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These New Maps of Pluto and Its Moon Charon Are the Most Detailed Yet

By meticulously stitching together photos taken from two cameras aboard the New Horizons spacecraft, a team of scientists has compiled the most accurate maps of Pluto and Charon to date. Read More >>

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This Is the Longest Straight Path You Could Travel on Water Without Hitting Land

Back in 2012, a Reddit user posted a map claiming to show the longest straight line that could be traversed across the ocean without hitting land. Intrigued, a pair of computer scientists have developed an algorithm that corroborates the route, while also demonstrating the longest straight line that can be taken on land. Read More >>

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350-Year-Old Map of Australia Restored to Its Former Glory

Lost for hundreds of years, a recently recovered map of Australia dating back to the 17th century has finally been restored and put on display at a museum in Canberra. The document chronicles the mapping efforts of explorers a full 100 years before Captain James Cook set sail for the Pacific. Read More >>

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Distorted Map Shows Each Country Forced Into Its Time Zone

A new map from XKCD’s Randal Monroe offers a glimpse into a bizarre alternate world where each country is forcibly squeezed into its respective time zone(s). Read More >>

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Striking New Maps Show the Beauty of Earth’s Shadows

We are visual beings: Our perception of the world is intrinsically tied to our ability to perceive light. But what about the places where light doesn’t fall? Do places in shadow still encode information for the visual cortex to process? Can shadows actually tell us something meaningful about the landscapes they darken? Read More >>

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Uber Reportedly Will Invest £377 Million Into Mapping the World

Earlier this month, satellite imaging technology company DigitalGlobe announced it was partnering with Uber to “leverage DigitalGlobe’s industry leading constellation of sensors to access imagery and location intelligence to help identify and improve pick-up and drop-off locations". Last week, Uber posted a press release to announce that Brian McClendon, the former head of Google Maps who left the company for Uber last year, would be leading Uber’s global mapping initiative. McClendon wrote that the company is “doubling down” on its mapping investment but didn’t say how much it would spend. Read More >>

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This Map of Mercury Is Perfect for Interplanetary Roadtrip Planning

The USGS has released this new, incredibly detailed map of Mercury. It’s the first time the features on the surface of the planet have been depicted so completely. Read More >>

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What Mars Would Look Like Mapped by Medieval Cartographers

What can one expect to find out on the dusty plains of Mars? This new map shows you through the eyes of a medieval cartographer. Read More >>

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Here’s the Most Complete Ocean Floor Map Ever Made

What lies beneath the deep blue sea? So much more than you might think. Read More >>

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There is No Such Thing as an Unbiased Map

Who knew that asking for directions to the Hollywood Sign could be such a complicated question? Well, it is. After writing recently that a group of residents have succeeded in effectively erasing the Hollywood Sign from Google Maps to lead tourists astray, I was floored by the response that came from every corner of the globe. Read More >>

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11 Bird’s-Eye Views That Show How NYC Has Grown Over 350 Years

Exactly 350 years ago today, New York City became New York City. The city itself already existed, of course: As the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam. But on September 8th, 1664, the British gave it its permanent moniker, which makes today its name-day. Read More >>

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Tracking an Ebola Outbreak in a City Without Maps

If you Google Map Guéckédou, the Guinean city smack dab in the Ebola virus's deadly domain right now, you'd see just an abstract blotch of beige and yellow. Zoom all the way in on satellite view, and you can barely make out the outlines of buildings. Don't even think about trying Street View. Google Maps simply reflects the state of mapping in parts of Guinea. There are no good maps of Guéckédou—until the good folks of the internet help create one. Read More >>

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These Amazing Illustrations are Like Google Maps for 1900s Japan

Many decades before satellites even existed, a Japanese cartographer named Hatsusaburo Yoshida was drawing cities as though he was floating hundreds of metres above them. His vivid, colourful drawings are almost 100 years old now—but they're just as exciting as they were in 1914. Read More >>

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The World’s Most (and Least) Populous Places Revealed in a Single Map

We've seen a lot of world population maps, but this might just be prettiest one yet. Simple black lines trace the population by latitude, so that a few cities, labeled in yellow, tower like the skyscrapers over the land. It's not unlike a cartographical version of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album cover. Read More >>