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Planetary layer cake

From Cakecrumbs, a product that helps you learn while you eat: planetary layer cakes. The graduate student slash baker hobbyist's sister asked if she could…

Exponential water tank

Hibai Unzueta, based on a paper by Albert Bartlett, demonstrates exponential growth with a simple animation. It depicts a man standing in a tank with…

Centuries of European border changes

The Centennia Historical Atlas is a program that shows you border changes in Europe and the Middle East, from the 11th century to the present.…

Smoking rates and income

Based on a study on smoking prevalence from 1996 to 2012, a map by The New York Times shows the results. Smoking rates among men…

Reconstructing Google Streetview as a point cloud

Patricio Gonzalez Vivo, an MFA Design & Technology student, scraped depth from Google Streetview and then reconstructed it in openFrameworks. The result is Point Cloud…

Human heartbeat

Jen Lowe tracks her heart rate with a Basis watch, and she's showing the last 24 hours of that data in One Human Heartbeat. Basis…

Level of road grid

Seth Kadish looked at the road network of several major counties and estimated the directions the streets run. The result is a set of charts…

Graph TV shows ratings by episode

Kevin Wu made a straightforward interactive that lets you see IMDB television ratings over time, per episode and by season. Graph TV is a visualization…

Failed Bitcoin market activity

Stamen visualized Bitcoin activity, noting a variety of traders who knew what they were doing, didn't know what they were doing, and were apparently automated.…

NBA passing dynamics

With player tracking installed in all of the NBA arenas, the sports analytics folks can essentially replay entire games through data and dissect the many…

An exploration of cultural production

Pantheon, a project from the Macro Connections group at The MIT Media Lab, explores cultural influences across countries and domains. To make our efforts tractable,…

Beer me, Minnesota

The Star Tribune has a fun interactive that recommends Minnesota brews, based on five key beer characteristics. Use sliders to enter your preference of bitterness,…

Before and after lot vacancy

Justin Blinder used New York's city planning dataset and Google Streetview for a before and after view of vacant lots. Vacated mines and combines different…

Find new beers to drink

Based on reviews from BeerAdvocate, Beer Viz, a visualization class project, asks you to choose a general style of beer and a beer that you…

Basketball movements visualized

The NBA has been kind of gaga over data the past few years, and they recently announced that all 30 teams would have player tracking…

Solar time versus standard time around the world

After noting the later dinner time in Spain, Stefano Maggiolo noted relatively late sunsets for one of the possible reasons, compared to standard time. Then…

Why you should buy the bigger pizza

Because you get more pizza to eat, and if you don't finish it, you'll have breakfast tomorrow. Other than that fine reason, well, it's geometrically…

An exploration of selfies

Selfiecity, from Lev Manovich, Moritz Stefaner, and a small group of analysts and researchers, is a detailed visual exploration of 3,200 selfies from five major…

Near-real-time global forest watch

Global Forest Watch uses satellite imagery and other technologies to estimate forest usage, change, and tree cover (among other things). These estimates and their eventual…

A human-readable explorer for SEC filings

Maris Jensen just made SEC filings readable by humans. The motivation: But in the twenty years since, despite hundreds of millions invested in rounds of…

Using slime mold to find the best motorway routes

This is all sorts of neat. Researchers Andrew Adamatzky and Ramon Alonso-Sanz are using a slime mold, P polycephalum, to find the most efficient…

Why we think of north pointing up

Nick Danforth for Al Jazeera delves into the history books for why north is typically on the top of our maps. There's no single reason…