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Amazon election map, based on book sales

Amazon used their book sales data to color a map red and blue. Our 2012 Election Heat Map colors each state according to the percentage of red and blue book…

Most common London surnames mapped

James Cheshire, a geography lecturer at the University College London, mapped common surnames in London. This map shows the 15 most frequent surnames in each Middle Super Output Area (MSOA)…

State stereotypes suggested by Google

Renee DiResta got to wondering about state stereotypes, so she looked them up on Google and mapped them. In the months before a US Presidential election, the quality of political…

Ascii Street View

Peter Nitsch created Ascii Street View, converting Google Street View to colored letters. Search for a location and experience the retro goodness. [via Waxy]…

Great Lakes currents map

Using the same tech Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas created to show wind flow, the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory mapped water flow in the Great Lakes, based on…

Life expectancy and child poverty as a tube map

Geographers James Cheshire and Oliver O'Brien visualized life expectancy in London as a tube map. Whilst the average life expectancy predictions show that today‚Äôs children are expected to live longer,…

Stop-and-frisk hotspots mapped

WNYC mapped all street stops that resulted in the recovery of a gun, based on data from the New York police department. On top of that, the green spots, they…

The future of maps isn’t maps

Rebecca Rosen for The Atlantic on why maps aren't the best interface all of the time: Think of it this way. In the days before online trip planners and GPS,…

Map of the underwater Internet

Nicolas Rapp, for Fortune Magazine, mapped the underwater cables that make the global Internet possible. If the internet is a global phenomenon, it's because there are fiber-optic cables underneath the…

A year of global cloud coverage

Jonathan Corum for the New York Times mapped cloud coverage from April 2011 to April 2012. At any moment, about 60 percent of the earth is covered by clouds, which…

Beer versus church mapped

The geographers at Floatingsheep are at it again, this time comparing tweets that mention beer and those that mention church. Given the cultural content of the "church" tweets, the clustering…

Stars in the zodiac constellations, from Earth and space

While we're on the subject of stars, developer Riley Davis modeled the ones in the zodiac constellations and color-coded them by temperature. He also labeled the constellations and included the…

An interactive view of star constellations

When we look up at the night sky to gaze at the stars, we see small, glowing dots that we perceive almost as if they were drawn on a flat…

Commute times in your area, mapped

When you look for a place to live, there are outside factors to consider other than price and square footage. You want to know what the area is like. How's…

Endangered languages project

Google, in collaboration with Vizzuality, are trying to catalog endangered languages before they are gone forever in the Endangered Languages Project. Humanity today is facing a massive extinction: languages are…

World sentiment mapped, based on Wikipedia

Kalev H. Leetaru animated world sentiment over time, based on Wikipedia entries. See the positive or negative sentiments unfold through Wikipedia through space and time. Each location is plotted against…

Road trip planner with weather forecasts

Online maps have made it easy to find directions from point A to point B, but when you're going on a long road trip, you want to know more about…

Toronto subway map, Super Mario 3 style

Dave Delisle mapped the Toronto TTC Subway in the style of Super Mario Bros. 3. Adorn your walls with the print. [via Boing Boing]…

Geography of the basketball court, interactive edition

Remember geographer Kirk Goldsberry's analysis of shot efficiency on the basketball court? Jeremy White, Joe Ward, and Matthew Ericson give it the New York Times treatment in this interactive version…

Income inequality seen in satellite images from Google Earth

Researchers Pengyu Zhua and Yaoqi Zhang noted in their 2008 paper that "the demand for urban forests is elastic with respect to price and highly responsive to changes in income."…

Geography of incarceration

New York University graduate student Josh Begley grabbed 4,916 satellite images of prisons via the Google Maps API and put them all in one place. It's called Prison Map. The…

Political allegiance via wireless network SSIDs, mapped

Wireless network SSIDs in residential areas are typically left on default router names like Belkin or LinkSys, but some people use them as a subtle way to broadcast a message.…