16 Mar

Losing Their Best and Brightest

Which countries are losing their highly educated? Commonly referred to as a “brain drain,” there is a global worry that countries which lose their highly educated also suffer in their development (OECD). This human capital issue can then be potentially...
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9 Mar

Do You Think You Know Your Pies?

How many digits of pi can you name? Alternatively, how many types of pie can you name? This week’s map will help you with the latter, but this link could help out with the former. Both will go a long way...
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8 Mar

Open Energi

In the early 1980s, a Coca-Cola vending machine in Carnegie-Mellon University became one of the first appliances connected to the internet.  Frustrated with long treks to an empty machine or to one recently filled with warm coke bottles, the students...
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2 Mar

Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Sector

In October 2016, new data revealed that global Carbon Dioxide concentration had passed 400 parts per million in the atmosphere for the first time. This number is troubling, and has plagued the minds of environmental scientists, climate activists, and governments alike....
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28 Feb

GoodLands

Below the Tower of Winds and before the threshold of the famous Sistine Chapel stretches a vast gallery of carefully painted maps.  Preceding Google Maps and satellite imagery by nearly half a millennium, these frescoes were commissioned by Pope Gregory...
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23 Feb

Carnaval Around the Globe

On February 18th, festivities in Brazil began as parades and revelry filled the streets all over the country. Not the only nation to anticipate Lent with such rejoicing, this map attempts to chronicle some of the other nations with a...
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21 Feb

Bellerby & Co.

Geography can be found in the most unexpected of places.  A historical example can be seen in 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer’s works.  Intricately rendered globes and maps beckon to the viewer from the painting’s shadowy interiors, illuminating how geography...
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18 Feb

Geocaching

  May 1st, 2000 8:00 pm EDT. The Clinton Administration announced the removal of satellite signal scrambling devices. In a matter of moments, civilian GPS receivers became ten times more accurate, effectively increasing location accuracy from 100 yards to 10...
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14 Feb

The World’s Love of Chocolate

Originating in the Americas, cocoa production and consumption has spread into a global phenomenon. One of the most treasured treats around the world, cocoa and its derived products are always in demand. This map looks at data from the International...
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14 Feb

Motive.io

Whether it’s to find the nearest restaurant, to check today’s weather, or to determine the shortest route to a specified destination, location-based services play an integral role in getting people through their daily routines.  But can the ubiquitous smartphone and...
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