Map Shows How Quickly A Zombie Outbreak Would Spread From Your Town

If Patient Zero for a zombie outbreak were to turn up somewhere in the United States, how long would it take the hordes of undead to take over the country? With the interactive Zombietown, USA map, you can click on a town and watch the zombies eat their way across the nation. » 3/17/15 2:30pm 3/17/15 2:30pm

A Map Of The First Proposed U.S. Highway Network

Looking for good schools, good health, good morals, and good times? Well, then you'd need to find good roads first, according to the National Highway Association. Which is why the NHA drew up the first proposed highway plan in 1913. » 3/06/15 9:00am 3/06/15 9:00am

The Seven Kingdoms Have A Surprisingly Solid Mass Transit System

You'd think with all the war, assassinations, turmoil, political backstabbing, invasions from beyond the Wall, and everything else, that the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros wouldn't have had the time or the resources to craft quality public transportation for its people. But as this shockingly cool map proves, not so! » 1/01/15 11:30am 1/01/15 11:30am

The Entire U.S. Population Fits In These 4 Chinese Provinces. So What?

In terms of total land area, the U.S. and China are close in size, but the latter's population is more than four times that of the United States. This map shows how the U.S. population fits into four of China's most populous provinces. Taken on its own, however, the map provides a skewed depiction of China's… » 12/27/14 2:00pm 12/27/14 2:00pm

America's Biggest Cities, Back When They Were Tiny Villages

Everything had to start somewhere — and the biggest cities in the United States are no exception. New York City, Chicago, Houston and other huge metropolises were once beautiful, charming villages. Check out the earliest known maps and images of the quaint little towns that became massive conurbations. » 12/24/14 3:00pm 12/24/14 3:00pm

A Tube Map To Assist Time Travelers In Medieval London

The official Transport For London website offers multiple variations of the iconic Tube map to assist virtually any traveler. The bicyclist map, the step-free map, the avoiding stairs map, and the all-important toilet map. Now, finally, there's a Tube map for anyone commuting during the Middle Ages. » 12/17/14 3:40pm 12/17/14 3:40pm

Your New Desktop Wallpaper: A Fetching Geological Map Of The Arctic

Via Natural Resources Canada comes a gorgeously detailed geological map of the Arctic, served up hot and fresh for all your wallpaper needs. » 12/11/14 2:30pm 12/11/14 2:30pm

An Incredibly Detailed Geologic Map Of Giant Asteroid Vesta

Appearing in the December issue of the journal Icarus, this beautiful geologic map of big ol' asteroid/minor-planet Vesta was created by a team led by planetary scientist David Williams, from data collected by NASA's Dawn spacecraft during its 15-month orbit of the oblong object between 2011 and 2012. » 11/20/14 7:00pm 11/20/14 7:00pm

These Rarely Seen Maps Turn Earth Into A Land From A Fantasy Novel

While each of these maps is incredibly striking, it isn't always easy to recognize the places within them as spots on our Earth. Some of them look straight out a J.R.R. Tolkien novel, while others are more fanciful takes on familiar countries.http://io9.com/a-collection-o... » 7/11/14 4:00pm 7/11/14 4:00pm

The Most Common Language In Each US State—Besides English And Spanish

In 43 of the 50 United States, Spanish is the most commonly spoken language after English. But if we remove Spanish from the mix, which language turns up most in each state? » 5/13/14 2:20pm 5/13/14 2:20pm

You Can Soon Buy Historical Map Engravings From The U.S. Government

From the 1880s to the 1950s, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) published maps depicting transportation routes, cultural borders, topography, hydrography and geologic cross sections. And the stunning handmade engravings used to create these maps will be put on sale for the general public this summer. » 5/06/14 11:20am 5/06/14 11:20am

An Animated Map Tracking The History Of The Death Penalty In The US

Capital punishment is legal in 32 states in the US, and the primary method of execution in each of them is lethal injection. But that hasn't always been the case. » 5/02/14 4:40pm 5/02/14 4:40pm

This map describes the world of George Orwell's 1984—or does it?

This map shows the global superpowers described in George Orwell's 1984, but does this map truly reflect the political state of the world in the novel or is it just another form of Party propaganda? » 3/11/14 3:10pm 3/11/14 3:10pm

This map shows what the global Internet really looks like

Nearly all of the world's international communication is dependent on undersea cables that carry information from coastal nation to coastal nation. This map shows how those cables connect the world, from massive continents to tiny islands. » 3/07/14 9:40am 3/07/14 9:40am

A Second Look at the First Geological Map of Ganymede

Interactive heat map shows off the most photographed sightseeing spots

Wish Google Maps' photographs of the world's most stunning places were better composed than what you see on Street View? Sightsmap lets you take virtual trips of the parts of the world that people love to photograph. » 1/17/14 11:40am 1/17/14 11:40am

Spend hours clicking through this animated 1930s atlas of America

After Charles O. Paullin's Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States was published, its editor John K. Wright bemoaned their inability to create "motion-picture" maps. Over 80 years later, the University of Richmond has made that a reality. » 12/29/13 1:00pm 12/29/13 1:00pm

A Map of the United States' Mythical Lake Monsters

While Bigfoot, the Jersey Devil, and the Mothman might get most of the attention on land, there are plenty of cryptozoological myths surrounding the US's lakes, rivers, and swamps as well. Atlas Obscura has mapped out the Loch Ness-type monsters, webbed hominids, and giant killer sea creatures that, according to… » 11/30/13 9:00am 11/30/13 9:00am

Which countries have the highest rate of diagnosed depression?

This map visualizes the results of a new study of depression rates. Depression is the second leading cause of disability worldwide, diagnosed in 4% of the human population, and map allows you to compare rates of depression diagnosis across countries. » 11/10/13 1:00pm 11/10/13 1:00pm