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Challenge: Let’s do something with these 3-D pyramids

The government recommends a diet for healthy living, but there are billions of dollars of lopsided subsidies. Interesting point. Funky presentation.

Review: We Feel Fine (the book) by Kamvar and Harris

We Feel Fine, by Sep Kamvar and Jonathan Harris, is a selection of some of the best entries from the database of 12 million emotions, along with some insights into the growing dataset.

What burger chain reigns supreme?

In a follow up to his McDonald's map, Stephen Von Worley of Weather Sealed maps the dominating burger chains across the United States. McDonald's obviously has a stronghold in a…

Canada: the country that pees together stays together

EPCOR, the water utility company that runs the fountains up in Edmonton, Canada released this graph yesterday. It's water consumption during the Olympic gold medal hockey game, overlaying consumption of…

Looking Inside a Bus Routing Algorithm

In an effort to put transit data from the Toronto Transit Committee to better use, MyTTC provides a trip planner to help you find the best route from point A…

Edward Tufte will serve on Recovery Independent Advisory Panel

Big news for all you Edward Tufte fanboys and girls. He will be joining the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel who will advise The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. The Board's…

How Genetics Works

Simple yet effective. Any questions? [via 9gag | Thanks, Barry]…

Where Bars Trump Grocery Stores

FloatingSheep, a fun geography blog, looks at the beer belly of America. One maps shows total number of bars, but the interesting map is the one above. Red dots represent…

The State of the Internet

From JESS3 is this video on the state of the internet. It's essentially a barrage of numbers, but it's fun nevertheless and it's got some interesting morsels in there.…

Olympic musical – how fractions of second make all the difference

Like everyone, I've been watching the Olympics, and it continues to amaze me how hundredths of a second can make up the difference between a gold medal and nothing at…

News Topics as Social Network

All news is connected in some way or another. News Dots from Slate shows just that. News Dots scans all articles from major publications—about 500 stories a day—and submits them…

Evolution of Olympic Pictograms

Every Olympics since 1936 has had a series of pictograms (i.e. icons that look like restroom signs) that represents the events.

Challenge: make this graph easier to read

The Economist discusses the return of big government and includes this graph showing total government spending as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product. Is there a better way to represent the time series?

An Exploration of Biological Records

The Natural Science Museum of Barcelona has a growing database of 50,000 records of specimens collected over the past 150 years. Bestiario explores this data in their biodiversity treemap and…

Man as Industrial Palace, Animated

In 1926, Fritz Kahn illustrated man as a working factory in his famous poster, Man as Industrial Palace. Tiny guys in each body system perform their own specific job. A…

Sunlight Labs releases mapping framework, ClearMaps

Open data is great, but it's useless if you don't know what to do with it. Sunlight Labs, a group focused on using technology to support open government, recently released…

OpenStreetMap Edits Towards Haiti Relief

ITO world, who you might remember from a year of OpenStreetMap edits, come back to the map visualization to show the efforts of an impromptu community and Crisis Mappers to…

How a Giant Shark Took Down an Airplane

This graphic from designer Stephen Taubman is entertaining in so many ways. It is based on the amazing story of Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, one of the greatest movies…

NSF Announces 2009 Visualization Contest Winners

The National Science Foundation announced the 2009 winners of their annual visualization challenge. As usual it's mostly scientific visualization of biological organisms and phenomena speckled with a few data-focused entries.…

Review: The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics

Add another book to the growing library of guides on how to make information graphics the right way. Dona M. Wong provides the dos and don'ts of data presentation.

Road to Recovery – Is the Recovery Act working?

The Obama administration just posted a graph showing monthly job loss from December 2007 (Bush in red) up to last month. Discuss. [via @nickbilton] Update: There's a video version now…

Build Online Visualization for Free with Tableau Public

Tableau Software, popular for making data more accessible, mainly in the business sector, just opened up with Tableau Public. The application is similar in spirit to other online data applications…