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Space Invaders On the Los Angeles Review of Books, Oliver Wang writes about a book that considers burglars the most involved users of architecture and urban planning.

Your Legacy on Earth May Be a Plant On Nautilus, Veronique Greenwood writes about using non-native plants as archaeological indicators for lost human settlements.

The FBI's Tool for Tracking Highway Serial Killers On Vocativ, James King writes about finding patterns in the roadside murders across America that are carried out by long-haul truckers moving as they travel around the country.

Identified: Three Oklahoma Teens, Missing for 40 Years Found at the Bottom of a Lake In the Washington Post, Gail Sullivan writes about a police scuba training exercise that ended up closing the cases on the disappearances of two separate groups of people in 1969 and 1970.

First Evidence of Humans In North America Found Off Florida, New Study Says On Popular Mechanics, William Herkewitz writes about an archaeological dig that has uncovered evidence of human activity prior to the Clovis People.

Searching for Signs of Hannibal's Route in DNA from Horse Manure In The New Yorker, Marguerite Halloway writes about a new archaeological technique that analyzes soil samples to find evidence of past events.

Decoding Colombia: A Detective Story In a 2003 series in the Los Angeles Times, Robert Lee Holtz writes part 1 of 6 about the search for an explanation of what caused the space shuttle Colombia to disintegrate.

How Chris McCandless Died On Galleys, Jon Krakauer writes about the ongoing debate he kicked off in his book Into the Wild about how a young man who went off to Alaska by himself died so quickly from starvation.


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