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Planets as fruit to show scale

I still don't understand the relative size of planets. The universe is too big and my sense of scale is too small to fathom such large numbers. I wish someone…

Earth-orbiting satellites, all of them

David Yanofsky and Tim Fernholz for Quartz visualized the satellites orbiting Earth. There's a lot of them. There are more than 1,200 active satellites orbiting earth right now, taking pictures,…

You, Me and My Computer

This talk that Lauren McCarthy gave at Eyeo is good. McCarthy, an artist and programmer, describes her work with the uncomfortable pauses during dates, technology as a way to change…

Casual visualization books for the coffee table

Since my son was born, it's been a challenge to focus on a single book for any prolonged amount of time. He's in perpetual motion, as my mom often likes…

Wireless networks translated to sound

Wi-fi is embedded in our everyday lives so much that we don't pay much attention unless it's not around. We've seen it translated visually a couple of times. But this…

Berlin wall of lighted balloons

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Lightgrenze, translated to light border, places lighted balloons where the wall used to be.…

Ballet dance traces

Electronic Traces, by Lesia Trubat, tracks ballet movements and allows dancers to see the traces of their feet.…

Touchdown passing record

Peyton Manning, quarterback for the Denver Broncos, passed up Brett Favre's career record of 508 passing touchdowns. Manning, currently at 510 passing touchdowns, is now setting his own records that…

Senate results maps

The New York Times pushed out super-detailed, precinct-level maps for the Senate election. The maps are also interactive, work well, and don't take forever to load. As my dad would…

Basketball shot

Todd Lindeman and Lazaro Gamio for the Washington Post explored shooting patterns for last year's Washington Wizards.…

Most cited research papers

In the department of comparing large numbers to objects and situations that are slightly more relatable, this graphic from Nature explores citations in research. The bar on the left shows…

Relative size of astronomy stuff

Look! More size of very big things with large numbers, compared against things that you're kind of familiar with. Does this ever get old? The answer is no. Because measurements…

Decline of women in computer science

NPR spent some time on the subject of the decline of women in computer science. Whereas the the percentage of women in other technical fields rose, the percentage of women…

Chess piece survival rates

On Quora, someone asked, "What are the chances of survival of individual chess pieces in average games?" Oliver Brennan answered by looking at the moves from 2.2 million games. The…

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…