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The Beatles Record Sales Over the Years

Wednesday 03.20.2013 , Posted by

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From humble beginnings in England, to touring the US, making girls faint when they even got a glimpse of their mop tops, and selling out entire baseball stadiums — The Beatles have done it all. Their first studio album, Please Please Me, was released in the United Kingdom on 22 March 1963. The Beatles have grown to be one of the biggest bands the world has ever seen, and it’s a pleasure to see a band become so loved and revered in the 50 years since releasing their first album. Not only were they a cultural phenomenon and a voice of the 60s, their records all sold well, a testament to their musicianship and song writing skills. [Read more...]

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Visualizing Major Causes of Death in the 20th Century

Tuesday 03.19.2013 , Posted by

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I recently had the pleasure of attending a talk by the provocative philosopher John Gray as he discussed his new book – The Silence of Animals: On Progress and other Myths. During the engaging talk (which you can listen to here) he made a strong case for the idea that, while technology has progressed substantially over the last centuries, society and human behavior has not. Are we all just animals with mobile phones and machine guns? As we’ll see from this excellent graphic detailing the major causes of death in the 20th century, John Gray may be on to something. [Read more...]

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Vroom! Vroom! A Brief History of Video Game Driving

Wednesday 03.13.2013 , Posted by

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The thrill of driving an elite sports car to the brink of its mechanical limitations is something many of us will only watch on TV – or if you’re a real diehard for rumbling engines and impressive speeds, the grandstands. For those of us who fiend the need for speed — but don’t have the capital to hop into a sports car — video game racing has been wetting our appetites since 1974. The games we play today have come a long way since that time, each year increasing in complexity and visual appeal. The world of pixelated race cars, shoddy steering, and throwing banana peels has been transformed into games like Gran Turismo 5, with it’s 1,000+ cars, 26 locations, 71 tracks, top-notch handling and graphics. Read on to learn more in this brief history of video game driving graphic. [Read more...]

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Formula 1 2013 Season At A Glance

Monday 03.04.2013 , Posted by

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Formula 1 racing is one of the biggest sports in the world behind soccer, and it’s also one of the most thrilling. Cars zoom down straightaways at speeds up to 200 mph (320 km), slow and accelerate out of corners, and tweak their way through impossible hairpin turns. These frequent cliff hanging race moments are what make the sport so spectacular. This year the anticipation of time trials, pole position, and insane passes is starting to build to a crescendo that will climax on 15 March in Australia. This graphic features the Formula 1 2013 season at a glance. [Read more...]

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Millionaire Space Tourist Plans Mission Around Mars

Friday 03.01.2013 , Posted by

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A rich space tourist who earlier payed $20 million to visit the International Space Station, is now working to promote an even more ambitious project – a manned flyby around the planet Mars in 2018. Much like the Apollo 10 mission which proceeded the famous Apollo landing, this mission would be only intended to make a quick flyby of the red planet, in fact only spending about 10 hours at its closest point 100,000km above the planets surface. [Read more...]

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US Meat Industry Consumes Nearly 4/5 of All Antibiotics

Tuesday 02.26.2013 , Posted by

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Sobering new data from the Food and Drug Administration is indicating that antibiotic use in the meat industry is on the rise and has vastly overtaken usage to treat sick people. We want to keep our animals, our food, and ourselves healthy, so why should we care? With the meat industry now consuming a staggering 3.9 times the amount of antibiotics used for human treatment, the industry is churning out meat increasingly filled with antibiotic-resistant pathogens. This means illnesses previously curable by our current methods are now becoming increasingly hard to overcome. [Read more...]

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Colorful Quotes and Thoughts, Visualized

Friday 02.22.2013 , Posted by

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We simply love these hand drawn graphics based on quotes from literary and science greats. Each is an insightful look into the nature of humans and the nature of the universe. Produced as part of an ongoing series called Illuminating Quotes, Visualised by Maggie Appleton, each is a window into wisdom from around the world. [Read more...]

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Blueberries: A Handful of Health

Thursday 02.21.2013 , Posted by

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Plump, juicy, and sweet, the vibrant colors of this delicious fruit range from deep purple-blue to blue-black, often highlighted by a silvery, shimmering sheen called a bloom. Blueberries are a handful of health, just waiting for you to indulge in and devour. In North America blueberry consumption is on the rise, and Americans are discovering just how good these little blue wonder fruits are for their health. This graphic by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council takes a closer look into the nutrition and consumption of blueberries.  [Read more...]

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Visualizing the Russian Meteor Blast

Monday 02.18.2013 , Posted by

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For those that missed it (and considering the massive impact few could), a huge meteorite hit earth last week in Russia. In the land of the dash camera, videos far and wide captured the very rare event in its full shining glory – a missile like streak through the sky and an incredible window breaking crash following soon after. For the Russian population the event was one that stirred memories of the not so distant past, one of the tree flattening Tunguska event in Siberia just over 100 years ago. That blast was the largest impact event on earth in recorded history. [Read more...]

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Love is in the Cloud: Use Pinterest to Score on A Gift

Tuesday 02.12.2013 , Posted by

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Valentine’s Day is rarely the stuff dreams are made of, and usually has more of a sink-or-swim aesthetic to it. The stress of planning a perfect outing causes borderline paralysis. You knew the day was coming for weeks, mostly because you’ve seen the candy aisles at Target light up with pink, red, and white. Your significant other was dropping hints about what they wanted like it was going out-of-style. But, you were too busy wondering which was in more dire need of being replenished — your socks or underwear — and didn’t pay heed to any of these signs. This graphic has complied the best apps to help you figure out how to impress your significant other because in our modern time, love is in the cloud. [Read more...]

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