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With the dramatic events going on this weekend in Russia, it's fitting that our most-read story of last week concerned Russia President Vladimir Putin. The story, written by Wesleyan Russia expert Peter Rutland before the Wagner mercenary army turned its guns on the Russian army, explains why Putin has increasingly found himself on the defensive over the past several weeks.

In another reader favorite, Janet Bednarek, a professor of history at the University of Dayton, explains why U.S. airlines have long controlled how they treat passengers whose flights are canceled or delayed – and she introduces us to the consumer advocates who have worked with mixed success to get that changed.

Later this week, we’ll bring you stories about how meat is grown in a lab, why the pandemic tanked kids’ math scores and the states passing “right to charge” laws.

Emily Costello

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Readers' picks

Facing harder questions at home. Contributor/Getty Images

As Ukraine takes the fight to Russians, signs of unease in Moscow over war’s progress

Peter Rutland, Wesleyan University

Putin was put on the defensive during an increasingly rare Q&A over the war’s progress. Meanwhile, disquiet among potential rivals is growing.

Editors' picks

Researchers are increasingly using small, autonomous underwater robots to collect data in the world’s oceans. NOAA Teacher at Sea Program,NOAA Ship PISCES

Titan submersible disaster underscores dangers of deep-sea exploration – an engineer explains why most ocean science is conducted with crewless submarines

Nina Mahmoudian, Purdue University

Dramatic improvements in computing, sensors and submersible engineering are making it possible for researchers to ramp up data collection from the oceans while also keeping people out of harm’s way.

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