environment
170 Years of Hurricanes Mapped In One Stunning Image

With the Atlantic hurricane season about to kick into gear, plenty are wondering how this year's crop of storms with disarmingly mundane names will compare to last year's nightmarish season. This map goes even further, showing the past 170 hurricane seasons. It's beautiful and humbling, all at once. Read More >>

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This Super-Accurate Gravity Map Shows You Where You Can Weigh Less

Gravity's often assumed to be constant across the entire planet, but because the Earth varies in shape and density, that's not really the case. Now, this super-accurate gravity map reveals that the fluctuations are even more extreme than scientists previously thought. Read More >>

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Can You Identify These Movies Drawn Out as Treasure Maps?

Illustrator Andrew DeGraff thinks about films differently to you and I: he sees them as giant maps of physical locations, just waiting to be explored. Can you work out which films these wonderful treasure maps drawn by DeGraff are supposed to represent? Read More >>

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The US Army's Insurgent Tracking Software Is Now Being Used to Track Gangs

We all know that social media is the criminal's worst enemy. But this summer, a group of MIT researchers are collaborating with police to test software that can reliably predict whether a person is part of a gang based on their social networks, building on similar software used to track insurgents in Afghanistan. Read More >>

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The Invisible Electronic Fields That Surround Your MacBook

You might view your laptop as a nice, neatly contained unit — but there's more bursting out of it than meets the eye. In fact, all of its electrical components create complex magnetic and electric fields that spread far and wide, and this video shows you their reach. Read More >>

transport
The World's Flight Patterns Beautifully Visualised

According to the Airports Council International, the world's busiest airport by passenger traffic is Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport with a whopping 95,462,867 passengers passing through in 2012. Which makes sense considering it's the home of Delta, the world's largest airline. So one can only imagine what the flight paths of all those planes must look like, which is why Alexey Papulovskiy scraped data from Plane Finder for a month before charting it all out in a beautifully interactive visualisation tool called Contrailz. Read More >>

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All the Meteorites That Have Been Seen Falling to Earth Since 2,500 BC

Since 2005 BC over 35,000 meteorites are known to have hit the Earth — but just 1,107 have actually been seen falling. This visualisation shows how they pockmarked our planet over time. Read More >>

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The Evolution of Gmail, Visualised

On April Fools Day 2004, Google launched Gmail, and it wasn't long before @gmail.com email addresses usurped the kingdom of Hotmail. Google just posted a nice visualisation of the service's evolution from a humble beta to a Google Goliath. Read More >>

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This Coffee Menu Is For Connoisseurs Only

You think you're a coffe connoisseur? Well then, you should have no problem ordering your pick-me-up of choice from this menu, which lists drink options purely by the ratios of coffee, milk, water and air present in the beverage. Read More >>

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Porn Star Demographics, Visualised

Jon Millward deosn't watch porn like the average man: instead, he sees it as a heaving data set to analyse and graph. No, really. That's why he's visualised porn star demographics to work out what the typical, ahem, actress look like. Read More >>

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The Changing Book Covers of Sci-Fi, Visualized

When Arthur Buxton stumbled across a super-organized archive of Penguin's science fiction, he thought it would be interesting to look at how the covers of the books had changed over time. He was right—and the labor of his work is this striking visualization. Buxton explains: Read More >>

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The History of the World in 1 Map and 176 Words

Sometimes, simple explanations can be the most revealing. Take this map, for example, which depicts thousands of years of human history by representing each country with a single word. Turns out to be painfully accurate. Read More >>

security
Watch the World Get Attacked By Cyber Criminals in Real Time

If you're an IT security nerd specialist holed up in some corporation's basement, you probably don't find this real-time visualisation of the world's cyber attacks to be beautiful. But the rest of us can sit back and appreciate the eye candy. Read More >>

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How Long It Takes to Earn a Beer, Visualised

Sometimes, the best bits of data analysis are the simplest ones. Like this gem, uncovered by The Economist yesterday, which shows the average number of minutes you need to work in order to afford a beer. Read More >>

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The World's Ideas, Visualised

Visualising how the world's ideas fit together is no mean feat. But now you don't have to struggle, because Brendan Griffen has mined Wikipedia to create a map of how the world's greatest thinkers influenced each other. Read More >>

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Do You Live Near an Infectious Human-Animal Disease Hotspot?

Most emerging human diseases come from animals. This map, created by the International Livestock Research Institute, shows the geographical locations of events where a disease has crossed over from animals to humans. Do you live near a hotspot? Read More >>

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