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Halloween costume rankings

Accompanying their segment on Halloween stores stocking costumes, NPR ranks bestsellers for the past four years, based on data from the National Retail Foundation. Note that these are rankings for…

Neurons conversing

Adam Cohen and his group are using genetically-modified neurons that light up when the cells activate to see the communication between neurons in high detail. More from New Scientist: Cohen's…

Affordable Care Act progress report

The New York Times takes a data-centric look at the progress of the Affordable Health Care Act here in the United States. It's a team effort seven-parter describing changes in…

Curse of dimensionality, interactive demo

Jeff Leek was trying to explain the curse of dimensionality and realized that there had to be a better way! Leek's student Prasad Patil cooked up an interactive to demonstrate…

New York Times mapmakers

When news breaks, maps often accompany stories (or the maps are the story), and cartographers and graphics people have to work quickly. The New York Times does this really well.…

Visual summary of skateboarding tournament

George Murphy visualized the results of this year's skateboarding tournament Battle at the Berrics 7. Even if you don't like or know anything about skateboarding, this is a fun one…

F1 racing winners and age

So here's a sport I don't see or hear much about. F1 racing, which requires a different sort of strength and agility than say football or basketball, has a wide…

Cynthia Brewer profile

Wired wrote a short profile for Cynthia Brewer, best known for Color Brewer, a tool that provides visually apt color schemes for maps (and charts). Brewer has been thinking about…

Your life on Earth

The BBC has a fun piece that shows changes over your lifetime. Enter your date of birth, gender, and height, and you get personalized data nuggets, categorized by how you…

A healthy versus unhealthy office environment

In an interesting use of the before-and-after slider, this Washington Post graphic by Bonnie Berkowitz and Laura Stanton contrasts an unhealthy office environment against a healthy one. As a whole,…

Map of book subjects on Internet Archive

The Internet Archive makes millions of digitized books available in the form of scanned pages, and these books are categorized into thousands of subjects. Focusing on book images, Mario Klingemann…

How basketball rebounds work

Kirk Goldsberry, with help from Andy Woodruff, looked at how rebounds work in the NBA from a statistical perspective. When a player shoots the ball and misses, there's a tendency…

Equal population mapper

We know that there are more people per square mile in some places than others, but it can be a challenge to understand the magnitude of the differences. The same…

Road grid orientation in major cities

This is what you get when you group streets by their geographic orientation and color them accordingly with a neon paintbrush. From the ever curious Stephen Von Worley: That's every…

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,…