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Tracking global fishing through satellite data

Global Fishing Watch is an initiative to place some accountability on global fishing, an activity typically a challenge to track. This version of the Global…

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…

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…

Lauren McCarthy talk: You, Me and My Computer

This talk that Lauren McCarthy gave at Eyeo is good. McCarthy, an artist and programmer, describes her work with the uncomfortable pauses during dates, technology…

Casual visualization books for the coffee table

Since my son was born, it's been a challenge to focus on a single book for any prolonged amount of time. He's in perpetual motion,…

Wireless networks translated to sound

Wi-fi is embedded in our everyday lives so much that we don't pay much attention unless it's not around. We've seen it translated visually a…

Berlin wall of lighted balloons

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Lightgrenze, translated to light border, places lighted balloons where the wall used to be.…

Ballet dance traces

Electronic Traces, by Lesia Trubat, tracks ballet movements and allows dancers to see the traces of their feet. The concept of Electronic Traces is based…

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…

Senate results maps

The New York Times pushed out super-detailed, precinct-level maps for the Senate election. The maps are also interactive, work well, and don't take forever to…

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…

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…

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…

Neurons conversing

Adam Cohen and his group are using genetically-modified neurons that light up when the cells activate to see the communication between neurons in high…

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…

New York Times mapmakers

When news breaks, maps often accompany stories (or the maps are the story), and cartographers and graphics people have to work quickly. The New York…

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…