A new visualization of US Census Bureau data reveals—in soothingly colorful bars and interactive key metrics—that married people are the weird ones. And you’d be surprised how many Americans get married at 15.
We know our food is incredibly well traveled, but just where does your food come from? A new set of interactive charts help you trace the often serpentine route from farm to table.
Climate change is real, it’s happening right now, and it’s pushing us into an increasingly grim-looking future. Still don’t believe it? Take a look at this graph.
As a kid I spent a lot of time on the Maryland shore. Squinting out across the endless blue expanse, I could have sworn I saw the edge of Portugal once or twice. I was shocked recently to learn that my childhood imagination had it all wrong. (Truly, a first.) With telescopic vision, I wouldn’t see the coast of Europe.…
Inspired by the confirmation of gravitational waves, British composer Arthur Jeffes has taken data from the LIGO experiment and set it to music. Without a doubt, these billion-year-old ripples coursing through the fabric of spacetime never sounded so good.
The Star Wars expanded universe is huge. Really huge. Like, you just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly huge it really is. To grasp the full extent of this hugeness, a team of data scientists used a new computer program to analyze it, revealing some unexpected things about the extended saga.
If you have’t taken a moment to appreciate the fact that hundreds of Earth-orbiting satellites are photographing our planet right now, and that this is a goddamn technological wonder, here’s your opportunity.
Perhaps the best way to prove that the US is indeed a country of immigrants is to watch the data speak for itself in this beautiful interactive map.
Statistics about traffic fatalities don’t always have the power to shock most people. Huge numbers–like 373,377, the number of people who died in traffic between 2004 and 2013, for example–are difficult for our brains to really comprehend.
Whether you’re a bird lover or a data fiend, this poster will please you immensely.
You can’t fit much information about yourself on a postcard... if you insist on writing it out in words like a weakling. Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Prosavec, two friends on separate continents who both work in data-driven design, have a more efficient method. For their project Dear Data, Lupi and Prosavec have spent…
Thanks to Obama’s Clean Power Plan announced earlier this week, each state in the US has been charged with plotting a way to a cleaner energy future. While the goal for the entire country is to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by a third by 2030, as you can see from this map, some states are already getting…
Contrary to what New Yorkers would like to tell you, Los Angeles is freaking old. Older than the United States of America, in fact. And it’s easy to see just how old the city is with built:LA, an interactive map that color-codes the age of over three million LA buildings.
This chart showing the height of the tallest skyscrapers built over time, made by the Economist, can get a little hectic with what seems like axises and data points that go beyond x, y and z and on to some unknown letter but it is deeply interesting. It shows what the tallest building built in which year was, how tall…
Here’s a shocking number that speaks to the USA’s love for meat (and pizza): we eat so much pepperoni per year that if you put the slices side-by-side, they could circle the Earth 50 times over. The fact bit comes from Bill Gates look at Vaclav Smil’s interesting book Should We Eat Meat?. That’s, uh, a lot.
This technicolor swirl may look like an artist’s acid trip, but what you’re actually looking at is the next generation of high-resolution climate models.
“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…
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.
I love these fantastic charts from Halcyon Maps that show which skyscrapers or churches or temples or mounds of dirt or other structures that have been the tallest buildings on each continent throughout history. You can see the ridiculous skyscraper arms race that develop in each area over the years and see what…