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 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 9:46am 2/10/15 9:46am

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

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 3:57pm 1/30/15 3:57pm

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 5:25pm 1/13/15 5:25pm

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… » 12/24/14 8:03pm 12/24/14 8:03pm

The World As Seen By a Self-Driving Car

For self-driving cars to work safely, we need better mapsmuch better maps. These maps will not only need to know where the roads are. They'll need to show real-time details as general as traffic patterns and as specific the number of inches to the curb. They'll also need to cover millions of miles worth of road. » 12/15/14 1:55pm 12/15/14 1:55pm

Maps show which body parts in porn are the most popular across the world

Pornhub's always wonderful statistical analysis crack team looked at their glorious search data to answer one of life's greatest questions: are you a boobs or a butt person. After finding out which states and which countries like which part, they mapped it all out for the world to see. America, we're a butt country. » 12/13/14 12:41am 12/13/14 12:41am

Google Earth's New Imagery Is So Much Better

Remember how we told you that the resolution of Google Maps' satellite images would soon be improving? Well, it's not the night and day double the resolution just yet, but today Google has begun rolling out much-improved 3D images to Google Earth. New York and San Francisco are the first to get the high-res treatment,… » 12/11/14 12:21pm 12/11/14 12:21pm

You Can Hang These Legendary American Data Visualizations On Your Walls 

Gift giving is difficult—go too general, and you look like you picked your gift off of Amazon's recommendation page, but target your loved one's hobbies, and you risk buying them something they already have. There is, however, a gift transcends interests and hobbies and personality types: Amazing maps from the 19th… » 12/08/14 5:02pm 12/08/14 5:02pm