What Earth would look like with its oceans and landmasses swapped

This is the map we've all dreamed of seeing. It's a depiction of Earth in which its primary geological features have been inverted, showcasing a planet with a sprawling landmass that extends across two-thirds of its surface. » 3/19/13 10:20am 3/19/13 10:20am

How soon before we can start mapping the surfaces of distant planets?

To date, astronomers have catalogued over 860 exoplanets. If that wasn't remarkable enough, scientists have also been able to determine the atmospheric composition of many of these planets by analyzing their spectral shifts. But even more incredible would be the ability to actually chart landmasses and oceanic… » 1/31/13 11:20am 1/31/13 11:20am

Here's the earliest known map of the Gulf Stream, created by Benjamin…

Benjamin Franklin's perspicacity never fails to amaze. In few places is his mental acuity more evident than his letters of correspondence, wherein Franklin frequently ruminated on topics scientific, technical and philosophical. What follows is an excerpt from one such letter, originally addressed to a scientific… » 12/28/12 8:20am 12/28/12 8:20am

Australian geologists prove that a South Pacific island does not exist

A South Pacific island that's been on scientific charts for at least a decade — including Google Earth and Google Maps — has just been undiscovered. Eager to check out "Sandy Island" for the first time, a group of Australian scientists recently ventured to the spot where it was supposed to be, and were instead greeted… » 11/22/12 8:00am 11/22/12 8:00am