Best of the Blogs 21 April 2015

By on 21 April, 2015

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Clever researchers have managed to convert NASA’s video of global carbon circulations into an interactive 3D map. Maps Mania has also led you on the path to creating your own “adaptive composite map projection,” but you’re on your own for integrating the video.

 

What’s the longest distance you can sail in a straight line before you hit land? Hint: it starts from Pakistan. The Google Earth Blog posted an article and video showing you where it finishes.

 

GeoAwsomeness is spreading the rumour that Yahoo may acquire Foursquare for $1b. They can’t verify the claims, but after last week’s speculation that HERE may be also be sold, it’s safe to say there’s huge value for location-based services right now.

 

Maybe Melbourne is the hippest city… because Maps Mania has shown us three ways Melbourners are crowdsourcing spatial data to upgrade the city’s transport links, improve cycleways and reduce bicycle crashes.

 

Gizmodo has shown how mimicking the wings of birds and bats is leading to alternative UAV flying technology. The wings are made from carbon fibre and mylar film. And get this… they claim the mechanics allow the wings to flap without any electronics!

 

IEEE Spectrum has posted a video of BMW’s new virtual reality glasses that makes it possible to actually see through your new Mini while you drive it. That’s pretty sci-fi, but what’s more useful is the heads-up display giving you navigational cues no matter where you look.

 

Step aside Earthporn, bring on Moonporn! Jonathan Crowe shows what happens when US Geological Survey plays with NASA’s moon observations. There’s new photographic mosaics for your viewing pleasure and handy topographical maps just in case you get lost on the moon.

To take you even further from Earth, Crowe also posted the latest maps of Mars and distant Exoplanets, as well as the first images from dwarf planet Ceres.

 

The vastness of space can be difficult for Earthlings to comprehend, but Vox has made it easier for us map-minded folk by compiling no less than 40 maps that explain outer space.

 

If all this is distant for you, maybe you prefer to look back. GeoAwesomeness have posted a digital map of London from the 16th century complete with architectural details. All of the original map details have been retained so you can explore the same streets that Shakespeare once walked.

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