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Why The World’s Cushiest Prison Is Also Among Its Most Effective

Why The World’s Cushiest Prison Is Also Among Its Most Effective

Why American prisons could take a lesson from this self-described "holiday camp for criminals."
29 Ancient Maps That Show How Our Ancestors Saw The World

29 Ancient Maps That Show How Our Ancestors Saw The World

Watch human understanding of Earth evolve from 500 BC to 1800 AD.
This Village Was Abandoned Overnight And No One Knows Why

This Village Was Abandoned Overnight And No One Knows Why

Why would residents of an entire town flee one night under the cover of darkness?
These Japanese Islands Are Completely Dominated By Feral Cats

These Japanese Islands Are Completely Dominated By Feral Cats

On the island of Aoshima, Japan, wild cats outnumber humans six to one.
California City: California’s Biggest, Emptiest Town

California City: California’s Biggest, Emptiest Town

California's third-largest city – the 34th-largest in the country – is a near-ghost town. Where did California City come from, why is it so empty, and what lies in store for this odd collection of paved roads in the desert?
$3.1 Million-Worth Of Rhino Horns Seized In Malaysia Airport

$3.1 Million-Worth Of Rhino Horns Seized In Malaysia Airport

A similarly large horn confiscation took place just a month ago in Thailand.
Not Making Headlines: Major News Stories Lost To The Media Grind

Not Making Headlines: Major News Stories Lost To The Media Grind

Sometimes a big story gets lost only because its unfortunate timing pits it in a competition for our attention with another, much larger story elsewhere.
Colma, California: The City Of The Dead

Colma, California: The City Of The Dead

Why just south of San Francisco there lies a little town where the dead outnumber the living 1,000 to 1.
India Considers A “Fat Tax” For Junk Food

India Considers A “Fat Tax” For Junk Food

And the food and beverage industry is scrambling to stop it.
17 Of The Most Unbelievable Places You’ll Find On Earth

17 Of The Most Unbelievable Places You’ll Find On Earth

It's so easy to get bogged down by day-to-day sameness: here are 17 unbelievable places to remind you of the world's incredible diversity.
Jihad May Be the Most Misunderstood Part of Islam

Jihad May Be the Most Misunderstood Part of Islam

Jihad is a very modern problem, but its roots reach back to the beginnings of Islam. What has this term historically meant, and what does it mean today?