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How to make a 3D globe?

There are many ways to create a 3D Earth that is rotatable (see here, here, related here), but most of them have some drawbacks. These issues mainly stem from either ...
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How do I plot coordinates (latitude and longitude pairs) on a geographic map?

I'm attempting for the first time to create a map within Mathematica. In particular, I would like to take an output of points and plot them according to their lat/long values over a geographic map. I ...
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Is it possible to invoke the OEIS from Mathematica?

I had always wondered if there might be a way to write a function, which I'll call OEISData[], that more or less works as a curated data function for The On-Line ...
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Is there a Mathematica API for the functions.wolfram site?

Is there a Mathematica API for the functions.wolfram site? If there's not, has anyone implemented a web scraper for it? For example it would be nice to be able to access ...
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How to save ChemicalData queries so that they are available immediately on notebook load?

If I put some viscosity (or density, ...) lookups in my notebook, such as: ...
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Speed of curated data calls in Version 10

Curated datasets underwent a significant overhaul in version 10, primarily in the way content is delivered in the form of Objects and Entities. Additionally, it appears that this change in content ...
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Summer Solstice Spurious Correlations Challenge

I came across this hilarious web site that has charts of bizarre "correlations" between disparate categories. Results like this: In the spirit of my summer solstice shedding spuriously earned rep. ...
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Can Mathematica determine part-of-speech for each word in a text?

I've found that WordData has a database of English words and their possible parts of speech. But some words are ambiguous, e.g. result can be a verb or a noun: ...
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Weather Maps with Mathematica

I've been trying to set up a weather map with Mathematica similar to what NOAA publishes in their website. So far I've been successful to bring the data over and extend it across the whole picture ...
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xkcd: Geohashing in Mathematica

On May 21, 2008, an xkcd comic proposed a method for creating a random, local meeting place that can't be determined until the day of the meeting. This method is usually used for xkcd fan events, ...
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The Orbit and Perigee of the Flamsteed comet

Historical context This year we have the 330-th anniversary of the Battle of Vienna - one of the great formative events of European history, it took place on September 12, 1683. Kara Mustafa, Grand ...
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Highlighting individual countries on a world map

Consider the following list of countries which I would like to highlight on a world map: ...
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Built-in Mathematica data: are they cached? how to speed up the loading?

Mathematica has numerous built-in data for science and math. Every first call to a data function in a new Mathematica session will "re-initialize indices" (download the data). Is there a way to store ...
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How to identify chemical substance from tattoo?

A friend of mine made a tattoo on his chest of some chemical substance formula. He challenged us to identify which substance is that. I thought that perhaps a combination of: Mathematica image ...
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Right Ascension and Declination in astronomical functions

In the process of answering this question, I was forced to confront the various astronomical coordinate systems used by Mathematica. Background In astronomy, positions of celestial objects (stars, ...
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Finding all dictionary words that can be made with a given set of characters (Wordfeud/Scrabble)

This is a slightly more involved variant of this recent question. By sheer coincidence I happened to have been building a Wordfeud (Scrabble clone) game in Mathematica. My interactive Wordfeud ...
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Find elements in a decay chain using IsotopeData

I am trying to write a program using the Mathematica function IsotopeData, but am finding the code troublesome. Due to my (relative) familiarity with Python, I am ...
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CountryData and the areas of the world

If I add the WaterArea and the LandArea of the world, I get the same number as if I asked for the total area of the world in the first place: ...
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Mma 10.2 `Alphabet` and `LanguageData` give different and both erroneous list of letters

The new function Alphabet introduced in Mathematica 10.2 gives the wrong list of letters for the Spanish language in my system (Windows 7 64 bits). ...
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Standard deck of 52 playing cards in curated data?

I am not sure how to find out what all is included as curated data. For example, are the individual images of each of the 52 cards in a standard deck of playing cards included? If not, is there a way ...
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How to change element color in Periodic Table?

The command ColorData["Atoms", "Panel"] generates a periodic table. As I don't want to reinvent the wheel, I asked myself how to change the color of each cell ...
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Animating transition between all graph representations obtained from curated data

Pappus graph is one of many graphs whose various data is contained within Mathematica. Mathematica typically keeps several ways of representing such graphs: ...
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World plot without borders between countries

I would like to plot the world map without the countries' borders and just the coastlines (in Mathematica 8). I need to overlap a temperature contour plot on the world map. When I plot country data ...
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How to ContourPlot a function of the coordinates on the Earth's surface on a map projection

There are two similar questions (this and this), but one is too specific and the other is apparently not clear and has no answers. I'll try to make the question more complete. Suppose you have a ...
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Background image in a polygon / CountryData

Is it possible to use a background image in a polygon without rasterizing the polygon? I tried with textures, but they seem to be viable only for simple polygons. I want to put a flag as the ...
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Compability between Graphics coordinates and shifted projections in GeoGraphics

Bug status V. 10.0.0 - V. 10.2 I'd expect GeoGraphics to handle positions of points since they are provided with ...
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Why does CUDAQ (from CUDALink) download data from Wolfram servers?

