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Visual introduction to machine learning

What is machine learning? It sounds like a bunch of computers get together in the library on Tuesdays and study during all-nighters. It's not quite that. Stephanie Yee and Tony…

Million dollar blocks and the cost of incarceration

Incarceration costs a lot of money. We know this, sort of. But how much really? Million Dollar Blocks, by Daniel Cooper and Ryan Lugalia-Hollon, estimates the cost in Chicago, down…

Ascent in the Tour de France

I was flipping through the channels the other night and happened on the Tour de France. It's cycling, in case you're unfamiliar, and it's not the most interesting sport to…

Map of literary road trips

Ever wanted to follow in the footsteps of a famous writer or literary character in their journey across the country? Well now you can. Richard Kreitner for Atlas Obscura hand-cataloged…

Interactive lets you fly through a software galaxy

This is a fun one. Software Galaxies by Andrei Kashcha visualizes popular software package managers as interactive galaxies. Each node is a package and connections indicate dependencies between packages. Use…

Hand-drawn map boundaries

You've probably seen those "maps" where people from other countries draw the United States and end up with a wobbly New York, Los Angeles, and some stuff in the middle.…

Swear maps

Linguist Jack Grieve posted a bunch of maps that show swearing geographically, based on geotagged tweets. Above is the map for "gosh". The more red, the higher the relative usage…

Why time flies when you’re older

When you're a kid, a year seems like forever. Appending "and a half" to an age seems significant and necessary. But as you get older, the years seem shorter. Heck,…

3-D paper model of a shrinking sea

The Aral Sea in Uzbekistan, formerly one of the largest lakes in the world, has been drying up since the 1960s and is currently 10% its original size. Peter Vojtek…

If the Moon were one pixel in size

Somehow these space-in-perspective graphics and interactives never get old. I guess the size of space is just that mind-blowing. In the latest addition to the collection, Josh Worth imagines the…

Disney business strategy chart, 1957

This is Walt Disney's corporate strategy from 1957. The theatrical films serve as a foundation, and everything else — TV, music, Disneyland, etc — feed off of and back into…

See a 150mph tennis serve to your face

Hawk-Eye is a collection of technologies that allows high-granularity sports tracking, most notably in tennis. It's similar to what we see with basketball, football, soccer, and basically every sport where…

Earth time-lapse from 22,000 miles out

Japan has a new weather satellite in stationary orbit, Himawari-8, that takes a picture of Earth every ten minutes. String those together and you get a super-detailed time-lapse video of…

Map of just the time zones

Kind of fun. Branden Rishel mapped just the time zones. No borders or countries for context. In case you're confused and want to know where these lines come from, BBC…

Make a map poster of anywhere

Map posters are easy to come by for major cities. But if you want one for a less densely populated area of the world, you might be out of luck.…

Pluto reflectance map: Whale and the Donut

Using images taken by New Horizons between June 27 and July 3, this is the latest NASA map informally named the Whale and the Donut. Now, use your imagination here…

Journey to Pluto

The New Horizons spacecraft launched on January 19, 2006 and is set to fly by Pluto next week on July 14, 2015. The New York Times provides a short documentary…

A more realistic perspective of country sizes

Most of us have seen the True Size of Africa graphic that squishes multiple countries into an area we normally see as much smaller. This is because of projections, which…

U.S. women’s soccer gameplan

I know next to nothing about soccer. Like there's nothing, and then I'm sitting right there next to it. But, the New York Times provides an explanation of the U.S.…

Don’t let the maps fool you

Maps are fun to look at and get easier to make every day, so there's a lot of them floating around in the world. But before you sit down to…

Comparison of shifted public opinion

David Leonhardt and Alicia Parlapiano compared public opinion over time for various social issues, based on estimates from the Pew Research Center and Gallup. The issues fall into two categories.…

Combining Inside Out emotions for new ones

Spoiler alert for Inside Out. At the climax of the movie, we see that emotions can combine for deeper, more complex feelings, and it's these combinations that get Riley through…

Animated map shows Trans-Atlantic slave trade

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database provides records for thousands of voyages between the 16th and 19th centuries. Andrew Kahn for Slate mapped about 20,000 of them. Portugal and Spain are…

Data into art and connecting to humans

Visualization tends to rest in the realm of efficiency and accuracy. From a research perspective, these are easier things to measure than say, emotion and connection to the data that…

Same-sex marriage legalized in all states

The Supreme Court legalized gay marriage today. NPR shows before and after the ruling for each state using their new favorite hexagon grid. [via @onyxfish]…

Drought report cards for California water districts

Thomas Suh Lauder for the Los Angeles Times provides you with a way to see how the water district near you is doing relative to the rest of the state.…

Working with R at the New York Times

Amanda Cox from the New York Times was on the Data Stories podcast. You should listen. She talks about how she uses R, workflow at the New York Times, and…

Refugee migration mapped globally

According to estimates recently released by the United Nations, about 14 million left their home countries because of conflict or persecution. Sergio Pecanha and Tim Wallace for the New York…

Entire English Wikipedia in physical print

The exhibit From Aaaaa! to ZZZap! opened last week with a hit of the start button. Michael Mandiberg wrote a script to upload the Wikipedia corpus to print-on-demand service Lulu…

Excel heat map hack

John Nelson from IDV Solutions explains how he uses a Microsoft Excel hack to make geographic cell maps.…