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What Happens if the Magnetic North Pole Keeps Rushing Toward Siberia?

On Monday, the World Magnetic Model was updated to account for the north pole’s eccentric behavior, after a delay caused by the US federal shutdown.
Becky Ferreira
2.5.19
Magnetic Field

Scientists Can’t Fix Map of Earth’s Magnetic Field Thanks to the Government Shutdown

The federal government was set to update the World Magnetic Model but had to delay it because of the shutdown.
Sarah Emerson
1.10.19
Moveable

MIT Invented a Tool That Allows Driverless Cars to Navigate Rural Roads Without a Map

Mapping rural areas is a barrier to autonomous vehicles operating in those areas, but cars might not need maps at all.
Tracey Lindeman
5.7.18
Whales

Why Solar Storms Could Be Killing Whales and Dolphins

Solar storms mess with the Earth’s magnetic fields, which could hurt some animals' sense of navigation.
Farnia Fekri
2.3.17
News

GPS Is Sending Runaway Trucks Through a Tiny Arkansas Town

Is over-reliance on machines to blame?
Jordan Pearson
1.3.17
israel

Waze Lets Israelis Avoid Palestinian Areas, but Not the Other Way Around

I drove across through the West Bank to find out if the navigation app has a double standard when it comes to identifying dangerous driving territories.
Hunter Stuart
10.5.16
robots

Plate Tectonics Affects How Robots Navigate

Australia, it turns out, is not quite where maps think it is.
Geoff Manaugh
8.15.16
stars

Why Dung Beetles Dance on Poop: They’re Mapping the Sky

Understanding how bugs navigate could help build better robots.
Kate Lunau
5.12.16
video

How Tesla’s Model S Tracks Your Location In a Tunnel Without GPS

It's called "dead reckoning."
Rachel Pick
10.15.15
video

These Brave Individuals Are Putting Nail Polish on Some Mean-Looking Arachnids

The whip spider is not a creature that looks like it wants spa treatments.
Rachel Pick
10.8.15
Travel

Why Are Paper Maps Still A Thing?

They're more than just a backup for when your smartphone dies.
Jordan Hale
5.29.15
Melvyn Goodale

What It’s Like For Someone Who’s Blind to 'See' by Echolocation

Echolocation can be a neurological replacement for vision in people who are blind.
Steph Yin
5.26.15
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