Type in any name and see how popular it was across the USA over the past 60 years. (blog post explaining methodology)

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In theory, the sun should hit it’s apogee (highest point overhead) at noon. But that doesn’t happen in much of the world, for a variety of reasons. The below map by Stefano Maggiolo details the discrepancies.

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Based on an analysis of 4,191,533 flights and 1.3 billion air fares, “in 2013 the best time to buy a domestic airline ticket was 54 days in advance, or 7 1/2 weeks on average.” Check out the related article for other insights.

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Map of all kinds of energy related things: coal fields, mines, oil/gas pipelines/storage, electrical transmission lines, wind turbine potential, offshore windspeeds, solar potential, etc. You get the idea.

It’s not the smoothest operating interactive map I’ve ever seen (lots of delays in loading, etc) – but it works if you’re patient.

Thanks to Mr. Brown for sending me the link.

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Loren Munk

In: Culture History

25 Feb 2014

Artist Loren Munk has created many beautiful interpretations of art history, genres, and incubators.

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My personal favorite:

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Facebook analyzed peoples online interactions zeroed around relationship status events. It turns out (not surprisingly I suppose) that relationship changes track closely with online interactions.

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and what kind of posts they are interacting with:

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Here’s what a breakup looks like:

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You wouldn’t know it is you lived on the East Coast, of course, but January 2014 was the 4th hottest on record, globally.

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If you’ve been wondering why the posts from Chart Porn haven’t been showing up in your Facebook newsfeed, it’s because Facebook keeps messing with the default settings. If you want to see it in your feed you have to not only “Like” the page, you also need to click on “Get Notifications” as well. (this applies to pretty much all “pages”, so you might want to check the settings on other artist/non-profit pages you enjoy)  I don’t know why Facebook wants people to essentially “double-Like” pages — I suspect it’s related to them trying to extort money from pages to “promote” them instead.

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We’ve seen versions of this before, but these are interesting in that they clearly indicate the amount of distortion the designs are using.

DC (also has NY and Boston)
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Another beautiful timeline by HistoryShots.

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Compare high income health care spending on different kinds of care. Guess who is an outlier?

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Winter Olympic Sports

In: Sports

6 Feb 2014

I’m sure we’ll see the usual TON of olympic graphics in the next few weeks, but I thought this one showing the growth of sports included in the Winter Games was interesting:

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