Robinson Meyer

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What Firechat's Success in Hong Kong Means for a Global Internet

The app now connecting political protesters could soon connect people in the developing world.

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The Geography of NFL Fandom

The Patriots really do rule New England, and the Cowboys might just be America's team. But after that, things get complicated.

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I Drank a Cup of Hot Coffee That Was Overnighted Across the Country

A single PR stunt reveals the complicated, pervasive intersection of logistics and culture.

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What Does Your City Look Like From Space?

A new website lets you check out photos taken by astronauts of specific spots on Earth.

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You Might Soon Be Able to Watch Netflix on Amtrak

Assuming the rail service's business proposal goes through.

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On Google Maps, the Washington Monument Is a Sundial

And it moves to reflect the real position of the sun.

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How to Make a Map Go Viral

 A conversation with the mapmaker whose creations circumnavigate the Internet.

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Every U.S. County's Favorite Baseball Team (According to Facebook)

Hating the Yankees is almost as universal as 'liking' them.

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Are Stonehenge's Boulders Actually Big Bells?

Some of the structure's 'bluestones' ring when struck with a hammer.

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How We Picture a City: Venice and Google Maps

In Street View mashups, we see not just clever Photoshopping, but two cultures' ways of seeing a place.

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In Sochi, Open Source Maps Beat Google's

The "Wikipedia of maps," OpenStreetMap, has bested the corporate giant.

Can a Twitter Bot Capture Chicago's Essence?

Chicago is ugly. Chicago is real. Chicago is a place of magic and mystery.

Tightrope Walking Between 2 Hot-Air Balloons

We hope those backpacks are parachutes.

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What It's Like to Fly Over Antarctica

It's not just snow down there, at the bottom of the world.

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No Old Maps Actually Say 'Here Be Dragons'

But an ancient globe does.

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New at the Nursery: Tomato + Potato = TomTato

One well-designed plant, meeting all your garden needs.

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How Online Mapmakers Are Helping the Red Cross Save Lives in the Philippines

Volunteers across the world are building the digital infrastructure for the organization's Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts.

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D.C. Residents Drank More, Spent Less During Shutdown, Says Foursquare

Week one: fancy Italian restaurant. Week two: dive bar.

One Map With Each Country's Favorite Website

Facebook, Google, and—a newspaper?