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This Map Lets You Find Every Street, Place, and Thing With Your Name

If you've ever secretly believed that you deserve a place named after you, then you have come to the right corner of the internet. This handy little app finds every street, river, garden, park, castle or cave with your name already on it. Read More >>

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The UK is Crowdsourcing its Next Map of the Ocean Floor

It isn't known how deep large parts of the ocean off the British coast really are, and this is clearly not ideal for the many sailors that navigate those waters. A new project funded by the European Community is using technology to solve this problem—technology and lots of boats. Read More >>

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Spain Might Jump Time Zones to Stimulate its Economy

If your economy isn't doing so well, just jump into another time zone. This might be the next step for Spain, according to a proposal being kicked around since September. Read More >>

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All Science Should be Taught with Pop-Up Books Like This One

Michael Molina's legendary discussion of tectonic plates, continental drift, and how world started out as one large land mass called Pangaea, is brought to life through this awesome educational pop-up book created by Yevgeniya Yeretskaya. Read More >>

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The World's Most Popular Running Routes, Visualised

With the explosion of exercise apps and fitness trackers, more people than ever are recording the routes they run during their workouts. Now, Nathan Yau from Flowing Data has mined some of that data to visualise some of the world's most popular fitness paths. Read More >>

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Geography is Not Google Now's Greatest Strength

Our testing confirmed that a Nexus 5 returns the same results when you ask it "how many countries are in the world?" It's an easy mistake for a computer to make (although Siri doesn't seem to have the same trouble). Thank goodness it's not true, though; if it were, the parade of nations at the Sochi opening ceremonies could last for a decade. [YouTube via Laughing Squid] Read More >>

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This is What 400,000 Hours of U.S. International TV News Looks Like

Ever wonder what places get the most attention in American news? The answer is more striking than you might think. This geography of U.S. attention is beautifully illustrated in a new animation that maps the geographic subjects of U.S. television news broadcasts over the span of four-years. It's kinda sparkly. Read More >>

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China's Claiming Territory by Calling Dibs on 800-Year-Old Shipwrecks

As China continues its controversial claim-staking throughout Asia, a corner of the academic world is becoming an unlikely focal point in the dispute: Archaeology. More specifically, the thousands of shipwrecks that litter the South China Sea—which China is aggressively claiming as evidence to back up its right to control the ocean. Read More >>

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Where the Hell Is the True North Pole?

The North Pole is just at the top of the Earth, right? Well, not really: there isn't really a 'top' of a sphere and, anyway, depending on how you measure things the pole can be in one of many different spots. So which one's right? Read More >>

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You Can Apply to Use Google's Street View Backpack Now

If you've always fancied mapping out an obscure part of the globe, it could be your lucky day: you can now apply to use Google's Street View backpack. Read More >>

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This Is What It's Like to Really Live on the Edge

The ordered lines of Jerome, Idaho (population: 10,000) start to disintegrate as you approach those parts of town that teeter on the edge of the Snake river canyon. Here the homes are "unregulated and unzoned", says photographer Michael Light, who took this shot from his own light aircraft. Read More >>

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Now You Can Get Your Favourite Mountain 3D Printed

If you want a permanent reminder of an amazing hike, ski trip, or whatever else, here's a good idea: a new website called The Terrainator lets you select your favourite geographical features and get 'em 3D printed. Read More >>

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This Is the New South Pole

There's a new Geographic South Pole Marker, a pretty shiny metal pole that marks the actual geographic pole. Since the ice sheet that covers Antarctica moves, the previous marker moves along—about 10 metres from its real position. So the scientists from the Amundsen-Scott base celebrate each New Year by unveiling a new pole in the actual geographic pole position. Read More >>

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