In today's news roundup, a fire destroys most of Europe's largest refugee camp, protests continue in Belarus despite a harsh government reaction, and Colin Kaepernick is back in the game - at least a video game.
Published in “Year: 2020”
Among the more unusual news stories recently…the notes change in a piece of music that lasts 639 years, an orca mother who lost a calf two years ago has another baby, and scientist take a super high-quality picture - of broccoli.
Every year, about 3 billion flip-flops are produced. Now scientists have come up with a way to make sure new flip-flops don't add to the massive plastic waste problem in our oceans - by making flip-flops out of algae.
Last week, the hugely successful South Korean "boy band" BTS set another new record - their new song "Dynamite" became the most popular song in the US in the first week that it was released.
Criminals are targeting the computer systems of school districts, universities, banks, large businesses, and other groups around the world, locking up their computer files, and refusing to unlock them until they are paid.
The coronavirus pandemic has been hard on most businesses, but airlines have been hit harder than most. Many airlines have been forced to shut down. Those that remain in business are having to get creative.
Germany reports that Alexei Navalny, a well-known critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was poisoned. It seems likely that the Russian government is behind the attack, leaving the governments of other countries unsure of how to respond.