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Take A Look At The Most Epic Map Blunders Throughout The Ages

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 11.11.2016 | Arts
Read More: Maps, Arts News

Maps aren’t always as accurate as we’d like to believe. Just ask British author Edward Brooke-Hitching, who details 70 of the most epic fails in h...

Confronting the Climate Crisis: A Job for Artists?

Rachel Schragis | Posted 10.17.2016 | Green
Rachel Schragis

There are experts in little things, but there are no experts in big things. All of us, no matter what we do, have the right to make moral decisions ab...

The Best of the Best at VRLA Summer Expo

Jesse Damiani | Posted 09.13.2016 | Technology
Jesse Damiani

We've been dreaming about virtual reality for a long time. So long, in fact, that some are skeptical that it's really here to stay.

10 Maps That Prove the World Is Far From Running Out of Space

Max Galka | Posted 08.22.2016 | World
Max Galka

Based on data from NASA / SEDAC, this map shows how Italy's population is distributed -- half lives in the densely-packed purple areas (8% of the land), half lives in the sparse grey areas (92% of the land).

Mapping Canada by Population Instead of Land Area

Max Galka | Posted 08.11.2016 | World
Max Galka

In terms of physical size, Canada is the second largest country in the world behind only Russia. But most of its 35 million people live in a very small area. To see just how small, follow the series of maps below.

How The Gorgeous Language Of Maps Helps Explain The World

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 08.04.2016 | Arts

Mapping is a tradition dating back thousands of years, and it might seem like there’s no ground left to cover. But cartographers’ tools still offe...

This Cartoon Will Instantly Make You a Chocolate Expert

Megan Giller | Posted 07.28.2016 | Taste
Megan Giller

This story originally appeared on my site Chocolate Noise. Subscribe to my newsletter to get choco-riffic stories delivered straight to your inbox! T...

A Visual History Of Urbanization, From The World's First City In 3700 BC To The Present

Max Galka | Posted 06.22.2016 | Science
Max Galka

By 2030, 75 percent of the world's population is expected to be living in cities. Today, about 54 percent of us do. In 1960, only 34 percent of the world lived in cities.

Dominica: The Best Hikes on the Nature Island of the Caribbean

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.08.2016 | Travel
Till Bruckner

I recently had the pleasure of spending four months in the Commonwealth of Dominica, one of the most beautiful countries on earth. In between listenin...

Summer Destination: Colonial Williamsburg

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 06.06.2016 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

I was recently invited to serve on the board of the Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums. I had known of the museums since my time at Williams College a...

An Animated Map That Shows We Are a Nation of Immigrants

Max Galka | Posted 05.17.2016 | Science
Max Galka

Since 1920, a total of 79 million people from around the world have emigrated to the United States and become lawful permanent residents. The animated map below displays them all. The brightness of a country corresponds to its total migration to the U.S. during the time period shown.

One Map That Shows How The Middle Class Is Getting Squeezed

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 05.13.2016 | Business

In America, everyone likes to think of themselves as middle-class. But the portion of the population that can actually make that claim based on their ...

New Research Shows ISIS Recruitment Driven by Cultural Isolation

Max Galka | Posted 04.27.2016 | World
Max Galka

The Muslim populations most likely to join ISIS are not in the Middle East or Africa. Rates of ISIS recruitment are highest in highly developed western countries, the ones with cultures you might least associate with radical Islam.

The World Explained in Maps

Peter Vaughn | Posted 04.20.2016 | Books
Peter Vaughn

If you have ever wondered why geography used to be a staple of any decent education and why we are paying the price for no longer staring at maps, spi...

How An Internet Mapping Glitch Turned A Kansas Farm Into A Digital Hell

Fusion | Adam Goldberg | Posted 04.10.2016 | Technology

An hour’s drive from Wichita, Kansas, in a little town called Potwin, there is a 360-acre piece of land with a very big problem....

Interactive Maps Show You What Cities Sound Like

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 03.25.2016 | Technology

Sound defines a city, whether it's the din of New York City traffic or calls to prayer issuing from Istanbul's mosques. Now, you can see what cities s...

Why Is Central Africa Missing From So Many Maps?

Quartz | Taryn Finley | Posted 02.05.2016 | Black Voices

You’ve probably had the following experience: You are reading along when a map, shaded in a procession of pastels, interrupts the story. Your eyes t...

Panama: Canal Crawls and a Cup of Perfect Coffee

Peter Mandel | Posted 02.03.2017 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Panama wants us to think of it as more than a feat of engineering; more than a continental bridge; more than headquarters for summer hats. This is why I am here. I want to check out its highlands and some of the animals and birds that you have to sneak around quietly to see.

The Politics of Country Counting

Map Happy | Posted 02.02.2017 | Travel
Map Happy

I was technically in France for about three hours. My feet even touched the ground (read: the tarmac) before I boarded the terminal shuttle. I ate French food and breathed French air -- but I was just passing through on the way to Prague.

Relationship Compass

Mitch Rosenzweig | Posted 01.26.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Mitch Rosenzweig

The couple was struggling to find the first tourist attraction. They were both clutching their iPhones, squinting vainly at the screen, but without a ...

The 10 Best New York City Maps of 2015

Max Galka | Posted 01.18.2017 | New York
Max Galka

Maps are incredible because they are capable of so much. They can tell you where you are or where you're going. They can inform you about a city's history as well as what to expect in its future. They can even tell you where not to go on Saint Patty's Day, and what microorganisms might crawling around your nearest subway station.

How Does Google Maps' Offline Navigation Hold Up?

Map Happy | Posted 01.11.2017 | Travel
Map Happy

Offline navigation plus moving, thousand-ton targets isn't my idea of a good time. But there must be geniuses at Google, because I can vouch that I'm still alive and made it all to my destinations without incident.

It's Time to Redraw the World's Very Unequal Knowledge Map

The Conversation Africa | Posted 01.04.2017 | World
The Conversation Africa

If the world were mapped according to how many scientific research papers each country produced, it would take on a rather bizarre, uneven appearance.

7 Maps That Explain the Middle East

Max Galka | Posted 12.09.2016 | Politics
Max Galka

This amazing tangled knot of a diagram, made by U.K. data journalist David McCandless, displays the key players and notable relationships in the Middl...

MAP: How Many Shootings Happened In Your Neighborhood This Year?

The Trace | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics

In relentless succession, a parade of towns and cities have this year joined the bloodstained ranks of American mass shooting locations....