Tasks like inspecting oil rigs and crops are starting be performed by commercial drones. But they still require a highly skilled human pilot, and even those that are semi-autonomous usually use prebuilt maps or access the data over a wireless link. (Video)
How well does nature reflect the pattern of real events around the world? It’s natural to assume that people living in a certain part of the world are more likely to read, see and hear about news from their own region. But what of the international news they get—how does that compare to the international news that people in other parts of the world receive?
Caesar Augustus died two thousand years ago, on August 19, 14 AD. He was Rome’s first emperor, having won a civil war more than 40 years earlier that transformed the dysfunctional Roman Republic into an empire. Under Augustus and his successors, the empire experienced 200 years of relative peace and prosperity. Here are 40 maps that explain the Roman Empire — its rise and fall, its culture and economy, and how it laid the foundations of the modern world.
Google will use Skybox’s satellite-photo tech to improve Google Maps.
Google is buying the startup, Skybox Imaging, a company that specializes in photos taken by satellites, for $500 million.
In the past few years the impact of domestic oil and natural gas production has seen a significant uptick. The rush of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in “tight” shale plays around the country is largely responsible for a resurgence of U.S. oil and natural gas production.
To find the right players, college football teams recruit players from all around the country. Now we can now see where most of the recruits come from.
Ten million Americans pack up their lives and move to another part of the country every year. But where are they moving to? The University of Wisconsin-Madison has made an interactive map that tracks the net migration to different counties across the U.S.
1. Texas over Alaska – Texas vs. Alaska: Score settled.
Zak Erving considers himself a renegade cartographer. His journals and sketchbooks are filled with scribbled street maps of various cities around the world, indicating monuments, museums, and rarely hostels. To someone on the outside, they might look more cryptic than helpful, but he prides himself on being able to find his way around a new city using only three or four at most.
Reversed Map with Southern Hemisphere at Top of Map (because position of North is arbitrary)
Maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers. This collection of maps aims to do just that.
Maps and geography have helped humans understand their surroundings in the context of their neighbors, their town, their country, the Earth, and the Universe for about the past 2,000 years. For about 400 years, since Mercator figured out how to portray the curved Earth on a flat piece of paper, not much changed in the world of geography — until the launch of 24 GPS satellites by the U.S. Department of Defense about 30 years ago.
Americans don’t exactly agree with everyone on the pronunciations of words. A major part of what makes American English so interesting as a dialect are the regional accents.
Advanced mapping technology has let one aid organization in Africa see more clearly the scope of the problems it’s trying to fix.
A good mapping app can be appreciated by everyone. Look what happened to Apple when it failed at providing a good mapping application. Maps save us from getting lost, ensure that we get to locations on time, and guide us through complicated public transportation systems. And in some places, they can save lives. Just ask World Vision, a humanitarian organization focused on poverty and justice.