A nice interactive analysis of Chinese investment. Click on the sector symbols below the colored bar graph to filter the data.
Statistics indicate that more people are born in the fall (in the USA anyway), with the quick explanation being that we have more sex during the winter holidays (9 months earlier). GE takes a cut at this notion by comparing average temperatures and deviations from the national average birthrate. Statistically, however, using annual data adds enough noise in my mind to make drawing conclusions kind of tough. Anyone want to dig up the monthly data (even for one state) and do a lagged scatter plot? Hmmmm… how would you seasonally adjust this data?
(one minor complaint: the 3d scale is interesting for comparing states, but you can’t tell what the values are for any of them because of the angle)
Much like the post office timeline movie I posted last month, below we have the history of newspaper expansion across the USA. Interestingly, this movie is actually an extraction from a very well done interactive visualization of the Library of Congress’s newspaper database. You can even drill down to individual towns and see information about each newspaper. (via)
Cheap money and slow growth in the advanced countries has led to large capital flows to emerging market countries, as this interactive tool from the WSJ shows. If you mouse over each country you can view countries’ policy responses. I really like these map/graph combo designs – the two go very well together.
Derek Watkins created this beautiful animated map proxying the expansion of “civilization” across the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries. I particularly like the running timeline at the bottom.
I’m posting this more because it’s an example of a well designed
cartogram map, more than because of the content. (via)
Real-time mapping of ~13,000 satellite in Google Earth (updated every 30 seconds). Completely ridiculous.
An interactive map and table of the test results, showing debt levels by bank.
note: access to some FT features require a subscription.
Most of the US is quite warm today. This map is from NOAA which maintains the Environmental Visualization Laboratory, which is chock full of cool maps and data and worth exploring.
11 maps showing the evolution of what we thought Africa looked like. Personally, I’m fairly impressed by quickly they had it figured out. By the way, the site where I found this: www.howtobearetronaut.com is fantastic.
For comparison, here is Google’s satellite version, which I suppose is cheating:
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