Tracking an Ebola Outbreak in a City Without Maps

If you Google Map Guéckédou, the Guinean city smack dab in the Ebola virus's deadly domain right now, you'd see just an abstract blotch of beige and yellow. Zoom all the way in on satellite view, and you can barely make out the outlines of buildings. Don't even think about trying Street View. Google Maps simply reflects the state of mapping in parts of Guinea. There are no good maps of Guéckédou—until the good folks of the internet help create one. Read More >>

What if all the World's Subway Maps Were Designed By the Same Person?

Transit maps are as unique as the cities they represent. To know Tokyo's subway, you have to know the quirks of its subway map; to navigate NYC, you have to familiarise yourself with its mapping idiosyncrasies, too. But what if design was standardised across every city in the world? Read More >>

Desperate for Some Midday Shut-Eye? Google Naps Has You Covered

It happens to the best of us: you stayed up late getting down on a Tuesday night, and come Wednesday, you can barely keep your eyes open. Desk napping is far too risky, so what's a comatose professional about town to do? Why, pull up Google Naps, of course. Read More >>

How Our Early Ancestors Spread Far and Wide, Mapped

Over six million years ago, we split off from our common ancestor with chimps. But, recently, scientists have been finding fossils all over the planet that show that hominins diversified into a wide range of species away from their native Africa. Read More >>

A Step by Step Walkthrough of the World's First Great Infographic

Charles Joseph Minard's famous visual telling of Napoleon's 1812 invasion of Russia is one of the first great examples of an infographic, if a little intimidating at a glance. And this explanation by the folks at Numberphile really helps bring it home. Read More >>

See the Global Shipping Revolution in These Beautiful Ocean Maps

The global shipping industry has completely transformed our world: today, 90 per cent of everything in your life arrives via cargo ship. These two maps prove just how dramatically international trade has increased, by comparing the oceans of the 19th century with those of the late 20th. Read More >>

The Complete Map to Earth's Deepest Cave

At 2,197 metres (7,208 feet) the Krubera cave is the deepest on Earth. Located in the Arabika Massif, of the Western Caucasus in Abkhazia, Georgia, it extends for 13,432 kilometres (8,346 miles). I would love to get inside, but I know the fear would paralyse me. Going through its complete (so far) map is fascinating. Read More >>

Depth Maps Hidden in Google Street View Create Flickering Ghost-Cities

This is awesome: Patricio Gonzalez Vivo found a way to scrape Google Street View for its depth map data, then rebuilt the streets as ghostly spatial models in openFrameworks. Read More >>

TfL Trialling Bus Stop Touchscreen Map and Info Panels

It's not quite as heart-stopping as Pepsi's alien invasion augmented reality bus shelter, but it's a thousand times more useful: Transport for London has today begun trialling a bus stop equipped with an interactive mapping and information touchscreen. Read More >>

Explore the Moon’s North Pole With This Gargantuan Photo Mosaic

Over the past four years the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was busy collecting photographs… 10,581 to be exact. And it was all for you! So you could explore the moon at a dazzling resolution of two metres per pixel. Read More >>

365 Days of Weather in 35 Cities, all in a Single Beautiful Image

Next time your weather forecast predicts the blizzard of the century, you could gaze at this gorgeous weather visualisation and find where in the world you should be vacationing. (Spoiler: it's probably somewhere sunny like California.) The designers at Raureif, masterminds behind a successful weather app, have gone analogue—packing a whole year's worth of global weather into one amazing poster. Read More >>

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 >>

Now You Can Help Search for the Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight

The Boeing 777 that seemed to disappear into thin air last weekend has still not been found after five days of search and rescue. Now a crowdsourcing company has started a campaign where anyone can pore over satellite images to find traces of Flight 370 or its 239 passengers. Read More >>

Let's all Cool it With These Stupid Maps

Maps are great. Maps help us get where we need to go and can sometimes teach us things about the world we live in. But unfortunately, the internet has been infected by a scourge of stupid maps. And stupid maps are making us dumber. Read More >>

Old and New London Sandwiched Together as 1800s Maps Meet Satellite Photos

The National Library of Scotland has poked its nose south of the border to build a clever mapping tool that charts the history of London, letting viewers peel away time like the layers of a rotten onion to see how the city's streets have changed over the years. Read More >>


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