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Hong Kong protesters shelter behind a thin barrier – and umbrellas – as police fire tear gas and encircle a group of demonstrators. AP Photo/Vincent Yu

Is there hope for a Hong Kong revolution?

Revolutions are built not on deep misery but on rising expectations. History may not provide much hope of immediate change in Hong Kong – but protesters may have a longer view.
Two autocrats: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, left, and Hungarian leader Viktor Orban, right, in Budapest, Hungary, Nov. 7, 2019. AP/Presidential Press Service

So you want to be an autocrat? Here’s the 10-point checklist

Today’s autocrats rarely use brute force to wrest control. A human rights and international law scholar details the modern authoritarian's latest methods to grab and hold power.
The stage is set and the cast members are in their places for impeachment hearings. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Relax, Devin Nunes – theater is essential to politics

Since its beginnings, theater has been where the public can see what was happening, a venue for transparency and a point of view on real-life scenarios. It defines the American political landscape.
Scientists are using gene editing to make better cancer treatments. Lightspring/Shutterstock.com

How gene-edited white blood cells are helping fight cancer

In a new study, a team of US scientists have used gene editing to change the genetic code of white blood cells and transform them into more efficient tumor fighting cells. How did they do it?
A Hindu woman prays to the bricks that are expected to be used in constructing the Ram temple in Ayodhya, following a verdict from the Indian Supreme Court. AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

Why Hindu nationalists are cheering moves to build a temple, challenging a secular tradition

India's Supreme Court has allowed a Hindu temple to be built on the disputed site of a 16th-century mosque. The verdict could have long-term ramifications for India's tradition of religious diversity.
A fossilized bee in amber. Fossilmuseum.net

Did bees live in the time of dinosaurs?

How do we know that bees were around when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth? The main evidence comes from fossils – the mineralized remains of long-dead organisms.
Boris Yeltsin shakes hands with Russia’s most powerful businessmen in Moscow. AP Photo

What is an oligarch?

Oligarchs have made headlines recently as the impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump move forward.
We like to narrate our lives in terms of the challenges we’ve confronted and the setbacks we’ve overcome. frankie's/shutterstock.com

Do we actually grow from adversity?

We like to think there's a silver lining to tragedy – and this may be influencing both how studies on post-traumatic growth are constructed and how subjects are responding.
A mast year can be a squirrel’s dream come true. Editor77/Shutterstock.com

Tons of acorns? It must be a mast year

Masting is what biologists call the pattern of trees for miles around synchronizing to all produce lots of seeds – or very few. Why and how do they get on schedule?
Jean Marcellis Destine, dressed as Haitian independence hero Jean-Jacques Dessalines, heads to a protest against President Jovenel Moïse in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Oct. 4, 2019. AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell

Haiti protests summon spirit of the Haitian Revolution to condemn a president tainted by scandal

Jean-Jacques Dessalines, who freed Haiti from French colonial rule in 1804, is revered as a spirit in the Haitian religion. Now he's become an icon of the uprising against President Jovanel Moïse.