I understand why functions like ElementData or CountryData need to download up-to-date data when first launched. However, when ...
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Is there a way to get AbsoluteTime to correctly report absolute time differences?

Absolute time supposedly reports the "total number of seconds" between two dates, but it does not. For example because of the leap second applied at 2012-06-30T23:59:60Z ...
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How to get Company Logo or Image

I can see that companies have a logo in Wolfram|Alpha when I type in their name but I can't get them in Mathematica. For example searching for Apple, Inc. in W|A one of the outputs is the Apple logo. ...
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Map of Specific US States? (Isolated)

My question here is fairly basic, and I'm sure I'm overlooking something basic. I know about CountryData for creating shapes of entire countries, and it works, to ...
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How is AstronomicalData interpreting its date arguments?

It is easy to confirm that the AstronomicalData is not interpreting its arguments as UTC (or "GMT", which is, in any case, ambiguous) dates by verifying that the ...
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Calculate proportion of values for dates

At work, we were discussing when is it the best time to change to winter tires for bikes and/or cars. Using WeatherData[] and ...
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How to get the distance of Jupiter from the sun?

I am aware of the command AstronomicalData["Jupiter", "Distance"] from which I can get the distance between the earth and Jupiter. Is there any way to use ...
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Why do some CountryData flags render at low resolution?

This question is related to data analysis introduced here Why do some flag images from the CountryData dataset render at very low resolution both in Front End and ...
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Overloading second argument of CountryData

For convenience I'm trying to add an extra property to CountryData ...
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Can a LatticeData image be displayed in a space filled fashion

I'd like a FaceCenteredCubic image as in the in LatticeData docs, but space packed, and cropped on all the boundaries, so that it illustrates the geometry of the calculation that leads to the ...
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How does Mathematica know my location?

On the AstronomicalData page in the online reference, it says for AstronomicalData["Sun", "NextRiseTime"] that it finds the ...
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How can access to curated data needed by GeoRegionValuePlot be speeded up?

Seems that GeoRegionValuePlot requests data from the internet multiple times to process its plot. As an example, let's graph smoking per capita worldwide. ...
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Why do DateList, DateString, and AstronomicalData ignore $TimeZone?

My reading of the documentation for DateList and DateString lead me to believe that both functions use ...
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How could I generate words starting with P,h,D?

A friend of mine is a PhD candidate and posted a picture on Facebook with funny words starting with 'p', 'h' and 'd' like "Please hire. Desperate" or "Permanent head Damage". I thought I could try and ...
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Computing Many Slow I/O Operations

In working on a custom stock screener, I often need to run mathematica code like this: ...
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Problem with Financial Data

I'm following http://reference.wolfram.com/mathematica/ref/FinancialData.html I get the following: In[6]:= DateListLogPlot[FinancialData["^DJI", All]] During ...
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How can I convert the dates returned by FinancialData into decimal representation?

I'm trying to run a regression using Fit on the output of FinancialData["SPY", "Jan. 1, 2011"]. However, the dates returned ...
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How to keep downloaded curated data

If I run StarData[], Mathematica will download the entire database from its server, which is quite a lot of data and takes some time: "Downloading entities ...
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How do I determine astronomical transit times?

Mathematica, through the "legacy" Scientific Astronomer package, used to have the ability to easily determine accurate transit times of astronomical objects simply, with ...
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Why is AstronomicalData so slow?

I'm having trouble getting some pretty simple functions using AstronomicalData to perform at anywhere near the speed I need them to. For example, I have many ...
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“NotAvailable” and “NotApplicable” data points returned by WeatherData[]

I am trying to use ListVectorPlot in combination with WeatherData and CountryData to show ...
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Generate a list of symbols for the planets

I would like to generate a list of the symbols for the planets to include in a nice table with other data. How can I programmatically generate (eg. using a pure function) the symbols from a list of ...
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How to combine more locations (GPS coordinates inside one city) with Google map?

I have a list of GPS coordinates.E.g. GPSList = {{47.680800, 17.626446}, {47.681078, 17.627283}, {47.682759, 17.631810}}; I would like to crate a Google Map ...
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Interactive steam tables and phase diagrams in Mathematica

I teach an undergraduate course in Thermodynamics and I would love to use Mathematica to demonstrate the various engineering processes that involve the expansions and compressions of steam and common ...