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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.…

Big chicken

From Vox and research from Zuidhof et al., chickens are quite big these days. The one on the left is a breed from 1957. The middle one is a 1978…

No Ceilings highlights progress towards gender equality

No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, an initiative from the Clinton Foundation, aims to highlight progress towards global gender equality using data.…

How search works

Google explained the process of a web search with a scrolling infographic. Might be old news for some, but the layout and flow work nicely, guiding you through each step.…

Powers of Ten, Derek Jeter style

You've likely seen the classic Powers of Ten video from 1977. It starts on an individual and continues to zoom out farther to a view of galaxies. The video provides…

Extinctions and animal species at risk

Data journalist Anna Flagg for ProPublica reported on animal species at higher risk of extinction. Animal species are going extinct anywhere from 100 to 1,000 times the rates that would…

Dinosaurs versus airplane

Scientists found the fossils of a giant dinosaur that they estimate was 26 meters long and 60 tons heavy. How much is that really? BBC News provided a simple chart…

Style over function for redesigned choking posters

In many parts of the country, the departments of health require that eating establishments put up posters that instruct you what to do in case someone is choking. The posters…

Race distributions of police departments versus residents

When you compare distributions of race for police departments and for the residents of the area they serve, you find disparity in many metropolitan areas. Jeremy Ashkenas and Haeyoun Park…

Interactive tool shows impact of terrorism

The Global Terrorism Database, maintained by the University of Maryland, is an open source database that catalogs terrorism events since 1970 through 2013. Data visualization firm Periscopic visualized the incident-level…

State of birth, by state and over time

We've seen migration within the United States before, but Gregor Aisch, Robert Gebeloff, and Kevin Quealy for the Upshot take a more time-centric look at how people moved state to…

Civilian casualties in Gaza

Lazaro Gamio and Richard Johnson for the Washington Post cover civilian deaths in the recent Gaza conflict, namely child civilians. Red icons represent children. Similar to a previous piece on…

Senator John Walsh plagiarism, color-coded

John Walsh, the U.S. Senator from Montana, is in the news lately for plagiarizing a large portion of his final paper towards his master's degree. The New York Times highlighted…

Changing World Cup fans

Shan Carter and Kevin Quealy for the Upshot have a look at sports fandom once again using Facebook usage as a proxy. This time they examined shifting fan support during…

Mosquitos: The deadliest animal

This graphic from the Gates Foundation is from a few months ago, but it was just National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. The small illustrations in this case make the graphic.…

Whaling in Japan explained

After a ruling by the United Nations International Court of Justice, Japan was ordered to stop whaling in parts of Antarctica. However, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently sees the…

Data trails explainer

We produce data all the time, everywhere we go, and this process implies something about how we live. Jer Thorp explains in this short explainer video animated by Erica Gorochow.…

NSA programs with goofy names

Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson for ProPublica made a chart of NSA programs revealed in the past year. Programs were plotted subjectively from foreign to domestic surveillance on the horizontal…