Tracking an Ebola Outbreak in a City Without Maps

If you Google Map Guéckédou, the Guinean city smack dab in the Ebola virus's deadly domain right now, you'd see just an abstract blotch of beige and yellow. Zoom all the way in on satellite view, and you can barely make out the outlines of buildings. Don't even think about trying Street View. Google Maps simply… » 4/11/14 10:00am 4/11/14 10:00am

The World's Most (and Least) Populous Places Revealed In a Single Map

We've seen a lot of world population maps, but this might just be prettiest one yet. Simple black lines trace the population density by latitude, so that a few cities, labeled in yellow, tower like the skyscrapers over the land. It's not unlike a cartographical version of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album cover. » 1/09/14 1:40pm 1/09/14 1:40pm

12 Maps of America From Before We Knew What It Looked Like

The island of California. A huge triangle of land called Florida. A great ocean that cut down from the Arctic into the Midwest. As the New World came into focus beginning in the 17th century, explorers and cartographers struggled to measure a massive expanse of land that would take centuries to accurately map. » 12/23/13 9:00am 12/23/13 9:00am

7 Brilliant Reinventions of Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Map

The world has changed in countless ways since Buckminster Fuller invented the Dymaxion map in 1943. Wars have come and gone, populations have changed, and entire generations have passed. But Bucky's map endures, thanks to its endless adaptability—and to prove it, the Buckminster Fuller Institute recently invited the… » 7/22/13 12:41pm 7/22/13 12:41pm

Middle Earth: Why We Need to Turn Our Map on Its Side

Though he never actually crossed it, the Greek mathematician Pythagoras is sometimes credited with having first conceived of the Equator, calculating its location on the Earth’s sphere more than four centuries before the birth of Christ. Aristotle, who never stepped over it either and knew nothing about the landscape… » 5/23/13 12:40pm 5/23/13 12:40pm

The Mystery Behind the Disappearing Island That Existed on Google Maps…

Remember that tiny South Pacific island known as Sandy Island on Google Maps and Google Earth that disappeared? It was like LOST in real life. Though scientists 'undiscovered' the island recently, the real mystery was on how it appeared on modern maps to begin with. We now know the answer. » 12/04/12 11:00pm 12/04/12 11:00pm

How Did This Tiny South Pacific Island Disappear? (Hint: It Never…

It shows up on Google Maps, coastal databases, and marine charts, but when scientists from the University of Sydney went to visit Sandy Island, it was no where to be found. Did the island, supposedly located between Australia and New Caledonia, suddenly disappear like a confusing LOST plot twist? » 11/22/12 1:00pm 11/22/12 1:00pm