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The Creepy Genetics Behind the Golden State Killer Case

For the dozen years between 1974 and 1986, he rained down terror across the state of California. He went by many names: the East Side Rapist, the Visalia Ransacker, the Original Night Stalker, the Golden State Killer. And on Wednesday, law enforcement officials announced they think they finally have his ...

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Behind a Roadside Hit in Malaysia, Israeli-Palestinian Intrigue

Mourners carried the body of Fadi al-Batsh, a technology expert for Hamas, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday. He was gunned down on Saturday in the Malaysian capital, where he had lived for seven years. Fazry Ismail/EPA, via Shutterstock KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Fadi al-Batsh, a well-liked electrical engineering lecturer ...

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The Hard Math Behind Bitcoin’s Global Warming Problem

Let me freak you out for a second. You know what bitcoin is, right? I mean, no, but quickly, it’s a “cryptocurrency” that’s basically secret computer money. One bitcoin, which doesn’t actually have a real, physical form, is worth at this moment upwards of $ 16,000. But to get one, ...

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The Physics Behind the Strange Interstellar Asteroid ‘Oumuamua

For the first time, humans have detected an interstellar asteroid—a space rock they’re calling ‘Oumuamua, which is a Hawaiian word meaning “scout.” It’s the only object we’ve ever seen that entered the solar system from beyond our little collection of planets. That’s a pretty big deal on its own. But ...

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Behind Mugabe’s Rapid Fall: A Firing, a Feud and a First Lady

HARARE, Zimbabwe — The rapid fall of Zimbabwe’s president, whose legendary guile and ruthlessness helped him outmaneuver countless adversaries over nearly four decades, probably has surprised no one more than Robert Mugabe himself. For years, he was so confident of his safety — and his potency — that he took ...

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