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Impact of vaccines throughout history

Not that anyone who does not vaccinate their kids cares, but Tynan DeBold and Dov Friedman for the Wall Street Journal show the change in number of cases for various…

Seagull skytrails

Watch one bird fly around, and it's hard to make out its flight pattern. Time shift multiple copies of that bird, creating an echo effect, and it's easy. Parker Paul…

Audio landscape

Audio Landscape is a novel music visualizer that constructs a landscape based on the MP3 that you give it. As you fly overhead, you can see the mountains constructed in…

Not just one chart

There is no more reason to expect one graph to "tell all" than to expect one number to do the same. —John Tukey, Exploratory Data Analysis, 1977.…

Algorithm-generated song, based on income data

In the first song of his music experiment Data-Driven DJ, visual artist Brian Foo used median household income data to create a song that represents a ride on a New…

Human brain size compared to animals’

Mosaic provides a simple comparison of brain size in a handful of animals so that you can compare to the average human. Select among several measures such as actual weigh,…

Job gains and losses over time

Andrew Van Dam and Renee Lightner for the Wall Street Journal provide a couple of useful linked views of unemployment and job gains and losses. The former comes as a…

Vaccination rates for every kindergarten in California

The New York Times mapped the vaccination rate for every kindergarten in California. Bubbles are sized by enrollment and colored by rate, where red represents under 60 percent and blue…

Professor ratings by gender and discipline

Based on about 14 million reviews on RateMyProfessor, this tool by Ben Schmidt lets you compare words used to describe professors, categorized by gender and discipline. For example, the above…

Baking units demystified

A handy chart by Andrew M.H. Alexander. Treemap conversion from one gallon, down to a teaspoon.…

Shrinking middle class

The Upshot has a detailed, chart-filled summary of the shrinking middle class, categorized by age, education, race, and family status.…

Vaccination rate and measles outbreak simulation

You've probably heard about herd immunity by now. Vaccinations help the individual and the community, especially those who are unable to receive vaccinations for various reasons. The Guardian simulated what…

Where and why men outnumber women

There are an estimated 60 million more men than women on this planet, based on data from World Bank. David Bauer takes a look at the places where the male…

Transposing embroidery to music

In Soundweaving, Zsanett Szirmay used embroidery as a score to feed into a music box. Each stitching square is a punch hole, and because of the repeating patterns in "embroidered…

Your street name across the country

Here's a fun searchable map from the New York Times. Enter a street's name, and you can see how many other streets have the same name in other states. Based…

Chances that a drug treatment helps

It's a common belief that if someone has a medical condition, a patient can take a treatment and the condition gets better or goes away. That is, improvement is directly…

Mapping ice layers with radar data

I don't know exactly how much data NASA has in the bank, but I think it's a lot. Explained in the video below, they estimated the age of ice layers…

A century of National Geographic maps

Celebrating the 100th year of the National Geographic cartographic department, they provide a truncated roundup of the thousands of maps they've made over the past century. I liked this tidbit…

Fibonacci sculptures fake movement

John Edmark made some pretty things.…

Snow depth by dogs

For the US east coasters and their pets.…

Sexual insecurities found in Google search results

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz continues with his Google search data-related op-eds for the New York Times. This time he looks at the insecurities in sex, based on the search volume of various…

Book checkouts from the British Library

In efforts to emphasize the importance of the library (very), the British Library released a video that simply shows ten minutes of book checkouts. Nothing fancy. Just an updating log…

Whale songs visualized

It's been known for decades that the sounds that whales make show patterns and have a certain musicality to them. David Rothenberg and Mike Deal talk about the history of…

Feeling hot, hot, hot

When you look at overall global temperatures over time, you see a rising line and new heat records set. Instead of just one line though, Tom Randall and Blacki Migliozzi…

One animated art piece per day, with D3.js

Data-Driven Documents, or D3.js, is a flexible JavaScript library that lets you draw and move things in the browser. If it isn't yet, it's on its way to becoming the…

3-D model to show free-climb route

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are free-climbing almost 3,000 feet up El Capitan, basically with their fingers. The New York Times shows the ascent with a route placed on top…

Mapped history of how Native American land was taken

In Invasion of America, an animated map shows the loss of land.…

Tim Cook Chernoff Face

This amused me. By artist Christo Allegra.…

The first photo of the United States by NASA satellite

In 1974, NASA published their first satellite photo of the contiguous United States by stitching together a bunch of individual images. A giant photo map of the contiguous 48 states…

Turning 30, explained with charts

You get older as time passes. (That's how age works last time I checked.) You change, the people around you change, and you care more about different things and less…