It can be hard to look for the bright side in a tragedy. But resolving tragedies often requires an immense amount of human effort, and that effort results in new knowledge. New genetic forensics techniques emerged from the identification of 9/11 victims, for example. Another tragedy, the disappearance of Malaysia…
How do you organize photographs of an alien world in the era before computers? By printing them out and sticking them to a globe of the planet!
On July 14, 1965, Mariner 4 sent home the very first television pictures of Mars during its historic flyby. But instead of waiting for time-consuming image processing, impatient scientists created this awesome colour-by-numbers wall chart from the raw data.
Meet Lydia, the shark who crossed the mid-Atlantic ridge, sketched a self-portrait with her tracking data, and helped age bourbon into a smooth temptation for on-board researchers.
Just how many rivers are there in the United States? Based on this map, a hell of a lot more than you might think.
A recent poll conducted by WIN/Gallup International concluded that ~13% of the globe self-identifies as atheist (more than twice the percentage seen in America). Here's how those atheists are distributed around the world.
This map reveals where the vast majority of the human population lives, by latitude. Like the Starks, most of us dwell in the north.
Pretty much does what it says on the tin. No topography, no labels, no lakes. Just a big, zoomable map covered with all the roads in the lower 48. We think it's beautiful.
Here with your daily dose of infrastructure porn is XKCD's Randall Munroe, who's gone and rounded up all of North America's various subway systems and combined them into one big interconnected map.
How long does it take you to get to work? Five minutes? Twenty? An hour? Most of us can estimate the time we spend on our daily commute — but how does yours compare to the people in your zip code, your state, or the rest of the country? Here's your chance to find out.
Ever wondered how long it would take to travel from Rome to Constantinople at the peak of the Roman Empire? Or from Luna to Larissa? Or Parma to Thessalonica? This map of the Roman World created at Stanford University is awesomely realistic — all the ancient transportation lines on it actually existed 2,000 years ago.
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,…
Here now to provide a some perspective on the matter of mortality is a variegated patchwork comprising 188 of the world's countries, with each nation color-coded in accordance with the average life expectancy of its citizens.
There are no red states or blue states. There are purple states. Mauve states. Violet states. You've probably seen maps that depict America's blended political landscape before ("we are not that divided" writes Jesus Diaz over at Gizmodo), but odds are you've never seen one quite like this. It was created by…
Many factors contribute to the global distribution of Earth's oceans, but the strongest by far is the centrifugal force that results from our world spinning about its axis. This raises an interesting question: how might our planet's water be apportioned if the world gradually stopped spinning altogether, thereby…
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…
How do you turn your pizza delivery bike into a TRON light cycle? Simple: slap a GPS tracker on the back, run your delivery routes, then add the light ribbons in later. Do that with enough bicycles, and you get the beautiful view of nighttime delivery routes featured here.