These Beautiful Maps Show the U.S. Landscape in Stark Simplicity

Sometimes, data looks best when it's presented without too much fanfare—like in these gorgeous minimalist maps by designer Michael Pecirno, which show off the U.S. landscape with nothing but two simple colors. » 3/30/15 7:30am Today 7:30am

Yup, Police Can Search License Plate Scans to Find Your Favorite Bar

The license plate reader (LPR) cameras installed in most cities allow police to track cars and their drivers who are potentially engaged in criminal activities. But depending on the way police store the data, as Ars Technica found out, anyone might be able to access this information. » 3/24/15 1:55pm Tuesday 1:55pm

Watch a Single Day on the London Tube in Two Minutes

If you live in a city, you've probably experienced stepping onto a crowded train platform and feeling like a fish in a school, with everyone trying to swim the same direction. That's a pretty accurate image, according to this new visualization of commuters on the London Tube. » 3/21/15 2:00pm 3/21/15 2:00pm

Look At All the People on Government Websites Right Now

Ever wonder how many people are browsing government websites right this second? Me neither. But once you see the data, it's kind of fascinating. » 3/19/15 12:30pm 3/19/15 12:30pm

How Big Data Busted Abe Lincoln

It's easy to think of data journalism as a modern invention. With all the hype, a casual reader might assume that it was invented sometime during the 2012 presidential campaign. » 3/17/15 6:00pm 3/17/15 6:00pm

Over 100 Years of Popular Girls Names in One Bubbling Visualization

Why do people give their kids certain names at certain points in history? It's not always clear — but at least we can amuse ourselves with data about it. Abacaba created this strangely captivating bubble chart that contracts and swells with the popularity of U.S. girls names for every year since 1880. » 3/16/15 2:30pm 3/16/15 2:30pm

This Handy Infographic Tracks Sterling Archer's Sexual Encounters

Can't remember when Sterling Archer hooked up with that Brazilian au pair, or if he made accidental penis contact with Conway Stern? Even for a devoted Archer fan, it can be difficult keeping up with Sterling's sordid affairs. Now there's a handy infographic to help sort it all out. » 3/14/15 3:00pm 3/14/15 3:00pm

Wi-Fi Signals Look Incredibly Uneven When They're Visualized

You probably don't think about Wi-Fi signal much, except when you're at the the wrong end of your apartment and swearing profusely. But rather than being some steady, even projection of data, Wi-Fi actually looks completely random when you map it out in 3-D. » 3/11/15 11:55pm 3/11/15 11:55pm

The Most Common Numbers in 10 Million Passwords

The primary purpose of a password is to serve as an unique verification identifier for a given user. Ideally, the password for a given website or service should be both random and unique; if the letters and/or numbers in the password follow any patterns, then they might be easier to guess by an intruder. For … » 2/24/15 3:55pm 2/24/15 3:55pm

The Loudest and Quietest Places in the U.S., Mapped

If you need some downtime, you could do worse than heading toward the darkest blue regions on this map. The image shows how the loudness of sound varies across the country, based on 1.5 million hours of acoustical monitoring. » 2/17/15 6:37am 2/17/15 6:37am

Watch Your Music Create a Constantly Changing Landscape

Music visualizers are—how can I put this—quite, nineties. But this one takes an MP3 and renders it into a fly-through of a constantly changing landscape. It's still quite nineties, but it's also weirdly, amazingly compelling. » 2/13/15 6:36am 2/13/15 6:36am

Leaked Data From 30,000 Swiss Bank Accounts Reveals Mass Tax Avoidance

A slew of 30,000 leaked Swiss HSBC bank account details—what the Guardian calls the "biggest banking leak in history"—lays bare the practices of the organization and its customers. And it doesn't look pretty. » 2/09/15 6:06am 2/09/15 6:06am

This Is What Wikipedia Looks Like Imagined as a Galaxy

It may look like some kind of holographic AI, but this is actually Wikipedia's 100,000 most popular articles in 2014, mapped out as a galaxy. » 2/05/15 8:00am 2/05/15 8:00am

The Time Americans Leave For Work, Mapped

When you're sat at the steering wheel stuck in traffic of a morning, you probably think you know when everyone leaves for work: exactly the same time as you do. But digging into data about the great American commute, it turns out that we're not all that predictable. » 2/05/15 6:30am 2/05/15 6:30am

Obama's Latest NSA "Reform" Is Predictably Weak

If this is NSA reform, it's pretty pitiful. The Obama administration will announce new rules today that will force the intelligence agency to delete data about Americans that was "incidentally" collected—basically, accidentally scooped up in an overly broad search query. As of now, the government collects and stores… » 2/03/15 11:40am 2/03/15 11:40am

Judge the Depth of Snow By Looking at Passing Dogs 

Overnight, three feet of snow is set to blanket the east coast. Or, if you don't have a tape measure to gauge the fall, approximately one dog's worth. » 1/27/15 5:00am 1/27/15 5:00am

A Year of Presidential Travel, Mapped

A Health-Tracking App Analyzed My Blood and Told Me I'm 31 Going on 54


It sounds like a pretty damn good deal: Pay a hundred bucks for a blood test and get five simple personalized nutrition tips that promise to add years to your life. Sold! I tried it. And I found, as with any data-based health app, its claims need to be taken with a hulking heap of salt. » 1/19/15 11:20am 1/19/15 11:20am

How to Stop Data Thieves From Stealing Information Off Your Old Gadgets

Considering our collective thirst to upgrade to the latest shiny gadget, it's not surprising that consumer electronics generate a nasty amount of waste—some 3.4 million tons of e-waste year. We are device-gobbling monsters who grow strong on the gleaming newness of our machines. But tossing out "old" devices creates… » 1/15/15 3:15pm 1/15/15 3:15pm