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Visualizing 200 Calories: Same Food Portion, Same Plate

Friday 02.22.2013 , Posted by

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Unless you’re an obsessive Calorie counter, determined to keep your weight in check or train athletically, there’s a good chance you don’t know how many Calories are really in the foods you consume. Thanks to the folks at wiseGEEK, we have a clearer idea of how many Calories are contained in everyday foods, from delicious bacon to somewhat less desirable celery. The difference as clearly pictured here, is striking. [Read more…]

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Tracking the worlds Twitter users in Real Time

Friday 02.15.2013 , Posted by

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French web designer Franck Ernewein has created Tweetping, a unique visualization of tweets posted from all around the world in real time. As tweets happen, Tweetping identifies them with a small flash of light on a map of the Earth. It also provides the viewer with information of what is happening on Twitter in real time, such as the last hashtag used on each continent. [Read more…]

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Interactive: Exploring Abstract Artist Connections

Wednesday 01.30.2013 , Posted by

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Today it’s easy to take for granted the massive shift abstract art had on the art world and society as a whole. It’s easy to forget that at one time “realism” was par for the course and even the expressionists made sure you could identify the objects in their works. Then, just a little over 100 years ago, abstract artists appeared on the scene forever changing what could be considered art. This interactive visualization by New York’s Museum of Modern Art explores the similarly forgotten fact that many of the first abstract artists where highly connected to one another. [Read more…]

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Lord of the Rings Visualized: A Timeline of the One Ring

Thursday 01.24.2013 , Posted by

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The world created by J.R.R. Tolkien is a complex one – filled with carefully crafted elven languages, detailed maps and a vibrant, detailed past. It’s not hard to get lost in the many events spanning his novels, so Emil Johansson of the LotrProject created a fantastic timeline based on the world’s most important event: the forging and fate of the One Ring. [Read more…]

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Topographic Model Shows Internet as Skyscrapers

Thursday 01.03.2013 , Posted by

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If unique page visits were the bricks that build skyscrapers, which website do you think would have the tallest building? With online bill paying, shopping, and communication it’s possible to never leave home and still have everything you need to survive, so it is almost like the internet has become a virtual city. Korean media artist Sang Un Jeon brings this idea to life in an incredible visualization using internet traffic data and a 3d printer. Since a keyboard is like the vehicle that takes us to this virtual city, he used each letter key to represent the biggest sites on the world wide web. If you look at your keyboard and the image above you can probably figure out that the tallest tower on the G key represents Google and the F to the left of it stands for Facebook. [Read more…]

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Grow Your Own: A UK Guide to Yearly Planting & Harvest

Friday 12.28.2012 , Posted by

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It’s that time of year again, the time when you pull out your collection of seeds and plan this years magnificent vegetable garden. For some of us, the selection of this tasty cornucopia is a near obsession (we made our own handy California based graphic). This wonderfully designed poster from UK based print shop Bold and Noble could help you plan your year from sewing to harvest. [Read more…]

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Little Correlation Between Gaming & Gun Violence?

Saturday 12.22.2012 , Posted by

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With the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, people in their shock are inevitably asking: “why?” Why did such a horrible event happen? What triggered a young boy to cause such harm to other children? Invariably the fingers begin to point towards, among other things: access to guns, mental illness, family troubles, isolation and, inevitably, playing violent video games. This last potential culprit has become a standard for those looking to find answers on why these awful events continue to happen, mainly in the US. The Washington Post recently produced a series of graphics, however, that cast serious doubt on the connection between playing video games and gun murders. [Read more…]

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How Far Away are Our Nearest Stars?

Thursday 12.20.2012 , Posted by

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With the recent announcement that their may be a habitable planet just 12 light-years away from Earth, the question keeps getting asked – just how far are the closest solar systems to our own planet? This graphic created by Space.com shows that – the closest stars and their accompanying solar systems – giving us a better perspective of what’s out there in the neighborhood for us to explore. [Read more…]

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Visualizing the Intertwined Categories on Reddit

Wednesday 12.19.2012 , Posted by

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The continuously growing community of Reddit, with over 3 billion page views per month, has something for everyone. But how exactly does one subreddit link to the next? In this amazing interactive visualization by Andrei Kashcha each dot represents a subreddit and each link reveals a references to other subreddits in that category’s about section. The visualization shows the magnitude of what a gigantic web the site has become and can also help you navigate the overwhelming network to find the categories right for you. [Read more…]

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One Hot Year: Visualizing US Fires in 2012

Thursday 12.13.2012 , Posted by

By just about any standard, 2012 was a massive year for U.S. wildfires. According to data from both the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) and NASA, over 9.1 million acres burned this year… and that was only tracking until November 30th. That figure places 2012 as the 3rd most wildfire filled year since 1960, and with the total number of fires being 55,505 – a relatively low number – the year holds the current record for the largest average fire size. [Read more…]

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