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Geographic smell maps

Kate McLean, a PhD candidate in Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art, is interested in the senses. More specifically, the non-visual ones. Mainly our sense of smell.…

10,000 League of Legends matches, all at once

League of Legends is an online, free-to-play game that pits two teams of five against each other. The goal is to destroy the other team's structures. The New York Times…

Ebola spreading, a simulation

As a way to understand the deadliness and spread of Ebola, the Washington Post runs a simplified simulation of how long it's likely to take for the virus to infect…

Skateboard physics

Aatish Bhatia, a recent physics PhD, describes the forces involved to do a skateboard Ollie. It's all about managing your center of gravity and applying variable amounts of torque to…

Interracial and same-sex marriage parallels

xkcd doing what xkcd does. Randall Munroe charts a brief timeline of interracial and same-sex marriage, through the lens of popular approval and population.…

Real cities drawn as fantasy maps

Remember that time you were sitting by the fire reading The Lord of the Rings and thought to yourself, "Gee golly. I sure wish I could have a map of…

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 middle one is a 1978…

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 the structure of global beer…

Open source mapping lab

Mapzen focuses on building open source mapping components for developers.…

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 these other things. Based on…

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 Electronic Futurelab.…

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.…

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 Quartet to collect point cloud…

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 embeds herself in a city,…

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, guiding you through each step.…

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, incomes are still lower, however,…

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 be in low, but it's…

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 can say something about the…

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 of galaxies. The video provides…

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 this labeling though. Usually you…

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 something like condoms are 98…

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 times the rates that would…

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 of the challenges is displaying…

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 playful. [via CAN]…

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 News provided a simple chart…

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 mode of comparison. The British…

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 someone is choking. The posters…

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 according to this work, the…

Race distributions of police departments versus residents

When you compare distributions of race for police departments and for the residents of the area they serve, you find disparity in many metropolitan areas. Jeremy Ashkenas and Haeyoun Park…

When people work, by job category

In another use of data from the American Time Use Survey, Planet Money looks specifically at the hours people work, separated by twenty job categories. Each density area represents a…