All over the world, there are people who could live in one country or another. Some of these territorial disputes are relatively minor, while others could be the flashpoints that lead to all-out war. There are a lot of these, and they’re hard to keep track of.
The third book in Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch trilogy, Ancillary Mercy, comes out next week. Need a refresher course in the ships and personnel of her thrilling space-opera universe? We’ve got an exclusive infographic from Orbit Books.
Are men better than women at writing science fiction and fantasy books? The major awards in the field certainly seem to think so. And in case you weren’t aware of how widespread the problem is, a groundbreaking new research project has generated some utterly staggering charts.
Everybody loves infographics. Facts (and assertions) just spring to life when you make them into cool pictures. But this powerful tool is all too often misused. Here are 11 infographics that are either completely misleading or totally useless.
Women Destroy the Hugo Awards! How much visibility have women authors received in recent years, versus the past? Livejournal user Kalimac did a statistical analysis of Hugo nominations by gender going back to 1959, and found two spikes — one in the mid-1990s, and one from 2010 onwards.
Climate change isn't just coming — it's already here. Just check out these 10 charts that show everything from how much it costs to heat or cool our homes to the amount of rain we've been getting.
This amazing chart follows the rise and fall — and in some cases, rise and fall and rise — of American cities. Peak Bagger has charted the rank of 20 metropolitan areas every decade from 1790 to 2010. Poor Detroit.
What if Star Trek and Star Wars were actual stars? Here's the major motion picture franchises visualized in an interactive infographic ranking size and profitability. See the whole thing on The New Yorker's website.
If you want to see what the Golden Gate Bridge or the delta of the Nile looks like from space with the click of a mouse, head over to Our World From The ISS. This interactive map, created by Dave MacLean of the Centre of Geographic Sciences, collects the gorgeous photos tweeted by Chris Hadfield and Thomas H. Marshburn
Data visualization expert John Nelson uses graphic design to illustrate risk. In his latest infographic, he plots the perilousness of driving — something many of us will be doing a lot of in the coming weeks. Using traffic fatality data collected between 2006 and 2010, Nelson set out to look for daily, weekly,…
Feast your eyes on the first complete evolutionary tree for all known modern bird species. It's exhaustive, colorful, and beautiful to behold - a little like an avicular Hillis Plot. But for all that this diagram tells us about birds' evolutionary histories, what's really interesting is what it says about how birds…
If you're one of those people who can't stop obsessing about David Foster Wallace's confounding, dense novel Infinite Jest — and quite right, too — then there's a brand new resource. William Beutler has created Infinite Atlas, an interactive guide to the version of Boston in Wallace's book, enabled by Google Maps and…
Walter White's metamorphosis from a mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher into a lethal force of meth-slinging nature has been one of the most fascinating character transformations ever to unfold on screen. Now, in the wake of Breaking Bad's jarring (mid-season) finale, we're left to digest that transformation,…
Data visualization expert John Nelson likes to illustrate risk. Usually he focuses on individual events, but in recent months he's directed his design talents towards a series of bigger projects, in the interest of communicating information about "general geographic trends in existential risk." Translation: beautiful…
If we've learned anything from the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado, it's that major wildfires are devastatingly powerful. They're so intense, in fact, that their energy output can actually be represented in terms of nuclear power plant output. Now, data visualization wizard John Nelson has done exactly that.
You're looking at the latest work of John Nelson, who is becoming well known for combining natural-disaster data with brilliant visualizations. The Michigan-based designer first captured our attention with a series of fantastic maps of U.S. tornado data. Now, he's used his talents to chart a century's worth of…
It's Friday. For many people the weekend will bring two things: Sunday services and late-night booze-fests. Which does your corner of the country hold most dear?
Leave it to XKCD to whip up an awesome exoplanet infographic [click to embiggen]. I'd petition for Randall Munroe to have it made into a purchasable poster, but at the rate NASA's Kepler Mission is discovering planets beyond our solar system, it wouldn't be long before he had to update it — with way, way more planets.