The Danish shoot down Trump's plan to buy Greenland, call the idea 'absurd'

The bid to buy Greenland is unlikely to become seriously considered.

  • Greenland and Danish officials alike think the idea is ridiculous.
  • The island is an autonomous state, and it's unlikely the Danish would sell it because of yearly subsidies costs.
  • After hearing the Danish Prime Minister call the idea absurd, Trump cancelled their forthcoming meeting.
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Russian officials give conflicting orders to evacuate near suspected nuclear accident

Russia urges villagers to leave nuclear fallout area and then tells them to come back.

  • Residents of Northwestern Russian villages were told to evacuate after a nuclear-powered engine exploded.
  • Russian authorities originally stated they saw radiation levels spike to 16 times above normal.
  • Other reports from officials stated there was no spike and also no need to evacuate, creating confusion for villagers and international reporters.
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Is this the world map of the future?

North America and Europe peripheral on China's 'vertical world map'

  • Europe has dominated cartography for so long that its central place on the world map seems normal
  • However, as the economic centre of gravity shifts east and the climate warms up, tomorrow's map may be very different
  • Focusing on both China and Arctic shipping lanes, this vertical representation could be the world map of the future
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The U.K.'s solution for affordable housing? Shipping containers.

"Cargotecture" is becoming increasingly popular as a cheap alternative to traditional houses.

  • The U.K. firm Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects recently obtained approval to construct a number of affordable shipping container houses.
  • Shipping container homes are surprisingly popular across the globe and can be found in Amsterdam and the U.S.
  • A number of firms are available that can build custom shipping container homes, but they're also more straightforward to build yourself than a traditional house.
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Mysterious radiation leak, 100x larger than Fukushima disaster, traced to Russian facility

Russia's state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom denies the allegations.

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  • The nuclear leak occurred in 2017 and was recorded by scientists in multiple European countries.
  • No nation or organization has ever claimed responsibility for the leak, which, while massive, is not believed to have harmed anyone.
  • The new study used more than 1,300 measurements to trace the likely source of the leak to the Urals region of Russia, where lies the Mayak nuclear complex.
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