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The roar of Jupiter & Rosetta’s last dance

NASA aquanauts

Curiosity Rover gets two more years The Curiosity Rover has been exploring the surface of Mars for four years and is still going strong. The unit is in such good shape that it’s going to keep exploring for another two years. Curiosity got off to a good start, as’s Mike Wall writes: The rover found that […]

Interactive map of global shipping routes

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Kiln and the UCL Energy Institute have created, a fascinating interactive map that tracks global shipping for a year (2012). Here’s how it works: The merchant fleet is divided into five categories, each of which has a filter and a CO2 and freight counter for the hour shown on the clock. The ship types and units […]

1869 map of New Zealand’s Māori tribes & confiscated land

Sketch map of the North Island of New Zealand shewing native tribal boundaries, topographical features, confiscated lands, military and police stations, etc. 1869.  Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, NZ Map 471.

This 1869 map of New Zealand’s North Island (below) shows Māori iwi (tribal) boundaries, confiscated land, location of armed police and military bases, and where gold was found. It’s fascinating in many ways, not least because it shows the staggering amount of land confiscated in the Waikato – more than 1.2 million acres. The confiscations were made under […]