“You want to see our sensor?” Pierre Forcioli-Conti gestures at a high window that leads to the roof. “You’ll have to climb over Matt’s desk and go out the window.” No problem. I wriggle through the window and climb out on top of the the refurbished 1940s movie theater on Mission Street in San Francisco. It doubles…
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.
NASA's Earth Observatory has spent over fifteen years using satellites to collect hordes of real-time data across our planet's surface. They reveal everything from temperature and energy use, to how much radiation we beam into space. Here's how to understand satellite data maps to understand our planet's vital signs.
You're almost exactly as likely to skip a song while streaming music as you are to listen to the whole thing. This series of graphs explains what it is that makes it so hard to listen to a song through the end.
Over the past hundred years, Los Angeles has grown from a tiny desert city to a sprawl of suburbs that stretch deep inland and down the southern coastline of California. In this quietly disturbing video, you can watch the city creeping outward over time.
This is a 3D visualization of the Hubble Deep Field image, and it gives you a tantalizing glimpse of what it might be like to fly at extreme speeds through the vast regions between galaxies.
A new imaging technique demonstrates the highly convoluted and frenetic activity of a virus-like particle as it works to detect and enter a cell.
Members of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab's Data Science community — including Rob Witoff, Tomas Soderstrom, and Andrew Hart — are here to answer our questions about using data, visualization, modeling, and just what we might be able to do with it all in space.
Google recently began tracking its user's music uploads. What's it doing with that data? A number of things, to be sure, and here's one we like very much: Google Research has created a rich, multilayered, interactive chart of musical evolution by visualizing which albums from eras-gone-by remain in our music libraries…
Nathan Yau over at FlowingData has turned 100 of the most memorable movie quotes ever into chart form — and they are absolutely fantastic.
A new interactive graphic from Oxfam takes a look at the overall food quality in every country. Find out why the Netherlands came in first and Chad came in last.
This map, created by New Scientist, shows the size of the world's countries based on how much their emissions are contributing to climate change and global warming. You can see that some countries appear larger than they are, and some are smaller, based on emissions.
Imagining the smallest of the small and the largest of the large in the universe can be a mind-bendingly difficult task. This awesome interactive graphic, that let's you slide from an infinitesimally tiny strange quark all the way out to the gigantic Eridanus Supervoid hanging around near the ragged edges of our…
Yesterday, engineers successfully led one of the largest salvage operations in history on the shipwrecked Costa Concordia, which smashed into a small Italian island twenty months ago. Workers were able to right the ship in roughly 19 hours. This graphic shows how they did it, and how they'll float it away.
The Pew Research group recently conducted a massive, global poll to figure out who has "favorable" views of the U.S. and China. They put together a great visualization to show how many people in each region look favorably on the two superpowers. The U.S. is liked slightly more, except in the Middle East.
Here's a graph depicting the rise and fall of American brewerdom in the last 125 years — part of a comprehensive report, issued earlier this year by the Brewers Association, containing a wealth of beer-related data.
Cow farts: NOT AS CULPABLE AS YOU THINK.
Sure, Everest has claimed the most lives – but its death/successful-ascent ratio is actually pretty low.
A recent poll conducted by WIN/Gallup International concluded that ~13% of the globe self-identifies as atheist (more than twice the percentage seen in America). Here's how those atheists are distributed around the world.