All the planets in the Solar System fit between the Earth and the Moon

I never thought of this, but you can fit all the planets in the Solar System back to back into the distance from the Earth to the Moon—about 238,900 miles (384,400 kilometers)—with room to spare: 4,990 miles (8,030 kilometers.) Seeing it visualized really give you a good idea of how much empty space is out there. » 10/23/14 10:42pm Thursday 10:42pm

Get goosebumps listening to Carl Sagan talk about space exploration

I'm ashamed to admit that I didn't know about The Sagan Series—an ongoing series of educational videos featuring Carl Sagan's voice created by Reid Gower—until today, when I watched The Frontier Is Everywhere. The combination of his words, his voice, and the imagery gave me the chills. Highly recommended. » 10/23/14 10:01pm Thursday 10:01pm

Global incident maps tell you how screwed the world is in real time

You are looking at the current disease outbreaks in the United States, as displayed in real time by Global Incidents Map. They have many more: Forest fires, hazardous materials accidents, amber alerts, border security, drug interdictions, gang crime, and now two new ones: Human trafficking and food/medicine incidents. » 10/23/14 9:26pm Thursday 9:26pm

How to cut a goose feather into a lovely quill pen

I'm not going to lie, I don't really need to know how to cut and make a quill pen from a goose feather. No one does anymore. But! I was completely fascinated by the process of it. It's funny how he uses both vintage tools (an 1800's era quill cutting knife) with modern technology (a NYC metro card!). » 10/22/14 11:04pm Wednesday 11:04pm

All of Peyton Manning's record breaking touchdown passes in one chart

Data Looks Dope's Max Einstein just made this visualization that charts every touchdown pass that Peyton Manning, who is now the record holder for TD passes, has thrown in his career. Yep, all 510 of them (so far). It shows the distance of each pass along with the receiver who caught it from 1998 to October 19, 2014. » 10/21/14 12:59am Tuesday 12:59am

Mystery spy spaceship lands on Earth after record 675 days in orbit

The X-37B—America's spy space drone—has landed safely after a record-setting orbit of 675 days. While this was expected, that doesn't make it any less incredible. The fact that this spacecraft has been in orbit for almost two years and has returned to Earth intact is an amazing technological feat. » 10/17/14 5:34pm 10/17/14 5:34pm

Short film: Why people still hunt animals for food in modern times

Most of us get our food from supermarkets. Some of us try to go organic and natural and cage free and all those other positive buzzwords people use to feel good about themselves but there are very few of us who still hunt for our food. These guys do. And they're not ashamed of it. Here's why. » 10/13/14 9:23pm 10/13/14 9:23pm

Speeches from US presidents have gotten dumber over time

Vocativ analyzed over 600 presidential speeches in US history, measuring syllables and keeping track of word and sentence count to determine the Flesch-Kincaid reading level of each speech. In the beginning, presidential speeches were at the level of a PhD, now it's at the reading comprehension of a 7th grader. » 10/10/14 9:20pm 10/10/14 9:20pm

The most hilarious statistics I've ever seen

As you can see here, the more the US spends on science, space, and technology, the more people kill themselves by hanging, strangulation, and suffocation. Of course, this is just a spurious correlation: Correlation doesn't mean causation. Although Nic Cage films causing people to drown in pools is plausible. » 10/09/14 10:32pm 10/09/14 10:32pm

Making a chair by hand looks like the most rewarding thing you can do

Sure raising a kid or joining the Peace Corp can be rewarding too but before you do that, maybe try something a little more challenging, like making a chair by hand. Chad Parkinson of The Furniture Joint works with wood for a living and this glimpse of him making a chair is absolutely gorgeous. » 10/09/14 9:45pm 10/09/14 9:45pm

DIY home improvement in the space station looks hard and dangerous

I've never seen one of these ISS spacewalk fly-throughs. NASA TV always shows close-up views of their work, but this visualization of the yesterday's spacewalk narrated by NASA Spacewalk Officer Jaclyn Kagey puts everything in perspective. It is a very hard, tedious, and dangerous "home improvement" work. » 10/08/14 9:00pm 10/08/14 9:00pm

How flying is getting a lot safer in one simple graphic

Fascinating interactive data visualization by Information Is Beautiful Studio for BBC Future: All the flight incidents from 2014 to 1993 in one single graphic—436 in total. The size of the circles correspond to the number of fatalities. Particularly interesting is the chart on the top right. » 10/08/14 8:42pm 10/08/14 8:42pm

9 things you maybe didn't know about The Lion King

If you don't count Pixar movies (and I don't), the best Disney movie as far as I'm concerned is The Lion King. It's not even close. But even though I've seen it so many times, there are many more fun facts that I had no idea about: like how Mufasa's roar was made from a bear, a tiger and a F-16. Here's more. » 10/07/14 6:40pm 10/07/14 6:40pm

The history of all religions explained in one fascinating graphic

I spent some of my college years studying with the Jesuits, which inevitably led to theology classes and the fascinating history of religion. That class is summarized in this new version of a great graphic by Simon E. Davies, a complex tree of myths and traditions continuously evolving into remakes. » 10/07/14 1:54am 10/07/14 1:54am

How the addictive magic material known as bubble wrap is made

You can have your graphene or your insane non-flammable fabric or some NASA space material, magic material to me will always be bubble wrap. It's catnip for humans with souls and the process to make it is pretty fascinating. It starts with resin that is vacuumed out and heated to create a film and used to trap air. » 10/07/14 1:23am 10/07/14 1:23am

Largest vocabulary in hip hop uses more unique words than Shakespeare

Designer and data scientist Matt Daniels charted this neat comparison of vocabularies in hip hop. At the bottom of the chart you can see DMX with only 3,214 unique words. Outkast has more unique words in their lyrics than Shakespeare, but everyone is way behind Aesop Rock, who rules with 7,392 words. » 10/07/14 12:30am 10/07/14 12:30am