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Minecraft server connections

I've never played Minecraft, but maybe this map showing live server connections means something to those who do. "A dot is a server or a…

Extreme ice time-lapse

Glaciers are big, slow-moving objects, and it might seem that not much is happening if you stare at one for a while. The Extreme Ice…

Easter spending patterns in Spain, animated

The MIT SENSEable City Lab, in partnership with BBVA, visualizes spending in Spain during Easter of 2011. The animation shows the activity of 1.4…

Eating healthiness mapped over 24 hours

The Eatery app by Massive Health lets people snap pictures of their food and rate the healthiness. The premise is that you don't have to…

Live flight tracking site shows crash of circling plane

Live flight tracking site FlightAware shows destinations and current routes. It's everyday stuff for the most part, but around noon time today, a plane was…

Tracking drought in the US

NPR has a look at weekly drought figures over the past couple of years. The focus is on Texas, a state that's been hit hard…

Explore the Solar System like your backyard

Game developer Christopher Albeluhn found himself unemployed, so he started to work on a model of Earth in a video game engine to add…

Interactive Islands of Mankind

Geography graduate student Derek Watkins has some fun with population densities in an interactive version of William Bunge's The Continents and Islands of Mankind. The…

A century of ocean shipping animated

Using hand-recorded shipping data from the Climatological Database for the World's Oceans, history graduate student Ben Schmidt mapped a century of ocean shipping, between…

Metal bands per capita

By Reddit user depo_, this map showing metal bands per capita around the world is making the rounds. Clear dominance in Sweden and Finland.…

Explore Geographic Coverage in Mapping Wikipedia

TraceMedia, in collaboration with the Oxford Internet Institute, maps language use across Wikipedia in an interactive, fittingly named Mapping Wikipedia. Simply select a language, a…

8-bit Google Maps, Start Your Quest

If you go to Google Maps right now, there's an option in the top right corner for a Quest view. Click on that, and get…

How Much More Women Pay for Health Insurance

So the Obama campaign posted this yesterday. Discuss.…

Rising Water Levels in the Immediate Future

Stamen Design, in collaboration with Climate Central, shows major areas that could be affected by probable rising water levels in the not so far off…

Live Wind Map Shows Flow Patterns

I get kind of giddy whenever I see a tweet from Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas. They rarely tweet, but when they do it's usually…

Perpetual Ocean

Using a computational model called Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean, Phase II (ECCO2), the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization…

What News Sites People are Reading, by State

Jon Bruner of Forbes, in collaboration with Hilary Mason and Anna Smith of Bitly, maps the most popular news source by state. Bitly's dataset, wrangled…

Custom Woodcut Maps

Just choose the location you want via the Google Maps interface, pick what materials you want, and Woodcut Maps puts your map through the laser…

Watercolor Map Tiles

A couple of years ago, when you thought about online interactive maps, what came to your mind? Lots of yellow. Online maps are looking a…

Visualizing the History of Everything

Big History is a field of study that crosses multiple disciplines such as biology, natural history, and economics to form a single timeline that starts…

Comparing heritage in the Melting Pot

At first I thought this map, by David Yanofsky for Bloomberg, was your standard county-level choropleth map of demographics. Select a self-described heritage from the…

Geography of the basketball court

Kirk Goldsberry, an assistant professor of geography at Michigan State, applies his skills to the basketball court. In the quest to better understand the "average"…