internet
This is What the Internet Looks Like as an NYC Subway Map

Everything is easier to understand when it's drawn up as a well-formatted subway map—including the Internet. This one, for instance, shows a simplification of the world's network of submarine fibre-optic cables. Read More >>

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New Maps Show Forests Disappearing in (Almost) Real Time

The world is vast and travel budgets finite, so looking for deforestation as it's happening all over the world is nigh impossible. That is, of course, unless you have an all seeing eye in the sky—and, hey, you know what, there are satellites orbiting over all of our heads right now. Global Forest Watch is a new, near real-time forest monitoring system from World Resources Institute, Google, and another 40-odd partner organisations. Read More >>

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This Beautiful Map of the Internet is Insanely Detailed

Visualising the internet is almost as difficult as ignoring trolls, but that didn't stop Jay Jason Simons from having a damn good try. The result is this beautiful and insanely detailed map. Read More >>

health
All the World's Preventable Disease Outbreaks, Visualised

Although medical science has advanced immeasurably in the last century, many preventable diseases still claim lives due to ineffective vaccination programs. This map shows when and where that happens. Read More >>

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Toilet Paper Map Reveals Crap Trends Worldwide

We all have to poop, but how we deal with it changes with age. For babies, it's nappies. For the elderly, it's, well, adult nappies. For most of the rest of us, it's toilet paper. Read More >>

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The World's Most (and Least) Populous Places Revealed in a Single Map

We've seen a lot of world population maps, but this might just be prettiest one yet. Simple black lines trace the population by latitude, so that a few cities, labeled in yellow, tower like the skyscrapers over the land. It's not unlike a cartographical version of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album cover. Read More >>

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This Map Shows Where People are Dropping the F-Bomb on Twitter

If you've ever wondered which nation has the sweariest Twitter users, wonder no longer: this wonderful maps shows you where the F-bomb is being dropped right now. Read More >>

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This Map Shows the DDoS Attacks Happening Across the World Right Now

Yesterday, Google announced Project Shield, a suite of free tools to help small websites stay online during DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks. To accompany it, Google has also made available a live map of DDoS attacks which shows when and where they're happening. Read More >>

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The Most Visited Websites in the World, Country-by-Country

If you've ever wondered what the go-to web page was around the rest of planet, wonder no longer. This map shows the most visited websites around the world, broken down country-by-country. Read More >>

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What the Military Issue Rifle Is in Each Country of the World

Different strokes, different folks. Different guns, different countries. Here's a map showing the military issue rifle for each country in the world. You'll see familiar M4s, AK-47s, AK-74s, some M16s and tinkles of other weaponry. Judging by the map's choice of colours, it seems to group weapons that are of a similar family together by colour. Read More >>

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Make Your Way Through the Smoke to Check Out Gotham City in a Fully Fledged 3D Map

It's no secret. We're big fans of The Dark Knight Rises. And we're quite giddy about this little contraption Nokia have put together to celebrate the film: a fully functional (and official!) 3D map of the sprawling metropolis that Batman calls home, complete with iconic locations, landmarks and Gotham's famous smog. Read More >>

science
Do You Live Near an Infectious Human-Animal Disease Hotspot?

Most emerging human diseases come from animals. This map, created by the International Livestock Research Institute, shows the geographical locations of events where a disease has crossed over from animals to humans. Do you live near a hotspot? Read More >>

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Do You Live Near a High Containment Biohazard Laboratory?

The Federation of American Scientists have a very interesting map for all the hypochondriacs and people living in permanent fear of a deadly virus epidemic. Or a zombie outbreak. These are all the (known) Biosafety Level 3 and 4 facilities in the world—high containment laboratories that work with "dangerous and emerging pathogens." Zoom in the image to see if there's any near you. Read More >>

health
Eating Healthiness Around the World, Visualised

If we are what we eat, then plenty of us are massive, walking cheeseburgers. But this data visualisation shows how average eating health varies around the world—and how it changes over the course of a full day. Read More >>

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The World's Population Density, Visualised

It's difficult to get a handle on the population density around the world. Fortunately, this visualisation makes it a little easier to get your head round. Read More >>

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Is the Olympic Torch Illuminating Your Street?

The complete route the silly little bit of fire will take around the country has been set out by the 2012 Olympic organisers, along with the names of nearly 8,000 special people who will get a go at carrying the Olympic Torch. Read More >>

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