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

Wednesday 11.06.2013 , Posted by

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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. [Read more...]

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

Tuesday 11.05.2013 , Posted by

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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.

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

Tuesday 11.05.2013 , Posted by

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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. [Read more...]

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

Thursday 10.31.2013 , Posted by

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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).

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Awesomely Animated Illustrations by Robin Davey

Thursday 10.17.2013 , Posted by

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We’re loving the latest work by London-based artist Robin Davey. The freelance illustrator, designer, director, and animator has brought some of his recent commissioned illustrations for Wired Italia to life on his Tumblr page. The lead image is for an article about the possibility of an interstellar ark. Davey explains, “I think I was influenced here by a couple of weird sci-fi films that I probably saw at too young and impressionable an age, Silent Running and Saturn 3. No I don’t know why they’re naked.” Although a lot of his fine details were compromised in creating a file size that Tumblr could handle, Davey will be releasing the print version with all the details soon. [Read more...]

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This Map of Internet Usage Shows Why China is a Sleeping Internet Giant

Monday 10.14.2013 , Posted by

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The internet is a massive place, but not as massive as the world population. This map, created by Mark Graham and Stefano De Sabbata using data from The World Bank, puts some of the internets demographics in perspective while creating a rather stunning picture of just how big China ranks on internet traffic and how much room it still has to grow. [Read more...]

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

Tuesday 10.08.2013 , Posted by

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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. [Read more...]

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East Meets West : An Infographic Portrait by Yang Liu

Wednesday 10.02.2013 , Posted by

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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. [Read more...]

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Quarks, Nucleons, Atoms, & Organelles: 3D Generative Visualizations of Scientific Theories by MRK

Saturday 09.21.2013 , Posted by

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If you are like the majority of the human population living in a first world country and watch Breaking Bad, then you may have seen work by the talented digital artist MRK. His video, The Flow (watch after the jump) made an appearance on the hit show. According to MRK’s description, “The Flow looks at the supervening layers of reality that we can observe, from quarks to nucleons to atoms and beyond. The deeper we go into the foundations of reality the more it loses its form, eventually becoming a pure mathematical conception. Layer upon layer the flow builds new codes that create new codes, each version computing a new, more complex state based on the previous one.” Read more about this project and its deeper meanings here. [Read more...]

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Visualizing Everything You Need to Know About Twerking [INFOGRAPHIC]

Wednesday 09.18.2013 , Posted by

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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):

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