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The 9 Best Travel Apps For Exploring Cities

You’ve landed somewhere brand new, and you’re ready to explore the new city, but you have absolutely no idea where to start. This is where your trusty smartphone comes in. There are loads of cool travelling apps you can use to help you find awesome spots around town. Here are 9 of our favourite apps for discovering new places in unfamiliar surroundings, beyond what the more well-known travel guides have to offer.


Watch 35,000 Fishing Vessels Move Around The World In This Map

There are thousands of ships sailing the seas to catch the fish you eat, and now you can watch them sail the ocean in almost real-time on this interactive map


Enjoy A Gloriously Detailed Look At The Arctic Before It Melts Away

A series of beautiful digital terrain maps, created by the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), are immortalizing something that might soon be lost: the magnificent, ice-carved landscapes of the Arctic.


Kill Some Time Playing Around With This Cool Wind Map

Whether you’re a wind enthusiast, a cartography connoisseur or just a bored person online, Windyty is a website you’ll likely have a good time messing around with.


Why The Heck Do Some Countries Have Weird Panhandles?

If you look closely at a map, you’re bound to find some really weird stuff. Countries you never knew existed pop up, bodies of water reveal themselves and the borders of countries look totally random. What’s more random about those borders is when they have weird panhandles or salients, basically appendages of land that have been hastily slapped onto the main body of a country. How did these tiny stretches of land get added?


10 Tricks To Make Yourself A Google Maps Master

Google Maps has been available for more than 10 years now, and since its launch, a huge swatch of features and functions have been added to the service. Are you sure you know all of them? Here are our favourite tips and tricks for getting more out of Google’s mapping service.


The Size Of Countries In Real Life Versus The Size Of Countries On A Map

Video: Maps lie. We all learned this at some point in school, when we realised Greenland wasn’t quite the hulking beast of land mass we thought it was. I mean, Greenland isn’t even a third of the size of Australia. And the UK is teeny! Smaller than Japan, the Philippines and Madagascar. Come to think of it, all of Europe is way smaller than what we imagine it to be on the map.


This Map Shows The Size Of The World's Biggest Empires From History

Which empire was the biggest throughout history? Which had the most people? Which had the biggest contiguous empire? The map below details all the most powerful empires from history and shows the area each empire covered, the amount of people they had under their rule, the year they reached their political height, the period of time they reigned, and who their most famous ruler waas.


This Picture Shows Something Strange Happening In Jupiter's Atmosphere

Next week, Juno — the solar-powered spacecraft that’s been closing in on Jupiter since 2011 — will arrive to orbit the planet and send us back photos and data. But already, researchers have taken an infrared view of the planet that reveals an incredibly active atmosphere.


See The Exact Moment When The World's Biggest Cities Were Born

Video: The world is urbanizing faster than ever, with more than half of the planet’s population currently living in cities — more than any time in history. But when did this trend of “urbanisation” start? It turns out its roots go back much farther than we thought.


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