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The Best Ways to Print Photos From Your Smartphone

One of the best cameras is the one you have with you — and for most of us, that camera is your smartphone. But unless you’re meticulously sharing and …

The 10 Best Photo Essays of the Month

9 Animated Maps That Will Change The Way You See The World

We put countries and continents in a unique geographical perspective.<p><i>Produced by Sam Rega. Research by Christina Sterbenz and illustrations by Mike Nudelman.</i><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b>On Twitter

What holiday lights look like from space

Yep, it’s that time of year, when American households haul out snarls of fairy lights and set the electricity meter spinning. So pronounced is the festive wattage, you can actually see it from space.<p>The photo above is a composite of nighttime photos taken from the NASA satellite Suomi NPP, …

Space Travel

Beautiful Maps of Countries Made Out of Real Food

Can you spot your country? In this striking new series, New Zealand-based artist Henry Hargreaves worked with New York-based stylist Caitlin Levin to create gorgeous maps all made out of food. Make that real food. Originally inspired by a passion for travel, the two decided to take the food each …

New Zealand

There's No Time to Differentiate: Myth-Busting DI, Part 2

So why would I not do the same for my students by differentiating based on their needs, instead of using one-size-fits-all methods?<p>Does …

On-the-Spot Scaffolding for Students

Just to be clear: Scaffolding a lesson and differentiating instruction are two different things. Scaffolding is breaking up the learning into chunks …

Countries by Human Development Index (HDI) using latest (2013) data http://t.co/X7aE721vPJ

An updated map: The devastating toll of the anti-vaccination movement

Marking Friday as World<p>PolioDay, the Council on Foreign Relations has released an updated map showing the global prevalence of vaccine-preventable diseases. The map was first released in 2011. We commend Laurie Garrett of the CFR for her work pulling together the data, which covers 2008 through …

Public Health

Americans Are More At Risk For These Contagious Diseases Than Ebola

This series of maps shows where contagious diseases are concentrated in this country by state.<p>All data is shown per 100,000 people to adjust for the populations of each state.<p><i>Produced by Sara Silverstein</i><p><b>Follow BI Video: On Facebook</b>

Ebola

A First Look at SPUR's Fascinating 'Urban Cartography' Show

Tonight, SPUR debuts "<b>Urban Cartography</b>," a new exhibition that takes a look the last <b>20 years of map making</b>. The history of cartography goes back millennia, of course, but just in the last 10 years—since the birth of Google Maps—the tools of map making have landed in all kinds of hands, enabling …

A Map of the Introvert's Heart

Comic artist (and introvert) <b>Gemma Correll</b> draws a map of the introvert's heart. This introvert thinks she pretty well nailed it. Are you an …

Geography in the News: The Great Lakes’ Mounting Problems

Changing Planet<p><i>By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM</i><p><b>The Great Lakes’ Mounting Problems</b><p>Recent news about an algae bloom on Lake Erie leading to Toledo, Ohio’s municipal water plants closing is just one of the many problems affecting the Great Lakes. Toledo’s 400,000 …

Pictures of the Week: Aug. 1 - Aug. 8

Aug. 1, 2014. A young man, his body drenched with used motor oil, poses for a photo during festivities honoring patron s<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Esteban Felix—AP

What's on the Other Side of the Ocean?

<i>Credit: Eric Odenheimer</i><p>As we sat on the beach, my daughter asked what was on the other side of the ocean. "Europe!" I said, buying some time to …

History

Map: Here's how much each country spends on food

When droughts or crop failures cause food prices to spike, many Americans hardly notice. The average American, after all, spends just 6.5 percent of his or her household budget on food consumed at home. (If you include eating out, that rises to around 11 percent.)<p>Americans spend a smaller share of …

Geography in the News: The Uncoupling of Iraq

Human Journey<p><i>By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM</i><p><b>Uncoupling Iraq</b><p>As the 2005 Iraqi election approached following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, ethnic and sectarian hostilities increased dramatically. Now, more than 10 years after the invasion and with the departure of …

The Top Language in Each State Besides English and Spanish

Today's map comes from Ben Blatt of Slate, who used data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. He created several other language maps, …

USA No Longer in Top 10, Top 20 or Top 30 of Best Countries to Be a Mom

Eight years ago, the United States ranked sixth on a list of great countries to be a mother. This year? Not even in the top 30.<p>We're not number one, …

Top 10

Aging populations: Where people are getting older, mapped.

In a recent <i>Simpsons</i> episode, a Japanese tourist moves in with Comic Book Guy, infuriating her father, who exclaims: “Daughter, you are coming back to …

Here's Behind-the-Scenes Footage of 'Let It Go' Sung in 25 Languages

Move over, Idina Menzel! I know that almost every weekend I promise that we are done with <i>Frozen</i> forever, but I keep not being able to let it go …

Mashups

Where The Fans Of Every Baseball Team Live, According To Facebook

Or, why everyone seems to be a Yankees fan.<p>Today marks baseball's official Opening Day, and to celebrate, Facebook used some of its user data to map MLB fandom across the country. Specifically, Facebook went to MLB team pages and mapped the likes on each page county by county.<p>Unsurprisingly, the …

Baseball

Introducing Google Maps Gallery: Unlocking the World’s Maps

If you’ve ever wondered which trails Lewis & Clark traveled for their famous expedition, or looked for maps of the best schools in you...

National Geographic Thematic Maps Launch in New Google Tool

Google Maps Gallery brings classic cartography online.<p>National Geographic has been producing thematic maps for decades, revealing not just physical features but also location-based details on cultures, history, wildlife, science, and more. Now, a treasure trove of more than 500 of those maps are …

How History, Geography Help Explain Ukraine's Political Crisis

The country rests precariously between East and West.<p>Ukraine's spreading protests are clearly tied to a modern dilemma: Should the country's allegiance lie with President Vladimir Putin's Moscow, or with the European Union? Yet a look back into its history and geography helps explain why that …

This Real Australian Language Map Will Blow You Away

Down Under we speak Aussie English and Strayan. Oh, and about 70 surviving Indigenous languages.

How To Make Bread in the Slow Cooker - Recipe

<b>Shape your loaf of bread:</b> Shape your loaf into a round or a loaf depending on the size of your slow cooker and/or what kind of loaf you'd like to …

Slow Cookers

SimCityEDU: Gaming in the Classroom

I've been playing the new SimCity game for months. But starting today, kids in classrooms can play <i>SimCityEDU: Pollution Challenge!</i>, a version of the …

Pedagogy