Best of the Blogs – 4 October 2016

By on 5 October, 2016

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

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The true extent of the famed Angkor Wat archeological site has for decades been regarded as a mystery lost to the jungle. However, a new research team using LiDAR have been able to map the many ancient buildings that fan out from the famous temples we all know today. Chief among the findings: there remains a whole lot more to be found. [NY Times]

 

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Mike Wissemann’s 300-year-old Massachusetts farm grows asparagus, strawberries, sweet corn. And each year since 2000, it also sprouts an elaborate image in seed corn, such as this portrait of Albert Einstein. Now, he has revealed how surveying technology such as drones are helping to speed up the artistic process [Wired].

 

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New research has some interesting counters to typically held opinions about gender bias when it comes to navigation. According to new research, women in their pre-menstrual phase are far better at solving spatial navigation tasks. Truth, or pop sciecne? You decide. [Medical Xpress]

 

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Shakespeare wrote tales that sprawled continents and ages. But the understanding of the world in the late 16th century undeniably shaped the bard’s view of the world and the tragedies and comedies that he populated it with. That is the subject of an interesting new exhibition, which explores how Shakespeare’s stories covered so much geography, despite him never leaving England in his lifetime.  [CityLab]

 

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The world is a very surprising place, according to some maps. Geoawesomeness compiled 10 maps showing facts about our planet that you most likely didn’t know. [Geoawesomeness]

 

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