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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…

Beer family tree

With Anheuser-Busch InBev rumored to have an interest in acquiring SABMiller and SABMiller trying to acquire Heineken, David Yanofsky for Quartz had a look at…

Open source mapping lab

Mapzen focuses on building open source mapping components for developers. We design things that can be provided as a service, but don't have to be—tools…

Flooding risk cartogram

As you may or may not know, climate change could bring with it other effects besides our average days getting warmer. Flooding is one of…

Drones programmed for light painting in the sky

What do you get when you put LEDs on a system of drones and then program them to fly in formation? Spaxels from the Ars…

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. To understand where…

Quartet point cloud

This is beautiful to watch. Graham Roberts, Daniel J. Wakin, and others from the New York Times, along with OpenShades, sat down with the Kronos…

Hand-drawn, detailed city maps

Maps can be about a lot of things, from strictly geography and location down to the individuals who reside in an area. Illustrator Jenni Sparks…

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,…

Household incomes rise

Since the recession, it's taken a while for household incomes to come back to where they were in 2009. In most parts of the country,…

PhD gender gaps around the world

Periscopic, for Scientific American, visualized the number of PhDs awarded in various countries. You might expect men to be in high percentages and women to…

Search for word usage in movies and television over time

Movies and television shows often reflect cultural trends of the time they are made in. Even movies that take place during the past or future…

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…

Pantone beer cans

Graphic designer Txaber created beer can labeling to match the typical color of each beverage to its Pantone color. I probably wouldn't buy beer with…

Probabilities of failing birth control methods

In high school health class, where I learned about contraceptives and the dangers of pre-marital sex, my teacher spouted rates to scare. He would say…

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…

Generative book covers

The New York Public Library is developing an eBook-borrowing system, which includes an app that helps you keep track of books, process, and such. One…

Beat Blox

Beat Blox is a student project by Per Holmquist from Beckmans College of Design. Blocks are placed on a turntable, and beats sound accordingly. Super…

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…

Old maps overlaid on Google Maps

The British Library georeferencing project places old maps, as far back as the 16th century, on top of Google Maps for browsing and as a…

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…

Cosmic map shows Milky Way at the edge of a supercluster

Nature highlights the research of R. Brent Tully et al, which defines a supercluster called Laniakea. A supercluster is like a network of galaxies, and…