The True Size of Africa

…”Africa is so mind-numbingly immense, that it exceeds the common assumptions by just about anyone I ever met: it contains the entirety of the USA, all of China, India, as well as Japan and pretty much all of Europe as well - all combined !”…

We are so tiny…

We are so tiny…

40 more maps that explain the world
Design Principles for News Apps & Graphics (via Design Principles for News Apps & Graphics - ProPublica)

Design Principles for News Apps & Graphics (via Design Principles for News Apps & Graphics - ProPublica)

Cities around the world are covered in spray-painted hieroglyphics and cryptic designations scrawled on public surfaces; unintelligible tags and arcane signs intended to communicate messages to a specialized audience with a trained eye. Such markings are so prevalent that they just blend into the urban patina of dirt and disrepair and go largely unnoticed. I’m not talking about illegal graffiti. Rather, the officially sanctioned infrastructural “tagging” employed by public works departments around the country.
(via Decoding The City: Infrastructural Graffiti | Design Decoded)

Cities around the world are covered in spray-painted hieroglyphics and cryptic designations scrawled on public surfaces; unintelligible tags and arcane signs intended to communicate messages to a specialized audience with a trained eye. Such markings are so prevalent that they just blend into the urban patina of dirt and disrepair and go largely unnoticed. I’m not talking about illegal graffiti. Rather, the officially sanctioned infrastructural “tagging” employed by public works departments around the country.

(via Decoding The City: Infrastructural Graffiti | Design Decoded)

Arab Spring and Property Rights

According to our estimates, more than 200 million people throughout the Middle East and North Africa depend on income from operating businesses or occupying property in the informal economy—without the protection of the rule of law. - Hernando de Soto

Dr. Mark Plotkin  - “Mapping the Amazon”

(via Alumnus Mark Plotkin traces the footsteps of explorer Alexander Hamilton Rice | Harvard Magazine)

For more information, visit Amazon Conservation Team at www.amazonteam.org

The Terrainator allows you to select an arbitrary piece of geography, and have an accurate scale model generated and uploaded to Shapeways, ready for 3D-printing. (via The Terrainator)

The Terrainator allows you to select an arbitrary piece of geography, and have an accurate scale model generated and uploaded to Shapeways, ready for 3D-printing. (via The Terrainator)

An update from FEMA this week… Nation-wide preliminary flood hazard data (preliminary data) issued after April 1, 2013 will be available in one centralized web address, along with effective data. Preliminary data provide an early look at your home or community’s risk to flood hazards. According to FEMA there are many benefits to viewing these data, for more information – Beginning in April 2013, you can access preliminary data directly or go to FEMA’s Map Service Center (MSC) website.