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  • Most people in Latin America can NOT read a map. Someone is leading the caravan.

    10/23/2018 5:41:53 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 35 replies
    News | 23 October 2018 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    A huge majority of Latin Americans (including Mexico) can not read a map. When I first married my wife, who had post-secondary education, she could NOT read a map. I had to teach her. Latin Americans are excellent at land marking once they've been somewhere, but not reading maps. So, embedded within that group are leaders who are navigating for them and telling them where to go. Our government needs to infiltrate that bunch and take out those leaders. All the rest would scatter. Simple solution.
  • 23 charts and maps that show the world is getting much, much better

    10/21/2018 7:43:19 AM PDT · by Baynative · 16 replies
    Vox ^ | Dylan Matthews
    EXHIBIT: The power of media On display here is the power of the media that I think is helping to shape the distorted opinions of millennials. While the charts and maps show optimistic trends in almost every category, the author starts this report by saying: "For most Americans, these feel like bleak times. We have a massively unpopular, scandal-plagued president whose aides are being convicted of serious federal felonies. Overt, old-fashioned racism is publicly visible and powerful in a way it wasn’t only five years ago. More than 200 admired, powerful men have been accused of sexual misconduct or assault....
  • Illinois Tollway Opens Annual Map Cover Art Contest for Students (with diversity theme)

    10/04/2018 12:05:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | September 10, 2018 | Community Contributor drohrback
    DOWNERS GROVE, IL - The Illinois Tollway, in partnership with Blick Art Materials and MB Real Estate (MBRE), is inviting high school art students to participate in the 2019 Tollway Map Cover Art Contest for a shot to land on the cover art of the official 2019 Illinois Tollway Map. Recognizing the Illinois Tollway's commitment to diversity, the theme for the 2019 contest calls on student artists to submit artwork that illustrates the importance of diversity and inclusion. Areas of focus for the 2019 Tollway Map Cover Art Contest may include, but are not limited to, the following themes: Diversity...
  • Catalogue of planetary maps, past and present, highlights our evolving view of our Solar System

    09/21/2018 11:27:36 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies
    Catalogue of planetary maps, past and present, highlights our evolving view of our Solar System September 21, 2018 Catalogue of planetary maps, past and present, highlights our evolving view of our Solar System A catalogue that provides an overview of over 2,200 planetary maps produced worldwide between 1600 and 2018 was presented today at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2018 in Berlin. The catalogue has been produced by Henrik Hargitai, from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest (Hungary), and Mateusz Pitura, from the University of Wroclaw (Poland).“Production of planetary maps started in Europe in the 1600s. It expanded to the...
  • Google Maps dumps its flat view of the Earth for a fully 3D globe

    08/04/2018 1:02:10 AM PDT · by cba123 · 23 replies
    bgr.com ^ | August 3, 2018 | Jacob Siegal
    Google has been on a roll with new features for its Maps service this week, from matching users to restaurants that they might like to adding battery percentage to location sharing. Rather than settle for two though, Google decided to end the week with one last surprise (which might irritate some flat-earthers). As of today, Google Maps will now change its perspective from a flat view of the planet to 3D Globe Mode (as Google calls it), giving you a more accurate view of Earth. On the previous flat map, Greenland looked to be about the same size as Africa,...
  • Opinion analysis: Texas scores near-complete victory on redistricting

    06/25/2018 3:50:03 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    Scotusblog ^ | June 25, 2018
    This morning the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Texas in a dispute alleging that the state’s lawmakers had drawn redistricting maps to discriminate against some of the state’s black and Hispanic residents. By a vote of 5-4, the justices threw out almost all of a ruling by a three-judge federal district court that would have invalidated the maps, agreeing with the lower court only that one state legislative district was a racial gerrymander. Today’s ruling means that elections this year will likely go forward using the existing maps. The decision came in the two cases known as Abbott v....
  • Hispanic Population in the United States - Census Maps

    04/21/2018 7:17:50 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 26 replies
    The Census Bureau ^ | 2010 | U.S. Department of the Census
    Here are two maps (scroll down after accessing website) which give some information on Hispanic population for the 2010 Census. Click here for 2010 Hispanic Population MapsHere's what I found years earlier for the 2000 Census. Far better: Click here for detailed reporting via maps of Hispanic population in the U.S.
  • Can mapping conflict data explain, predict and prevent violence?

    02/18/2018 6:05:25 AM PST · by Theoria · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 16 Feb 2018 | Gordon Corera
    It was December 2015, and Dr Weisi Guo was having dinner and listening to the grim news about the conflict in Syria. Over the previous decade, Dr Guo had grown increasingly troubled by the amount of violence towards civilians. He had worked in UNHCR refugee camps in Algeria and seen the human cost at first hand. His own expertise - as an academic specialising in communication networks and telecoms - seemed a world away. But as a physical scientist he wanted a model to help understand the nature of conflict, and so a highly innovative approach began to take shape....
  • Roomba's Next Big Step Is Selling Maps of Your Home to the Highest Bidder

    07/24/2017 7:54:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    gizmodo ^ | July 24,2017 | rhett jone
    The Roomba is generally regarded as a cute little robot friend that no one but dogs would consider to be a potential menace. But for the last couple of years, the robovacs have been quietly mapping homes to maximize efficiency. Now, the device’s makers plan to sell that data to smart home device manufacturers, turning the friendly robot into a creeping, creepy little spy. While it may seem like the information that a Roomba could gather is minimal, there’s a lot to be gleaned from the maps it’s constantly updating. It knows the floor plan of your home, the basic...
  • Boston Schools Change Maps to “De-colonize” History

