The urban aural landscape has a huge impact on our lives—from the roar of traffic and clatter of jackhammer, to the groove of music and lullaby of birdsong. These maps roll that information together to let you explore how cities around the world sound.
Have you ever found yourself sitting on your flight, pondering your very existence in the grand scheme of things? Not necessarily on a spiritual level, but in terms of how small we really are. This stunning video by NATS.aero represents each plane flight as a tiny, speck, like a migration of glowing fireflies.
There are a ton of phones out there. A lot of options. That's great, but it can also make for a tough decision. Which one is for you? We've got just the flowchart you need.
Aside from just telling you where you are, or letting you point our where you want to be, maps can do a fantastic job of recontextualizing everything you think you know about the world. You probably know that already, but here's a run-down of maps that do it well.
How far away is your nearest grocery store? If you live out west, probably much further than the rest of the country, as shown by this visualization of America's "food deserts," where the closest grocery is miles away.
Yesterday, the annual numbers for car sales in the United States came out, and for the most part, there was plenty of reason for people who make and sell cars to be happy and tip big. Sales were up, overall, by 13%, with nearly 14.5 million cars sold. That's a lot of cars.