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Household incomes rise


Since the recession, it's taken a while for household incomes to come back to where they were in 2009.

Last day to pre-order a song chart poster


Today is the last day to pre-order a song chart poster. Now is the best time to get it, since after this it's probably going to cost like a billion times more.

PhD gender gaps around the world


Periscopic, for Scientific American, visualized the number of PhDs awarded in various countries. You might expect men to be in high percentages and women to be in low, but it's not always in that direction.

Search for word usage in movies and television over time


Movies and television shows often reflect cultural trends of the time they are made in. Even movies that take place during the past or future can say something about the present through metadata or production style.

Powers of Ten, Derek Jeter style


You've likely seen the classic Powers of Ten video from 1977. It starts on an individual and continues to zoom out farther to a view of galaxies.

Pantone beer cans


Graphic designer Txaber created beer can labeling to match the typical color of each beverage to its Pantone color.

How not to be ignorant about the world

Recurring TED talker Hans Rosling returns with his son and Gapminder Foundation co-founder Ola Rosling and an update on their latest work: the Ignorance Project.

Probabilities of failing birth control methods


In high school health class, where I learned about contraceptives and the dangers of pre-marital sex, my teacher spouted rates to scare.

Teaching math through percussive dance

Malke Rosenfeld uses percussive dance to teach math to her elementary students. The program is called Math in Your Feet.

Extinctions and animal species at risk


Data journalist Anna Flagg for ProPublica reported on animal species at higher risk of extinction. Animal species are going extinct anywhere from 100 to 1,000 times the rates that would be expected under natural conditions.

Chart-Topping Songs as Graphs and Diagrams


Billboard ranked the top 100 songs since the creation of their Hot 100 list in 1958. The list is based on airplay and sales.

A Truncated Story of Infinity

A Truncated Story of Infinity, a short film by Paul Trillo, explores the infinite possibilities in the mundane and everyday — "cosmic doppelgangers." So many small things can change the course of a day entirely.

Generative book covers


The New York Public Library is developing an eBook-borrowing system, which includes an app that helps you keep track of books, process, and such.

Beat Blox

Beat Blox is a student project by Per Holmquist from Beckmans College of Design. Blocks are placed on a turntable, and beats sound accordingly.

Dinosaurs versus airplane


Scientists found the fossils of a giant dinosaur that they estimate was 26 meters long and 60 tons heavy.

Old maps overlaid on Google Maps


The British Library georeferencing project places old maps, as far back as the 16th century, on top of Google Maps for browsing and as a mode of comparison.

Style over function for redesigned choking posters


In many parts of the country, the departments of health require that eating establishments put up posters that instruct you what to do in case someone is choking.

Cosmic map shows Milky Way at the edge of a supercluster

Nature highlights the research of R. Brent Tully et al, which defines a supercluster called Laniakea.

Race distributions of police departments versus residents


When you compare distributions of race for police departments and for the residents of the area they serve, you find disparity in many metropolitan areas.

When people work, by job category


In another use of data from the American Time Use Survey, Planet Money looks specifically at the hours people work, separated by twenty job categories.


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