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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 e...

Panama: Canal Crawls and a Cup of Perfect Coffee

Peter Mandel | Posted 02.03.2016 | 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 02.03.2016 | 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 01.26.2016 | 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 01.18.2016 | 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 01.14.2016 | 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 01.04.2016 | 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 12.10.2015 | 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 Mid...

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....

They Don't Make Maps Like this Anymore

The Huffington Post | Riley Arthur | Posted 12.01.2015 | Arts

Since the human invention of territorial borders there has been a fascination with maps. Maps have defined the way we understand the world, outl...

Mapping the World's Territorial Disputes

Max Galka | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Max Galka

In this map, every country shaded in red is involved in a territorial dispute of some kind. Yellow markers represent disputed territories.

Those Teachable Moments in a Standardized World

Jacob Stewart | Posted 11.24.2015 | Education
Jacob Stewart

They say there's no such thing as a stupid question. 'They' have clearly never been a middle school teacher.

11 Awesome Gifts for the Traveler in Your Life

Trippy | Posted 11.19.2015 | Travel

If you have a serious traveler in your life you probably know that the only thing that gets them more excited than a plane ticket is something tha...

Ben Carson Took A Bold Stance On America's Borders: He Redrew Them

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics

Like many members of his party, GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson wants to halt the intake of Syrian refugees in the wake of last week's terrorist...

The Hidden Features of Google Maps

Map Happy | Posted 11.16.2015 | Travel
Map Happy

Send directions to your phone -- most users who are used to looking up the directions on a computer before inputting it into a phone will find that it saves one extra step. Users that have slow phones will be able to pull directions up more quickly.

Do the World's 232 Million Migrants Have Constitutional Rights?

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 10.26.2015 | World
Dr. Jody Heymann

While the Syrian refugee crisis is currently capturing the world's attention, it reflects a much broader trend of increasing migration worldwide.

MDMA Psychotherapy May Be Legal In Just Five Years

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.20.2015 | Science

If you think of MDMA, the drug often cut with other substances and sold as "Molly" or Ecstasy, as just an illicit party drug, think again. A gro...

Why Maps Are the Accent Industrial Homes Need

Dot & Bo | Posted 10.13.2015 | HuffPost Home
Dot & Bo

It's no secret that we at Dot & Bo love industrial design for its dark and gritty nature. However, with all of that weathered wood, cast iron, and steel, it can sometimes feel a little one dimensional. That's why we love the trend of incorporating maps as decor into industrial homes.

Crossing Borders

Yara Zgheib | Posted 10.08.2015 | World
Yara Zgheib

At the end of the day, I am a Turkish astronomer running around in a European costume, humming Arabic lullabies and making anise tea.

An Extraordinary Library: The Lilly Library, Indiana University

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 10.01.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

After living in the Midwest for about 30 years I really didn't know too much about Indiana -- it seemed like a nice state but my sense was that the state was pretty limited, culturally.

A State-by-State Look at When Guys Get Married

Fatherly | Posted 09.17.2015 | Weddings

Broadly speaking, the more competitive a heterosexual male finds his local dating pool, the earlier he's apt to take a knee. Utah's ratio is nearly even, and states with similar ratios -- or states with fewer women than men -- generally see grooms suiting up closer to their mid-20s.

A Drive in the Woods: The Appalachian Trail by Rent-a-Car

Peter Mandel | Posted 09.15.2015 | Travel
Peter Mandel

The Appalachian Trail is back in the news these days. Some of us have indelible memories of our experiences on the trail. Here's my tale of tracing the entire length of it, years back, in, uh, a rented Geo Prizm.

Never Get Lost Again With This Basic Trick

Map Happy | Posted 08.31.2015 | Travel
Map Happy

Some people are born with a sense of direction and some aren't. I just happen to be born with an excellent one, even if I don't know where most countries are on the map.

Get Lost In These Maps Of Fictional Literary Worlds

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 08.24.2015 | Arts

If you’re looking for something -- a geographic landmark, your childhood home, a favorite spot near your college campus -- it shouldn’t t...

Watch Obesity Spread Across The Country

Max Galka | Posted 08.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Max Galka

The word pandemic brings to mind an infectious disease that spreads through the world's population causing a global health crisis. So I found it interesting to see that many scientists are now using the term to describe obesity.