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We're Actively Creating the Geekiest World in the Universe

It’s no secret that scientists are incredible, unrepentant geeks, so we really shouldn’t be surprised that the tentative maps for Pluto and Charon read like the most awesome mishmash of exploration history and popular culture to ever grace a planetary system. And every single place holds a story. » 8/01/15 1:30pm Yesterday 1:30pm

A World Map Based on Scientific Research Papers Produced

If the world were mapped according to how many scientific research papers each country produced, it would take on a rather bizarre, uneven appearance. This image makes a dramatic point about the complexities of global inequalities in knowledge production and exchange. So what is driving this inequality and how can it… » 7/13/15 6:30am 7/13/15 6:30am

How Many Miles Did Frodo And Sam Have To Walk To Get To Mount Doom?

Turns out it’s a lot. Industrious Imgur user Mattsawizard tabulated the miles it took Frodo and his erstwhile companion Samwise to get from Bag’s End all the way to Mt. Doom in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the distance is 1350 miles — as long as it would take you to walk from Los Angeles, CA, to Austin, Texas. » 5/18/15 2:20pm 5/18/15 2:20pm

This Image Is Why Everyone's So Excited About A NASA Mission To Europa

NASA wants to visit Jupiter's moon Europa. Why's that exciting? In a word: Water. As this visualization shows, the icy moon may look tiny next to our own planet, but it's got 2- to 3-times as much H2O as we have here on Earth. That "little" moon is packing quite the store of water — and with it, scientists think, a… » 4/08/15 12:00pm 4/08/15 12:00pm