Best of the Blogs 22 September 2015

By on 22 September, 2015

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This. Is. fun. Maps Mania’s favourite map this week was Esri’s Balls Barrels & Boxes, a physics engine which allows you to drop items on locations all over the to simulate what would happen, for example, if you dropped all those giant balls on Mt Fuji as shown above.

 

The WWF has released Wildfinder: not the World Wrestling Federation’s wrestling match finder, but the World Wildlife Fund’s extensive web map of over 26,000 species distributions.

 

Where is the best place in the world to be the sex worker? The worst? What makes the difference? The Guardian shared the Global Sex Work Law Map to tackle decades of myths and misinformation.

 

National Geographic showed how ball tracking technology can expose the differences between Federer and Nadal’s playing styles. National Geographic shows you the path and fate of every ball in a grandslam match between the two, and, more interestingly, what this reveals.

 

Do you know the difference between a gulf and a bay? Geoawesomeness uncovered an old map from 1870 explaining the lexicon of these and other aqueous geographical formations.

 

We share maps of a lot of the damage being done to the world on this blog. But this week the Rainforest Alliance shared a map showing the many wonderfully positive things being done globally, across the agriculture, carbon, education, forestry and tourism industries.

 

This animation published by Nature distills hundreds of years of culture into just five minutes. A team of historians and scientists wanted to map cultural mobility, so they tracked the births, deaths and migration of notable individuals over the course of history to amazing effect.

 

VIDEO: If you want to make a scale model of our solar system with Earth the size of a marble, you need 11kms of empty space and a whole night of driving. These guys actually did just that in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert and filmed the whole thing for your viewing pleasure.

 

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