City Plates are 12-inch porcelain plates that have grid maps of 24 different cities on them, from Boston to Brasilia to Berlin.
An online map that tracks in near real-time the vegetation area of all the world’s forests simultaneously will launch next month, after a preview was shown at a United Nations summit yesterday. Called “Global Forest Watch 2.0,” the map is a project years in the making led by the World Resources Institute, a nonprofit advocacy group focused on ecological issues.
Nate Bergey has created several data visualizations using 1,129,177 photos taken from the International Space Station. Since most images from the ISS are of land masses, Bergey found that plotting all of the images creates a fuzzy map of the world.
As Chicago closes public schools, a question arises: Do school closings contribute to a community’s downward spiral — or are they a symptom?
MBTA subway lines, with stations spaced according to scheduled travel time.
Although they carry the vast majority of our oil and natural gas, the nation’s 2.5 million miles of pipelines remain largely invisible to the public. And while they’re much safer than alternatives such as trucks, pipelines suffer hundreds of ruptures and spills every year. Critics blame minimal oversight and old pipes for accidents that could have been prevented; operators maintain that they’re committed to continuous improvement.
Using a site that tracks dollar bills, a theoretical physicist noticed that our state boundaries are rather arbitrary, but that money tends to stay within new, more realistic boundaries.
Last week we took a short vacation in Paris. One of our many long walks was along the Promenade Plantee, a linear elevated park that runs along an old railway viaduct. The Viaduct des Arts is a line of specialty arts and crafts stores in the archways underneath.
Because of the irregular terrain around the world and the inability for wireless signals to penetrate it, planning wireless technologies can be difficult. A few years ago we saw how Clif Guy used Google Earth to plot locations that needed access, but today we’re looking at the Wireless Networks Planning Tool (WiNPT) that makes excellent use of Google Earth terrain to help with network planning.