Darren Palmer and Ian J Warren (Deakin): Global Policing and the Case of Kim Dotcom. As mourning came to Newtown, so did an outpouring of sympathy and money — which has sometimes made the mourning even harder. From Crazy Facts, due to name confusion, staff of the Slovak and Slovenian embassies meet once a month to exchange wrongly addressed mail. Today the airport security checkpoint is being remade by one of the greatest forces on Earth: the power of corporate branding. James C. Scott reviews The World until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? by Jared Diamond. An Argentine car mechanic adapted a method to retrieve a cork from a wine bottle to develop a device that could be used to save a baby stuck in the birth canal. The evolution of beauty: What makes for a beautiful visage, and why, may have been discovered accidentally on a Russian fur farm. Timothy B. Lee on how the Google Books ruling is a huge victory for online innovation. Kaya Genc on Turkey’s glorious hat revolution. What kind of person wants to become the world's fastest cucumber eater? Sarah Sloat on the “officially amazing” people who try to break Guinness World Records. Morality, secret to popularity: A new study suggests it’s less important to be friendly than to be good. Gary Sernovitz on the improbable story behind America's fracking billionaires. Why do all local TV ads look like they were made in 1970?