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Chances that a drug treatment helps

It's a common belief that if someone has a medical condition, a patient can take a treatment and the condition gets better or goes away. That is, improvement is directly…

Mapping ice layers with radar data

I don't know exactly how much data NASA has in the bank, but I think it's a lot. Explained in the video below, they estimated the age of ice layers…

A century of National Geographic maps

Celebrating the 100th year of the National Geographic cartographic department, they provide a truncated roundup of the thousands of maps they've made over the past century. I liked this tidbit…

Fibonacci sculptures fake movement

John Edmark made some pretty things: These 3-D printed sculptures, called blooms, are designed to animate when spun under a strobe light. The placement of the appendages is determined by…

Snow depth by dogs

For the US east coasters and their pets.…

Sexual insecurities found in Google search results

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz continues with his Google search data-related op-eds for the New York Times. This time he looks at the insecurities in sex, based on the search volume of various…

Book checkouts from the British Library

In efforts to emphasize the importance of the library (very), the British Library released a video that simply shows ten minutes of book checkouts. Nothing fancy. Just an updating log…

Whale songs visualized

It's been known for decades that the sounds that whales make show patterns and have a certain musicality to them. David Rothenberg and Mike Deal talk about the history of…

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…

One animated art piece per day, with D3.js

Data-Driven Documents, or D3.js, is a flexible JavaScript library that lets you draw and move things in the browser. If it isn't yet, it's on its way to becoming the…

3-D model to show free-climb route

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are free-climbing almost 3,000 feet up El Capitan, basically with their fingers. The New York Times shows the ascent with a route placed on top…

Mapped history of how Native American land was taken

In Invasion of America, an animated map shows the loss of land.…

Tim Cook Chernoff Face

This amused me. By artist Christo Allegra.…

The first photo of the United States by NASA satellite

In 1974, NASA published their first satellite photo of the contiguous United States by stitching together a bunch of individual images. A giant photo map of the contiguous 48 states…

Turning 30, explained with charts

You get older as time passes. (That's how age works last time I checked.) You change, the people around you change, and you care more about different things and less…

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…

Every episode of Friends season 1, played simultaneously

All ten seasons of Friends are currently available on Netflix, but watching shows episode-by-episode is for chumps and people stuck in second gear. We Used to Be Friends is a…

Rapper travels and a robot arm

Maximum Distance. Minimum Displacement. by Tahir Hemphill explores rappers' geographic mentions in their lyrics. Geographic mentions from the complete bodies of work of 12 rappers were extracted using the language…

Auto recalls for the year set record

There were a lot of auto recalls — 62 million of them — in the US this year, based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A large…

Eric Rodenbeck on visualization and running a studio

Eric Rodenbeck is the founder and creative director for Stamen. No doubt you've seen their stuff over the years, ranging from client work, art pieces, to open source projects. At…

Cookie ingredient variants

For the holiday cookie makers, this one from Tessa Arias is for you. Merry Christmas. I'm tempted to try this by varying single ingredients at a time.…

Holiday lights from space

You've likely seen the classic globe image that shows Earth at night. It's a composite image using data collected over a nine-day period, so you kind of see what the…