Scientists reveal the hidden structure and size of our galaxy

Our galaxy is not what we thought it was. According the paper Rings and Radial Waves in the Disk of the Milky Way—published in the Astrophysical Journalwe should call it the Corrugated Cardboard Galaxy, as shown in the diagram above. Even more surprising: It's 50-percent larger than previously thought. » 3/12/15 2:03pm 3/12/15 2:03pm

Timeline: All the new superhero movies coming out from now to 2020

ComicsAlliance has published this helpful future timeline of all superhero movies that will come out till 2020. It's a list of all the confirmed ones—its missing "one or two movies from Marvel" in 2019, apparently—and of course dates may change, but this is pretty much all of it. » 10/20/14 5:56pm 10/20/14 5:56pm

How Our Circadian Rhythms Have Learned to Ignore Time Zones

Right around this time every year, the world starts to make sense. It gets darker earlier and I get tired earlier, which means I get a better night of sleep. It turns out that I'm not just imagining things. When we go to bed is still determined by that impending darkness, even if our time zone tells us something… » 10/07/14 7:30pm 10/07/14 7:30pm

5 Infographics That Actually Say Something

There's been a swift and concerted backlash against terms like "infographic," and for good reason. But that doesn't mean that there aren't data journalists and designers doing fantastic work—from The New York Times' Graphics Desk to National Geographic's design team. » 10/03/14 9:01am 10/03/14 9:01am

Why Sprawling LA Could Be Denser Than NYC in a Decade

By 2025, the biggest cities in the world will not only be bigger, but exceptionally denser. According to a new study, Hong Kong will be the densest megacity on the planet, almost twice as crowded as the runner up. And here in the U.S.—and this might be a real shocker—Los Angeles may be more dense than New York City. » 9/24/14 7:30pm 9/24/14 7:30pm

What's the Best Visualization of the Internet You've Ever Seen?

All the cables and servers that make up the internet may be actual, physical things, but the data they send zipping all over the world is a bit harder to put into perspective. Many have tried—quite a few have failed—but every once in a while, creativity and genius combine to form the perfect picture of the internet… » 9/08/14 12:31pm 9/08/14 12:31pm

How This Designer Tracks Every Single Aspect of His Life

Since 2005, designer Nicholas Felton has been documenting his daily activities—meals eaten, miles traveled, people met—and publishing the results in the form of an annual report. He even built an app, Daytum, to help other people track their every moves. In this video, Felton shares how and why he lives a quantified… » 8/19/14 3:00pm 8/19/14 3:00pm

All The Most Important Batmobiles In One Handy Chart

More than any other superhero, Batman is known for his car. In fact, he's one of the few major superheroes to even have a car worth a damn, anyway. I think I once saw Superman parking a Geo Prizm. That's why the Batmobile is so important, and why there've been so many of the things. » 5/13/14 1:20pm 5/13/14 1:20pm

How to Survive Getting Struck by Lightning

Getting struck by lightning might seem like one of those impossible things more or less relegated to the world of idioms, but the truth of the matter is that it's a lot more likely than we'd want to believe. So just in case, The Art of Manliness has created this handy little infographic on how to maximize your… » 4/27/14 6:30pm 4/27/14 6:30pm

How to Lie With Data Visualization

Data visualization is one of the most important tools we have to analyze data. But it's just as easy to mislead as it is to educate using charts and graphs. In this article we'll take a look at 3 of the most common ways in which visualizations can be misleading. » 4/16/14 1:00pm 4/16/14 1:00pm

A Step by Step Walkthrough of the World's First Great Infographic

Data visualization is an amazing way to get a point across. That is, when you're making infographics that aren't just dumb. Charles Joseph Minard's famous visual telling of Napoleon's 1812 invasion of Russia is one of the first great examples, if a little intimidating at a glance. And this explanation by the folks at… » 4/03/14 10:04am 4/03/14 10:04am

Let's All Cool It With These Stupid Maps

Maps are great. Maps help us get where we need to go and can sometimes teach us things about the world we live in. But unfortunately, the internet has been infected by a scourge of stupid maps. And stupid maps are making us dumber. » 3/06/14 12:20pm 3/06/14 12:20pm

The Best Way to Measure Snowfall in NYC Is This 3D Animation

It's been a snowy winter in the Big Apple. But don't take our word for it. Look at this great little animated infographic that the New York Times put together that shows snow accumulation since January. » 3/05/14 10:40am 3/05/14 10:40am

Which Phone You Should Buy Explained in One Handy Flowchart

There are a ton of phones out there. A lot of options. That's great, but it can also make for a tough decision. Which one is for you? We've got just the flowchart you need. » 2/17/14 11:00am 2/17/14 11:00am

Which State Will Be Drinking the Most Beer Today?

Americans have already spent an estimated $1 billion stockpiling beer for today's game. But who's drinking the most? This series of interactive maps by Esri tabulates crucial data for your Super Bowl Sunday, including which cities have hosted the most Super Bowls and where people are most likely to be spending their… » 2/02/14 11:00am 2/02/14 11:00am

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

More Than Half of Internet Traffic Is Just Bots

People attribute a lot of annoying internet stuff to bots. Twitterbot followers, bots that sneak past spam filters, bots that send weird gibberish on messaging services. It sounds kind of tired, but maybe the situation is exactly as bad as everyone thinks. » 12/29/13 7:42pm 12/29/13 7:42pm

Here's What Marketing Could Look Like in 2014

Since 2014 is only a few days away, design aesthetics probably won't be stunningly different come the new year. So that's all the more reason to make some predictions! Let's do this. » 12/22/13 5:52pm 12/22/13 5:52pm

Don't Buy Knockoff Prescription Drugs on Cyber Monday

Items directly related to life and death should not go on sale. Sure, the price of any product can be affected by market conditions, but you just don't want to be buying bungee jumping cords half off. You just don't. » 12/01/13 10:40am 12/01/13 10:40am

Here's Why It's So Hard to Find Good Movies

You know when you get in those funks where you feel like every movie is the same, or pointless, or badly written? You might just be watching a ton of junk on Netflix, but before you judge too harshly you should look at the pile of crap that readers have to whittle down to find good scripts. » 11/24/13 1:08am 11/24/13 1:08am