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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

America Revealed on PBS

I'm not sure how I missed this, but PBS's America Revealed, which has apparently been running since last month, is the American version of the…

Sky map

I'm a little dense when it comes to astronomy, but I think I understand this image. Simply entitled "Sky Map," it was created by Polish…

Tornado tracks

John Nelson of IDV Solutions put 56 years worth of tornadoes on a map. John plotted each tornado's path and used brightness for its F-scale…

Image compositing in TileMill

TileMill is a tool that makes it easy to create interactive maps. Soon they will be adding some new features that will treat maps more…

Montana can’t sleep

Help is a drug company that offers you less. Less active ingredients, less waste, less confusion, less greed. Its tongue-in-cheek website has a map of…

What is missing?

What is Missing? by Maya Lin seeks to raise awareness about the mass extinction of species. It has a beautiful interface. The world map is…

Global shipping network

Nicolas Rapp dives into the patterns and growth of worldwide shipping in a six-page spread for Fortune Magazine. Nearly 90% of all goods traded across…

Neighborhood boundaries based on social media activity

Researchers at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University investigate the structure of cities in Livehoods, using foursquare check-ins. The hypothesis underlying our…

An era of human-affected Earth

Welcome to Anthropocene: Scientific concepts like the Anthropocene, planetary boundaries and planetary stewardship have heralded a profound shift in perception of our place in…