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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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Uncommon Wellness Tips that Should be More Common

Monday 02.11.2013 , Posted by

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Being healthy is becoming more important. Foods are over processed, we’re working longer hours, sleeping less, and sitting is killing us. Many of us realize we need to change our ways, but sometimes we try to do too much at once and just end up spinning our wheels and staying in place. One idea is to try not to do too much at once, and take getting healthy one step at a time. This graphic by WellnessFx shows you uncommon wellness tips that should be more common, and how by adding these healthy tricks to your repertoire one at a time is the best way to go. [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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