Best of the Blogs – 1 November 2016

By on 2 November, 2016

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


No matter how sophisticated information technology gets – and who can deny that IT is evolving exceptionally fast these days – there’s nothing that can replicate the combination of two unique pieces of data: Time and place. That’s why, according to Datanami, the place for geospatial data is here, and the time is now and the list of potential applications rapidly continue to grow. [Datanami]



Although the existing gender stereotype about spatial ability suggested that men might be better at spatial perspective-taking than women, new research may suggest otherwise. The study finds that when the skill is framed as a test of social ability or empathy—which women are typically thought to excel at—it is women who may be considered the better navigators. [ScienceDaily]



Daniel Rubio, CTO of AirMap believes it is autonomous aircraft, not cars, that have the advantages that will make widespread adoption of vehicles without human operators possible in the very near future.  Here he gives are four reasons why the future of autonomy is about drones, not driverless cars. Get ready to hit the skies, forget the road! [Forbes]



It seems the search for Nessie the Loch Ness monster will never end. Loch Ness is Scotland’s second deepest loch and, due to its large surface size, is also the most voluminous lake in the British Isles. Thanks to’s new map of Loch Ness you can now join in the search online by exploring the depth of Loch Ness in 3d. [Maps Mania]



Satellite engineers have been puzzling over why GPS navigation systems on low-orbiting satellites like ESA’s Swarm sometimes black out when they fly over the equator between Africa and South America. Well thanks to a huge initiative to get to the root of the problem that involved mapping each incidence, it appears ‘ equatorial plasma bubbles’ were to blame. Who’d have thought? []


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