If The Moon and Mars Had Oceans, What Would They Look Like?

Humans have long dreamt of living on other planets, but last time we checked they weren’t too keen on setting up permanent residence on the red dusty plains of Mars or even on a Moon mountain. The climate on those two celestial bodies isn’t exactly inviting – but there are plenty of people who dream of changing that. Terraforming is the theoretical process of modifying a planet to make it more Earth-like, and these two fascinating maps from data scientist Seth Kadish show what it could look like on Mars and the Moon.

3D Calligraphy Jumps Off the Page

Turkish graphic designer Tolga Girgin has a passion for calligraphy, but her lettering has a look that’s all together different. Using an assortment of perspective trickery, she uses pens and pencils to give her old-school lettering a whole new angle – one that would have you believe each letter was pealing off the paper or hovering above it.

Here’s Waldo: Data Cruncher Randy Olson Discovers The Optimal Search Strategy For Finding Waldo

Much of the fun of finding Waldo, in his famous red and white striped shirt and hat, is having no idea where to start. But data cruncher Randy Olson wanted to help those of us who just don’t have the time. He challenged Slate’s “foolproof” strategy and came up with his own that he believes could find Waldo even faster. Since we’re all about that data here at Visual News, we are a big fan of Olson’s visualizations.

Who Wants a Steampunk Gameboy?

The Gameboy was the most popular handheld video game device of its day. After its 1989 release in the United States, Nintendo sold its entire shipment of 1,000,000 devices within a few short weeks, and has sold more than 118 million since its inception. With all the Gameboys sold, there are understandably a lot laying around. So what will you do with your old one? You make it even older with a dose of steampunk!

The Tiniest Drone in the World is MINUSCULE

It wasn’t long ago that we were amazed by any kind of drone, but now our jaws are dropping for another reason – the amazingly small size of the latest quadcopters. As if following the exponential improvements dictated by “Moore’s law”, we’re seeing these flying machines shrink to ever more impressive scales. The SKEYE Nano is just the latest, and smallest, of the quadcopter evolution. Measuring just 4.0 x 4.0 centimeters (1.57 x 1.57 inches), it is small enough to take off and land on the palm of your hand.

Leatherman Creates a Wearable Multi-Tool Bracelet You Can Take on an Airplane

You don’t know how useful a tool is until you start carrying it everywhere. Like grandpas who never left their pocket knife at home, or women who have a multi-tool in their purse, it’s amazing what a few simple tools can do to save the day. That’s why the design for Leatherman’s new Tread is so very cool. They’ve managed to pack 25 very useful tools into the form factor of a watch band, making a tool that is almost impossible to forget. With an optional watch face, it’s surprisingly stylish too (then again, I almost always think smart utility is stylish).

This Guy Turns Grandma’s Afghan Crochet Blankets Into Funky Party Pants

We all have, or rather the lucky majority have, at least one grandmother or great aunt who showed her love by crocheting blankets for every occasion. If you were a child of the 70’s or 80’s then you’ve likely gotten cozy beneath one of these colorful yarn works of art, with your favorite movie was playing on your box TV through the VCR. But now you can bring back the nostalgia and take it with you everywhere you go with the fashionable stylings of Schuyler Ellers AKA Lord von Schmitt.

The New Canadian Passport Is a Big Party Under Black Light

The new Canadian passports look completely normal to the uninformed. There’s an information and photo page, along with the typical numbered pages covered with softly shaded Canada inspired imagery. But put the new passports under a UV light and everything changes.

Data Visualization 101: Area Charts

In our Data Visualization 101 series, we cover each chart type to help you sharpen your data visualization skills.

Like the mountains that they resemble, area charts are a representation of change over time. Whether you’re looking to chart net earnings for individual departments month to month or examining the popularity of music genres since the ‘50s, there are few chart types that communicate time-series relationships so well. Let’s see how area charts can work for you.

Creepy Couture: A 3D Printed “Spider” Dress That Senses and Reacts to Motion

3D printing is being explored in many different ways, and Dutch artist Anouk Wipprecht isn’t afraid to use the technology to push the limits of fashion. Her latest creation is the “spider” dress, which is outfitted with six customized legs that spring out when it senses motion nearby.