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Nicaragua is the most triangular country in the world

Underperforming, the U.S. comes in only 157th out of 196 in global triangularity ranking.

Actually, New York is half socialist already

1895 map of New York City shows 'concrete socialism' in red, 'private enterprises' in white.

A normal tourist map, "but everything is negative"

'Critical Tourist Map of Oslo' offers uniquely dark perspective on Norway's capital.

One century ago, women's suffrage swept America

In this 1915 map, Lady Liberty shines her light in the West on women in the East, still in electoral darkness

End gerrymandering? Here’s a radical solution

Why not just divide the United States in slices of equal population?

Finland is the 'most sustainable' country, say expats

India finishes last of 60 countries in environment and sustainability, as ranked by the expats who work there.

Housebound? This map lets you travel through time

Interactive globe shows where your hometown was at various stages of Earth's deep geological past.

The horror of the air war, in one stark map

This graph shows how badly German cities were hit by Allied bombing raids.

How Napoleon went from ‘cannibal’ to ‘Majesty’ in 20 days

Alexandre Dumas' famous anecdote about Fake News in the 1800s has a surprising twist.

How four British migrations defined America

They came from different places and with different ideas, which still resonate today.

All of Jimi Hendrix’s gigs in one beautiful flash

Remarkable 'fan art' commemorates 50th anniversary of legendary guitar player's passing.

Why Erdogan wants to turn Istanbul into an island

'Kanal Istanbul' would create a second Bosporus – and immortalize its creator.

The weird, enchanting beauty of geology maps

Two Williams pioneered geological mapping in Britain and the United States - but the world only remembers one.

How maps confirm anti-migrant bias

'Battlefield maps' show continent under attack from hostile invaders.

Welcome to Lithuania, land of smoked mackerel ice cream

The Baltic nation rolls out an unlikely tourist attraction: 47 weird ice cream flavors.

Here’s a map of Mars with as much water as Earth

A 71% wet Mars would have two major land masses and one giant 'Medimartian Sea.'

Want a company that lasts? Start a bank or a brewery

Maps show the oldest company in (nearly) every country – and a few interesting corporate trends.

No, the Yellowstone supervolcano is not ‘overdue’

Why mega-eruptions like the ones that covered North America in ash are the least of your worries.

Pandemic resurrects old Australian border dispute

Victorians want to rectify 19th-century surveying error – and become South Australians.

Waving to the Great Mapmaker in the Sky

Some intriguing examples of people grooming the land for the unseen observer above.

How brothers become strangers, and vice versa

Two remarkable etymological maps show twin forces at work throughout human history.

How to do archaeology with place names

Mapping the frequency of common toponyms opens window on Britain's 'deep history'.

What if Middle-earth was in Pakistan?

Iranian Tolkien scholar finds intriguing parallels between subcontinental geography and famous map of Middle-earth.

Do you prefer subs or dubs? Here’s a map for that.

Europe is divided on whether films should have subtitles or different audio tracks.

The periodic table also is a map – well, kind of

Can't memorize all those elements? If you're more into geography, perhaps this will help.

Why are these borders so weird?

New book focuses on some of the world's most peculiar borderlines.

Why the U.S. has had more vice presidents than presidents

Trump is #45 but Pence is #48 – and other strange consequences of the curious office of vice president.

Perhaps all atlases should be this subjective

To get a sense of faraway places, these 'atlases' let the locals give you their perspective.

Meanwhile, Antarctica's snow is turning green

Penguin poop and climate change are fuelling the spread of 'snow algae' down the Antarctic Peninsula

Austria like you’ve never seen it before

And after these 10 surprising maps, the Alpine republic will never look the same again.

London is a forest, and this map explores its trees

TreeTalk finds rare arboreal treasures among London's common foliage.

Hey, methane leakers: Now we know where you live

A European start-up uses satellite data to pinpoint individual sources of abnormal methane concentration.

Map provides first glimpse of post-apocalypse states

Across the land, state-driven pacts, partnerships, councils and task forces replace a coordinated federal response.

