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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.…

Data journalism hoorah

In parallel to the Google Trends release, the Google News Lab produced a video interviewing a bunch of data journalism folks about the importance of data in storytelling. It's mostly…

Traded animals

Based on data from the CITES Trade Database, "more than 27 million animals were traded internationally in 2013 for purposes ranging from garment production to traditional Chinese medicine, trophies, and…

Super Mario Bros. was designed on graph paper

Leading up to the release of Super Mario Maker, which lets you create your own Mario world, Miyamoto and Tezuka talked about their own process while creating the original video…

Quick reference guide to thematic cartography

Mapping data is so much about subtleties. The little things add up to make a full map exponentially better than one that wasn't given the proper attention. But in case…

Length of the average master’s thesis

A while back beckmw found the average length of a dissertation for various fields of study, based on digital archives at the University of Minnesota. Here's a follow-up to that…

More presidential candidates please

"If it seems as if the list of presidential candidates for 2016 is growing by the day, that is because it is, at least on the Republican side." Alicia Parlapiano…

Endangered species depicted with geometric pieces

In Pieces by designer Bryan James is an animated piece that uses simple geometric shapes to depict thirty endangered species.…

Getting bees to construct geographic maps

In an exploration of the connection between humans an nature, artist Ren Ri uses beeswax as his medium and the bee colony as the builder. Yeah. Because a colony will…

Growth of Las Vegas metro and skyline

Western cities are growing but water supplies are decreasing. That's not good. ProPublica, as part of their series Killing the Colorado, focuses on the fastest growing Western city: Las Vegas.…

Chess piece moving patterns

Million Base is a database of 2.2 million chess games. Steve Tung visualized chess piece journeys based on this data, for each piece on the board. Above is the footprint…

From European cities, how long it takes to travel elsewhere

After seeing an isochrone map drawn by Francis Galton, Peter Kerpedjiev was curious if he could apply the method to travel times in Europe.…

Why the subway isn’t getting a move on already

You're headed to the subway platform and you hear a train coming. The warm musty air that blows directly into your nostrils is near. So you speed up your steps.…

Size of Minecraft

I tried playing Minecraft a couple of times but quickly lost interest. Clearly not the case for millions of others. Wired did a bunch of back-of-the-napkin math on how big…

Compare your curve to reality for income versus college attendance

Those who grow up in poorer families are less likely to go to college, and those who grow up in richer families are more likely. The question is: How much…

Homicide Monitor shows distribution of violence worldwide

It's difficult to grasp the severity of homicide around the world. Homicide Monitor attempts to at least provide a little bit of sense of what's going on.…

Interactive documentary connects World War II data to the events

Millions of peopled died during World War II, but it's difficult to grasp what all the big numbers associated with the war mean. Neil Halloran explains in The Fallen of…

Why buses bunch at single stops

Maybe you've waited at a bus stop for longer than usual, and your bus finally shows up. And then, immediately after, a second bus on the same route pulls up…

Every NBA team rated over several decades

Which NBA basketball team is the greatest ever? Instead of a circular debate at the bar, Reuben Fischer-Baum and Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight used the Elo rating system to rank…

How far Frodo and Sam walked compared to real geography

If you read the books or watched the movies, you get the sense that Frodo and Sam walked pretty far to toss that ring in the fire. Imgur user mattsawizard…

Rise of data art

Data art is on the rise. Jacoba Urist for the Atlantic gets into the beginnings and its current prevalence. Art is a constant march of expansion, according to Harvey Molotch,…

Power of the reveal

Hannah Fairfield, who does graphics at the New York Times, talks about using visualization to show specific narratives. Something more than just "here's some data."…