Science Archive:

A lot of these are misleading – but hey, so are most charts. For more entertaining interpretations of the same figures, check out The Washington Post’s “31 Charts to Destroy Your Faith in Humanity.”

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It’s interesting how popular animated gifs have become again. I guess that even with high speed internet people are a little fed up with player load times and lags. Here GIFs are used to show time lapse satellite images of mankind’s impact on the earth. (google earth link)


The R is my friend blog used some nifty coding to analyze 2,500+ dissertations (though only those since 2007). (via)

Most were between 100 and 200 pages.

The below boxplot shows the length by topic. It could have used a legend to verify, but traditionally, the vertical line is the median, the colored areas are the 1st and third quartiles, the horizontal line is the range of extreme values (1.5x the inter quartile from the upper and lower quartile, and the dots are outliers (greater than 1.5 the inter-quartile range). Make sense? Of course, page length doesn’t actually indicate much of anything… so this whole exercise is pointless – just like most PhDs. :)


More awesomeness from xkcd. It needs a third axis to factor in how annoying the task is.


Using location data from over 1 million photos taken by astronauts on the International Space Station provides us with another “revealed” map of the world. These big data meta analysis generally annoy me, but for some reason when they are done on a map I find them downright artistic.


The author, Nathan Bergey, has additional breakdown maps by mission, etc on his website if you’re interested.

I don’t know that this works that great as a venn,  but I like having list of nonsense all in one place to remind me how much of it there is.

Recent studies add to the evidence that we are changing the world:



If you want to see what “climate change” really means, as in what will be changing where, check out the 2013 National Climate Assessment report. It’s fantastic, and chuck full of visualizations:


One side effect: More shipping in the Arctic:


I suppose this shouldn’t be surprising – and it’s interesting in terms of proposed changes to social security. (related article)


Interesting chart in that it combines life expectancy with "percentage of healthy years”. I’ve heard that a lot of medical research now isn’t necessarily to make you live longer, but for you to be healthy as long as possible, then fall apart all at once and die quickly.


A very slick interactive tool for exploring world migration.



In: Science

20 Feb 2013

Not much of a graph design wise, but it does drive home the data to vaccine skeptics. Get your shots!!


Which of these do you worry about?

Helical Orbits

In: Maps Science Video

26 Dec 2012

We’ve seen some takes on this before (here, here, and here), but this one seems the most accurate. Man, we’re small.

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