Visualizing Spending Habits of the Average Holiday Shopper in 2013 [INFOGRAPHIC]

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A person’s average holiday spending can be organized into four key recipient categories: family, friends, coworkers and the all-encompassing others.

According to this visual breakdown by MyPoints, the average holiday shopper will spend $536.86 on gifts this year, allocating 77% for family, 13%  for friends, 4% for coworkers and 5% for all the others in their life.

From the Inside: Looking into the Human Genome Project [Infographic]

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As far as great projects go, it’s hard to top the Human Genome Project (HGP). Still the largest collaborative biological endeavor in history, it has given us the first complete look at the blueprint for building human beings, and with that knowledge, it’s hard to think of anything that is contributing more to human health in our modern world.

It’s a Matter of Darkness: Digging Into the Large Hadron Collider Project [Infographic]

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You’ve heard about it before: the Large Hadron Collider, often referred to as “one of the great engineering milestones of mankind,” it is also one of the largest, encompassing a 17 mile circumference tube buried 330 feet under the border of France and Switzerland. But just what is it intended to discover? The behemoth project is tasked with unlocking the secrets of particle physics, giving us a look into what happened at the dawn of time by recreating the conditions when it all began.

This graphic – a collaboration between Microsoft Project and Column Five – looks at the massive scope of the experiments being undertaken and the equally massive implications to everyday life when we find out what’s really going on.

A Smart Animation Explores the Magnitude of our Solar System [Infographic]

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The last time I went to the planetarium it was in Delhi, India. I didn’t expect much from the domed structure with swarms of kids inside, but in fact I was blown away. It’s a hard thing to show the magnitude of the universe and impress people with its true scale – but even the rough idea I saw that day was mind blowing. This video from German design trio Kurzgesagt takes a whole different angle, impressing us with facts about the form of our solar system in flat infographic form. The result is informative and even jaw dropping when you consider the facts.

Visualizing the Numbers Behind the United States’ Hottest Export: Education

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According to a most recent data culling by the folks at Northeastern University, higher education is among the United States’ top service sector exports. In fact, numbers indicate that International students contribute more than $21 billion to the U.S. economy through their expenditures on tuition and living expenses on American universities.

Visualizing the Fears and Phobias of Children Across the World [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Are children more afraid of fictitious monsters or real-world dangers? 

Rasmussen College has set out to answer just that. Resultantly, they’ve visualized their findings what most concerns  10 – 12 year olds from around the world. The results are quite interesting, with the top 6 countries that named ‘darkness’ as their biggest fear all being spanish-speaking countries.

Visualizing the Yearly Salary of Professional Athletes, NBA Players Average $5+ Million a Year

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Growing up, basketball was my thing. I dreamed of supporting my family with my mediocre jump shot, my 5′ 8″ frame in the 4th grade and becoming an NBA All Star by the time I was 19. Sure enough, my growth spurt capped at 6′, I quit basketball junior year of high school, and any chance I had of averaging $5.15 million a year in the NBA was quickly sidelined (pun-intended).

Fields of Gold: Changes in the US Corn Industry [Infographic]

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Corn was once a straightforward crop, but the US industry has seen big changes in recent years. Ethanol and GMOs are both relatively new to the scene, and they are both hot-button issues. Since 1980, the use of corn has increased significantly as a result of renewable energy legislation. Not only are we using more corn, but we are using different strains of corn. In 2013, genetically engineered corn accounted for 90% of the planted crop showing a steep increase from just 25% in 2000. A series of graphs were produced by Flapjack Media to detangle the data. The full graphic is available here.

East Meets West : An Infographic Portrait by Yang Liu

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In this global village we live in, there are many differences that exist in how humans live and behave. In particular, there are major differences in how people in the “Western” part of the world perceive things as opposed to those who were raised in the “East.” Some differences are derived from thousands of years of tradition passed on from generation to generation. For example, countries like China, Korea and Japan have been civilizations for many years. The United States, on the other hand, is still a relatively “young” country and in some ways is still finding its common culture. Anthropologists and sociologists have spent lifetimes researching the ways humans live and how we can solve problems and create greater harmony. An artist, who was raised in multiple cultures, decided to make a simple but interesting inforgraphic playing on some of the unique differences between the East and the West.

Visualizing Everything You Need to Know About Twerking [INFOGRAPHIC]

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The Dougie, then Gangnam Style, now Twerking  – the latest dance craze sweeping the country and providing a chance for a new generation of booty-shakers to strut their stuff. And for those looking to get into advanced maneuvers, they’ll be doing their booty-shaking inverted (see instructional graphic below).

For those that have absolutely no idea what I’m talking bout, here’s a definition from the Oxford dictionary (yes, that Oxford dictionary):