehouse on Feb. 20, 2018.
The search for a direct causal connection from public opinion to specific policies, including gun control, may be like hunting for the holy grail. Many factors influence how legislation gets passed.
A shark is hauled aboard a boat in 2014, during Western Australia’s controversial shark culling trial.
Sea Shepherd Australia
A Senate committee has recommended an end to sharks culls and nets. According to surveys, the public is on board with the idea of ending policies that are lethal to sharks.
Who should be allowed inside?
Scholars dig in to the debate on whether police should be able to defeat or circumvent encryption systems.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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A survey asked Americans what they would do if the Supreme Court started making many unpopular decisions. Here's what they said.
The default position in social and political theory is to disregard children altogether, or to consider them as learner-citizens.
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When children and young people have opportunities for active citizenship, they demonstrate a wide range of ways of contributing to their communities.