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Empress Dowager Cixi Ends Hundred Days of Reform in China

The de facto ruler of the Manchu Qing Dynasty, Cixi ruled China for much of the period between 1861 and 1908. Following Emperor Xianfeng's death as well as that of his only heir, Empress Dowager Cixi violated normal succession order and named her nephew, 3 year-old Guangxu, to the throne. In 1898, after Guangxu attempted to institute political reforms against her wishes, Cixi staged a coup and effectively took political control. Who were the “Six Gentlemen?”



The Sea Otter

Sea otters are carnivorous, aquatic mammals. Found in and around the kelp beds of the N Pacific, the sea otter is the only exclusively marine species in the otter family. Sea Otters present a rare example of mammalian tool use. They use rocks as tools to pry open food and as weapons to blind their enemies. Hunted to near extinction for their luxuriously dense fur, the otters are now protected under what international treaty?

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Stephen King

King is a popular American author of horror stories and one of the best-selling writers worldwide. His work bears the mark of the 19th century Gothic tradition, often taking everyday situations and revealing their macabre and horrific potential. He is noted for his cinematic style, and several of his novels and stories have been made into successful movies, including Carrie, The Shining, and Misery. What is his relationship to the author Richard Bachman?

Last updated on Friday, 21st September 2007

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