20 amazing maps that will change the way you see the world

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.



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75% of world leaders are now on Twitter

Digital Policy Council (DPC) has a new survey that shows 75 percent of the world’s heads of state have a presence on Twitter.  A total of 164 countries were evaluated by the DPC study, and it found this year that 123 of them have a head of state that is on Twitter, either with a personal handle or an official government one. That’s up significantly from 2011, when 69 out of the 164 countries had a Twitter presence.



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World must adjust to end of cheap labor in China

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“China’s evaporating cheap labor pool will disrupt supply chains and consumption habits around the world.”

Shaun Rein takes a hard look at the economic colossus in The End of Cheap China. Rein is managing director of China Market Research Group, a strategic market intelligence firm with clients like Apple, DuPont and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

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World’s smallest 3D map of the world

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The world’s smallest map is composed of 500,000 pixels, each measuring 20 nm2 and was created in only 2.23 minutes.

Zurich scientists have created the world’s smallest 3D map – of the world.  IBM’s perfectly formed ‘nano-world’, has now been accepted by the Guinness World Record organization.  (Pics)

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China becomes No. 2 ad market in the world

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China will surpass Japan in total media spending this year.

Advertising in China, still developing compared to countries like the US and Japan, is beginning to catch up to the demand of consumer-facing companies looking to expand their reach among the world’s largest population and its growing buying power. eMarketer estimates that by the end of this year, ad spending in the China will increase enough to make the country the second-largest advertising market in the world.


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Top 10 most powerful photos in the world


Agim Shala, a two-year-old boy, is passed through a fence made with barbed wire to his family.

It is often said a picture is worth a thousand words.  But there only a few rare photos that tell more than a thousand words. Those pictures tell a powerful story, a story poignant enough to change the world and galvanize each of us. Over and over again…


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