How Leonardo da Vinci made a “satellite” map in 1502

This map from 2019 was compiled using satellite and aerial imagery.Leonardo da Vinci made this one around 1502 — while…

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The big debate about the future of work, explained

A decade ago, robots still seemed pretty limited.Now, not so much.And computers don’t just win chess any more, they can…

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How scientists colorize photos of space

This is all the light in the universe that we can see.It’s just a fraction of what’s out there. Most…

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The hidden oil patterns on bowling lanes

This is you.This is a professional bowler.He’s got great form.He’s been practicing for decades.But he also sees a hidden pattern…

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The real reason Boeing’s new plane crashed twice

This is an airplane engine.It’s sitting in a field in Bishoftu, Ethiopia— part of the wreckage of Ethiopian AirlinesFlight 302,…

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The dollhouses of death that changed forensic science

Something terrible happened in these dollhouses.Maybe a suicide.A murder.A stabbing with an adorable knife.These dollhouses are part of Frances Glessner…

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How job surveillance is changing trucking in America

We work in a world filled with devices that can monitor us, locate us, and tell us what to do.That…

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How the BBC films the night side of Planet Earth

This is a black sicklebill bird of paradise at dawn in the forests of New Guinea.It’s one of 39 birds…

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How the NFL’s magic yellow line works

The virtual yellow line in NFL broadcasts is great.It tells viewers how far the offense needs to advance for a…

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