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From the National Archives:

The Map Thief
Maps have long fascinated viewers—both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But for collectors, the map trade can be a cutthroat business. In his book The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps, author Michael Blanding describes the life of E. Forbes Smiley, a respectable antiquarian map dealer who spent years doubling as a map thief—until he was finally arrested for slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. A book signing follows the program.
Thursday, October 23, at noon in the William G. McGowan Theater. 
Watch live on YouTube.

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From the National Archives:

The Map Thief

Maps have long fascinated viewers—both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But for collectors, the map trade can be a cutthroat business. In his book The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps, author Michael Blanding describes the life of E. Forbes Smiley, a respectable antiquarian map dealer who spent years doubling as a map thief—until he was finally arrested for slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. A book signing follows the program.

Thursday, October 23, at noon in the William G. McGowan Theater. 

Watch live on YouTube.

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From the State Department:

Have you ever wondered how foreign policy affects your state? Today the U.S. Department of State launched a new interactive map that shows how our investments abroad are paying dividends back home in America. View the map and learn something new about your state. State by state, community by community, we’re making a difference.

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From the State Department:

Have you ever wondered how foreign policy affects your state? 

Today the U.S. Department of State launched a new interactive map that shows how our investments abroad are paying dividends back home in America. View the map and learn something new about your state. 

State by state, community by community, we’re making a difference.

Image description: This live map shows surface wind data. The brighter the lines, the faster the wind speed.
HINT.FM made the map using data from the National Digital Forecast Database.
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Image description: This live map shows surface wind data. The brighter the lines, the faster the wind speed.

HINT.FM made the map using data from the National Digital Forecast Database.

See the map in action.

Image description: This map shows tornado tracks from 1950 to 2006. Stronger tornadoes appear as brighter lines.
The map was created by John Nelson of IDV Solutions using data that’s available on Data.gov. Learn more about the map.

Image description: This map shows tornado tracks from 1950 to 2006. Stronger tornadoes appear as brighter lines.

The map was created by John Nelson of IDV Solutions using data that’s available on Data.gov. Learn more about the map.

Image description: This color-coded map shows how persistent, scorching heat in the central and eastern regions of the United States shattered long-standing temperature records last month, making it the fourth warmest July nationally.  In the South, the heat exacerbated drought conditions as dry as the historic droughts of the 1930s and 1950s, though not as long lived.  The average U.S. temperature was 77 degrees F, which is 2.7 degrees above average.  Learn more about this historic heatwave.

Image description: This color-coded map shows how persistent, scorching heat in the central and eastern regions of the United States shattered long-standing temperature records last month, making it the fourth warmest July nationally. In the South, the heat exacerbated drought conditions as dry as the historic droughts of the 1930s and 1950s, though not as long lived. The average U.S. temperature was 77 degrees F, which is 2.7 degrees above average. Learn more about this historic heatwave.