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Why Do the World's Fattest People Live on Islands?

It's not piña coladas. Evolution has been overwhelmed by Western lifestyles.

Joshua E. Keating |

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Can Governments Really 'Block' Twitter?

Not really. The domain name is inaccessible, but it's not that hard to get around.

Joshua E. Keating |

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Who Are the Knights of Malta -- and What Do They Want?

They're a secretive religious order with a long and bloody history and unique status under international law, but that doesn't mean they run the world.

Joshua E. Keating |

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How Does the Vatican Decide What's a Miracle?

Some theology, a little science, and a whole lot of politics.

Joshua E. Keating |

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Why Do Diplomats Still Send Cables?

To keep a record and advance their careers.

Joshua E. Keating |

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Why Do Currency Wars Start?

Because when one country plays with its exchange rate, everyone else has to.

Joshua E. Keating |

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How Much Turf Does the Somali Government Really Control?

It's a bit more than just "a few square blocks." But it's bad news when insurgents control the majority of the capital.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

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Could Britain Arrest the Pope?

It's unlikely, but not impossible.

Joshua E. Keating |

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Is It Legal to Kill Osama bin Laden?

Not really. But if you act alone, you're probably in the clear.

Joshua E. Keating |

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Are Rare Earth Elements Actually Rare?

Not if you're willing to dig for them.

Charles Homans |