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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Years You Have Left to Live, Probably

The individual data points of life are much less predictable than the average. Here’s a simulation that shows you how much time is left on the clock.

How We Spend Our Money, a Breakdown

We know spending changes when you have more money. Here’s by how much.

Best Data Visualization Projects of 2016

Here are my favorites for the year.

Watching the growth of Walmart – now with 100% more Sam’s Club

The ever so popular Walmart growth map gets an update, and yes, it still looks like a wildfire. Sam’s Club follows soon after, although not nearly as vigorously.