Culturally, the joker turns socially significant places into spaces of carnival, revealing cracks within the social order. He is an enduring character – and a common figure in 2019.
Why do astronomers believe there's dark matter when it cannot be directly detected? Let's look at the evidence, and see what dark matter's presence means for our universe.
There are studies showing that farmers can have economic benefits from palm oil. However, they can also be impoverished by the commodity.
Claims that tweets on the Canadian election are the work of bot accounts, without empirical evidence or verification, need to be taken with a grain of salt.
After a decade of nearly uninterrupted growth, the German economy is stuttering.
The use of big data by companies, even when perfectly legal, can harm people.
One of the world's largest producers of oil has lost a legal battle that could have dire consequences on its fragile economy.
The Western Ghats are a global biodiversity hotspot, but urgently need better legal protection.
Pope Francis recently completed a tour of three African nations. His visit needs to be understood in the context of the church's long history in Africa and its modern-day difficulties.
United Russia lost a third of its seats in the Moscow Duma – what does this mean for Vladimir Putin?
South Africa and Nigeria need to lead policy debates on long term measures to address migration in Africa.
Despite a last-minute crash-landing, efforts behind India's moon mission should be applauded. The endeavor has set an example for emerging space programs across the globe.
We have developed an online tool to help authorities identify which areas they should focus on for reducing forest fires and haze in order to maximize overall health benefits.
The link between testosterone and empathy is complicated. We don't have all the answers yet.
The Russians won’t be alone in spreading disinformation in 2020. Their most likely imitator will be Iran. Also, Instagram could get even more infected with intentional misinformation than it has been.
As deforestation rates in Brazil rise, it's worth asking whether the country can repeat the successes of the last decade. Current trends don't bode well.
As protests continue in Mexico about violence against women, some have blamed macho culture. But that may do more harm.
As Boris Johnson's tactics cause deep rifts within the Conservative Party, the UK faces a Brexit of radical conservatism - and plenty of risks.
A much more flexible and open teaching and language policy would help teachers and pupils to enable a meaningful learning environment in a multilingual and diverse classroom setting.
South Africa needs to develop low-cost housing solutions that are inherently comfortable and environmentally sustainable. Green roofs could be part of these solutions.