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Feeling hot, hot, hot

When you look at overall global temperatures over time, you see a rising line and new heat records set. Instead of just one line though, Tom Randall and Blacki Migliozzi…

Japan fertility rate forecasts versus reality

It's hard to predict the future, especially when humans are involved. Oftentimes, there are just too many variables to control for to estimate accurately. In the chart above from the…

Most decade-specific words in Billboard song titles

David Taylor looked for words in Billboard song titles that appeared during a given decade more than other decades. Then he charted usage for the top five of each decade,…

Increasing rates of men who don’t work

Recent data from the Census Bureau suggests the rate of non-working men has increased. As more women go to work and more men stay at home to take care of…

Detailed visualization of NBA shot selection

Sports loves conditional distributions. What does Joe Billy Bob typically do against such and such team? How does play differ in wins and losses? And a lot of the data…

Serial views

Like many, I've been listening to Serial every week, but I always just listened through my podcast app. So I missed this little bit from Adnan Syed way back in…

Pie chart pyramid

This pyramid pie chart just might take the pie chart humor crown from the amount-of-pie-eaten pie chart. (Who made this?)…

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.…

Pianogram

This is what you get when you cross a histogram and piano keys to show note distribution of songs. It's the pianogram. View examples such as Fur Elise or the…

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 earth right now, taking pictures,…

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 setting his own records that…

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 rose, the percentage of women…

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 from 2.2 million games. The…

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 effort seven-parter describing changes in…

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 up an interactive to demonstrate…

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, incomes are still lower, however,…

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 be in low, but it's…

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 can say something about the…

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 something like condoms are 98…

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. Each density area represents a…

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 the Santa Fe Institute studied…

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 to concentrate for long periods…