These Beautiful Maps Show the U.S. Landscape in Stark Simplicity

Sometimes, data looks best when it's presented without too much fanfare—like in these gorgeous minimalist maps by designer Michael Pecirno, which show off the U.S. landscape with nothing but two simple colors. » 3/30/15 7:30am Yesterday 7:30am

This Lost Map Changed How We Saw the World

In 1815 William Smith drew a map of the United Kingdom which transformed the scientific landscape: It laid the foundations for modern geology, and identified natural resources which would beget the Industrial Revolution. But up until last year, this first-edition copy was considered to be lost forever. » 3/24/15 5:30pm 3/24/15 5:30pm

Arctic Sea Ice Hit a Forty-Year Low This Winter

The National Snow and Ice Data Center has just released the results of its latest analysis of Arctic sea ice. Surprise—the prognosis is not good. The maximum extent of Arctic sea ice occurred early this year, and, at 5.61 million square miles, was the smallest in four decades. » 3/22/15 11:00am 3/22/15 11:00am

These Intricate Neighborhoods Imagine a Suburban Sprawlpocalypse

If you grew up in the suburbs, you know the windy labyrinth of roads and driveways all too well. In these digital drawings, artist Ross Racine has constructed visions of a world where housing tracts truly know no bounds. » 3/18/15 12:00pm 3/18/15 12:00pm

See How Data Moves With This Vintage-Inspired Map of Submarine Cables

Do you like vintage maps? Do you like the internet? Then you'll love this vintage-inspired world map of the underwater cables that connect the entire planet. » 3/16/15 5:22pm 3/16/15 5:22pm

This Neat Map of ISS Shows Where AstroSamantha Takes Her Space Photos

Geotagging on the International Space Station? Almost! This interactive map collects and pins all of ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti's gorgeous orbital photos. » 3/13/15 3:13pm 3/13/15 3:13pm

21 Bizarre Maps That Depict Nations As Animals, People, and Monsters

Allegorical, satirical, and comic or serio-comic maps were one of the most popular ways of distributing political propaganda leading up to the Second World War. With countries depicted as human figures, animals, or even monsters, these maps attempted to represent more than just geography—and in doing so, exposed the… » 3/11/15 4:00pm 3/11/15 4:00pm

How to Understand These Gorgeous Satellite Data Maps of the Earth

NASA's Earth Observatory has spent over fifteen years using satellites to collect hordes of real-time data across our planet's surface. They reveal everything from temperature and energy use, to how much radiation we beam into space. Here's how to understand satellite data maps to understand our planet's vital signs. » 2/26/15 11:39am 2/26/15 11:39am

How Our Future Cities Will Look After Extreme Flooding 

We know sea levels are rising. We can even project how the rising ocean will change our cities. But seeing how drastically our world will be changed, thousands of years in the future? That's something else. » 2/25/15 10:05am 2/25/15 10:05am

A Map of the World's Largest Annual Human Migration

In the days and weeks before Chinese New Year, some 700 million people—twice the entire population of the U.S.—cram onto trains, buses, planes and boats to go home. This mass migration is the largest annual movement of humans in the world, and now it can be tracked by smartphone. » 2/18/15 4:50pm 2/18/15 4:50pm

The Loudest and Quietest Places in the U.S., Mapped

If you need some downtime, you could do worse than heading toward the darkest blue regions on this map. The image shows how the loudness of sound varies across the country, based on 1.5 million hours of acoustical monitoring. » 2/17/15 6:37am 2/17/15 6:37am

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How to Save Maps to Your Phone So You Won't Get Lost, Even Without Data 

Don't let a dodgy data connection hamper your attempts to get from A to B: Many of the mapping tools on the market enable you to cache tiles for offline use, so even if you're halfway down a mountain you can still spot the track that will lead to back to civilization. Here's how to store maps ahead of time in a couple… » 2/10/15 9:30am 2/10/15 9:30am

13 Gorgeous Panoramic Maps Drawn Long Before Satellites Even Existed 

It's hard for us Google Earth-dependent modern-day humans to conceive of, but there was once a time when we had to imagine what our towns and cities looked like from the sky. In fact, there were famous artists who specialized in creating these panoramic views of Earth, though today, it's a lost art. » 2/09/15 4:10pm 2/09/15 4:10pm

The Time Americans Leave For Work, Mapped

When you're sat at the steering wheel stuck in traffic of a morning, you probably think you know when everyone leaves for work: exactly the same time as you do. But digging into data about the great American commute, it turns out that we're not all that predictable. » 2/05/15 6:30am 2/05/15 6:30am

Plan Your Next Trip To Mordor With This Google Map Of Middle-Earth 

Because Middle-Earth can be a confusing, perilous place, Reddit user mbingcrosby created this Google Maps-style guide to the journey from Hobbiton to Mordor. As you can see, it's expected to take six months ("four months without Orcs"), and be ready, because "this route has trolls." » 1/30/15 9:20am 1/30/15 9:20am

A Year of Presidential Travel, Mapped

The Bizarre, Glitchy Glory of Wiggling 3D-Map Disasters

Remember a couple years ago when everybody was freaking out about the all of the 3D-imaging fuckups in the new Apple Maps? Well, those surreal portrayals of the world we live in, exist in many mapping services. And as one anonymous Tumblr user shows, they're works of artespecially when they wiggle. » 1/19/15 12:38pm 1/19/15 12:38pm

6 Reasons to Switch to Nokia's HERE Maps

Whatever flavor of smartphone you're using, chances are you haven't strayed far from the mapping app that came installed as the default. If you're on Android or Windows Phone (iOS coming soon), there's a genuine alternative to consider: HERE maps, developed by Nokia and bringing more features to the table than you… » 1/13/15 1:50pm 1/13/15 1:50pm

What do other countries call Santa Claus?

Christmas Man. Daddy Christmas. Grandfather Frost. Yule Man. Yule Elder. Yule Gnome. Yule Goat. Father Christmas. Old Man Christmas. Biblical Magi. Christ Child. Christmas Log. All those names are names for Santa Claus in other countries around the world. Calling him just Santa Claus just seems so boring in… » 12/24/13 2:30pm 12/24/13 2:30pm