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The Higgs Boson explained by PhD Comics

Don't know what the Higgs Boson is (or even how to pronounce it)? PhD Comics, my personal favorite, illustrated it in this short video a…

Electricity bill redesigned

The electricity bill (or all utility bills, really) haven't changed much over the years. It's basically computer output. Power2Switch, a site that helps you compare…

The Louis C.K. pain chart

Vulture illustrated the subtle changes in Louis C.K.'s face to express varying levels of discomfort. I only recently discovered him, but man, I'm glad I…

Growth of the basketball uniform

In the 1960s, the basketball uniform was about small, tight shorts and form-fitting tank top. It's grown longer since then. Andrew Bergmann sifted through the…

Pulp Fiction presented in chronological order

Smith hopes to put it print. Currently in Kickstarter mode.…

Bourdieu’s Food Space chart, from fast food to French Laundry

In Pierre Bourdieu's Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste from 1979 is a chart that shows the taste of food against economic…

Spaceships drawn to scale

Molecular astrophysicist Invader Xan drew spaceships, real and fictional, to scale. This, my friends, is an image showing several of the most notable spacecraft we…

Working in America over the decades

Information visualization firm Periscopic, in collaboration with GE, explores the makeup of the American workforce, from 1960 to present. Jobs are definitely a top of…

Fat and calories depicted in food pictures

You would think that fat content and calorie counts would be straightforward by now, but serving size mucks it all up. It's like, "Great, this…

Overfishing visually explained

As part of their mission to reform destructive fishing practices, Ocean2012 explains the risk of catching too much fish, in motion graphics. I like the…

How a Virus Changes the World

From Take Part, a short video on how a virus spreads and its possible global effects. Apparently one million deaths could be prevented every year…

Walt Disney: Story of Menstruation

A previously banned Disney cartoon on menstruation. So informative. [Thanks, Kevin]…

Which nations consume the most water?

This Scientific American article by Mark Fischetti and infographic by Jen Christiansen detail the consumption of water usage throughout the world. Jen used a Sankey…

Good use of pie charts

This Wall Street Journal graphic shows who's selling (or sold) a percentage of their Facebook stocks and who's holding steady. This graphic is the perfect…

Is the filibuster unconstitutional?

Washington Post's Ezra Klein busts on the filibuster. Gone are the days of Mr. Smith when invoking the filibuster was seen to serve a greater…

ITP Spring Show: Iraq war and diabetes visualizations

Yesterday I visited the ever popular NYU ITP bi-annual show which is a showcase of the students' experimental and ingenious interactive work. I stopped to…

Gay rights in the United States, by state

Gay rights vary across states and by region. The Guardian US interactive team does their research and shows this variance, covering several issues, from school…

Titanic infographics from 1912

With the Titanic anniversary this year, Chiqui Esteban dug up graphics back from the time of the event. This one showing the time to cross…

Under the Sea, Under the Sea

In usual xkcd fashion, Randall Munroe plots the depths of lakes and oceans, including "mysterious door which James Cameron built his sub to reach and…

Conducting Demystified

The New York Times, in collaboration with the New York University Movement Lab, explains music conducting in this beautifully produced video. It's part interview with…

Inception Explained in Animated Infographic

Designer Matt Dempsey explains the storyline of Inception in this fun experiment. There were a few flowcharts that came out when the movie did, including…

Spotlight on movie profitability

Movies are a curious business. There a variety of forces that encourage people to pay for a movie ticket with an ever-increasing cost, one of…