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Meteorite Crash Landings Mapped

Wonder where on Earth to collect space rocks? Stay at home. The map above shows every meteorite strike known to fall on earthly terrain. And from the looks of it, the United States is prime collecting grounds.

Grab your shovels! Time to find us some space rocks! Read more

Google Maps North Korea

Details of cities and even prison camps in North Korea became more visible on Tuesday when Google updated its Google Maps application to include information citizen cartographers have been providing it about the country through a crowdsourcing development program called Map Maker. Read more…

Google Maps have an app for the iPhone at last! Awesome?

Our options for getting around are only increasing, but without more comprehensive apps we may wind up going in circles on our phones first.

Read more of Rob Pegoraro’s Apple Maps vs. Google Maps head-to-head.


Amazing map of the world with each country depicted in its national currency. More striking currency art here.

our money is so green. we should throw a bit more color in there.

(via explore-blog)


Aurorae over Planet Earth

Image Credit : NASA, NOAA, GSFC, Suomi NPP, Earth Observatory

  1. holy **** that’s fantastic
  2. look! it’s my home state of Michigan!

Sounds like a nice little party. Ukelele’s. Guac. People. You in? Who wants to go?



Well, I just invited 20,000+ strangers to a picnic.

If you haven’t heard of it, The Listserve is an amazing experiment out of ITP where one person a day from the list is chosen to send one email out to everybody. I got picked a couple days ago.

Most of the time, people tell stories or give life advice or share recipes. I thought it’d be interesting to take it beyond the screen and bring it into a different medium: PICNICS.

Here’s what I wrote:

Hello, stranger.

My name is Nicole. I live in Brooklyn, NY, work at Kickstarter, and I like knitting, tiny instruments, and avocados.  I’m interested in internet communities, but what really tickles me is bridging that terrifying gap between cyberspace and meatspace.

So, let’s try something.

On Sunday, August 26th at 1 pm EST, I am going to be at the following coordinates:


(Note: If you’re using an iPhone, Google Maps does a weird thing where sometimes it shows you an incorrect pin on a path nearby, which isn’t the right place, but it should show the correct pin on a computer. If it looks like it’s in the middle of nowhere, it’s correct. Email me for details. Or leave it up to fate.)

I will bring a blanket, a kite, a ukulele, and food. You will be there too, bringing your friends, your dogs, your friends’ dogs, cookies, napkins, instruments, brown-bagged beer, and anything or anyone else you’d like. It’s entirely possible that it’ll just be you and me, sitting awkwardly around a bowl of browning guacamole. Or maybe it’ll be you and me and 20,915 of our closest internet friends. Who knows?

I have a mole under my eye and I’ll be wearing red.

See you soon.

Nicole He
Brooklyn, NY

I’ve gotten about 80 emails in 30 minutes, so it seems like it won’t just be me and a couple friends knitting under a tree. (I’ll try to respond to everyone, but it’ll probably take me a bit!)

And since I’ve already invited most of the internet, I think I should take this opportunity to invite everyone to this thing, even if you aren’t on The Listserve. You too. I’m inviting you.

As for more verbal directions to getting to those coordinates, here they are: if you enter Prospect Park from Grand Army Plaza, you’ll see a huge field. Walk across the field until you see a line of trees on a hill. I’ll be there with a picnic blanket I just ordered on Amazon.

So, see you Sunday, internet?

So cool!

My hometown is on this map! Never thought I’d see that… Hooray for the Olympics! What should I be watching on TV now? Other than Shark Week and the Paralympics of course…


Which American Cities Won the Most Medals? 

Michael Phelps has more medals than many countries. But even the greatest medal-winner in Olympic history did not earn enough in these games to push his hometown of Baltimore into first-place among United States metros[…]

Los Angeles leads with a whopping 45 medals, San Francisco is a distant second with 11, followed by Miami, Gainesville, and Trenton-Ewing with 10 each; New York and Austin have 9 each; San Diego has 8 and Athens, Georgia, won 7. Baltimore and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul brought home 6 each; and Denver, Charlotte, and Portland, Oregon have 5 each.

Read more. [Image: Martin Prosperity Institute] 

(via dendroica)

Lets go exploring!! Anyone else love learning about ancient Egypt?

It also kind of looks like a shark’s tooth.

Lost Egyptian Pyramids Found?

"Upon closer examination of the formation, this mound appears to have a very flat top and a curiously symmetrical triangular shape that has been heavily eroded with time," Micol wrote in her website Google Earth Anomalies.

"The images speak for themselves. It’s very obvious what the sites may contain but field research is needed to verify they are, in fact, pyramids," Micol said.

can you find them…?

Hottest Spots in America

Armed with NASA satellite data, a clever data visualization expert has produced a US hotspots map. And it’s ultra up-to-date: it includes all major fires in the contiguous US from 2001 through early July 2012. “Each dot represents a moment of pretty extreme heat.”

Stuff like this makes me want a snow cone.

the whole map…

Google Street View Goes Under The Sea

Now that it’s conquered all seven continents, mapped the Amazon, some rivers in the United States, caves, the ruins of Pompeii and captured snapshots of naked women, Google Street View’s next expedition will turn its lens on the mysteries of the deep when it goes under the sea.

keep reading

And here’s a Zombie map for your Friday fun!


Just as we release the book ZOMBIES! ZOMBIES! ZOMBIES! (The darkest, the living-deadliest, scariest—and dare we say most tasteful—collection of zombie stories ever assembled. It’s so good, it’s a no-brainer.) — The Guardian in London releases…

“The Zombie map of the world: What happens when you ask Google Maps for the location of zombies around the world?

How do you combine an obsession with Zombie movies and data analysis of Google Maps?

Simple, you produce the map, above. It was created by Oxford University’s Internet Institute - and the guys behind the fantastic dataviz site, Floating sheep: Mark Graham, Taylor Shelton, Matthew Zook and Monica Stephens.

Using a keyword search for “zombies”, it visualizes the absolute concentrations of references within the Google Maps database.

The map reveals two important spatial patterns. First, much of the world lacks any content mentioning “zombies” whatsoever. Second, and related, the highest concentrations of zombies in the Geoweb are located in the Anglophone world, especially in large cities.

It also shows how Africa, where the word ‘zombie’ originally came from, misses out on those criteria.

Graham, whose favourite Zombie movie is the original Romero Dawn of the Dead (“the classic of the genre”) says of the map:

The results either provide a rough proxy for the amount of English-language content indexed over our planet, or offer an early warning into the geographies of the impending zombie apocalypse.”

Click the link to find out more…

(via vintageanchorbooks)



Whoa. This is a huge shift in mapping.

This is the world’s most authoritative atlas. It’s published every four years. This edition is full of changes that the editors were forced to make because of climate change — shrinking lakes, changing coastlines, and whole new islands exposed by melting glaciers. Find out more.

Will updates every four years even be enough to keep up if we continue to argue the validity of man-made climate change? I worry for my home …

(via jtotheizzoe)

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