100 Years of World Cuisine: A Visualization of War

This shocking informational work of art is not for those with weak stomachs. Using red liquid to represent blood, 100 Years of World Cuisine uses measured amounts to depict the staggering number of casualties from just 25 conflicts over the last century. A project by Clara Kayser-Bril, Nicolas Kayser-Bril and Marion Kotlarski, the piece acts as a graphic commentary on how the true impact of war is often hidden by the numbers… this stark gory work brings that impact home. For more on the project, visit 100yearsofworldcuisine.com.

New Airline Study Could Save Fuel & Travel Time

General Electric recently conducted a study that could be saving financially troubled airlines some real bucks. This interactive visualization shows how modifying the existing flight patterns at 46 mid-sized airports could drastically reduce the amount of fuel used during approach to an airport and save a sizable $65.6 million annually. Additionally the changes would reduce carbon emissions and flight times for passengers. What’s not to like?

A Staple of Classic Art

Baptiste Debombourg recently created something beautiful out of a medium usually described as an office supply: a mural created entirely using staples. Inspired by the ancient story of Icarus and rendered in a classic style reminicent of the Renaissance, his modern work is also sure to leave a mark. Titled “Air Force One” –a symbol of sublime power, he says — the piece took a notable 35,000 staples to complete.

The End Of Computers As We Know It?

It's the end of Computers as we know it, and I feel fine

If you haven’t already heard, the time-honored tradition of buying a new, marginally faster, more expensive computer every year of your life is soon coming to an end. Moore’s law, which in 1965 predicted with startling accuracy that computing power would double every two years, has also spelled out an end to this exponential process: 2023, or thereabout. You see, computers get faster every year by packing more microscopic transistors onto the surface of a microchip. But these can only get so small, and in 2023, they won’t be able to get any smaller. This event marks the beginning of the age of boring computers: can you imagine a new MacBook coming out every year with the same specs as the last one? Of course not. Luckily, as this fresh infographic explains (after a brief tour of modern computing’s history), there are some pretty mind-bending options for computers to take which might be just around the corner. Read it aloud and see if a familiar tune comes to mind.

Re-Brewing George Washington’s Personal Beer

If you’re feeling patriotic since Obama’s recent political slam dunks there’s no better way to celebrate that attitude than sipping down some beer brewed from a founding fathers recipe! The New York Public Library recently made a deal with Coney Island Brewing Company to re-make George Washington’s personal recipe for small beer. The (sadly) one time only brew will be served at the library’s centennial celebration on May 23rd… but if you can’t make it to the event to sip the historical suds brew your own with the recipe below!

Where Do Major US Airlines Fly?

Ever since seeing the Facebook friendship map, Nathan Yau at Flowingdata has been itching for an excuse to play with great circles again. Yau was inspired by Aaron Koblin’s classic Flight Patterns map, but instead of looking at all flights (above); he wanted to break the map down by each individual airline and see where each one flew.

Mobile App Identifies A Tree By Its Leaf

Trees are not just a simple part of nature, they’re a immensely complex structure that requires an vast amount of knowledge to understand. Leafsnap is first in a series of recently launched apps designed to turn mobile app users into citizen dendrologists.

A Completely Modern Sailboat

Often when we think of sailing, images of old wooden sloops spring to mind, with their graceful wooden lines, polished brass hardware and tangle of rigging… but that’s not what you’ll find with the new B Yachts 60. This vessel screams modern from every angle, with sleek white lines and each necessary feature cleaned up with tasteful minimalist touches.

Rolling Back Home: Wheelchair Around the World

Meet Peter Donnelly

Let me introduce you to Peter Donnelly from the UK. He’s an amazing soul who has been traveling around the world, going to such exotic lands as Bangladesh, India, Tibet and Japan. He’s logged in over 8,000 miles, seen some amazing sites and shared his friendship with others… and did I mention Peter is a paraplegic?

Visual Bits #52 > Moonrise

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