Car accidents at railroad crossings spiked nine percent last year, according to the New York Times–a huge number that the Federal Railroad Administration is trying to bring down. Today, it announced a project with Google to create alerts within Google Maps that will tell motorists when they’re closing in on a crossing. »
A group of researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Stanford University used NASA’s satellite images to chart the growth of the Chinese capital city, and one of their more interesting findings was the astounding rate at which Beijing has grown during the last 10 years.
Researchers at the University of California in Merced recently put together a look at where in the country you could survive on only local foods and concluded that 90% of the U.S. could make it. So should you be taking your grocery list out to your local fields? Nope, and here’s why.
If you’ve played Heroes of the Storm, you’ve probably found yourself wondering if there’s a way to predict when and where tributes appear in the “Cursed Hollow” map. HOTS player and Reddit user Stumpaxe made a very handy guide explaining how the tribute spawning system works in the level. Check it out on imgur. »
Google Maps is packed to the brim with useful information about the world around you like when stores closed and how long it will take you to get there. Now, the app will combine those pieces of information to warn you that a store will be closed by the time you get there. »
For cities, there’s Google Maps, but if you want to venture out into the great outdoors, you’re still best off with paper maps. Natural Atlas gives you those maps on your computer so you can print them out yourself. »
If data journalism has proved anything, it’s that you can make an interactive map of almost anything. Today’s exhibit: a map that ranks the world’s roads by bendyness, once and for all conclusively proving that the Midwest is really incredibly boring — to drive across, of course. »
Today at 7pm PST, Splatoon receives a free new multiplayer map: Kelp Dome. Here’s a picture of it! »
With a subtle announcement on its website, Apple has confirmed that it’s sending cars out on to the streets of the U.S., UK and Ireland in order to acquire data—including images—that will be used to improve its Maps service. »
There are just 32 pieces on a chessboard, but the number of patterns in which those pieces can move in the course of an individual game are astronomical. Still, as these maps show, despite all those different possibilities, each piece has a pretty clear pattern behind it. »
The world has over 200 million fewer hungry people than it did 25 years ago. So does that mean hunger is decreasing around the world? The answer is yes — but sadly, not everywhere.
As we close in on the end of meteorological spring, here’s a look at the 737 tornado reports sent to the Storm Prediction Center between March 1 and May 29 (today). It wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been, all things considered. The actual number of tornadoes is lower than 737—multiple reports exist for many… »