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News that China blocks

China blocks sites from its citizens. We know this. But, what do they block and to what extent? Sisi Wei for ProPublica tracked major news…

Understanding segregation with a simulation

In 1971, Nobel laureate economist Thomas Schelling proposed that a desire to have neighbors of the same race — even a small percentage — can…

Why you feel bloated after holiday meals

Because that's what happens when you eat ten full plates of turkey and pie. However, Bonnie Berkowitz and Lazaro Gamio for the Washington Post go…

English versus Chinese color descriptors

Color exists on a continuous spectrum, but we bin them with names and descriptions that reflect perception and sometimes culture. We saw this with gender…

Planets as fruit to show scale

I still don't understand the relative size of planets. The universe is too big and my sense of scale is too small to fathom such…

Basketball shot

Todd Lindeman and Lazaro Gamio for the Washington Post explored shooting patterns for last year's Washington Wizards. Scoring points ultimately boils down to taking and…

Most cited research papers

In the department of comparing large numbers to objects and situations that are slightly more relatable, this graphic from Nature explores citations in research. The…

Relative size of astronomy stuff

Look! More size of very big things with large numbers, compared against things that you're kind of familiar with. Does this ever get old? The…

Halloween costume rankings

Accompanying their segment on Halloween stores stocking costumes, NPR ranks bestsellers for the past four years, based on data from the National Retail Foundation. Note…

Visual summary of skateboarding tournament

George Murphy visualized the results of this year's skateboarding tournament Battle at the Berrics 7. Even if you don't like or know anything about skateboarding,…

F1 racing winners and age

So here's a sport I don't see or hear much about. F1 racing, which requires a different sort of strength and agility than say football…

Your life on Earth

The BBC has a fun piece that shows changes over your lifetime. Enter your date of birth, gender, and height, and you get personalized data…

A healthy versus unhealthy office environment

In an interesting use of the before-and-after slider, this Washington Post graphic by Bonnie Berkowitz and Laura Stanton contrasts an unhealthy office environment against a…

Ebola spreading, a simulation

As a way to understand the deadliness and spread of Ebola, the Washington Post runs a simplified simulation of how long it's likely to take…

Skateboard physics

Aatish Bhatia, a recent physics PhD, describes the forces involved to do a skateboard Ollie. It's all about managing your center of gravity and applying…

Interracial and same-sex marriage parallels

xkcd doing what xkcd does. Randall Munroe charts a brief timeline of interracial and same-sex marriage, through the lens of popular approval and population.…

Big chicken

From Vox and research from Zuidhof et al., chickens are quite big these days. The one on the left is a breed from 1957. The…

No Ceilings highlights progress towards gender equality

No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, an initiative from the Clinton Foundation, aims to highlight progress towards global gender equality using data. To understand where…

How search works

Google explained the process of a web search with a scrolling infographic. Might be old news for some, but the layout and flow work nicely,…

Powers of Ten, Derek Jeter style

You've likely seen the classic Powers of Ten video from 1977. It starts on an individual and continues to zoom out farther to a view…

Extinctions and animal species at risk

Data journalist Anna Flagg for ProPublica reported on animal species at higher risk of extinction. Animal species are going extinct anywhere from 100 to 1,000…

Dinosaurs versus airplane

Scientists found the fossils of a giant dinosaur that they estimate was 26 meters long and 60 tons heavy. How much is that really? BBC…