Scientists Are Mapping the Ocean's Plastic Because 99 Percent Is Missing

Last week, some strange news swept the science internet: Much of the plastic scientists expected to find on the ocean's surface is gone, and no one knows exactly where it is. Now the scientists behind the research have shared a first-of-its-kind map of ocean plastic with National Geographic--and it could be key to… » 7/17/14 11:11am Thursday 11:11am

Explore New York City According to the Music It Inspired

New York City has not only provided the backdrop for a countless songs, but it's also birthed entire genres of music. So when you start to plot where each of these moments happened, you're soon left with a pretty exciting guided tour of one of the world's biggest cultural capitals. YouTube links make it even better. » 7/14/14 2:10pm 7/14/14 2:10pm

This Topographic Calendar Turns Your To-Do List Into an Actual Mountain

If you're finding yourself overwhelmed with all the work on your plate, it's probably a bad idea to keep track of it all on this lovely calendar Land Rover has made. Using the topography elevation lines you'd find on a 2D map as inspiration, this calendar ends up looking like a genuine miniature mountain on your desk,… » 7/11/14 5:20pm 7/11/14 5:20pm

The World's Offensive Place Names, Mapped

We've all sat in the passenger seat, notionally giving directions to a driver, but instead giggling at the slightly rudely named towns on the map. Fortunately, now you can find all those amusingly offensive place names, across the entire world, on one wonderfully juvenile interactive map. Maybe, perhaps, possibly a… » 7/11/14 7:30am 7/11/14 7:30am

Google Maps Update Lets You Measure Distances (or Aimlessly Doodle)

Ever try measuring the straight-line distance between two points on Google Maps? You had to hold some object or appendage up to the little scale, then eyeball-measure the distance on your screen. What a mess. No more—a new update puts the task a right-click away. Also, you can doodle with it. » 7/09/14 12:10pm 7/09/14 12:10pm

Watch How American Cities Grew Through Thousands of Historic Maps

Good thing it's almost the holiday weekend and you don't need to be productive because the USGS just launched a heck of a time-wasting website. Now you can explore cities through beautiful old maps, some dating all the way back to 1884. But here's the best part: You can mix and match many maps to tell your own… » 7/02/14 6:00pm 7/02/14 6:00pm

What the biggest companies are from each state in the US

The most popular brands in America are not always the largest companies making the most revenue. Brands that you know, stores that you go to and places that you associate with some states get replaced by faceless monoliths who basically repurpose oil, energy, technology, other people's money, etc. into more money. » 6/23/14 9:24pm 6/23/14 9:24pm

Apple Maps "Flyover City Tours" May Get You Using Apple Maps in iOS 8

iOS betas are always full of surprises, and the latest revelation in iOS 8 may make you open Apple Maps for the first time in ages. Uncovered by Apple developer Pierre Blazquez, Apple Maps has an upcoming feature called "Flyover City Maps" that gives you a bird's-eye view of landmarks in major metropolitan cities… » 6/19/14 11:20am 6/19/14 11:20am

Animated Map Shows How Paved Roads Spread Across L.A. County

Is the L.A. of 2014 driving around on a road network built for the L.A. of the 1980s? That's one conclusion two researchers at Arizona State University draw from their above data visualization, which uses building records from the Los Angeles County Assessor's Office to infer the age of the metropolis' roads. Green… » 6/06/14 6:33pm 6/06/14 6:33pm

This Map Shows You The Fastest Way to Get Anywhere In Your City

Conventional wisdom (especially when it's raining) whispers in your ear that you can get anywhere in your city fastest by jumping in a car. Turns out in many cases, that is probably not true. Now you can easily see which mode of transit will deliver you to your destination faster, wherever you are. » 6/06/14 4:00pm 6/06/14 4:00pm

Maps of Where Bars Outnumber Grocery Stores

Back in 2008, the Floatingsheep group collected data about the number of bars across the United States, and they compared those counts against the number of grocery stores. Their map showed what they called the "beer belly of America", which is a much higher than average number of bars in the Wisconsin area. » 5/29/14 5:40pm 5/29/14 5:40pm