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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 future. End summer sea ice…

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 I stumbled on some store…

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 three years. Every day, Gallup…

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. It's outdated, and it's not…

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, shows just how that growth…

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 shows the true size of…

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 a low-alcohol family. It's not…

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 and atmosphere carry heat from the…

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 compare crime rates in different…

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 an exploratory tool for broadband…

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 is portrayed exploring metaphors of…

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 watch the national average go…

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 something. Go, California. If we're…

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 United States based on 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 2005 to 2009: I was…

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 approximately 1.5 million geocoded public…

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 graduates, college graduates, and median…

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 Peter Aldhous shows in this…

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 from GeoEye and Google in…

Mapping and documenting a year of travels

Cartographer Andy Woodruff documents all the places he goes, resulting in the pretty map above.…

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 demographics such as access to…