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Whatever you say about the Euro, it's a great insulator...
'Billion-Euro Home': House Made From Shredded Money By Frank Buckley In Ireland -- An unemployed Irish artist has built a home from the shredded remains of 1.4 billion euros ($1.82 billion), a monument to the "madness" he says has been wrought on Ireland by the single currency, from a spectacular construction boom to a wrenching bust. Frank Buckley built the apartment in the lobby of a Dublin office building that has lain vacant since its completion four years ago at the peak of an ill-fated construction boom, using bricks of shredded euro notes he borrowed from Ireland's national mint.

The (much more complicated than you might think) science of snow removal.
Zen and the Art of Snow Plow Maintenance -- his whole exercise may be the best testament to the fact that plowing snow is a fraught enterprise. In some cities, administrations can get evicted or re-elected on their snow-removal speed. In Chicago, residents are so sensitive to the urban conspiracy that some neighborhoods get more prompt plowing than others that the city unveiled a live tracking app this winter. Roughly 65,000 people viewed it in its first week online. In attempting to corral all of this together, we wanted to capture the complex calculation cities have to make when they're balancing weather reality against city size against budget and resident expectations.

The EU looks toward Dodd-Frank.
Global Witness: EU takes step towards conflict-free supply chains -- Today's announcement states that the EU will advocate greater use of the due diligence standards published last year by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The OECD guidance applies to companies sourcing minerals from conflict zones and areas at high risk of conflict. The standards include comprehensive recommendations for users of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold supply chains, but could be applied to other supply chains also.

So sad.
Costa Concordia recovery 'will take up to 10 months' -- The operation to recover the capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia could take up to 10 months, Italy's top rescue official has said. The 114,500-tonne ship ran aground on rocks off the Italian island of Giglio on 13 January, with more than 4,200 people on board.

- Sheena Moore

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