    03/22/2017 11:58:41 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    The Dennis Prager Show ^ | March 22, 2017 | Dennis Prager
    We’re all for accuracy. But that’s not why this change is being made. It’s being made for political purposes. Because Africa looks bigger on the new map that’s going to change the lives of black and other minority students? Really? No, it’s really about showing minority students how victimized they have been.
  • 260 Drought Maps Show California's Deep Drought and Current Recovery

    02/17/2017 11:56:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2/17 | Kyle Kim and Thomas Suh Lauder
    Persistent precipitation in recent months have significantly improved California's drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Extreme to exceptional drought – the most severe levels – have been virtually lifted in the entire state since it first appeared on Jan. 24, 2014.
  • Did YOU know that Africa is three times larger than China? Fascinating maps reveal the [tr]

    02/16/2017 9:29:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 16, 2017 | Naomi Leach
    While some are aware that 2D maps fail to accurately convey the scale of countries and continents on Earth, a mind-boggling new infographic reveals the true extent of this distortion. Historically, Mercator projection used in 2D cartology was favoured by sailors as it allowed them to keep their course - but this system is flawed. The further away destinations are from the equator the more distorted their size becomes.
  • How Millions Of Secret Silk Maps Helped POWs Escape Their Captors in WWII

    12/20/2016 1:34:20 PM PST · by NYer · 24 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | December 20, 2016 | Cara Giaimo
    A "Mark III" military escape kit, with a silk map peeking out. Imagine it’s 1942, and you’re a member of Britain’s Royal Air Force. In a skirmish above Germany, your plane was shot out of the sky, and since then you’ve been hunkered down in a Prisoner of War camp. Your officers have told you it’s your duty to escape as soon as you can, but you can’t quite figure out how—you’ve got no tools and no spare rations, and you don’t even know where you are.One day, though, you’re playing Monopoly with your fellow prisoners when you notice a strange seam...
  • Apple is reportedly using drones to beat Google Maps

    12/01/2016 10:05:33 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    The Verge ^ | 12/01/16 | Tom Warren
    Apple is reportedly planning to use drones to improve its Maps app and truly compete with Google Maps, following a problematic launch four years ago. Bloomberg News reports that Apple has been building a team of experts in robots and data capture to utilize drones to quickly update maps. Google and Apple both use fleets of cars and vans equipped with cameras, but drones will allow Apple to examine and monitor roads, street signs, construction areas, and more. Apple is said to have hired at least one employee from Amazon’s Air division to help run its own drone team based in Seattle. Alongside the...
  • Six maps that will make you rethink the world

    06/29/2016 8:35:55 AM PDT · by lulu16 · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 29, 2016 | Ana Swanson
    "We don’t often question the typical world map that hangs on the walls of classrooms — a patchwork of yellow, pink and green that separates the world into more than 200 nations. But Parag Khanna, a global strategist, says that this map is, essentially, obsolete. Khanna is the author of the new book “Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization,” in which he argues that the arc of global history is undeniably bending toward integration. Instead of the boundaries that separate sovereign nations, the lines that we should put on our maps are the high-speed railways, broadband cables and shipping...
  • Breathtaking Photos: The Vatican’s Gallery of the Maps

    05/13/2016 3:24:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Aletelial ^ | May 13, 2016 | Elizabeth Lev
    Visitors to the Vatican Museums are susceptible to a curious illusion. After a long walk through antiquities and tapestries, many reach the entrance to the Gallery of the Geographical Maps, where they stop abruptly (usually blocking the doorway), whip out cameras, and ask in awe, “Is this the Sistine Chapel?”This “Gallery of the Maps Syndrome” is bound to reach epidemic levels after the restoration completed on April 23, which involved four years of careful and creative solutions to problems ranging from detached frescoes to pigments reduced to powder. Funded by the California Patrons of the Vatican Museums, the revitalized...
  • These 8 maps show just how dominant Donald Trump has been

    02/24/2016 10:04:51 PM PST · by goldstategop · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/24/2016 | Philip Bump
    Trump's strong performances have moved him from "lol what" to "jeez" very, very quickly. And while he's also had three straight wins in relatively friendly states, it's still not totally clear where the unfriendly states might be.
  • The Shortest Driving Route Through All 48 Contiguous US States

    12/07/2015 1:25:57 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 70 replies
    Twitter ^ | November 2015 | Amazing Maps
    Takes 113 hours.
  • AMERICA GOT HER NAME FROM THIS 1507 MAP

    11/13/2015 5:37:41 AM PST · by NYer · 54 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | November 9, 2015 | ERIC GRUNDHAUSER
    The first time America was called America. (All Images from The Library of Congress)The Universalis Cosmographia, a 1507 cartographic exploration of the known world, depicted the New World as two entirely separate continents. This was quite a revolutionary stance on the early days of the Age of Discovery: many people still believed that the New World was connected to Asia. Although we now know that North and South America are a single continent, this ambitious map by German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller is rightfully revered for giving America its name.The wide wall map was originally printed in a gorgeous tome of cartographic illustrations and gores (maps designed to...
  • 25 Maps That Will Change The Way You See The World

    10/03/2015 1:36:27 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    List25 ^ | Dec 5, 2013 | List25
    Over the last few months it seems that maps have been all the rage. We here at List25 decided to jump on the bandwagon and highlight some of our favorites. These are 25 maps that will change the way you see the world.