Exactly 75 years ago, time was up for the Nazis

U.S. Army maps show how Western and Eastern Fronts met by May 1, 1945.

New lunar map should help U.S. return to Moon

USGS's 'Unified Geologic Map of the Moon' is the definitive blueprint of the lunar surface.

Are these the fracture lines that will break the EU?

Europe's border closures due to coronavirus go against a fundamental freedom enshrined in the Schengen Agreement.

Each map is worth a thousand pictures

The Data Atlas of the World specialises in simple yet revealing maps of the world.

19th-century atlas offers glimpse of North Sea's fish-rich past

O.T. Olsen's gorgeous 'Piscatorial Atlas' (1883) describes a world now destroyed and forgotten

Why science took a slow dinosaur to Pangaea

From the mid-19th century, fossils were used as evidence for continental drift – but mainstream scientists didn't buy it until the 1950s.

Headed for heaven or hell? This roadmap will help

'The Broad and Narrow Way' helped 19th-century preachers explain the consequences of virtue and vice.

Urine survey reveals Europe’s favorite drugs

Coke, meth, ecstasy, amphetamines: each drug has a different 'capital'

Will COVID-19 kill off flat Earthism once and for all?

One silver lining of the pandemic: The value of common sense, facts and rational decisions increases.

​Find over 3,000 witches on this map of Scotland

Edinburgh University project geo-locates victims of Scottish 'witch-prickers' in the 16th and 17th century.

How the Nazis faked part of Hamburg to fool Allied bombers

'Operation Invisibility Cloak' was a waste: Hamburg would soon be firebombed to bits

Why did the Plague spare Poland?

The Black Death skipped certain parts of Europe - and that could be a lesson for today's coronavirus epidemic

That chilling coronavirus video graph? It only tells half the story.

The video fragment only shows increase in COVID-19 cases, reversing the video's original message to induce panic.

Can these giant dams keep Europe from drowning?

Why a 400-mile enclosure around the North Sea is not as crazy as it sounds

Why not even Minnesota is safe from quakes

Minnesota earned its 'blue mark' in the 1975 Morris earthquake, which had its epicenter in the western part of the state.

Does Tristan da Cunha have the world's weirdest place names?

The world's most isolated inhabited island also has some of the world's strangest toponyms.

The shocking, forgotten history of cretinism

Now an insult, 'cretin' was the medical term for a debilitating disease endemic in the Alps until the early 20th century.

Why Trump's Palestine map is important

Trump's Middle East peace plan contains the first map of a Palestinian state that 'Israel can live with'.

Can’t find the Middle East on a map? Here’s why.

Invented in 1902 by an American, the 'Middle East' is all over the place.

The joy of French, in a dozen maps

Isogloss cartography shows diversity, richness, and humour of the French language

'Charcoal Australia': This viral image isn't the full story

Viral 'photo' is composite image, but other map shows true and growing size of devastation

One map to translate them all

European Word Translator: a simple idea adds a cartographic flourish to Google's online translation service

Cyclist draws festive reindeer on map of London

Giant Christmas image took 80 miles and nine hours to make

The utopian 1920s scheme for five global superstates

Austro-Japanese aristocrat Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi later concentrated on plans for Pan-Europe.

A map of London’s fried chicken obsession

The British capital's love affair with buckets and nuggets, explained

'Squeaky Curtain' divides Europe’s Eastern and Western mice

Two house mouse subspecies meet again in a hybrid zone strangely reminiscent of the Iron Curtain

Gravity is not uniform. It varies geographically.

As this map of Bouguer's gravity anomaly shows, the pull of the earth varies considerably by region.

Two-thirds of U.S. students attend diverse schools

School diversity is less widespread in central and northern states

These 9 U.S. biodiversity hotspots urgently need protection

Project to map global 'species richness' highlights the variety of biodiversity itself

How did Africa get its name?

These maps show surprising juxtapositions of ancient and modern toponyms of the Mother Continent.

A world map of private islands (some are a steal!)

There's something special about islands - in some cases, it's the price tag

Greater Adria, a lost continent hiding in plain sight

Most of it was eaten by Earth's mantle, but scraped-off bits survive in the Alps and other mountain ranges.

