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. » 3/14/15 1:21pm 3/14/15 1:21pm

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 7:31pm 10/20/14 7:31pm

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

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 1:39pm 5/13/14 1:39pm

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

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