Scientists Are Mapping The Ocean's Plastic, Because 99% Is Missing

Last week, some strange news swept the science internet: Much of the plastic scientists expected to find on the ocean’s surface is gone, and no one knows exactly where it is. Now the scientists behind the research have shared a first-of-its-kind map of ocean plastic with National Geographic--and it could be key to solving the mystery.

Watch How American Cities Grew Through Thousands Of Historic Maps

Good thing it’s almost the holiday weekend and you don’t need to be productive because the USGS just launched a heck of a time-wasting website. Now you can explore cities through beautiful old maps, some dating all the way back to 1884. But here’s the best part: You can mix and match many maps to tell your own geographic story.

This Company Uses Earth's Magnetic Field To See Inside Buildings

In some ways, it’s an ominous pitch. By measuring the “magnetic fingerprint” of any building in the world, the Finnish company IndoorAtlas can conjure up a startlingly precise indoor map of any building. It’s technology that sci-fi has dreamt of for decades. But instead of surveillance, it’s being used for shopping.

This App Lets Friends Track Your Bike Rides To Make Sure You're Safe

RoadID has long made various fitness trackers and ID systems which help you monitor and map your rides. But their app has an interesting new feature called “eCrumb,” which allows you to share your progress with your friends and family — or contact them in an emergency.

Drone Mapping Lost Pyramids In The Andes

When Gizmodo last checked in with archaeologist Mark Willis, he was assembling huge 36GB panoramic photographs of ancient rock art in the wilds of west Texas; now he’s flying drones over ancient pyramids in the Andes.

You Can Use Google Maps To Find Faces Hidden In The Earth

It’s nearly impossible to gaze up during the day without spotting sort of cloudy, billowing face staring back at us. But rarely do we get the opportunity to see the faces we so casually trample right beneath our feet. Now, a new program by Onformative is giving us a bird’s eye’s view of every facial landform on Earth.

New York City Is Getting Futuristic Touchscreen Subway Maps

This will be awesome and also deeply unsanitary. New York City has hired a company called Control Group to install 90 47-inch touchscreen subway maps around the city. It looks like real life world-of-tomorrow type stuff.

Google Maps' New Mountain Street View Lets You Peek At Peaks You'll Never Climb

Face it, you’re no mountaineer. Unless you are, in which case, congrats. But for the rest of us, there will be no mountain-top revelations to make our souls take flight. Not in real life anyway. Google Map’s new summit shots are the next best thing.

Skip The Helicopter And Make Awesome Flyover Footage With Nokia's 3D Maps

A helicopter flyover of a crowded urban city can make for an awesome and dramatic establishing shot in a film. But it’s expensive and impractical for most amateur filmmakers — or so we assumed until we saw the fantastic flyover footage Paul Wex was able to create using Nokia’s Here mapping service and a hell of a lot of patience.

Shimmering, Tweet-Based Language Map Of New York City

If you’ve ever wondered which languages are spoken where in New York City, here’s the map for you. This visualisation shows exactly which languages are used in tweets across the city.