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Earth-orbiting satellites, all of them

David Yanofsky and Tim Fernholz for Quartz visualized the satellites orbiting Earth. There's a lot of them. There are more than 1,200 active satellites orbiting…

Touchdown passing record

Peyton Manning, quarterback for the Denver Broncos, passed up Brett Favre's career record of 508 passing touchdowns. Manning, currently at 510 passing touchdowns, is now…

Decline of women in computer science

NPR spent some time on the subject of the decline of women in computer science. Whereas the the percentage of women in other technical fields…

Chess piece survival rates

On Quora, someone asked, "What are the chances of survival of individual chess pieces in average games?" Oliver Brennan answered by looking at the moves…

Affordable Care Act progress report

The New York Times takes a data-centric look at the progress of the Affordable Health Care Act here in the United States. It's a team…

Curse of dimensionality, interactive demo

Jeff Leek was trying to explain the curse of dimensionality and realized that there had to be a better way! Leek's student Prasad Patil cooked…

Household incomes rise

Since the recession, it's taken a while for household incomes to come back to where they were in 2009. In most parts of the country,…

PhD gender gaps around the world

Periscopic, for Scientific American, visualized the number of PhDs awarded in various countries. You might expect men to be in high percentages and women to…

Search for word usage in movies and television over time

Movies and television shows often reflect cultural trends of the time they are made in. Even movies that take place during the past or future…

Probabilities of failing birth control methods

In high school health class, where I learned about contraceptives and the dangers of pre-marital sex, my teacher spouted rates to scare. He would say…

When people work, by job category

In another use of data from the American Time Use Survey, Planet Money looks specifically at the hours people work, separated by twenty job categories.…

Finding small villages in big cities

Daily life in cities tends to differ from daily life in small towns, especially by who we interact with. The MIT Senseable City Lab and…

When the world sleeps

An additional hour of sleep can make a huge difference in how you feel the next day (especially when you have kids). It's the ability…

A decade of Yelp review trends

Yelp released an amusing tool that lets you see how the use of word in reviews has changed over the site's decade of existence. From…

Spiky betting odds during LeBron James decision

LeBron James decided to head back to Cleveland, so naturally the odds that they win the championship went up. Todd Schneider charted the betting odds…

How much underwear to bring on a trip

Packing underwear for a short trip is easy. You just pack a pair for each day you're away. However, longer trips require extra planning. Pack…

FoamTree: Visualize hierarchical data with a lot of groups

For small-ish amounts of hierarchical data, most JavaScript libraries can handle the load. However, it gets tricky when you get into hundreds and thousands of…

xkcd: Dominant players in chess and basketball

I'm pretty sure xkcd is the only one who gets away with showing player ratings for both basketball and chess players in the same frame,…

Birth year and political leanings

A statistical model, from Yair Ghitza of Catalist and Andrew Gelman of Columbia University, estimates when people form their political preferences. The analysis uses presidential…

Drone crash database

Based on data compiled from a combination of military records, Defense Department records, and drone manufacturers, Emily Chow, Alberto Cuadra and Craig Whitlock for the…

Percentage of degrees conferred to men, by major

Based on estimates from the National Center for Education Statistics, Randy Olson plotted the percentage of bachelor degrees conferred to men in the United States,…

Employment-to-population ratios

The Upshot posted an interesting chart that shows changing employment rate by state. It shows that the economy is improving. Employment rates have climbed above…