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Happy 40th Birthday Cell Phone!

Wednesday 04.03.2013 , Posted by

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On this date forty years ago the first cell phone call was made in New York City by Motorola’s Martin Cooper. To celebrate the 40th birthday of the cell phone, Column Five teamed up with Mashable to bring us the most important facts in a single timeline. What started as a 2.5 lb brick with a 20 minute battery life that only the richest people could afford is now something that the vast majority of first world citizens carry in their pockets. [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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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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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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Ah-choo! Visualizing The True Cost of Getting the Flu

Saturday 01.12.2013 , Posted by

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It’s that time of year again, the flu season. The time of year where everyone at your office is, “Ah-Choo-ing!” on keyboards and sink faucets, manhandling microwave and refrigerator door handles, drooling on water fountains, and somehow managing to press every button on the vending machine with their bacteria infested digits. Before you know it, the entire office has been turned into sniffling, sneezing, aching, and coughing flu zombies. If you aren’t able to get the flu under control this year, you’ll end up finding out the true cost of getting the flu. [Read more...]

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Graphic: Google’s Panda and Penguin Shake Up the Net

Thursday 01.10.2013 , Posted by

Over the past 12 years, Google has done its best to keep the black sailed marauders of the SEO world from taking over their search engine with bad links from junky websites. Google works hard to ensure that their algorithms continue to make these black-hat SEO practitioners stay in the dark. While they make minor changes yearly, every so often the search engine behemoth makes a major update that heavily affects SEO. Two of the recent updates are the animalistic algorithms of Google’s not-so-cuddly Panda, and slippery Penguin shakeups. [Read more...]

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Visualized: Surprising Facts About the Pyramids

Monday 01.07.2013 , Posted by

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The story behind mankind is a wild epic; a tale of determination and survival by a species that holds superior thinking power to any other life form around them. It’s a tale that spans thousands of years and documents the stepping stones in our journey from hunter-gatherer to global citizen. The history of the human race is a story of all of us, and how we came to be on our planet. It took 10 billion years for the ideal planet to form and 3 billion more for the right conditions to emerge before it finally happened: mankind began, and they built pyramids. [Read more...]

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One Hot Year: Visualizing US Fires in 2012

Thursday 12.13.2012 , Posted by

By just about any standard, 2012 was a massive year for U.S. wildfires. According to data from both the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) and NASA, over 9.1 million acres burned this year… and that was only tracking until November 30th. That figure places 2012 as the 3rd most wildfire filled year since 1960, and with the total number of fires being 55,505 – a relatively low number – the year holds the current record for the largest average fire size. [Read more...]

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How an Interactive Designer Sees Breakfast

Monday 12.10.2012 , Posted by

Just what do you see when you’re eating cereal for breakfast? Some literal thinkers might see just what’s there – a bowl of cereal, something to eat and provide nourishment. Individuals with a bit more artistic inclination might see the stars of the sky spreading across the Milky Way, or a surreal pond filled with edible lilly pads. What Visual and Interactive Designer Ed Lea sees is a visual metaphor for web products. His graphic featured here looks at how such a designer could interpret their breakfast. [Read more...]

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A Living, Breathing Infographic: A Look at the Web’s First Socially Generative Visualization

Friday 11.30.2012 , Posted by

The idea of a Socially Generative Visualization originated out of a section of the design handbook INFOGRAPHICS. An SGV, as described by authors Jason Lankow, Josh Ritchie and Ross Crooks, is a new direction for data visualization – one which marketers and content consumers alike should take note of – especially as the landscape of content distribution continues to evolve and be affected by socially relevant data. [Read more...]

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