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Rings of population change by block

You've seen population changes at the state and county level, but with Census data, you can zoom in all the way to the block level.…

The city in real-time

The MIT SENSEable City Lab presents five different perspectives of the ebb and flow in Singapore at the Singapore Art Museum. LIVE Singapore! provides people…

Beauty of Maps available in its entirety

Almost a year ago, the BBC aired the Beauty of Maps, but we Americans couldn't watch it online. Well, now you can. The full documentary…

Tell-all telephone reveals politician’s life

Not many people understand the importance of data privacy. They don't get out how little bits of information sent from your phone every now and…

Complexity of time zones explained

Do you understand how time zones work around the world and when exactly you need to move your watch forward or back? Me neither. BBC…

Make your own safety map in case of emergency

It's a good idea to have a meeting place in case of an emergency and you get split up from your loved ones. Safety Maps,…

Every river system mapped in World of Rivers

The annual Malofiej awards, for top graphics in journalism, were handed out last week. The best map of 2010 went to National Geographic for the…

Animation: The pain that is Los Angeles traffic

Los Angeles has a lot of things to do. The trouble is, compared to a city like San Francisco, everything is spaced out and you…

Firefox 4 downloads in real-time

Firefox 4 came out of beta today and is now available for download. As of writing this, there have been about 2.2 million downloads worldwide,…

History of the world in 100 seconds, according to Wikipedia

As you know, the world wasn't always how you know it today. Land was discovered, people migrated, and significant events in history played out to…

Japan satellite photos show before and after

The New York Times has a set of sobering satellite photos of Japan. Sweep the slider back and forth to see before and after. Bright…

Chinese provinces compared to countries

It's easy to forget just how big some countries are. For example, China: China is now the world’s second-biggest economy, but some of its provinces…

Japanese quake and predicted tsunami wave heights

The New York Times maps the reach of the 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan. The page will probably be updated as they find out more.…

Animation: North and South Poles melting away

Adrian Meyer and Karl Rege of Zurich University of Applied Sciences visualize the melting poles, starting 21,000 years ago and advancing 1,000 years into the…

Watching the growth of Costco warehouses

Costco is one of the best stores ever. It's got everything you need in gigantic volumes and more, so you can imagine my delight when…

Well-being of the nation mapped

Analyzing Facebook and Twitter updates to gauge happiness is all the rage these days, but Gallup has been doing it old school for the past…

Countdown to the end of Internet Explorer 6

If you've ever designed for the Web, you know what a pain it is to get your work to look right in Internet Explorer 6.…

Global Android activations mapped and animated

iPhone gets all the glory, but there are plenty of Android phones activated every day, worldwide. This quick visualization (below), from the Android Developers themselves,…

True size of Vatican City

We saw the true size of Africa, relative to the world's largest countries, by Kai Krause last year. Taking it in the other direction, xefer…

Who drinks the most around the world?

What and how much people drink depends a lot on what country you're in or what culture you're exposed to. Personally I grew up in…

Components of the global water cycle

NASA briefly explains the water cycle: Water regulates climate, predominately storing heat during the day and releasing it at night. Water in the ocean…

England crime map comparisons

After a sluggish launch by police.uk to unleash local crime data, the Guardian and Doug McCune teamed up to provide a tool that lets you…