Best of the Blogs 5 May 2015

By on 5 May, 2015

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What’s the Sahara desert got to do with the Amazon rainforest? Well, NASA science blog has shown how CALIPSO satellite found it has everything to do with it. The amount of nutrient-rich sand blown across the Atlantic directly impacts the Amazon’s ecological health.

 

Gizmodo ran a fascinating piece on cunning cartograhpers’ use of “Fake Places That Only Exist to Catch Copycat Mapmakers.”

 

No job? No problem: put your energy and spatial skills to use by running across the town and spelling out “HIRE ME.” This guy on Inquisitr already did it, but maybe you can spell that “M” more clearly.

 

Dating site My Single Friend has made a simple but handy map showing how dating etiquette varies across Europe. Don’t take out an Estonian on Valentine’s day: in Estonia that’s “Friend’s Day.”

 

Citylab’s post shows that Ikea has some bold ideas about what our dining tables will look like in ten years. On the one flat surface you’ll be cooking meals, refrigerating meals, watching videos, playing games, writing notes, charging devices and video-chatting.

 

Maps Mania has discovered the Geotagger’s Atlas, which visualises the most photographed routes around the world by linking geodata derived fromFlickr.

 

Australia’s national rugby league squad is now using UAV, even if they find it “loud, annoying, distracting.” The Courier Mail broke the story ahead of the weekend’s test match against New Zealand, but judging by the 26-12 loss, maybe it will take getting used to.

 

May the fourth be with you on 4 May, because it’s international Star Wars day. What better day for Dronelife to compile all the videos of UAV-enabled star wars vehicles we secretly want. Similarly, the HERE blog celebrated by sharing the best space games of all time.

 

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