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.

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Uncanny Animated GIFs Go In Circles

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rrrrrrrroll puts photos in heavy rotation. A project based out of Japan, rrrrrrrroll creates animated GIFs featuring an anonymous individual in unassuming, everyday environments. Each still image, however, is animated by one element moving in a trippy endless cycle – ranging from a forkful of spaghetti suspended over a spinning plate, to a woman frantically swinging herself around a lamppost.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Awesomely Animated Illustrations by Robin Davey

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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.

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

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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.

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