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The Iceman Commeth

Hof climbed mount everest in shorts, can hold his breath for five minutes and fight off disease with his mind. Now he wants to teach you.

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The Commodified Body

Assessing Kara Swanson's Banking on the Body, study of banked human blood, sperm and milk.

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Corruption, Justice and Violence in Democratic India

With nearly half of India’s economic activity in the informal sector, ‘shadow economies’ permeate the lives of every citizen in India.

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Diamond Mountain

The pursuit of enlightenment led to death and madness for Ian Thorson, Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally

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Death on the Path to Enlightenment

Thousands of westerners flock to India to seek spiritual transcendence. For some, the quest turns deadly.

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The Bone Factory

For more than a century bones from the countryside of West Bengal, India provided raw materials for anatomical education in Western universities.

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Panic Button

Satellite-linked emergency devices give backpackers, skiers, and boaters fingertip power to cry for help. Alas, people often cry wolf.

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Fortress India

Border tensions between India and Bangladesh have turned deadly. More than 1000 innocent people have been killed in the last decade.

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Cash on Delivery

Gestational dormitories. Routine C-sections. Quintuple embryo implants. Brave New World? Nope, surrogacy tourism.

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The Temple of Do

A $900 million business in human hair starts at a temple in India where religious devotees offer up their locks to the god Venkateswara.

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Human Egg Sales Raise Bioethical Issues

You've heard of sex trafficking, but what about egg trafficking? Anything goes when the fertility business goes global.

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Rise of the Red Market

How the best intentions of the medical community accidentally created an international organ-trafficking underground.

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The Tata Nano

It's Tuesday morning and the streets of Bangalore are, as always, jammed with traffic and saturated with smog. A young tech worker and his pregnant wife navigate the dusty...

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The Godfather of Bangalore

The only way to get land in India's tech capital is to enlist the help of the mob. And the guy running the whole show is Muthappa Rai.

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Cutthroat Capitalism

The pirates who prowl the Somali coast aren't just buccaneers; they're businessmen.

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Red Markets

A Wired story breaking down the costs of body parts around the world. There's also a picture of a very hairy man.

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Meet the Parents

A Midwestern kid's family believes his birth parents put him up for adoption. An Indian couple claim he was kidnapped from them and sold. Who's right?

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Fire in the Hole

For 40 years India's Maoist rebels have fought the government. Now they've found a way to make money doing it.

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Spider Man

Jamie Mantzel is a madman; just look at his giant robot spider.

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