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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.


This Interactive Shows How Far Your Food Travelled To Get To You

We know our food is incredibly well travelled, but just where does your food come from? A new set of interactive charts help you trace the often serpentine route from farm to table.


The Majority Of Americans Can't See The Milky Way Anymore, But Australians Can See It Fine

Our world is getting brighter, as we turn more and more lights on across the planet. But all that light shining from the ground makes it harder to see the lights shining from the sky. It’s now gotten so bad that the Milky Way is almost impossible to see in most of the United States – but Australia’s view remains pretty good.


These Real Moments In History Inspired The Events Of Game Of Thrones

Video: The world of Westeros in Game of Thrones is so impressively detailed, and the history of its characters is so well crafted, that it’s amazing that George RR Martin could even come up with something so imaginative all on his own. Of course, as we know, that’s not the case. Game of Thrones is heavily influenced by real life historical events, many of which come from the medieval history of Great Britain.


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