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Google Puts Online 10,000 Works of Street Art from Across the Globe

<i>Circling Birdies</i> by Cheko, Granada Spain<p>Since last we wrote, Google Street Art has doubled its online archive by adding some 5,000 images, bringing …

Maps that shaped the world

<b>Bursting with information and often incredibly beautiful - maps do more than just show you where you are, or where you might be going. Here we tell the stories behind some fascinating examples.</b><p>The recently published Times History of the World in Maps features documents from ancient civilisations, …

Why I'm Finally Ready To Blend Hot Sex With Emotional Attachment

I've never been one to make New Year's Resolutions. The word "resolution" just feels like it's meant to be broken, and what's the point of setting yourself up for failure? Unless you take an irreverent approach to this ritual, like my sister and her family. Every New Year's, after they've written …

14 Maps That Reveal The Hidden Beauty of Big Cities

In these decades of freely accessible online maps, it's totally normal to be addicted to what Wikipedia describes as a "symbolic depiction …

Posters

The myth of the eight-hour sleep

<b>We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night - but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural.</b><p>In the early 1990s, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr conducted an experiment in which a group of people …

Predicting Travel Patterns in Future Disasters

Researchers hope mobility data gleaned from Twitter during Hurricane Sandy can eventually help boost New York City's resilience.<p>When Hurricane Sandy's 14-foot storm surge slammed into New York City in 2012, more than 1.5 million households immediately lost power. Some nine out of the 14 subway …

Living in: Montreal

Home to friendly locals and a thriving nightlife, this Canadian metropolis is surprisingly affordable and only a short drive from the great outdoors.<p>With a minimum drinking age of 18 and a nonstop nightlife traditionally capped off with a 3am poutine stop, Montreal doesn’t shy away from being “the …

How to Make a Better Map—Using Neuroscience

These three cartographers are applying advances in brain science and cognitive psychology to their work.<p>The neuroscience of navigation has been big news lately. In September, Nobel Prizes went to the discoverers of place cells and grid cells, the neurons responsible for our mental maps and inner …

A Japanese Artist Made The World’s Largest GPS Drawing For His Marriage Proposal

In 2010, Yassan (real name: Yasushi Takahashi) left behind his girlfriend for six months to wander across Japan to create an epic marriage proposal. Carrying a GPS, Yassan covered 7,163.7 km mostly by walking, but with some use of a car, ferry and bicycle.<p>When he got home, he downloaded the data …