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Why all world maps are wrong

How do you make something round into something flat without distorting it? Something round, like a globe or a planet, is three dimensional. Something flat, like a paper map hanging on the wall, is two dimensional. If ...

How zip codes helped organize America

The 'zip' in zip code stands for The Zone Improvement Plan, an address code system that was invented in 1963 to help the United States Postal Service (USPS) deliver the increasing amount of mail being sent around the ...

Marie Tharp: Uncovering the Secrets of the Ocean Floor

In the early 20th century, Alfred Wegener proposed a revolutionary idea: that the Earth’s continents were once joined together, and had gradually moved apart. The idea contradicted almost everything scientists thought...

Globe Making (1955) – British Pathé

Skilled British artisans in this North London globe making workshop would painstakingly create 60,000 world globes every year. This awesome 1955 film from British Pathé showcases their step-by-step process. Wikipedia ...

Slingshots of the Oceanic

There are many ways of moving through the Universe – of traveling from one point to another over great, even extraordinary distances. There is also a way of using the world for your own ends: taking advantage of slope...

How to Find a Galaxy

How do you find a galaxy? How do you find a thousand galaxies? Astrophysicist Dr. Margaret Geller is a galaxy mapping pioneer. She and her colleagues studied the spatial distribution of galaxies in our universe by sur...

Stadsmuziek (City Music) – Akko Goldenbeld

A three dimensional wooden map of Eindhoven, The Netherlands wrapped around a turning cylinder -- an external player piano mechanism -- Stadsmuziek (City Music) was a 2011 design project by Akko Goldenbeld: The tal...

Illustrating the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Wall of Birds

In 2014, artist Jane Kim was commissioned to paint a mural of 270 representative bird species -- including some extinct species, a few dinosaurs, and a black caiman -- on 3,000 square feet (280 square meters) of wall ...

Explore the Miniatur Wunderland model railway with Google Maps

In the miniature train game, Hamburg’s Miniatur Wunderland is a big deal. It is the largest model railway in the world, all HO scale, and it continues to grow. By 2020, ten new sections will be added to the already im...

Thin underwater cables hold the internet – Vox

Remember those 550,000 miles of undersea cables that power the internet? Learn more about this 150+ year old, cutting-edge fiber optic technology, from what the cable layers are made of, to how they're installed, to h...

Nat & Lo’s 20% Project – Behind the scenes at Google

At Google, there's a side project/perk/philosophy called "20% time" that encourages employees to spend one day a week working on their own Google-focused ideas and inventions. Googlers Natalie Hammel and Lorraine Yurs...

The 550,000 miles of undersea cables that power the internet

A planetary system of undersea cables stretches across oceans, seas, and around continents... 550,000 miles (885,139.2 kilometers) of fiber optic communications cables that power the internet and more. The first was l...

Trek the Himalayan mountains & hear stories from Khumbu, Nepal

This commercial from Google Maps and Lonelyleap is beautifully filmed, showcasing the mountains of Khumbu, Nepal and the Sherpa people who live there. The Khumbu region of Nepal is at the base of Mt. Everest, known as...

Flying drones over the lava lake at Ambrym’s Marum Crater

...for science! Made possible thanks to camera-outfitted drones, filmmaker Sam Cossman took a team the edge of Ambrym Volcano's Marum Crater to 3D map its 7.5-mile-wide (12-kilometer) caldera and the spectacular lava ...

It’s Okay to Be Smart: Where Do Birds Go In Winter?

Where do birds go for the winter, and when did we first figure out where they were disappearing to every year? Do they go to the moon, or are they off to fight battles with goat-riding armies? (Spoiler alert: Those th...

Why Do Rivers Curve? – MinuteEarth

"...All it takes to turn a straight stretch of river into a bendy one, is a little disturbance and a lot of time, and in nature there's plenty of both." In this Minute Earth episode, narrated by science writer Emily E...

First Evidence for Water Ice Clouds Found Outside Solar System

Take a (peacefully quiet) tour through and beyond our solar system to visit a neighboring brown dwarf -- a sort of failed star that's too large to be called a planet -- called W0855. A team of scientists, led by Carne...

Solar System, Milky Way, Laniakea: Our home supercluster

Our home planet, Earth, circles the sun. The sun, our star, is but one of billions of stars in the Milky Way, our home galaxy... and beyond that? Where on the map of the cosmos is the Milky Way? For the first time, we...

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