These Are the Streets You Want to Avoid When You're Riding Your Bike

Whether you're a commuter or a leisure rider, when you head out on your bicycle you want to be safe. That could mean wearing a helmet, making sure your bike's tuned up, or avoiding the streets where the most bicycle crashes happen. That last part just got a little easier, thanks to these data-derived maps by You Are… » 5/18/14 11:00am 5/18/14 11:00am

12 Stunning Data Visualizations That Put Boring Spreadsheets to Shame

We're living smack dab in the middle of a golden age of data viz—or peak data viz, depending on your point of view. Beautiful Science, a new exhibition at the British Library, offers a glimpse at how complex info was presented before technology made infographics so inescapably ubiquitous. » 2/26/14 9:00am 2/26/14 9:00am

14 Complex Data Visualizations That Take The Form Of A Tree

Infographics might seem like a modern phenomenon—citizens of the internet love nothing more than a nice and tidy presentation of catchy stats—but data viz dates way, way back. In The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge, interaction designer Manuel Lima examines a recurring theme: more than eight… » 1/16/14 9:00am 1/16/14 9:00am

How Old Will You Be When You Publish Your Great American Novel?

Society places a bizarre amount of weight on when a writer or artist creates their first truly successful work—blame our obsession with youth or tiger moms or whatever. Still, it's interesting to see if there's a correlation between your age and the best work of your career there's—this diagram helps us do just that. » 1/13/14 10:30am 1/13/14 10:30am

This Interactive Chandelier Shines With Data From All Over the World

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) recently opened the doors of a brand new HQ in Washington DC. But it might be tough for visitors to tear themselves away from the foyer, which is home to the Global Data Chandelier—a pixelated fixture composed of 425 LED pendants arranged in the shape of a… » 1/07/14 6:00pm 1/07/14 6:00pm

A Cheat Sheet For the Next 100 Quintillion Years

Did you know the Hale-Bopp comet will return 2,372 years from now, while in 50,000 years, Niagara Falls will disappear? And a mere 5 million years from now, men will be extinct, thanks to the Y chromosome's instability. These are just some of the gems in the BBC's Timeline of the Far Future, a major events forecast… » 1/07/14 1:40pm 1/07/14 1:40pm

Which Superfoods Aren't Actually Super At All?

It's way more fun to finish off a big ol' bar of dark choco when you can convince yourself it's good for you. Because c'mon, science says so… in all those random studies you've seen floating around the internet… right? Well, surprise surprise, it turns out there are a bunch of false facts out there regarding the… » 1/07/14 9:40am 1/07/14 9:40am

Watch how the major religions have conquered the entire world

Christianity. Islam. Judaism. Buddhism. Hinduism. All the major religions have basically competed with each other in an epic, historical game of Risk. Who can gain the most converts? Which religion is the most right at being right? Who has the most color on the board? Those who start strong early can flame out, others… » 11/21/13 10:45pm 11/21/13 10:45pm

Explore London's Tube In 3D With This Hypnotic Real-Time Map

Back in June, London’s transit corporation decided to release all of its information about bus and train departures to the public. That way, administrators probably figured, eager developers could use that data to build better transit apps. But the move has also resulted in some pretty interesting creative projects,… » 8/19/13 4:40pm 8/19/13 4:40pm

How Often Cities Appear in Books From the Past 200 Years, Visualized

Google’s N-Gram Viewer is a wonderful and under-appreciated thing: At the click of a mouse, it lets you search Google Books’ huge corpus of material for specific words and combinations of words. This N-Gram analysis, for example, maps the mention of ten different cities in every book written between 1800 and 2000,… » 8/06/13 11:00am 8/06/13 11:00am