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Why the U.S. and Belgium are culture buddies

This map replaces geography with another type of closeness: cultural values.Although the groups it depicts have familiar names, their shapes are not.The map makes for strange bedfellows: Brazil next to South Africa and Belgium neighboring the U.S. Some countries value self-expression more than others.Credit: Robyn Beck / AFP via Getty ImagesQuestion: On what map is Lithuania a neighbor of China, Poland lies next to Brazil, and Morocco and Yemen touch?Answer: ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Japan, Maps, Identity, Mexico, China, India, Qatar, Hungary, South Africa, Sociology, Morocco, Macedonia, Innovation, Northern Ireland

‘I never saw my guitar again’: readers on belongings they lost in a breakup

Long after two people have gone their separate ways, some partings still rankle. Readers reflect on the beloved items they left behindEven though my breakup was amicable, I felt a lot of guilt – so when I moved out I said: “Keep it all.” But, in the years since, there have been a few items of kitchenware that I wish I’d held on to: a Le Creuset casserole dish, my favourite mug, a digital cooking thermometer, the plastic bowl attachment for my stick blender (the blender itself I retained at her i...
Tags: Star Wars, Books, Maps, Film, Relationships, Life and style, Culture, Vinyl, Le Creuset

American imperialism: fat-shaming Uncle Sam

In the years before 1900, the United States was experiencing a spectacular spurt of growth.Not everyone approved: many feared continued expansionism would lead to American imperialism.To illustrate the threat, Uncle Sam was depicted as dangerously or comically fat. Detail from "Charge of the 24th and 25th Colored Infantry, July 2nd 1898", depicting the Battle of San Juan Hill – a turning point in the Spanish-American War. Credit: Kurz and Allison / P...
Tags: Florida, Maps, Texas, Congress, California, Mexico, America, Spain, History, War, Rome, Canada, United States, Foreign Policy, Philippines, Alaska

Android has won the phone world war

When Android was launched soon after Apple's own iPhone, Steve Jobs threatened to "destroy" it.Ever since, and across the world, the rivalry between both systems has animated users.Now the results are in: worldwide, consumers clearly prefer one side — and it's not Steve Jobs'. A woman on her phone in Havana, Cuba. Mobile phones have become ubiquitous the world over — and so has the divide between Android and iPhone users.Credit: Yamil Lage / AFP via G...
Tags: Apple, Google, South Korea, Europe, Maps, Texas, California, Steve Jobs, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, China, India, Africa, Society, Iran, Canada

Navigate new normals with Google Maps

With the state of the pandemic varying across the globe, the new normal looks different depending on where you go. But no matter your situation, Google Maps has your back with new tools to help you navigate and explore as safely as possible. Keep your distance on mass transit It’s no surprise that transit ridership took a drastic plunge during the early days of the pandemic. While people are returning to public transit — with transit directions on Maps increasing 50% compared to last yea...
Tags: Google, Maps, New York, Washington, New South Wales, Sydney, Tokyo, Google Maps, Your Timeline, Eric Tholomé, Long Island Rail Road and Transport, New York City Atlanta San Francisco Boston

8 tips to navigate and explore safely with Google Maps

With the state of the pandemic varying around the world, keeping up with local restrictions, navigating day-to-day life and easing back into activities we enjoy can feel confusing and unfamiliar. To help with that, we’ve pulled together Google Maps tips — including new features and product updates — to help you safely plan your next outing, navigate how and when to get things done, and relive past adventures or plan for future ones when the time is right: Plan ahead if you’re taking public tr...
Tags: Google, Maps, Italy, Google Maps, Wanda Plore

More than half the world is still unmapped — but not for long

About 56 percent of the Earth's surface has not yet been mapped.The uncharted area corresponds to 80 percent of the ocean floor.But that area is shrinking fast. By 2030, the entire ocean will be mapped. Research vessel collecting hydrographic data via multibeam sonar, fanning out sound waves beneath its hull to the ocean floor. Credit: NOAA / Public domainDear billionaires, are you afraid of water? While Jeff, Elon, and Richard are throwing mountains of cash a...
Tags: Japan, Maps, UK, Navy, France, China, Earth, Bbc, Thailand, Oceans, Hawaii, Innovation, Antarctica, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Noaa

