Maps depict and shape history, power, identity

"There is a haunting effect of old maps," says the author of a new book on maps and their power to illuminate the colonial past (and present).

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
Dec. 8, 2020 ~9 min

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Darwin’s theory about atolls is ‘beautiful’ but wrong

Charles Darwin's theory about the formation of atolls is elegant, but doesn't reflect key information: sea level. Researchers now correct his work.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~12 min

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Methane emissions hit record-breaking levels

Methane emissions have reached the highest levels on record, researchers say. And more than half of all methane emissions now come from human activities.

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
July 17, 2020 ~10 min

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Dashboard displays COVID-19 disparities by county

A new dashboard shows the disparities in how COVID-19 affects different income levels, various racial groups, and those with other health conditions.

Catherine Morrow-Emory • futurity
July 6, 2020 ~5 min

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Map shows good and bad news on air pollution

A new global map shows trouble spots for air pollution containing tiny particles called at PM2.5 that can make their way deep into your respiratory system.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
June 30, 2020 ~7 min

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Rockfall map suggests moon’s surface still changes

Rockfalls on the moon leave their mark on the surface. A map of 136,610 rockfalls indicates that asteroid impacts are a likely cause.

ETH Zurich • futurity
June 9, 2020 ~5 min

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AI maps forest dryness to better predict wildfires

A new AI model that maps moisture levels in fine detail across 12 western states opens the door for better wildfire predictions.

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
May 22, 2020 ~8 min

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How is COVID-19 affecting your county? Check this tracking map

A new COVID-19 map of the US has tons of data, including cases, people who've recovered, and deaths. Check it to find out how your county is doing.

Saralyn Cruickshank-Johns Hopkins • futurity
April 15, 2020 ~7 min

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Spin and explore one of the world’s oldest globes

The Hunt-Lenox Globe is also one of the first to show the New World. See the 3D digital model up close, including its warning that "here be dragons."

Kathleen McGarvey-Rochester • futurity
Feb. 28, 2020 ~7 min

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Interactive map tracks the coronavirus outbreak

A new interactive map for the novel coronavirus outbreak shows the numbers of cases, recoveries, and deaths, as well as trends over time.

Kim Eckart-Washington • futurity
Feb. 11, 2020 ~2 min

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