Depending on whom you ask (and where you live), the average American spends between 17 and 33 minutes each way commuting to work, which adds up to a nearly a day (or more) of wasted time every month. So to help take a little stress out of your daily work route, Google is building a handful of new features into Google…
We’ve seen a lot of good maps of Earth’s polar regions of late. A map that shows the thickness of the entire Antarctic ice sheet. Another that shows Greenland’s hidden bedrock contours in unprecedented detail. But a new terrain map of Antarctica is still special. It’s not just the highest resolution ever produced for…
The world is rapidly becoming more urban, but as cities grow in size, their impact on Earth’s biodiversity grows in step. As a new mapping effort led by landscape architects at the University of Pennsylvania shows, the conflict is far more dire than most of us appreciate.
Does it feel like your neck of the woods has already received mountains of snowfall this winter? Then you’ll probably appreciate this striking new visualization by Dartmouth geographer Garrett Nelson, which turns this winter’s year-to-date snowfall totals into literal mountains.
Ever since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, a grassroots network of volunteers has been helping the island get back on its feet in an unexpected way. They’re using satellite images to create digital maps of buildings and roads that relief workers with FEMA and the Red Cross are using to reach those in need.
PHILADELPHIA—In a brightly-lit seminar room above a gym at the University of Pennsylvania, Girmaye Misgna stands in front of a large digital display, pointing to a bird’s eye view of a house nestled among the trees. The two dozen volunteers packed around the long white table watch attentively, their own laptop…
An unprecedented collaboration involving 20 countries, 75 institutions, and over 250 marine geologists has yielded a new atlas that’s providing our best glimpse yet of the seafloor at both polar regions of the planet. The images are of significant scientific value, but they’re also quite beautiful.
We are visual beings: Our perception of the world is intrinsically tied to our ability to perceive light. But what about the places where light doesn’t fall? Do places in shadow still encode information for the visual cortex to process? Can shadows actually tell us something meaningful about the landscapes they darken?
What lies beneath the deep blue sea? So much more than you might think.
This story takes place far inside the Arctic Circle but, no, it’s not about Santa Claus. What it is about is truly embracing the Christmas spirit—the part where you give of yourself.
Thanks to a super-sensitive new tool, NASA can now see exactly where air pollution is increasing and decreasing–down to the level of neighborhoods–and in some cases, the results are surprising.
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.
There are more than 2,250 satellites orbiting the Earth right now. But that abstract number didn’t prepare me for the shock of watching a Soviet-era rocket body whipping over my house in real-time.
A glorious, glorious heatwave is keeping most of the US toasty right now, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says we’re all living in denial—winter is coming, and it has a data visualization to prove it.
Laser scanning has helped England do everything from discovering new things about Stonehenge to planning better flood infrastructure. Now, the country has made the entirety of its massive trove of scans available for free—in part because of requests from everyone from researchers to Minecraft players.
Car alarms, jackhammers, barking dogs, drunken brawls outside your window—ah, the sounds of the city. Urban living comes with challenges, and annoying, loud noise is one of ‘em. But these maps show us which neighborhoods you’ll want to steer clear of in three major U.S. cities if you want a sound night’s sleep.
Where the Chrysler Building stands, there may have been gray wolves and hoary bats. Chinatown was home to a long tidal creek and salty marsh. A Lenape trail wound through the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge.