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This Map Shows The Most Popular Unique Foods In Each US State

Foursquare tracked people’s tastes across America to come up with a very interesting way to determine the uniqueness of taste: they mined their user data to figure out which food or drink was disproportionately popular in each state. So this map doesn’t show what’s the most popular item in each state, but what item is most uniquely popular in each state (in relation to other places).


Watch The Entire History Of US County Boundaries Evolve In 30 Seconds

Video: US state and county boundaries have changed a lot since 1629. This wonderfully simple animation shows how they have been drawn and redrawn over almost 400 years.


13 Years Of Cloud-Watching Makes A Beautiful Visual Of The Earth

This beautiful map shows an average of all of the available cloud observations from the Aqua satellite. The shades of blue represent the cloudiness of our planet.


Audi, Mercedes Benz And BMW Want To Buy Nokia's HERE Maps

In-car services are the next big thing for auto-makers all around the world. With the rise of self-driving cars, so-called smarter cars and cars centred around smartphone platforms, some auto-makers are getting a little nervous that they’re about to be locked out of their own vehicles in future. To fight back, Germany’s big three auto-makers are looking to buy a controlling stake in Nokia’s HERE Maps business before someone else does.


Cost Obsessions Around The World, According To Google Autocomplete

If you ever wondered what sorts of things people are looking to buy in the Middle East, Russia or West Africa, look no further than Google, which has all of our data. That, at least, is what the cost guide website Fixr.com did, by examining the top Google autocomplete search terms for every country on the planet.


Every Tree In New York City, Mapped By Species

New York City is about as urban as urban gets, but even concrete jungles harbour leafy life. At last count, there were 592, 130 trees in the Big Apple and thanks to the efforts of Brooklyn-based designer Jill Hubley, you can now study them all in a colourful interactive map.


3D Laser Scan Shows London's Abandoned Underground Mail Rail Network

Beneath the streets of London, an underground rail network once existed to shuttle mail around the city. Decommissioned in 2003, this 3D laser scan serves to save its existence for posterity.


Beautiful Maps Will Change How You Look At The World

Sadly, the Oxford English Dictionary has yet to accept ‘cartophile‘ as the official term for a map-lover (though Urban Dictionary has no such qualms). But even if the title lacks the linguistic seal of approval, there’s no doubt that maps can be lust-worthy objects.


The Fake Places That Only Exist To Catch Copycat Mapmakers

There are fake towns, there are real towns, and then there is Agloe in upstate New York. The town was invented as a cartographical ruse in the 1930s, but it somehow ended up becoming real. Agloe’s story might be the strangest in the already strange history of copyright traps in maps.


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.