One Interactive Map Reveals the Wi-Fi Passwords From Airports Around the World Frequent travelers understand the headache of finding decent Wi-Fi in most airports. Slow lines or service that is limited to 30 minutes can make killing time on a layover a nightmare. Travel blogger and computer security engineer Anil Polat has solved the problem with this online map of crowdsourced Wi-Fi passwords in airports around the world. Trainspotting: Europe's railway lines - Views of the World Passenger transport in Europe is largely dominated by cars. In the past decade, cars kept a consistent share of around 83 per cent of the modal split within the European Union, followed by buses and coaches (around nine per cent in most recent statistics) and trains (between seven and eight per cent). The modal split describes these modes of transport as ‘transport kilometres travelled by all inland passengers’. In the debate about sustainable development, this is an important measure to monitor the environmental and social impacts of the specific modes of transport. Cars are generating the most emissions and pollution per passenger kilometre and also have significantly higher accident rates.
Folding paper globes - MapScaping Whether you are looking for a fun family project, a teaching resource or just want something interesting and unique to decorate your home or office with these printable globes are just the thing. The graphic on each globe is not just a pretty picture, made from real topographic data, each globe is a great way of exploring our earth. The globes are designed to be printed in A3 but A4 is fine too. People of Many Nations During the nearly two centuries of restricted foreign contact during the Edo period (1600–1868), the Japanese people still maintained a curiosity about foreign cultures. This map, published in the early 19th century, depicts an enormous archipelago representing Japan at the center of the world. Inset images and descriptions of foreign people, the distance from Japan to their lands, and differences in climate are noted. The locations listed include the “Pygmy country, 14,000 ri” (1 ri = 2.4 miles), “Woman country, 14,000 ri,” and “Black people country, 75,000 ri.” In the lower right, America is said to be populated by “people who are taller than in our country, white and beautiful… the further south you go, the bigger people become; at the southernmost end of South America lies the Chiika-koku (country of tall people).”
More Accurate World Map Wins Prestigious Design Award The most accurate map you'll ever see. You probably won't like it. Authagraph You probably don’t realize it, but virtually every world map you’ve ever seen is wrong. Ingeniously Redesigned World Map Looks Unusual, But Is Highly Accurate We've been conditioned to look at the world in one, highly distorted, manner due to the prevalence of the Mercator projection. Gerardus Mercator's vision of the world was revealed in 1569 and has become the widely accepted version of the planet, yet it contains enormous flaws. For one, both Antarctica and Greenland are represented as much larger landmasses than what is accurate, while Alaska is shown to be as big as Brazil, even though Brazil is nearly five times its size. One clever Japanese designer, Hajime Narukawa, has spent years studying an innovative solution for a new world map.
Map Projections & What They Say About You Comic by Randall Munroe at XKCD Most people go through life perfectly happy in the knowledge that the real earth looks like it does on a standard Mercator projection map. Cartographers, map nerds and those that have seen this scene from the West Wing know that this is not really the case. Wikipedia sums up why map projections are necessary in the first place: Map projections are necessary for creating maps. All map projections distort the surface in some fashion. World’s Most Dangerous Countries Revealed, And It May Change Your Travel Plans Just like last year, International SOS and Control Risks have released a map that shows just how tourist-friendly all countries are, and it’s worth looking at if you’re planning a trip for 2018 to a place you’ve never been before. After all, we all like coming back from a holiday with all of our limbs and other valuables. Show Full Text Collecting data from the World Health Organization and other institutions, the interactive ‘Travel Risk Map’ reveals just how risky countries are regarding road safety, security and medical matters. According to The Ipsos Mori Business Resilience Trends Watch 2018, 63% of people think travel-related risks have increased during the past year. In the paper, security threats and natural disasters were cited as main reasons for changed travel plans.
A Wonderfully Stereotypical 1970s Map of New York How might a person who’s never left New York City view the rest of the world? Perhaps with Manhattan taking up 80 percent of the U.S., the other four boroughs 10 percent, the Midwest completely nonexistent, and foreign countries reduced to vague presences somewhere across the water. That’s the view of this wonderful 1970s map lampooning a New Yorker’s self-centered geography. Download 67,000 Historic Maps (in High Resolution) from the Wonderful David Rumsey Map Collection Stanford University’s been in the news lately, what with expanding its tuition waiver last year and now facing renewed scrutiny over its ultra-low admissions rate. These stories have perhaps overshadowed other Stanford news of a more academic nature: the arrival of the David Rumsey Map Center, which celebrated its grand opening yesterday and continues the festivities today and tomorrow. While these kinds of university improvements are rarely of much interest to the general public, this one highlights a collection worth giving full attention. Well, for those of us, that is, who love maps. You do not need to be a Stanford student or faculty or staff member to access the vast treasures of the Rumsey Map collection, nor do you need to visit the university or its new Center. Since 1996, the Rumsey collection’s online database has been open to all, currently offering anyone with an internet connection access to 67,000 maps from all over the globe, spanning five centuries of cartography.
This Map Shows the Hourly Wage You Need to Afford an Apartment in Your State A new report shows that skyrocketing rent prices have put basic living arrangements out of reach in nearly every state for most low-income workers. In order to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment in the U.S., workers on average need to earn at least $20.30 an hour, according to 2016 data from the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC). That’s roughly $13 more per hour than the federal minimum wage, and roughly $5 per hour more than the average national $15.42 hourly wage earned by renters last year.