Monday, September 22, 2014

2014 - The Warmest August in Known History

August 2014 was the warmest August on record for the globe since records began in 1880,
This beat the previous record set in 1998.
Nine of the 10 warmest Augusts on record have occurred during the 21st century. 

Greenland and Baffin Bay are roasting...


Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Middle East - Key Players, Islamic Branches and More...

The Middle East - Key Players and Notable Relationships

A forced-network visualization of key players and notable relationships in the Middle East created by David McCandless & UniversLab.

Islamic Sects, Schools, Branches & Movements

A visual guide to the major & notable sects, schools & movements within Islam.

Islamic Schools and Branches

This article summarizes the different branches in Islam

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mapping the Nation

Visuals probe challenges to how we think about “global.” How connected is your community with the rest of the world? And what does it tell you about the future?

Good Stuff Here >

A gallery of thought-provoking infographics

Great Interactive Map >


Mapping the Nation is a new interactive map that pulls together demographic, economic, and education indicators—nearly one million data points—to show that the United States is a truly global nation.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Devil's Highway - Interactive Map

Interactive Narrative >

Bringing The Devil's Highway to life...
What a powerful way to tell a story!

The Devil’s Highway relates the 2001 tragedy of 26 men and boys who cross the Mexico / Arizona border led by Coyotes (persons who smuggle illegal immigrants) and lose their way on the stretch of desert known as the Devil’s Highway. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Dumbing Down with GPS (?)

Smartphones and the Uncertain Future of 'Spatial Thinking'

Like any technology, digital maps are changing our brains as well as our behavior.

Experts who study the issue are concerned that spatial thinking might be the next casualty of technological progress. "Basically, people don't really learn their environments". The worry is we may become, as a society, what the Japanese call hōkō onchi—deaf to direction.

Studies conducted over the last decade have shown that GPS navigation has a generally damaging effect on the user's ability to remember an environment and reconstruct a route. Asked to recall various aspects of their surroundings, participants using GPS navigation performed 20 percent worse than their paper-map peers.

Article >

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