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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…

Black and White America compared as if they were countries

The Economist made a simple yet effective comparison of Black America and White America against metrics of countries that are part of the Human Development Index and the OECD. In…

Self-printing a wall-sized world map

Dominik Schwarz wanted a big world map. A really big one that covered his entire wall in high detail. You can get great world maps up to around 1,50m (~59…

Median home in America, over 40 years

The median home in America has changed in a variety of ways. Square footage increased, number of bedrooms and bathrooms shifted, heating changed from electrical to gas, and cost went…

Earthquake magnitude and the logarithmic scale

The earthquake in Nepal was big, but there's a discrepancy in just how big. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the earthquake at 7.8 magnitude, whereas the China Earthquakes…

Fashion trends seen through Google searches

Fashion trends, such as skinny jeans and Palazzo pants, can spike and fall quickly year over year, and it can be tough to keep up. Maybe trends in Google searches…

Disaster risk indices estimate impact on people

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 can affect countries differently, depending on the people's ability to withstand and recover from such a disaster. INFORM attempts to assess this risk,…

Quick change of mind on social issues

As Supreme Court hearings for same-sex marriage start today, Alex Tribou and Keith Collins for Bloomberg look back at timelines for past social issues, such as interracial marriage and abortion.…

Recurring characters in film and the words used to describe them

Stereotropes, made by the Bocoup Data Visualization Team, explores the many tropes in films and the the adjective used to describe them. Some are unique to a trope and some…

Why exploring big data is hard

The talks from OpenVisConf 2015 went up, so I'm slowly making my way through. In this one Danyel Fisher from Microsoft Research talks about the challenges of working with data…

Emptied reservoirs in California

Winter is over and it's shorts weather these days in California. This is good for relaxing outdoor lunches but not so good for the drought. It's sad to drive down…

Color timeline for Avengers comic book covers

The Avengers comic has been around since 1963 and the look and feel of characters have changed over the years. Jon Keegan for the Wall Street Journal looked at this…

Wealth inequality explained in charts

Wealth inequality is a real thing that is complex and a result of various factors. It's difficult to capture everything in one chart, so Urban Institute explained wealth inequality in…

Life cycle of Earth’s carbon dioxide

The Cartography and Geovisualization Group at Oregon State University and NASA visualized a one-year life cycle of carbon dioxide in an interactive video map.…

Speedy crossword solvers

Oliver Roeder for FiveThirtyEight covered this year's American Crossword Puzzle Tournament and the battle between Tyler Hinman and Dan Feyer.…

xkcd: U.S. of movie backgrounds

xkcd sectioned the United States by the background in movies. Because xkcd.…

Really slow speed of light

The "speed of light" typically means "really fast" but when it's relative to the scale of the universe, maybe not so much. Animator Alphonse Swinehart shows what it might look…

Married couple tax bonuses and penalties

Using calculations by Nick Kasprak from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Kyle Pomerleau from Tax Foundation, Amanda Cox shows tax penalties and bonuses for married couples.…

LEGO explainer: Taxes and income inequality

LEGOs make everything better. David Wessel for Brookings Institution explains how federal taxes play a role in decreasing the income gap. Each column an income quintile and each brick a…

A tall graphic to show Mt. Everest scale

Mt. Everest is a tall mountain. How tall is it?? Glad you asked. The Washington Post has a tall scrolling graphic to help you understand the scale of the world's…

Color use in paintings, by year

Martin Bellander saw some projects that extracted color from movie posters and trailers, and he grew curious about paintings. So he extracted and plotted the colors used in paintings over…

Cocktail construction chart

Remember that engineer's guide to drinks a while back? I think this one pre-dates it. But, the best part is that you can download it from the National Archives Catalog,…

California water use per capita, by district

Matthew Bloch and Haeyoun Park for the New York Times mapped, for about 400 water districts, how much water Californians use per capita on a daily basis. In some areas,…

Gallons of water to produce foods

With all the talk recently about how much water it takes to grow almonds, Kyle Kim for the Los Angeles Times took a quick look at home many gallons of…

Every Game of Thrones death

I hear there's a show called "Game of Thrones" on the T.V., where a lot of people die and there is much of the sex. Shelly Tan and Alberto Cuadra…

Growth of urban neighborhood Wal-Mart

Maybe you saw the Wal-Mart growth map I made a while back. NPR takes a much closer look at Wal-Mart's current growth strategy, as the store goes smaller and caters…

Map of global carbon emissions

Using data from the Earth System Research Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Kennedy Elliott for the Washington Post mapped average grams of carbon dioxide worldwide.…