'The West' is, in fact, the world's biggest gated community

A review of the global "wall" that divides rich from poor.

Why Germany is a blank spot on Google's Street View

There are good historical reasons why Germans are suspicious of surveillance — but is Google as bad as Gestapo or Stasi?

Solved: the mystery of Brazil's time-traveling capital city

"Brasilia, the biggest paper town ever."

Can you solve the mystery of Brazil’s time-traveling capital?

Forensic cartography 101: Explain what Brasilia is doing on this map of 1920s South America.

Marchetti’s Constant: The curious principle that shapes our cities

How the half-hour commute and motorised transport changed our cities into huge metropolises.

A murder map of Denmark

Lovers deadlier than gangsters, first comprehensive Danish homicide study since 1970s shows

NASA camera captures Amazon fires

Satellite movie shows clouds of carbon monoxide drifting over South America.

Yet another American divide: 'crunk' vs 'bible studies'

How deep are America's cultural fault lines? Depends on which data you crunch.

Is this the world map of the future?

A vertical map might better represent a world dominated by China and determined by shipping routes across the iceless Arctic.

This WWII map taught Americans to sympathize with the Soviets

By transplanting Operation Barbarossa on a map of the US, it showed the devastating effects of the Nazi invasion

Who are the people running away from Europe?

UNHCR data shows a small but intriguing flow of refugees from countries like France, Germany and the UK

Can you guess the legend to this map?

It shows Europe divided into two bafflingly unfamiliar blocs - what do red and blue stand for?

California, an island? Meet cartography's most persistent mistake

The Glen McLaughlin Collection brings together more than 700 historical examples of 'California as an island'.

U.S. in top 10 most dangerous countries for women

#MeToo and #TimesUp catapult America into the club of world's most anti-women countries.

A map of America’s most famous – and infamous – people

The 'People Map of the United States' zooms in on America's obsession with celebrity

Thumbs up? Map shows Europe’s hitchhiking landscape

Average waiting time for hitchhikers in Ireland: Less than 30 minutes. In southern Spain: More than 90 minutes.

Paris, destroyed: A map of buildings lost to history

Notre Dame was almost torched in 1871, when Communards set Paris' major buildings ablaze.

Maps show how CNN lost America to Fox News

Is this proof of a dramatic shift?

Why the south of Westeros is the north of Ireland

As Game of Thrones ends, a revealing resolution to its perplexing geography.

Are these 100 people killing the planet?

Controversial map names CEOs of 100 companies producing 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

Here’s how to eat your way through LA

This culinary map of Los Angeles proves the city is more than just the world's movie capital.

Afghanistan is the most depressed country on Earth

No, depression is not just a type of "affluenza" — poor people in conflict zones are more likely candidates

Here’s where Israel will land on the moon today

"Beresheet" is first privately-funded space ship ever to make a lunar touchdown

How Brexit has changed the mental map of Britain

Artistic and statistic cartography projects show the U.K. divided like never before.

Where you live in America determines when you’ll die

Two maps show two very different takes on the huge discrepancies in U.S. life expectancy

Google Maps apologizes for going rogue in Japan

The navigation tool has placed a school in the sea, among other things.

This is the best (and simplest) world map of religions

Both panoramic and detailed, this infographic manages to show both the size and distribution of world religions.

Apparently even NASA is wrong about which planet is closest to Earth

Three scientists publish a paper proving that Mercury, not Venus, is the closest planet to Earth.

Five Hawks Down: watch the tragic migration of six Californian raptors

Tracking project establishes northern Argentina is wintering ground of Swainson's hawks

A map of Kim Jong-un’s slow train trip to Vietnam

North Korea's Great Leader would rather not fly for his second summit with Trump – but the trip is also a political message to China.

Countries with more butter have happier citizens

Butter supply and life satisfaction are linked — but by causation or correlation?

Did ancient cave artists share a global language?

The same 32 symbols show up in prehistoric European cave art.

A century of alien landings, in two maps

First contact movies had their Golden Age in 1980s America – now they're going global.

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