A scaled Periodic Table of Elements

Inspired by a diagram from 1976, the Big Picture group at Google Research built a Periodic Table where elements are scaled based on their use in the world.

For example, the above view shows relative mentions in books for each element. The larger a cube’s volume, the more times that element was referenced in books. Other scalings include the human body composition, Earth’s crust, and the sun.

Fun.

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How You Will Die

So far we’ve seen when you will die and how other people tend to die. Now let’s put the two together to see how and when you will die, given your sex, race, and age.

Famous Movie Quotes as Charts

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Top Brewery Road Trip, Routed Algorithmically

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A Day in the Life of Americans

I wanted to see how daily patterns emerge at the individual level and how a person’s entire day plays out. So I simulated 1,000 of them.