Maps

Fra Mauro

My 5 Favorite Maps: Bill Rankin

The first installment of a new series in conversation with mapmakers on the works that most inspire them.

Anthony Bolante/Reuters

Conservatives May Very Well Not Be Drinking Lattes

In President Barack Obama's 'latte salute' scandal, the nation's coffee preferences are revealed.

An Insanely Detailed, Hand-Drawn Map of San Francisco

It took illustrator Jenni Sparks three months to finish this secret-laden cartography.

Todd Schneider

An App That Solves the Famed 'Traveling Salesman Problem'

What's the shortest route, if you're visiting each city exactly once and then returning to the point of origin?

MacArthur Foundation

Where Geniuses Live

A look at the highly mobile lives of MacArthur "Genius Grant" winners.

Urban Institute

Mapping the Spread of Housing Inequality Over the Great Recession

A new interactive map shows that households hit hardest by the housing crisis are also now locked out of the recovery.

Quartz

Um, Here's a Map That Shows Where Americans Use 'Um' vs. 'Uh'

How one linguist used Twitter to map the geography of "filler words."

Jim Pennucci/Flickr

Singles Now Make Up More Than Half the U.S. Adult Population. Here's Where They All Live

The new geography of our "solo nation."

National Library of Australia

A Trove of Ancient Maps May Prove the Philippines' Territorial Claims Against China

A collection of maps, some nearly 1,000 years old, disputes China's claim over part of the South China Sea.

Eleanor Lutz/Mapbox

Every City Is the Death Star With This 'Space Station' Map Skin

One woman's tribute to her favorite post-apocalyptic, science-fiction worlds.

Smartphones and the Uncertain Future of 'Spatial Thinking'

Navigation apps are transforming the way we experience urban environments, for better and for worse.

Facebook

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.

Will Norbert Be the Rare Cyclone to Hit California?

Probably not, though the oceanic storm could bring "life-threatening flash flooding" to the region.

SDvision interactive visualization software by DP at CEA/Saclay, France

The Milky Way's 'City' Just Got a New Name

Astronomers have named and mapped the supercluster of galaxies that contains our own. 

American Institute of Physics

Mapping the World's Migrating Ocean Pollution

How does Australia's sea trash make it to South America?

Flickr/Alan Light

The Best Job Markets for Young College Grads Now

The U.S. economy added 2.2 million jobs that require post-secondary education between 2010 and 2014. Here's how they shake out.

Google Maps

The Many Ways to Map the Islamic 'State'

Is ISIS carving out borders by controlling infrastructure? It depends on your definition of 'control.'

Flickr/jaimekop

The Roller-Coaster Economies of Vacation Towns

The end of summer is nearly here. Which U.S. cities are about to radically change?

REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Where More Americans Die at the Hands of Police

Missouri looks like it's in the middle of the pack. But we desperately need better data.