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Traded animals

Based on data from the CITES Trade Database, "more than 27 million animals were traded internationally in 2013 for purposes ranging from garment production to traditional Chinese medicine, trophies, and…

Super Mario Bros. was designed on graph paper

Leading up to the release of Super Mario Maker, which lets you create your own Mario world, Miyamoto and Tezuka talked about their own process while creating the original video…

Quick reference guide to thematic cartography

Mapping data is so much about subtleties. The little things add up to make a full map exponentially better than one that wasn't given the proper attention. But in case…

Length of the average master’s thesis

A while back beckmw found the average length of a dissertation for various fields of study, based on digital archives at the University of Minnesota. Here's a follow-up to that…

More presidential candidates please

"If it seems as if the list of presidential candidates for 2016 is growing by the day, that is because it is, at least on the Republican side." Alicia Parlapiano…

Endangered species depicted with geometric pieces

In Pieces by designer Bryan James is an animated piece that uses simple geometric shapes to depict thirty endangered species.…

Getting bees to construct geographic maps

In an exploration of the connection between humans an nature, artist Ren Ri uses beeswax as his medium and the bee colony as the builder. Yeah. Because a colony will…

Growth of Las Vegas metro and skyline

Western cities are growing but water supplies are decreasing. That's not good. ProPublica, as part of their series Killing the Colorado, focuses on the fastest growing Western city: Las Vegas.…

Chess piece moving patterns

Million Base is a database of 2.2 million chess games. Steve Tung visualized chess piece journeys based on this data, for each piece on the board. Above is the footprint…

From European cities, how long it takes to travel elsewhere

After seeing an isochrone map drawn by Francis Galton, Peter Kerpedjiev was curious if he could apply the method to travel times in Europe.…

Why the subway isn’t getting a move on already

You're headed to the subway platform and you hear a train coming. The warm musty air that blows directly into your nostrils is near. So you speed up your steps.…

Size of Minecraft

I tried playing Minecraft a couple of times but quickly lost interest. Clearly not the case for millions of others. Wired did a bunch of back-of-the-napkin math on how big…

Compare your curve to reality for income versus college attendance

Those who grow up in poorer families are less likely to go to college, and those who grow up in richer families are more likely. The question is: How much…

Homicide Monitor shows distribution of violence worldwide

It's difficult to grasp the severity of homicide around the world. Homicide Monitor attempts to at least provide a little bit of sense of what's going on.…

Interactive documentary connects World War II data to the events

Millions of peopled died during World War II, but it's difficult to grasp what all the big numbers associated with the war mean. Neil Halloran explains in The Fallen of…

Why buses bunch at single stops

Maybe you've waited at a bus stop for longer than usual, and your bus finally shows up. And then, immediately after, a second bus on the same route pulls up…

Every NBA team rated over several decades

Which NBA basketball team is the greatest ever? Instead of a circular debate at the bar, Reuben Fischer-Baum and Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight used the Elo rating system to rank…

How far Frodo and Sam walked compared to real geography

If you read the books or watched the movies, you get the sense that Frodo and Sam walked pretty far to toss that ring in the fire. Imgur user mattsawizard…

Rise of data art

Data art is on the rise. Jacoba Urist for the Atlantic gets into the beginnings and its current prevalence. Art is a constant march of expansion, according to Harvey Molotch,…

Power of the reveal

Hannah Fairfield, who does graphics at the New York Times, talks about using visualization to show specific narratives. Something more than just "here's some data."…

Satellite time-lapse shows changes on the ground

Since the 1970s, NASA has used satellites to take pictures of the Earth's surface. This is an ongoing process, so when you string together the photos and play them out…

Running through digital particles

Force of Nature by FIELD is a running installation commissioned by Nike. It uses data fed from Kinect and sensors hooked up to a treadmill to create an experience as…

Animated history of US county boundaries

Here's a straightforward animation that shows US county boundaries change between 1629 and 2000. You can also grab all the data from the Newberry Library site.…

Estimated age based on your name

A while back, Nate Silver and Allison McCann for FiveThirtyEight estimated age based on a person's name using a relatively straightforward calculation. Using data from the Social Security Administration, they…

A year of earthquakes

Fathom provides an interactive browser for a year of earthquakes, based on data from USGS. You've likely seen this data before, but the interaction is quite useful and applicable to…

The Great Grid Map Debate of 2015

There's been a sudden bump in grid maps lately taking the place of state choropleths. For example, Haeyoun Park used them to show changes in state laws for gay marriage.…

The big companies behind organic food brands

When you walk down the aisles of the grocery store, there are probably shelves of organic foods with branding that looks small, local, and healthy. It's almost like you're buying…

Visualization is growing up

For a while, somewhere in between 2007 and 2011, infographics — in the everyday person's sense, not the statistician's — were all the rage. They came in lots of shapes…

Rising beef prices and cattle theft

Eric Benson for FiveThirtyEight delves into cattle theft, which can cost an owner millions of dollars overnight, and the link to rising beef prices. Most cuts of beef increased in…

Upward mobility and the potential for a better life

An analysis by Raj Chetty of Harvard University and Nathaniel Hendren of NBER estimates increased income and education for poverty-level households, based on where one lives. The results are based…