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Mystery as Quadriga crypto-cash goes missing

Mystery as Quadriga crypto-cash goes missing

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Efforts to recover millions in crypto-cash from the digital wallets of a man who died without revealing passwords to access them have hit a snag.The wallets have been found to be empty.The discovery was made by a firm appointed to oversee QuadrigaCX after the death of founder Gerald Cotten.It expected to find the wallets full of C$ 180m ($ 137m; £105m) in crypto-cash deposited by the coin exchange's customers.Mr Cotten, who died in India in December, had sole responsibility for handling the funds and coins passing through the site. Inviting fraudThe master key to unlock the wallets was held on Mr Cotten's laptop but he died without letting anyone else know the passphrase to unlock the device. Most of the digital cash that c...
Cut off from the world, an Indian island remains a mystery

Cut off from the world, an Indian island remains a mystery

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For thousands of years, the people of North Sentinel Island have been isolated from the rest of the world. They use spears and bows and arrows to hunt the animals that roam the small, heavily forested island, and gather plants to eat and to fashion into homes. Their closest neighbors live more than 50 kilometers (30 miles) away. Deeply suspicious of outsiders, they attack anyone who comes through the surf and onto their beaches. Police say that is what happened last week when a young American, John Allen Chau, was killed by islanders after paying fishermen to take him to the island. "The Sentinelese want to be left alone," said the anthropologist Anup Kapur. Scholars believe the Sentinelese migrated from Africa roughly 50,000 years ago, but most details of their lives remain completely u...
Wombats' cube poo mystery may have been solved

Wombats' cube poo mystery may have been solved

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Wombats are curious creatures. Chubby and short-legged, the marsupials are unusual even before you consider their unique ability to produce cube-shaped poo. Now, scientists in the US may have discovered how and why the phenomenon occurs.Dr Patricia Yang, a fluid hydrodynamics specialist from Georgia Institute of Technology, has a particular interest in studying how blood, food and urine move within animals' bodies.She and her colleagues found that wombats' digestive processes and soft tissue structures produce the unusual shape."The first thing that drove me to this is that I have never seen anything this weird in biology. That was a mystery," said Dr Yang."I didn't even believe it was true at the beginning. I Googled it and saw a lot about cube-shaped wombat poop, but I wa...
Mystery Russian satellite's behaviour raises alarm in US

Mystery Russian satellite's behaviour raises alarm in US

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A mysterious Russian satellite displaying "very abnormal behaviour" has raised alarm in the US, according to a State Department official."We don't know for certain what it is and there is no way to verify it," said assistant secretary Yleem Poblete at a conference in Switzerland on 14 August.She voiced fears that it was impossible to say if the object may be a weapon.Russia has dismissed the comments as "unfounded, slanderous accusations based on suspicions".The satellite in question was launched in October last year."[The satellite's] behaviour on-orbit was inconsistent with anything seen before from on-orbit inspection or space situational awareness capabilities, including other Russian inspection satellite activities," Ms Pobl...