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Olympic events placed in New York for scale

The New York Times published a fun piece that places Winter Olympic events in the city. Events include the luge in Times Square, ski jump…

Places in the US with the most pleasant days per year

We've seen plenty of maps the past few weeks that show how bad the weather is, in just about everywhere but California. Kelly Norton looked…

Digitally revamped atlas of historical geography, from 1932

In 1932, Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright published Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, a reference of almost 700 maps…

Amount of snow to cancel school

Someone ended an email to me last week with "Stay warm." Not to sound like a jerk, but I happened to be answering email outside…

History through the president’s words

The Washington Post visualized the use of specific words throughout the years during State of the Union addresses. Since 1900, there have been 116 State…

What a computer sees while watching movies

Benjamin Grosser visualized how computers "watch" movies through vision algorithms and artificial intelligence in Computers Watching Movies. Computers Watching Movies was computationally produced using…

Public transit times in major cities

Last year, WNYC made an interactive map that shows transit times in New York, based on where you clicked. Geography graduate student Andrew Hardin expanded…

Bird flight paths

Dennis Hlynsky, an artist and a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, recorded videos of flying birds and in post-processing shows previous flight…

A century of passenger air travel

Kiln and the Guardian explored the 100-year history of passenger air travel, and to kick off the interactive is an interactive map that uses live…

Music timeline of plays and history

Two Google research groups, Big Picture and Music Intelligence, got together and made a music timeline baby. The Music Timeline shows genres of music waxing…

Donald Duck family tree

The Donald Duck family tree is huge. Who knew? Above is only a sample. See the full version here.…

Lexical distance between European languages

Using data from linguistics research by Kostiantyn Tyshchenko, Teresa Elms clustered European languages in this network graph. If you look closely, you might wonder why…

Map projections illustrated with a face

Most people, at least those who visit sites like FlowingData, know about map projections. You have to do math to get the globe, a thing…

A visual exploration of refugee migrations

Hyperakt and Ekene Ijeoma visualized migrations over time and space in The Refugee Project. The interactive is based on United Nations data, which is naturally…

Cherry picking years for random sports statements

When you watch sports, it can sometimes feel like the stat guy pulls random numbers for the talking heads to ponder, and you can't help…

Facial hair trends over time

In 1976, Dwight E. Robinson, an economist at the University of Washington, studied facial hair of the men who appeared in the Illustrated London News…

Timeline shows a century of rock history

Jessica Edmondson visualized the history of rock music, from foundations in the pre-1900s to a boom in the 1960s and finally to what we have…

Happy new year around the world

New Year's is a worldwide event, but as we know, it doesn't happen simultaneously everywhere. Midnight happens in different time zones and in various languages,…

Body maps show where we feel emotion

Engineering and psychology researchers in Finland investigated where we feel and don't feel. The team showed the volunteers two blank silhouettes of person on a…

Evolution of reddit in stacked areas

Computer science PhD student Randy Olson likes to analyze reddit in his spare time. We saw his network of subreddits already, but his look earlier…

Highway traffic reorganized by color

In the video above, filmmaker Cy Kuckenbaker reorganized midday traffic by color. No computer-generated elements required. In this new video I took a four…

Military footprint

Similar to his collection of prison map snapshots, Josh Begley collected images of military bases around the world. In addition to the map -- which…