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A Pirate-Friendly Map Of The Pieces Of Ocean That No Country Owns

Cool map alert: Doughnut Holes in International Waters is an interactive map that shows which countries have sovereignty over the high seas. It shows how we’ve diced up the waters with international law — and what all the left-over bits and pieces look like.


Explore The World Of Game Of Thrones As If It Were On Google Maps

If you’re desperate to understand the world from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones, here’s your chance. The lands of Westeros and Essos have been given a full Google Maps-style treatment, so you can explore them in detail.


This Map Lets You Find Every Street, Place And Thing With Your Name

If you’ve ever secretly believed that you deserve a place named after you, then you have come to the right corner of the internet. This handy little app finds every street, river, garden, park, castle, or cave with your name already on it.


Map Shows Australians Have Sex The Longest

Step it up, world. Australians last longer than anyone else in the sack, averaging a little over four minutes in duration. Well, at least according to this map that measures the frequency of sex and duration of sex by country. We don’t have the most sex though; that honour goes to the US.


Tracking An Ebola Outbreak In A City Without Maps

If you Google Map Guéckédou, the Guinean city smack dab in the Ebola virus’s deadly domain right now, you’d see just an abstract blotch of beige and yellow. Zoom all the way in on satellite view, and you can barely make out the outlines of buildings. Don’t even think about trying Street View. Google Maps simply reflects the state of mapping in parts of Guinea. There are no good maps of Guéckédou — until the good folks of the internet help create one.


What If Every Single Train Map Was Designed By The Same Person?

Transit maps are as unique as the cities they represent. To know Tokyo’s subway, you have to know the quirks of its subway map; to navigate New York City, you have to familiarise yourself with its mapping idiosyncrasies too. But what if design was standardised across every city in the world?


How Our Early Ancestors Spread Far And Wide, Mapped

Over six million years ago, we split off from our common ancestor with chimps. But scientists have recently been finding fossils all over the planet that show that hominins diversified into a wide range of species away from their native Africa.


A Step-By-Step Walkthrough Of The World's First Great Infographic

Data visualisation is an amazing way to get a point across. That is, when you’re making infographics that aren’t just dumb. Charles Joseph Minard’s famous visual telling of Napoleon’s 1812 invasion of Russia is one of the first great examples, if a little intimidating at a glance. And this explanation by the folks at Numberphile really helps bring it home.


See The Global Shipping Revolution In These Beautiful Ocean Maps

The global shipping industry has completely transformed our world: Today, 90 per cent of everything in your life arrives via cargo ship. These two maps prove just how dramatically international trade has increased, by comparing the oceans of the 19th century with those of the late 20th.


Extraordinary Picture: Three Dragon Storms Sweeping The US

This is a really unusual weather situation, according to the National Weather Service in the US: three low pressure systems in line over the entirety of North America. NASA Goddard describes them as “three atmospheric dragons”. They do look like dragons! It must be a Game of Thrones marketing ploy.