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Best of the Blogs – 14 March 2017

Each week, Spatial Source finds the best that the internet has to offer.

We do not live in times of peace. Although we don’t witness it, the global cyber war is raging on. Norse Corp, one of the leading cyber security firms, developed an interactive map that shows just how serious it has become. This mesmerising map is hypnotic. If you watch long enough, the map will explode with colours, as mass-hack attacks blast across the globe. [Geoawesomeness]

 

Australia is situated in one of the world’s linguistic hot spots, however, few people are aware of the incredible linguistic diversity of Aboriginal Australia. Known as Gambay, a new interactive web map currently lists a staggering 795 Australian Aboriginal languages, and shares the stories of some of the individuals fighting to keep these languages alive. [Gambay/First Languages Australia]

 

As we enter the Anthropocene epoch, it is more important than ever to understand how human causes are changing the Earth. Maps Mania have shared a few options for doing just this, including Planet Labs’ Explorer, Landsat’s Lens and Google’s Timelapse– all of which allow you to use satellite imagery to view how the Earth is transforming in increasingly drastic ways. [Maps Mania]

 

Is Sydney the epicentre of property speculation in Australia? A lot has been said about Sydney property investors in recent years, mostly in derogatory terms. Commentators usually criticise their financial irresponsibility, or even sheer madness, for “piling into the residential property market with excessive leverage.” The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) data summary of 2013-14 individual tax returns for postcodes, the latest available, paints a surprisingly different picture. [All Things Spatial]

 

The amount of time you want to spend in a car while commuting is usually somewhere between ‘none’ and ‘as little as possible’. The desire to get to a destination quicker is one of the many reasons people break speed limits, cut corners, and drive a little more recklessly. As the autonomous vehicle hurtles closer to reality, HERE asked whether it would make your journeys longer, or shorter. Going by the above video of a fully autonomous intersection from MIT’s Sensable City Lab, the short answer seems to be a definite yes. Get the full explanation from HERE… [HERE Blog]

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