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Independent coffee shops and community

As part of the You Are Here project from the MIT Media Lab, an exploration of independent coffee shops in San Francisco: Independent coffee shops…

Regional macrobrews

FloatingSheep pointed their Twitter geography towards beer (and wine). From Sam Adams in New England to Yuengling in Pennsylvania to Grain Belt and Schlitz in…

Open access to 20,000 maps from NYPL

The New York Public Library announced open access to 20,000 maps, making them free to download and use. The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map…

Planetary layer cake

From Cakecrumbs, a product that helps you learn while you eat: planetary layer cakes. The graduate student slash baker hobbyist's sister asked if she could…

Centuries of European border changes

The Centennia Historical Atlas is a program that shows you border changes in Europe and the Middle East, from the 11th century to the present.…

Smoking rates and income

Based on a study on smoking prevalence from 1996 to 2012, a map by The New York Times shows the results. Smoking rates among men…

Reconstructing Google Streetview as a point cloud

Patricio Gonzalez Vivo, an MFA Design & Technology student, scraped depth from Google Streetview and then reconstructed it in openFrameworks. The result is Point Cloud…

Level of road grid

Seth Kadish looked at the road network of several major counties and estimated the directions the streets run. The result is a set of charts…

Basketball movements visualized

The NBA has been kind of gaga over data the past few years, and they recently announced that all 30 teams would have player tracking…

Solar time versus standard time around the world

After noting the later dinner time in Spain, Stefano Maggiolo noted relatively late sunsets for one of the possible reasons, compared to standard time. Then…

Near-real-time global forest watch

Global Forest Watch uses satellite imagery and other technologies to estimate forest usage, change, and tree cover (among other things). These estimates and their eventual…

Using slime mold to find the best motorway routes

This is all sorts of neat. Researchers Andrew Adamatzky and Ramon Alonso-Sanz are using a slime mold, P polycephalum, to find the most efficient…

Why we think of north pointing up

Nick Danforth for Al Jazeera delves into the history books for why north is typically on the top of our maps. There's no single reason…

Map: US bus and Amtrak routes

In case you're wondering how to travel the country without a car (in a way other than running), this map from the American Intercity Bus…

Places in the US with the most pleasant days per year

We've seen plenty of maps the past few weeks that show how bad the weather is, in just about everywhere but California. Kelly Norton looked…

Digitally revamped atlas of historical geography, from 1932

In 1932, Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright published Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, a reference of almost 700 maps…

Amount of snow to cancel school

Someone ended an email to me last week with "Stay warm." Not to sound like a jerk, but I happened to be answering email outside…

Public transit times in major cities

Last year, WNYC made an interactive map that shows transit times in New York, based on where you clicked. Geography graduate student Andrew Hardin expanded…

A century of passenger air travel

Kiln and the Guardian explored the 100-year history of passenger air travel, and to kick off the interactive is an interactive map that uses live…

Map projections illustrated with a face

Most people, at least those who visit sites like FlowingData, know about map projections. You have to do math to get the globe, a thing…

A visual exploration of refugee migrations

Hyperakt and Ekene Ijeoma visualized migrations over time and space in The Refugee Project. The interactive is based on United Nations data, which is naturally…

Military footprint

Similar to his collection of prison map snapshots, Josh Begley collected images of military bases around the world. In addition to the map -- which…