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The Solar System

In: Science Video

16 Dec 2013

A very well executed videographic. Well paced with clear visualizations.

Interesting research and simulation of how pandemics propagate in the modern world: (via FastCoExist)

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Hypothetical mapping of what coastlines would look like if all the ice in the world melted, raising ocean levels by 216 feet.

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DC Gunfire

In: Maps Science

4 Nov 2013

A map of gunshots detected in Washington DC since 2009 using triangulated sonic sensors. The system allows police to be quickly dispatched to within yards of where the guns were fired (though the related article doesn’t go into much detail about whether that leads to catching the shooters).

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Beautiful annotated animation of how gas engines work. Check out the full size version by Jacob O’Neal.

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A beautiful classic from 1944:

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Nice work by Bill Rankin over at Radial Cartography. He tries to map out lands that were really uninhabited prior to discovery. You’ll notice they were mostly small islands.

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If you like maps and haven’t browsed that site before, you should. Lots of cool projects:

A table of projections:

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Comparison of subways in the USA:

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Make a personalized celestial calendar:

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Below is a map of the orbits of 1400+ asteroids as collected by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. Thankfully, none of these potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs) are expected to intersect the Earth’s orbit in the next 100 years, since they are all at least 460 feet in size and would hurt.

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What’s Hurting Us

In: Science

5 Aug 2013

From the New England Journal of Medicine comes this chart of world injuries. The differences between regions are interesting, but beg explanation. Also, the article fails to give a good definition of the indicators (Years of Life Lost, Years Lived with Disability?), and you have to wonder how accurate the data is for many regions.

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Meteorite fireballs witnessed from 1913. I’m not sure what is gained by putting this on a map. Also, since this is just eyewitness accounts, it suffers from population density bias.

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A very cool real time animated map of wind.

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Also some historical snapshots, like Hurricane Sandy:

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