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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…

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…

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…

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.…

News that China blocks

China blocks sites from its citizens. We know this. But, what do they block and to what extent? Sisi Wei for ProPublica tracked major news homepages with the help of…

Understanding segregation with a simulation

In 1971, Nobel laureate economist Thomas Schelling proposed that a desire to have neighbors of the same race — even a small percentage — can lead to segregation. The model…

Why you feel bloated after holiday meals

Because that's what happens when you eat ten full plates of turkey and pie. However, Bonnie Berkowitz and Lazaro Gamio for the Washington Post go into some of the specifics…

English versus Chinese color descriptors

Color exists on a continuous spectrum, but we bin them with names and descriptions that reflect perception and sometimes culture. We saw this with gender a while back. Wikipedia has…

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 large numbers. I wish someone…

Basketball shot

Todd Lindeman and Lazaro Gamio for the Washington Post explored shooting patterns for last year's Washington Wizards.…

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 bar on the left shows…

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 answer is no. Because measurements…

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 that these are rankings for…

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, this is a fun one…

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 or basketball, has a wide…

Your life on Earth

The BBC has a fun piece that shows changes over your lifetime. Enter your date of birth, gender, and height, and you get personalized data nuggets, categorized by how you…

A healthy versus unhealthy office environment

In an interesting use of the before-and-after slider, this Washington Post graphic by Bonnie Berkowitz and Laura Stanton contrasts an unhealthy office environment against a healthy one. As a whole,…

Ebola spreading, a simulation

As a way to understand the deadliness and spread of Ebola, the Washington Post runs a simplified simulation of how long it's likely to take for the virus to infect…

Skateboard physics

Aatish Bhatia, a recent physics PhD, describes the forces involved to do a skateboard Ollie. It's all about managing your center of gravity and applying variable amounts of torque to…

Interracial and same-sex marriage parallels

xkcd doing what xkcd does. Randall Munroe charts a brief timeline of interracial and same-sex marriage, through the lens of popular approval and population.…