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These High-Tech Archaeological Tools Will Help Rebuild Nepal's History

As rescue efforts in Nepal begin to shift to recovery mode, relief workers in the earthquake-ravaged country are focusing on infrastructure — including the catastrophic loss of so many historic structures. And they’re increasingly using emerging technology to do it.


These Maps Plot The Most Interesting Places And The Paths Between Them

For the past five years data artist Eric Fischer’s been working on something called the Geotaggers’ World Atlas, a project which hopes to discover the world’s most interesting places by examining beautiful Flickr photos. As it turns out, the maps showing the routes between them are just as beautiful.


Two Ways You Can Join Nepal's Earthquake Relief Effort From A Computer

There are a few important ways you can contribute to the Nepal earthquake relief effort from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.


This Lost Map Changed How We Saw The World

In 1815, William Smith drew a map of the United Kingdom which transformed the scientific landscape: It laid the foundations for modern geology, and identified natural resources which would beget the Industrial Revolution. But up until last year, this first-edition copy was considered to be lost forever.


How Our Future Cities Will Look After Extreme Flooding 

We know sea levels are rising. We can even project how the rising ocean will change our cities. But seeing how drastically our world will be changed, thousands of years in the future? That’s something else.


OpenStreetMap Finally Does Directions, And That's Amazing

OpenStreetMap is an amazing, free, open-source alternative to the other mapping tools on the Internet. And now, it just got a whole lot better: it now offers A-to-B directions, directly from its homepage.


Why People Keep Trying To Erase The Hollywood Sign From Google Maps

The Hollywood Sign might be one of the most recognisable things on Earth. In Los Angeles, it’s also one of the most visible. You can see it from a plane as you glide into LAX. You can see it from a car as you drive up the 101 freeway. But a group of people who live near the sign are trying to hide it, even as it looms in the hills, in plain sight. By removing it from Google Maps.


These Two Guys Want To Turn The Entire Planet Into A Typeface

Last we checked in with Benedikt Groß and Joey Lee, the designer and geographer had just finished counting the number of pools in Los Angeles (43,123). Now the duo hope to bring their somewhat-insane methodology to a similarly perplexing challenge: How do we find all the buildings on the planet that look like letters from the air?


Google And Microsoft Are Mapping Favelas So They Can Sell Things There

The twisting sidewalks and dizzying density of Brazil’s favelas might deter most outsiders from navigating these crowded inner-city neighbourhoods, which informally house about 1.5 million of the country’s residents. Yet in the last few months, both Google and Microsoft have both been seen mapping their narrow streets and dirt paths.


A Map Of Every Device In The World That's Connected To The Internet

Where is the internet? This map might explain it better than any statistics could ever hope to: The red hot spots show where the most devices that can access the internet are located.