How the United States Looked to the Civilized World in 1803

In 1803, the United States was still struggling to be taken seriously as a nation. Still, it seemed promising enough that the great civilization known as the Ottoman Empire began to take notice of it. This gorgeous map is one of the earliest and most detailed that Ottoman geographers produced of the region. » 10/29/14 1:30pm Wednesday 1:30pm

Global incident maps tell you how screwed the world is in real time

You are looking at the current disease outbreaks in the United States, as displayed in real time by Global Incidents Map. They have many more: Forest fires, hazardous materials accidents, amber alerts, border security, drug interdictions, gang crime, and now two new ones: Human trafficking and food/medicine incidents. » 10/23/14 2:25pm 10/23/14 2:25pm

How to Toggle First-Person View in Google Maps Navigation

Many people don't realize this, but Google Maps navigation has two views: a first-person view (where the arrow faces forward at all times) and a map view, which shows a more traditional map and rotates the arrow. If you've somehow gotten stuck on the second, here's how to go back to regular navigation. » 10/15/14 12:30pm 10/15/14 12:30pm

How Our Circadian Rhythms Have Learned to Ignore Time Zones

Right around this time every year, the world starts to make sense. It gets darker earlier and I get tired earlier, which means I get a better night of sleep. It turns out that I'm not just imagining things. When we go to bed is still determined by that impending darkness, even if our time zone tells us something… » 10/07/14 7:30pm 10/07/14 7:30pm