How to Understand These Gorgeous Satellite Data Maps of the Earth

NASA's Earth Observatory has spent over fifteen years using satellites to collect hordes of real-time data across our planet's surface. They reveal everything from temperature and energy use, to how much radiation we beam into space. Here's how to understand satellite data maps to understand our planet's vital signs. » 2/26/15 11:39am Thursday 11:39am

This Map Of A Week's Worth Of Global Shipping Traffic Is Mesmerizing

You order something, it ships, and a few days (and a few checks through package tracking) later it's at your doorstep. It's a relatively simple process — until you start looking at all the packages moving worldwide at once. And then that simple process becomes a vast, complicated, and even kind of beautiful, network. » 2/24/15 11:20am 2/24/15 11:20am

This Map Shows You Which Companies Actually Make the Beer You Love

Beer can be a tasty adult beverage, but do you know who's really making the beer that you're drinking? It may not matter to you, but it's always fun to know where your fancy Belgian White is actually being brewed—or the company that's actually behind that stout you swear is is an import. This chart from VinePair… » 2/12/15 4:30pm 2/12/15 4:30pm

How to Save Maps to Your Phone So You Won't Get Lost, Even Without Data 

Don't let a dodgy data connection hamper your attempts to get from A to B: Many of the mapping tools on the market enable you to cache tiles for offline use, so even if you're halfway down a mountain you can still spot the track that will lead to back to civilization. Here's how to store maps ahead of time in a couple… » 2/10/15 9:30am 2/10/15 9:30am

13 Gorgeous Panoramic Maps Drawn Long Before Satellites Even Existed 

It's hard for us Google Earth-dependent modern-day humans to conceive of, but there was once a time when we had to imagine what our towns and cities looked like from the sky. In fact, there were famous artists who specialized in creating these panoramic views of Earth, though today, it's a lost art. » 2/09/15 4:10pm 2/09/15 4:10pm