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Introvert’s heart mapped

Cartoonist Gemma Correll mapped the introvert's heart, from recluse corner to the town of online ordering. Seems about right. It's also available in print, so that you can decorate your…

Mapping plastic in the ocean

In research efforts to understand marine debris, Andres Cozar CabaƱas et al recently published findings on plastic debris in the open ocean. National Geographic and geographer Jamie Hawk mapped the…

When the world sleeps

An additional hour of sleep can make a huge difference in how you feel the next day (especially when you have kids). It's the ability to concentrate for long periods…

Everywhere Jonny Cash went, man

Johnny Cash says he went to a lot of places in his song, "I've Been Everywhere." Iain Mullan had some fun with the location list for Music Hack Day London…

Talking Ferguson on Twitter and localness

For trending topics, Twitter likes to show an animated map of how a lot of people talked about something at once. They pushed one out for Ferguson tweets. Naturally, the…

Map of military surplus distribution

With the situation in Ferguson, the New York Times mapped the distribution of military surplus through Defense Department program. Equipment, especially assault rifles, have gone to most parts of the…

FuelBand Fibers visualizes daily activities beautifully

Leading up to a Nike women's 10k run, design studio Variable made FuelBand Fibers, an artistic interpretation of a week of activity from seven individuals. To celebrate effort of preparing…

State of birth, by state and over time

We've seen migration within the United States before, but Gregor Aisch, Robert Gebeloff, and Kevin Quealy for the Upshot take a more time-centric look at how people moved state to…

Interactive documentary takes you through space and orbits

Impressive work in A Spacecraft for All: This Chrome Experiment follows the unlikely odyssey of the ISEE-3, a spacecraft launched in 1978 to study the Sun, but better known for…

Where the poor live, a decade comparison

To better understand race and poverty, MetroTrends maps where people live whose income is below the poverty line. The history, geography, and politics of individual metro regions all matter profoundly,…

Mapping the spread of drought, nationally

Although California has perhaps had it the worst, drought also affects other states, mainly the southwestern ones. Mike Bostock and Kevin Quealy for the New York Times have been updating…

California drought in small multiples

To show the increased levels of drought throughout the state of California, Kyle Kim and Thomas Suh Lauder for the LA Times showed weekly change in drought levels with 188…

Wi-Fi strength revealed in physical space

Digital Ethereal is a project that explores wireless, making what's typically invisible visible and tangible. In the piece above, a handheld sensor is used to detect the strength of Wi-Fi…

Google Doodle Venn diagram

In celebration of John Venn's 180th birthday, today's Google Doodle produces a Venn diagram with the two O's in Google's name. Click the play button for a little bit of…

Cultural history via where notable people died

A group of researchers used where "notable individuals" were born and place of death, based on data from Freebase, as a lens into culture history. The video explainer below shows…

Network visualization game to understand how a disease spreads

Vax, a game by Ellsworth Campbell and Isaac Bromley, explores how a disease spreads through a network, starting with just one infected person. It's a simple concept that works well.…

Explorations of People Movements

A new data source gave rise to a different set of visualization projects. We see people.

Civilian casualties in Gaza

Lazaro Gamio and Richard Johnson for the Washington Post cover civilian deaths in the recent Gaza conflict, namely child civilians. Red icons represent children. Similar to a previous piece on…

A decade of Yelp review trends

Yelp released an amusing tool that lets you see how the use of word in reviews has changed over the site's decade of existence. From food trends to popular slang…

Senator John Walsh plagiarism, color-coded

John Walsh, the U.S. Senator from Montana, is in the news lately for plagiarizing a large portion of his final paper towards his master's degree. The New York Times highlighted…

Editing photos as if they were audio files

Masuma Ahuja and Denise Lu for the Washington Post applied a technique called databending to a bunch of photos. The idea is that computer files — even though they represent…

Voter approval rates as butt plugs

From a couple of years ago, but still relevant, I think. Matthew Epler took candidate approval ratings (again, this is from a little while ago), tossed them in a 3-D…

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 slowly adding overlays to the…

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 the area. Some airlines, such…

Geologic map of Mars

The USGS released a more detailed geologic map of Mars, not just renderings based on rough models.…

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 as the announcement happened to…

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 a pair for every day,…

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 examined shifting fan support during…

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 this case make the graphic.…

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 levels and groups. FoamTree is…