The Magic Mushroom Map shows likely spots for psilocybin-containing mushrooms

The world is waking up to the benefits of psilocybin for mental wellbeing. This map of the world shows you likely spots to find liberty cap mushrooms, which contain psilocybin. Right now it looks like liberty caps are sprouting up all over Europe. — Read the rest
Tags: Europe, Post, Maps, News, Mushrooms, Psilocybin, Magic Mushroom Map

Free speech? Not everybody loves it, this map shows

In green: where people like free speech the most. In red: where free speech is not popular.Despite continued strong support, this recent survey shows approval of free speech declining in the U.S.Free speech helps create prosperity, but if forced to choose, people prefer prosperity over free speech. September 24th, 1933: Communist Member of Parliament Saklatvala Shapurji addresses a crowd at Speakers' Corner in London's Hyde Park.Credit: Keystone / Get...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Japan, Maps, UK, London, Australia, Democracy, France, Germany, India, Nigeria, Africa, Spain, Turkey, Joe Biden

How much does it cost to start a business? There’s a world map for that

As the old adage goes, you must spend money to make money.Just about anywhere, setting up shop requires a significant bit of cash.But as this world map shows, the cost varies greatly by country. Starting a business in the U.S. costs $735, which is relatively affordable at just 16 percent of the average monthly paycheck.Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for iHeart Media Starting your own business should be cheap, right? Because if you're succes...
Tags: Europe, Maps, UK, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Africa, Economics, Syria, Afghanistan, Canada, Egypt, South Africa, Pakistan, Italy, Middle East, Innovation

Mysterious dodecahedrons of the Roman Empire

In 1739, a strange, twelve-sided hollow object from Roman times was discovered in England.Since then, more than a hundred dodecahedrons have been unearthed, but their purpose remains unknown.The only thing we know for sure is where they were found, which points to a Gallo-Roman connection. Some outliers notwithstanding, almost all Roman dodecahedrons were found in Britain, Gaul, and Roman Germany.Credit: Imperium RomanaIn the first episode of Buck Rogers, the ...
Tags: Europe, Maps, England, France, Germany, Southeast Asia, Rome, Hungary, Innovation, Switzerland, Archaeology, Geneva, Rhine, Pompeii, Gaul, Roman Empire

OpenStreetMap looks to relocate to EU due to Brexit limitations

Open-source UK tech company cites copyright issues, rising costs and prospect of more influence in EUOpenStreetMap, the Wikipedia-for-maps organisation that seeks to create a free and open-source map of the globe, is considering relocating to the EU, almost 20 years after it was founded in the UK by the British entrepreneur Steve Coast.OpenStreetMap Foundation, which was formally registered in 2006, two years after the project began, is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Followin...
Tags: Business, Maps, UK, England, Technology, Wales, Wikipedia, Eu, European Union, UK News, Britain, Technology sector, Mapping technologies, Brexit, Steve Coast OpenStreetMap Foundation

Connecting people to food support in their community

The COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis that followed exacerbated hunger for millions of people. Feeding America estimates that the number of those without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable food grew to 45 million people in 2020, including 15 million children. That equates to one in seven Americans and is a nearly 30% increase from 2019.  Connecting people to community food services We know people are looking for ways to get help, including on Google Search. Over the p...
Tags: Google, Maps, America, U S Department of Agriculture, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP, Public Policy, Military Family Advisory Network, Emily Ma, Hungry FoodFinder

A safe space that’s made to measure

Finding a safe and welcoming space to create a bespoke outfit can be really challenging, especially when you have your own vision for your wedding day or another special occasion. While traditional tailors are great, they can sometimes fall short for people who don’t want the usual three-piece suit or long trailing dress. But luckily, there’s Orhan Kaplan. Orhan London Tailoring is an East-London based business that has carved a niche through its bespoke LGBTQ+ tailoring service. Having founded ...
Tags: Google, Maps, UK, Small Business, Britain, Lgbtq, East London, Stonewall, Denise, Diversity and Inclusion, Orhan, Orhan London Tailoring, Orhan Kaplan Orhan London Tailoring, Denise Orhan, Joseph Crouch, Orhan London

Why Africa’s newest super-bridge is in the continent’s weirdest border zone

The Kazungula Bridge has turned a cartographic near-miss into a geopolitical marvel.It's where maps show the world's only quadripoint, and the bridge is built across the world's second-shortest border.The bridge has the potential to completely revamp Africa's economy and transportation situation, from Cape to Cairo. The arrow points to the only place on any world map where four countries meet — until you zoom in really close.Credit: Mapswire via publi...
Tags: Transportation, South Korea, Maps, Africa, Infrastructure, South Africa, Innovation, Cape Town, Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, Zambia, Rivers, Namibia, Indian Ocean, Botswana, Cape

