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This map of Europe is good for only one thing

Topologists can't tell donuts from coffee mugs, but their maps are revelatory nonetheless.

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Too loud? In Japan, they'll map-shame you

'Dorozoku' map crowd-sources the whereabouts of noisy kids in Japan – but who's being anti-social here, exactly?

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In this Dutch town, the euro’s fictional bridges are now real

The European currency features buildings that didn't exist, until Spijkenisse made them in concrete

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What a carve-up: when French and British ruled the world

James Gillray's 'plumb-pudding' caricature is "probably the most famous political cartoon of all time."

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China’s most important border is imaginary: the Hu Line

First drawn in 1935, Hu Line illustrates persistent demographic split – how Beijing deals with it will determine the country's future.

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‘Cockeyed’ map shows both glamour and margins of 1930s Hollywood

Legendary cartoonist John Groth's pictorial map captures LA's film factories in their Golden Age.

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Mystery unsolved: ghost ships circling off California

Circle spoofing is an advanced form of GPS manipulation – but nobody knows exactly how, or why.

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Norway has highest share of women scientists and engineers in Europe

Despite overall increase over the past 20 years, share of women in science and engineering falls in some European countries

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Is this Danish island soon coming to a coast near you?

An artificial island in the North Sea is the biggest building project ever in Danish history - and could pave the way for many more.

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Why do ‘Kevins’ vote for far-right parties?

In Germany and France, having an Anglo-Saxon first name is a good predictor of extreme voting behavior.

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In France’s Red Zones, World War I never ended

More than a century after the end of hostilities in 1918, some battlefields of WWI are still deadly enough to kill you.

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How Atlantic City inspired the Monopoly board

The popular game has a backstory rife with segregation, inequality, intellectual theft, and outlandish political theories.

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Here’s the view from humanity’s furthest spacecraft

Already 14 billion miles from the Sun, Voyager 1 is speeding away at 38,000 mph.

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Noise pollution is threatening life in the 'Anthropocene ocean'

A new paper explores how noise from human activities pollutes the oceans, and what we can do to fix it.

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Where in the world is Portsea?

This map of Europe's 20 most populous islands holds a few surprises and unlocks a truckload of trivia.

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Why East Germany is a map zombie

Three decades after the demise of the GDR, its familiar contours keep coming back from the dead.

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Four scenarios for the next supercontinent

The arc of geological history is long, but it bends towards supercontinents – so, what will the next one look like?

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