Compare your commute time to the rest of America’s with this…

How long does it take you to get to work? Five minutes? Twenty? An hour? Most of us can estimate the time we spend on our daily commute — but how does yours compare to the people in your zip code, your state, or the rest of the country? Here's your chance to find out. » 3/06/13 7:00am 3/06/13 7:00am

This is the most accurate American election map we've seen yet

There are no red states or blue states. There are purple states. Mauve states. Violet states. You've probably seen maps that depict America's blended political landscape before ("we are not that divided" writes Jesus Diaz over at Gizmodo), but odds are you've never seen one quite like this. It was created by… » 11/14/12 8:41am 11/14/12 8:41am

This is what the world’s oceans would look like if the Earth didn’t spin

Many factors contribute to the global distribution of Earth's oceans, but the strongest by far is the centrifugal force that results from our world spinning about its axis. This raises an interesting question: how might our planet's water be apportioned if the world gradually stopped spinning altogether, thereby… » 9/25/12 12:00pm 9/25/12 12:00pm

Watch Manhattan turn into the TRON Game Arena from hell

How do you turn your pizza delivery bike into a TRON light cycle? Simple: slap a GPS tracker on the back, run your delivery routes, then add the light ribbons in later. Do that with enough bicycles, and you get the beautiful view of nighttime delivery routes featured here. » 6/25/12 12:20pm 6/25/12 12:20pm

The Most Accurate Count of Emperor Penguin Populations. From Space!

Good news for penguin-enthusiasts everywhere (that's all of us, right? Good... just checking): scientists studying emperor penguin populations in Antarctica have tallied almost 600,000 of the birds waddling around the icy continent. That's around twice as many as they were expecting to find — but what's really… » 4/13/12 4:12pm 4/13/12 4:12pm