Welcome to the United Fonts of America

Here's one pandemic project we approve of: a map of the United Fonts of America.The question was simple: How many fonts are named after places in the U.S.?Finding them became an obsession for Andy Murdock. At 222, he stopped looking. The Neon Museum (a.k.a. Neon Boneyard) in downtown Las Vegas, a monument to the siren call of typography. Credit: Dale Cruse, CC BY 2.0Who isn't fond of fonts? Even if we don't know their names, we associate specific letter types w...
Tags: Maps, New York, Texas, Design, California, Washington, Typography, America, Georgia, Chicago, United States, Wyoming, Innovation, Michigan, Las Vegas, Great Lakes

Now it’s easier to show what your business offers on Google

When people search for your business on Google, it’s important to show up-to-date information and the details that make your business stand out — like what services you offer and when you're open. That’s why we’re constantly building tools that make it easier for you to update how your business appears to potential customers on Google Search and Maps. Last year, we added ways for you to change basic business information, message your customers and see detailed insights. And now, as we head into ...
Tags: Google, Maps, Small Business, Google Search, Search, Pointy, Pointy Pointy, Google Search Starting, International Small Business Week, David Rohan, Google Maps Show, Google Help, Google Search Help

A Beautiful, High-Resolution Map of the Internet (2021)

The beginnings of the Internet were uncharted territory, especially before the days of graphic browsers. You had a number, you dialed up to a location. Certain locations were named after their host universities or government sites and that made sense in an old-school telephone exchange way. But the rest was just a vast ocean of data, of strange lands, and many, many barriers. How big, exactly, is the internet? And how do we measure it? What is the “space” of cyberspace? There have been maps tha...
Tags: Facebook, Maps, College, Antarctica, Slovakia, Vox, KCRW, Leonardo da Vinci, Facebook Google, Martin Vargic, Ted Mills, Vargic, Alexa Internet, Alexa Rank the Amazon, Time The Oldest Known Globe

How to download maps from Google Maps to get driving directions offline

Downloading maps from Google Maps is easy. Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images To download maps from Google Maps, you just need to search for the location you want and tap "Download." Once you've downloaded a Google map, you can see it even when you're offline. Maps can only be downloaded using the Google Maps smartphone or tablet apps. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Where would we be without Google Maps? If you're on the road and run into a...
Tags: Iphone, Downloads, Google, Android, Maps, Trends, Portland, Google Maps, Geneseo, Tech Insider, Navigation Apps, Jaap Arriens NurPhoto, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Devon Delfino

These 1,000 hexagons show how global wealth is distributed

On these maps, each hexagon represents one-thousandth of the world's economy.That makes it easy to compare the GDP of regions and nations across the globe.There are versions for nominal GDP and GDP adjusted for purchasing power. Shanghai's skyline at night. According to the GDP (PPP) map, China is the world's largest economy. But that oft-cited statistic says more about the problems of PPP as a yardstick than about the economic prominence of China per ...
Tags: Facebook, South Korea, Europe, Japan, Florida, Maps, UK, London, Tibet, Mississippi, Australia, California, Mexico, France, Oregon, Saudi Arabia

New tools to support vaccine access and distribution

While over half of U.S. adults are fully vaccinated, vaccine uptake is slowing across the country. Research shows a variety of factors are preventing people from getting vaccinated — from physical access issues, like transportation challenges and not being able to take time off work, to concerns about safety and side effects. To help public health officials and researchers in the U.S. reach people facing these challenges, we’re introducing new tools to better understand the vaccination needs of ...
Tags: Health, Google, Maps, New York, Mississippi, Cdc, Google Search, Search, Equitable, Brigham Women 's Hospital, Tomer Shekel, Harvard Medical School This

A marine biologist uses Maps to explore under the sea

Just under the water lies one of the biggest mysteries of the Great Barrier Reef: blue holes. These underwater sinkholes give researchers a rare look at ocean life and how we can protect it. Until a few years ago, only two blue holes were documented in the entirety of the Great Barrier Reef — they are hard to find and even harder to get to. With the help of Google Maps, marine biologist Johnny Gaskell and a team of researchers are finding previously unknown blue holes. In 2017, after witnessing ...
Tags: Maps, Sustainability, Great Barrier Reef, Google Maps, Johnny, Johnny Gaskell, Alicia Cormie

