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Misery index based on perceived temperature

Late last year, Cameron Beccario made a wind map for earth, inspired by an earlier work by Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg. Beccario has been…

Flights around Ukraine

The New York Times is covering Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 with a series of maps. The ones above show a sample of recent flights in…

Geologic map of Mars

The USGS released a more detailed geologic map of Mars, not just renderings based on rough models. The USGS-led mapping effort reveals that the Martian…

Spiky betting odds during LeBron James decision

LeBron James decided to head back to Cleveland, so naturally the odds that they win the championship went up. Todd Schneider charted the betting odds…

How much underwear to bring on a trip

Packing underwear for a short trip is easy. You just pack a pair for each day you're away. However, longer trips require extra planning. Pack…

Changing World Cup fans

Shan Carter and Kevin Quealy for the Upshot have a look at sports fandom once again using Facebook usage as a proxy. This time they…

Mosquitos: The deadliest animal

This graphic from the Gates Foundation is from a few months ago, but it was just National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. The small illustrations in…

FoamTree: Visualize hierarchical data with a lot of groups

For small-ish amounts of hierarchical data, most JavaScript libraries can handle the load. However, it gets tricky when you get into hundreds and thousands of…

xkcd: Dominant players in chess and basketball

I'm pretty sure xkcd is the only one who gets away with showing player ratings for both basketball and chess players in the same frame,…

Birth year and political leanings

A statistical model, from Yair Ghitza of Catalist and Andrew Gelman of Columbia University, estimates when people form their political preferences. The analysis uses presidential…

Whaling in Japan explained

After a ruling by the United Nations International Court of Justice, Japan was ordered to stop whaling in parts of Antarctica. However, Japan's Prime Minister…

Test your geographic knowledge in Google map game

Smarty Pins is a simple, fun map game by Google. You get a trivia clue about some location, and the goal is to drop the…

Data trails explainer

We produce data all the time, everywhere we go, and this process implies something about how we live. Jer Thorp explains in this short explainer…

Filing cabinet follows people around, like a data trail

Jaap de Maat, a graduate student at the Royal College of Art, rigged a filing cabinet to follow people around for his final project.…

Data Cuisine uses food as the medium

Ditch the computer screen for your data. It's all about the food. Moritz Stefaner and prozessagenten, process by art and design ran a second round…

NSA programs with goofy names

Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson for ProPublica made a chart of NSA programs revealed in the past year. Programs were plotted subjectively from foreign to…

Bass Shapes visualizes sound in hand-drawn style

Media artist Nick Hardeman's audio visualization app Bass Shapes was rejected by the Mac App Store because "it's not useful." So Hardeman released the software…

Visualizing algorithms

Mike Bostock, who you might recognize from such things as Data-Driven Documents or the New York Times, writes on the value of visualizing algorithms for…

Super MIDI

Watch the notes rain down on those piano keys. Made with MIDItrail, a MIDI player with a 3-d visualization component. The program (and this video)…

Real-time lightning map

Blitzortung is a community of volunteers who install inexpensive lightning sensors and transmit their data to a central server. In return, those who run the…

Detailed UK census data browser

DataShine Census provides a detailed view into United Kingdom 2011 census data. Population, housing, income, commute, and other variables are available. The DataShine mapping platform…

New York City taxi trips mapped

While we're on the topic of NYC taxi data, Eric Fischer for Mapbox mapped all 187 million trips. Each observation contains the start and end…