Students exit Harbin No. 124 High School after finishing Gaokao exams on June 8, 2018, in Harbin, China. Known as the "most pressure-packed exam in the world", the 9-hour test directly determines which universities students can attend, along with life opportunities and earning potential. Gao kao is aimed to minimize the wealth gap between students, but frequently is surrounded by behaviors of intense cramming, academic cheating, and identity forgery. 

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Dancers perform at the University of Iowa Dance Gala on November 1, 2016. The performance featured choreography and dance from one of the most highly-acclaimed dance programs in the United States.

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"A lot of people think we're mind-readers or we're witches. When my dad died, I went to look at him in the casket for the first time... Who he was, was no longer there. Wherever consciousness resides, that's where he is. That's where everybody is." President of the Lily Dale Assembly Lynne Forget has been a registered medium since 2002. 

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A man rides a bike across the frozen Songhua River on January 17, 2018, in Harbin, China. Harbin is known for hosting the largest ice and snow sculpture festival in the world, with average temperatures ranging between 1.8 and -31 degrees Fahrenheit.

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National Guard Sergeants Shawn Bryant and Zachary Brooks demonstrate an anti-rape technique on Oct. 8, 2018. Bryant hosted free women's self-defense classes across rural Iowa following the violent killings of Mollie Tibbetts and Celia Barquin Arozamena. 

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Eddie Parlier of Robertsdale, AL participates in saddle bronc riding at the New Winsdor Rodeo on August 17, 2018. 

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Bass vocalist Ricardo Ceballos de la Mora performs in Chautauqua, NY at the Opera Invasion's "Open Book 2.0" on July 21, 2017. 

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University of Iowa lecturers Matt McBride and Brooke Larson pause during a protest after knocking on the door of UI president Bruce Harreld's home on May 4, 2018. UI's non-tenured faculty—grown to 52% since 2011—protested for greater job security, fair pay, and benefits.

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Kayakers are seen on Lake Louise, Alberta, Cananda, in July 2016. 

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Muslims gather for Eid al-Fitr at Niujie Mosque, the largest mosque in Beijing, on June 16, 2018. The mosque was first built in 996 during the Liao Dynasty, and spans 10,000 square meters. 

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Caroline Baum dissects a human eye, procured three hours prior, on November 8, 2017. A third-year undergraduate assistant at UI's Medical Education Research Facility, Baum works in human donor tissue collection—cryosectioning and histological staining in the study of blinding diseases.

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Riders turn a corner during the Men's Pro/Cat 1/2 race of the 53rd Annual Kwik Star Criterium in Davenport, IA on May 28, 2018. The race, featuring 90 feet of elevation gain per lap, is the second longest continuously-running bike race in the U.S. 

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Elise Van Heuvelen returns a serve on February 25, 2017. The Hawkeyes defeated Western Illinois 7-0, earning a 9-0 record. 

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Ruth Carter sits in her home in April 2016. Carter was born and raised in rural Birmingham, Iowa—a town of 448—where she farmed with her husband, Fred, until her death in November 2016 at age 88. Family-owned farms in Iowa have been rapidly diminishing in the 21st century due to increasing urbanization and technology. 

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Young spectators prepare to watch bareback bull riding at the New Windsor Rodeo on August 17, 2018. 

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Clarissa Savage changes marquee letters of the Chautauqua Cinema on August 7, 2017.

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Stuart Gilbert tends to a calf on his farm in Stockport, IA—a town of 290 people. Gilbert, who studied at the World Wide College of Auctioneering, is of few remaining family farmers the area amid an aging population. 

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Dancers Christopher R. Wilson and Tara Bellardini of Ailey II perform "Stream of Consciousness" in Chautauqua, NY on June 27, 2017. 

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Louisa Judge and Kenzie Krehbiel rest against a wall during the 22nd hour of Dance Marathon on February 3, 2018. Cancer charity Dance Marathon is the largest student organization at University of Iowa, and requires dancers to go forego sleeping, sitting, and consuming caffeine for 24 hours. 

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Students play basketball in Iowa City, IA, in October 2016. 

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