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Time lapse of Earth rotating under the night sky

The Very Large Telescope (VLT) is an array of four, movable optical telescopes operated by the European Southern Observatory in Chile. According to its Wikipedia entry the array is capable of seeing the gap between the headlights of a car … Continue reading

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HIV Map of America

Emory university’s HIV map shows the distribution of diagnosed infection rates across the United State for the virus that causes AIDS. Using county-level data from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and State health departments the map vividly highlights … Continue reading

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Google tracks dengue fever outbreaks

Google’s new Dengue Trends website attempts to provide near real-time estimates for the spread of dengue fever. Current activity is shown on a world map and categorized as wither Minimal, Low, Moderate, High, or Intense. Information is currently available for … Continue reading

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Slick new interface for Bing Maps Streetside views

A few months ago Microsoft released a video demo’ing its plans for Streetside – immersive street level photography in Bing Maps. These changes have now gone live in Bing Maps beta. Gone are the Google Street View-like 360 degree bubbles … Continue reading

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Mapping the American Civil War

As part of its ongoing coverage of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War 1861-65, the Washington Post has published a map providing an interactive guide to battles and casualties. The feature highlights both the widespread nature of the … Continue reading

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The Changing face of America

Policylink is a US research institute with an aim ‘to advance economic and social equity’. Its latest publication, Prosperity 2050, explores changes in the racial make-up of the nation and how current inequalities will impact economic growth, To put his … Continue reading

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Deep Zoom imagery of Joplin after the tornado

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has published a detailed aerial survey of damage following the tornado which struck Joplin, Missouri on May 22, killing at least 125 people. This imagery, showing the full extent of the tornado’s groundtrack, … Continue reading

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Global distribution of Wikipedia edits

Erik Zachte, a data analyst at the Wikimedia Foundation, recently put together an impressive, interactive visualization showing the the worldwide distribution of Wikipedia edits. The map allows you to see the location of editors and the time they made each … Continue reading

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