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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…

Surviving on minimum wage

As most of us know, it's not easy getting by on minimum wage, and in some places it's not possible. The New York Times provides…

Olympic event explainer videos

Winter Olympic events are filled with subtleties that if you know about them, can help you appreciate athletes' skills and the sports a bit more.…

Map: US bus and Amtrak routes

In case you're wondering how to travel the country without a car (in a way other than running), this map from the American Intercity Bus…

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…