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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…

National Broadband Map shows how connected your community is

To encourage the integration of broadband and information technology into local economies, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (with some help from Stamen) now provides…

City traffic visualized as blood vessels

Pedro Cruz puts a twist on the traditional map approach to visualize traffic in Lisbon as blood vessels: In this work the traffic of Lisbon…

Adults with college degrees, over time

The Chronicle of Higher Education lets you explore the percentage of adults with college degrees from 1940 up to present, by county. Press play and…

What your state is the worst at – United States of shame

In a survey of rankings from a variety of sources, Pleated Jeans maps the United States of Shame. Because all states must be bad at…

Map: United States of surnames

Mina Liu and Oliver Uberti for National Geographic examine the most common surnames across the country: What's in a Surname? A new view of the…

Map of scientific collaboration between researchers

In the spirit of the well-circulated Facebook friendship map by Paul Butler, research analyst Olivier Beauchesne at Science-Metrix examines scientific collaboration around the world from…

Where people swear in the United States

Cartographer Daniel Huffman has a look at swearing in the United States, according to geocoded tweets: Isolines are based upon an interpolated surface generated from…

Open thread: Is this map too confusing?

This map, a collaboration between Good and Gregory Hubacek, shows three metrics from the most recent American Community Survey by the US Census: high school…

Haiti’s earthquake in context

Haiti's earthquake in 2010 was by far the most devastating in a long time. There were an estimated 222,570 casualties as a result. However, as…

Aerial photos of destruction in Haiti, one year later

In memory of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti one year ago on January 12, 2010, the New York Times shows aerial photos of Port-au-Prince…

Mapping and documenting a year of travels

Cartographer Andy Woodruff documents all the places he goes, resulting in the pretty map above. I have collected all my travels within the immediate local…

Football supporter map of London

Map of London colored by what team the majority supports. Not much of a soccer... ahem, sorry, football fan. Accurate? [QPRdotorg via We Love Datavis]…

Our changing world in cartograms

In this series of interactive cartograms, FedEx shows our changing world (and I guess, how they are changing with it) through a variety of worldwide…

Map of North American English dialects and subdialects

Rick Aschmann has made a hobby out of studying and mapping North American English dialects: This is just a little hobby of mine, that I…

Old map shows slavery in the United States

In 1864, drawing on the most recent 1860 Census data, the United States Coast Survey issued this choropleth map depicting counties with relatively high slave…

MacGyver guide on how to use a map

You might think that the only use for a map is to find directions to where you want to go. Or since you're a FlowingData…

Mapping demographics of every block and city in America

Government data technology has felt behind the times the past few years with outdated Java applets and such, which makes it tedious to look at…