The Islamic State or ISIS or ISIL have quickly risen to power in the regions of Iraq and Syria. This map by Peter Ridilla tracks the group’s spread across the region. The Islamic State is shown in red against the rest of the region. What started off in just a few areas a few years ago has now crossed multiple borders,…
NASA’s Terris MODIS camera reveals how much black smoke is being pumped into the air because of the oil refinery fires in Libya. According to NASA, the fires were “started by attacks on oil terminals in Libya in very early January.” That’s a hell of a lot of smoke.
For ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft with tens of thousands of cars on the road, small optimizations can make rides shorter and shareholders richer. So, Lyft’s announcement today that it’s switching to Google-owned Waze is only a surprise because it’s taken so long.
You don’t have to spend all your time on Google Street View time looking up the addresses of your friends: Google has added all kinds of landmarks, buildings, remote trails, underwater worlds, airplanes and even fictional alleyways to its database of sights you can see from your laptop or smartphone. We’ve picked a…
A new fractal analysis of London’s dense network of streets and intersections reveals that a green belt meant to encourage migration to the suburbs had the opposite effect. The city has just became denser. People really seem to love urban living, especially in a thriving city like London. The work could shed light on…
What happens if you try to combine 214 different subway networks—including 791 routes and 11,924 stations—into a single map? This beautiful tangle of color and lines is what.
Google Maps might know the local traffic better than me, but for short trips around town, I can’t be bothered to turn it on. But thanks to the latest update to Maps on Android, I don’t have to.
There’s a dark and mysterious force out there that’s intent on attacking the country’s power lines, and this map shows exactly where the culprits strike. The culprits are, of course... squirrels.
A map of the known universe to a constant scale would either be very big, or very useless. But use a logarithmic scale to compress the distances as you travel outwards, and you get this gorgeous and slightly Eye-of-Sauron image.
Last year, we published a map that showed just how long travel took in 1914. Now, there’s a similar map which shows how dramatically things have improved.
What lies beneath the deep blue sea? So much more than you might think.
Perhaps the best way to prove that the US is indeed a country of immigrants is to watch the data speak for itself in this beautiful interactive map.
Statistically, the coldest days of the year should be a pretty simple thing to map. So why does this map look so splotchy?
Yes, Bing Maps does still exist, and thanks to a brand-new update, you might even have a reason to use it again.
Is this a forest? That depends on what you mean.
Transport for London has released another alternative version of the Tube map—and it’s actually really useful. The London transport manager has created a ‘Walk the Tube’ map, which shows how long it takes to totter between stations.
We’ve all been in that unfortunate situation when we’re lost with no reception, and our phone’s navigation features are neutered as a result. Now, Google is offering a dead simple solution. You can download snippets of the world for offline navigation and search.
Statistics about traffic fatalities don’t always have the power to shock most people. Huge numbers–like 373,377, the number of people who died in traffic between 2004 and 2013, for example–are difficult for our brains to really comprehend.
Many of us go through the process of looking up a route on a desktop or laptop and then switching to a phone for the actual journey. Apple and Google are wise to this process because sending directions from one platform to another is way easier than you think.. Here’s how to do it.