How a “flying circus” gave us the first aerial maps of Earth

In the 1780s, as humanity mastered flight, a "balloon craze" swept across the world.Thomas Baldwin had just one sky-trip, but he wrote an entire book about it — Airopaidia.At times lyrical and technical, the curious volume also includes the world's first aerial maps. An exact Representation of Mr. Lunardi's New Balloon, as it ascended with Himself – 13 May 1785.Credit: Public Domain Review / Public domainOn 8 September 1785, Thomas Baldwin saw something nobody...
Tags: Europe, Maps, England, London, Scotland, Spain, Earth, Flight, Britain, Paris, Innovation, Portugal, Tenerife, Monty Python, Invention, Edinburgh

This is the entire internet, visualized as an 18th-century map of the world

If all the websites on the internet were visualized as countries, with their sizes scaled in accordance with user traffic, this is what the map would look like.
Tags: Maps, Internet, Trends, Web, Features

Turn any place on earth into a New York street corner

Manhattan's street grid is famously regular and predictable. What if you extended it across the globe?This web tool does exactly that, and in the process, turning New York into the world's first, last, and only "planetary city."But grids are square, and the world is not. Somewhere in Uzbekistan, global Manhattan goes haywire. Sixth Avenue in midtown Manhattan. Add a few zeroes to the address, and it could be yours. Credit: Jeremy Keith, CC BY-SA 2.0Can't affo...
Tags: Maps, New York, London, China, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin, New York City, Society, History, Brooklyn, Nepal, Paris, Innovation, Commission, Broadway

Here's the most disproportionately popular job in every state

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Tags: Florida, Maps, New York, Minnesota, Maryland, California, Washington, Mexico, Kentucky, Oregon, Virginia, Massachusetts, US, Careers, Employment, Trends

Sea cucumber crime is a thing, and this is where it’s happening

Long a delicacy in China and East Asia, sea cucumbers are now also becoming a rarity worldwide.India has outlawed the trade, inaugurated a marine reserve, and put together a law enforcement task force.But the trade remains legal in Sri Lanka, which has become the hub for widespread "seafood laundering." Adam's (or Rama's) Bridge between India (left) and Sri Lanka, as captured from the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1994.Credit: NASA, public domain.The string of li...
Tags: Maps, Medicine, China, India, Nasa, Conservation, Innovation, Sri Lanka, East Asia, Yucatan, Red Sea, Rama, Adam, Bay of Bengal, Lakshadweep, Eiffel Towers

Street by street: How we’re mapping air quality in Europe

Since 2015, dozens of Street View cars outfitted with pollution sensors have been cruising the roads to track air quality in cities all over the world — from Oakland to Sydney. Over the past six years, these cars have collected more than 100 million street-by-street air quality measurements, all for Project Air View — our effort to bring detailed air quality maps to scientists, policymakers and everyday people. These hyperlocal air quality measurements are helping governments and communities mak...
Tags: Google, Europe, Maps, Sustainability, Ireland, Sydney, European Commission, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, Dublin, Oakland, Copenhagen, Aarhus University, Utrecht University, Karin Tuxen Bettman, EIE

Plan and find your way in stations with new, accessible Maps tools

Train stations are often busy, bustling places. Whether you’re reaching your final stop or catching a connection, finding your way through a complex or crowded station can be daunting. And for people traveling with wheelchairs, luggage, prams or crutches, there are even more factors to juggle.In 2018, we brought wheelchair accessible routes to Sydney and other cities around the world. To build on this, we’ve been working with Transport for NSW to help people map out each stage of the journey ins...
Tags: Maps, Australia, Accessibility, Sydney, Google Maps, St James, Parramatta, Circular Quay, Milsons Point, Transport for NSW, Ramesh Nagarajan, St James Station, Harbour Bridge Street View

LEGO announces biggest set ever, a world map with 11,695 pieces

The new LEGO Art World Map contains the most pieces ever in a set: 11,695. The completed piece is 25.5" x 40.5". Available June 1, the set will go for $24.99. From LEGO: Customisable brick-built pins can be placed to mark out destinations already visited or highlight those still on the builder's bucket list to give this masterpiece a personal twist before it's proudly displayed.  — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Maps, News, Lego, Cartography