How Tobacco Smokes The World

If you think big tobacco companies have been hurt by the virtually indisputable evidence of cigarettes’ negative health effects, think again. Despite selling a product which will eventually kill their customers, tobacco companies still maintain a 26.7% profit margin, 3 times that of Big Oil, and 2 times that of Big Pharmaceutical. With plenty of money to back advertising campaigns, Big Tobacco has raised a brand new generation of smokers. This Infographic from Frugal Dad breaks down the huge numbers behind the “Big Tobacco” brands.

4 Amazing Forensic Science Artists

The words ‘forensic science’ don’t immediately inspire thoughts even relating to art — what we think of is CSI, bloody crime scenes, traces of hair and semen, fingerprints, and criminal profiling. Believe it or not, art can play a huge part in solving a crime. Forensic science artists are not only responsible for delivering accurate, detailed portraits of a suspect based only on eye witness accounts. They can also help investigators recreate a person’s entire face based only on skeletal structure — sometimes working with mere parts of the skull to do so.

5 Facts About Hugo Munsterberg, the Father of Forensic Psychology

Hugo Munsterberg Chain Reaction

All great and interesting sciences and scientific studies have come from equally great and interesting scientific minds and the field of forensic psychology is no exception. The man often credited with being the founding father of this field, Hugo Munsterberg (not to be confused with the little scene distant German cousin of Herman Munster on “The Munsters”), had some rather peculiar moments in his own life that may not have made him Ernest Hemingway, but at least it explains why he decided to study into psychology (possibly for the free treatments).

The First X-Ray Technician: 4 Weird Facts About X-Ray Inventor Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen

Just like all great things in this world (peanut butter, low foam beer, the hands-allowed lap dance), they all have one thing in common: they came from someone equally great. However, it isn’t always the smartest or the most educated mind to create the technological advances that we hold dear and take for granted every single day. For instance, the world’s first x-ray technician and inventor may have given the medical industry the greatest single invention since the pre-existing condition, but he also had a bizarre life that could make him eligible for a mental health tax reduction.

The State of Education Illustrated

One High School student drops out every 26 seconds. In the time it takes to watch one single episode of Glee, 138 students drop out. That’s the equivalent of the entire student cast plus half of McKinley High.

The Terrorist Takedown (Infographic)

The news of the year – that American forces had not only found but killed Osama bin Laden, the most wanted terrorist in modern history – elicited a variety of responses from designers attempting to visually capture what, exactly, went down. This infographic is probably the most comprehensive yet, chronicling the entire process of how the our government coordinates its extraordinarily complex counterterrorism efforts. You might be surprised at how many different people – both in the public eye and behind the scenes – are involved.

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.