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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.


NASA Maps Show How Fast New Orleans Is Sinking

Using NASA airborne radar, scientists have shown the degree to which New Orleans and its surrounding areas are sinking each year. Mostly caused by groundwater extraction, it’s yet another disaster in the making.


These Stunning Maps Show The Final Months Of The First World War

The First World War began just over a century ago, and in 2017, the United States will begin to commemorate its entry into the conflict. These three maps show the beginning of the end of the war in incredible and beautiful detail.


This Map Of Mercury Is Perfect For Interplanetary Roadtrip Planning

The USGS has released this new, incredibly detailed map of Mercury. It’s the first time the features on the surface of the planet have been depicted so completely.


Now Everyone Can See Tolkien's Annotated Map Of Middle-Earth In All Its Glory

Last year, a map of Middle-earth, annotated by Tolkien himself, was unearthed in a copy of a book owned by illustrator Pauline Baynes. The map has now been purchased by Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, who very kindly put a full, authorised, version of the full map online, which is sure to be pored over by fans forever and ever.


The Real Reason You Wouldn't Want To Live On An All-Local Diet

An investigation into several locavore restaurants revealed that what was written on the menus wasn’t at all what was showing up at the tables. But the underlying reason for the problem is much bigger than just the restaurants: it’s the all-local diet itself.


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