What you see above is every route every bus takes in London every day. Viewed from above, it’s strangely reminiscent of the orbital night time shots of cities and roads like the M25, and shares a similar kind of beauty. In fact, when the data is viewed with stops included, it almost looks like blood vessels flowing around the body – the pumping tributaries of a modern city.

This second image displays the underlying spatial data hidden in the image up top. If you’ve ever looked down a microscope at organ tissue slices this is what they look like. Who’d have thought a bus could be beautiful, apart from the gorgeous new Routemaster of course. [Mapping London via The Guardian]