Did Private NHS Records Appear Online?

A company selling its search products caused some internet privacy ripples yesterday, after what appeared to be data about the treatment of some NHS patients was discovered as part of a map generated through search terms. Read More >>

How the Time of Sunrise and Sunset Varies Around the World

Time zones are strange old things, especially the way they prescribe one time to thousands of miles of land mass—so this visualisation shows which parts of the world experience unusually early and late hours of daylight as a result. Read More >>

What the Ultimate Collection of Selfies Can Tell Us About Worldwide Narcissism

First came the Tumblrs, then the think pieces, then the distinction of being word of the year. What else could there possibly be for selfies? What about a huge data project analysing how selfies around the world differ in everything from mood to mouthgape to head tilt? Read More >>

If You Use Steam, Valve Might be Tracking Every Website You Visit

Here's a fun fact: If you use Steam for your games—let's face it, you do—there's a chance Valve's Anti-Cheat System been taking a look at all the websites you visit and sending a list back to home base. Why? No one knows for sure. Read More >>

The Most Common Relationship Advice, Visualised for Valentine's

Ahead of the schmaltz that is Valentine's Day, how about a little advice? This visualisation shows the most frequently provided words of relationship wisdom so you can console your friends—or yourself—tomorrow. Read More >>

Secondhand Shops are Selling Smartphones Loaded With Personal Data

An investigation into used smartphones being sold by popular trading chains Cash Converters and CEX has found that plenty are going to new buyers complete with the personal data of the previous owner. Some are wiped, but there's wiping and there's wiping. Read More >>

The World's Most Popular Running Routes, Visualised

With the explosion of exercise apps and fitness trackers, more people than ever are recording the routes they run during their workouts. Now, Nathan Yau from Flowing Data has mined some of that data to visualise some of the world's most popular fitness paths. Read More >>

UK Spies Messed About Launching DDoS Attacks on Anonymous and Lulzsec Members

New revelations from Edward Snowden's massive pile of governmental shame reveals that GCHQ experimented with DDoS attacks as a way of keeping online activists in check, turning the favoured internet weapon of the underground masses against some of the usual suspects. Read More >>

This Little Mi-Fi Can Get You Online Anywhere in the World

Look at this little guy. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but powerful enough to enable you to make phone calls, text, and use data virtually anywhere in the world. Even on the peaks of remote mountains or in the middle of uninhabited deserts, thanks to the magic of satellites. Read More >>

Facebook's New Cold Storage: 10,000 Blu-ray Discs, 1 Petabyte of Data

Facebook has a lot of data to store, but much of it sits so deep within our profiles that it rarely need to be served. So the social network has been trying to develop cold storage systems to file older content away—and a new prototype uses Blu-ray discs. Read More >>

Three UK Data is Currently Down for Some Users

It's One Plan may be one of the last tariffs holding a torch for unlimited data, but that'll come as little comfort to some Three UK customers this morning. Reports are coming in that its data services are on the blink, preventing users from accessing the web on-the-go. Read More >>

UK Government Can Spy on our Facebook Likes, YouTube Viewing and More

GCHQ, our intelligence agency, is apparently able to spy on pretty much every aspect of our social lives, monitoring Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, most likely accessed by "tapping into" data cables. They call the programme "Squeaky Dolphin" and yes, that's the official logo. Don't laugh, it's serious stuff. Read More >>

The World's Biggest Tea Drinkers, Visualised

In news that may make you spit your Earl Grey over the screen: The UK does not top the list of worldwide tea-drinkers. That accolade falls to the Turkish, and the UK comes in at third after after the Ireland in second, as shown by this infographic. Read More >>

All the World's Preventable Disease Outbreaks, Visualised

Although medical science has advanced immeasurably in the last century, many preventable diseases still claim lives due to ineffective vaccination programs. This map shows when and where that happens. Read More >>

Toilet Paper Map Reveals Crap Trends Worldwide

We all have to poop, but how we deal with it changes with age. For babies, it's nappies. For the elderly, it's, well, adult nappies. For most of the rest of us, it's toilet paper. Read More >>

Google Charts the History of Popular Music as We Listen to it Today

Google's research department just released a fun interactive visualisation called Music Timeline, which attempts to chart the rise and fall of different musical genres in terms of their relative popularity. Watch rock, pop, alternative, and hip hop each rise to the top. Read More >>


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