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Louisiana is drowning


Louisiana is quickly losing much of its coast to the Gulf of Mexico. ProPublica and The Lens just launched an interactive project that shows you by how much and tells the story of those affected.

Members Only: How to Make Dot Density Maps in R


Choropleth maps are useful to show values for areas on a map, but they can be limited. In contrast, dot density maps are sometimes better for showing distributions within regions.

Interactive tool shows impact of terrorism


The Global Terrorism Database, maintained by the University of Maryland, is an open source database that catalogs terrorism events since 1970 through 2013.

Graph-based video game

Last year, Metrico, an infographic-based puzzle game for the PlayStation Vita, was announced for future release.

Face tracking coupled with projection mapping

Projection mapping — the use of projected images onto physical objects to turn them into something else — continues to grow more impressive.

Finding small villages in big cities


Daily life in cities tends to differ from daily life in small towns, especially by who we interact with.

Introvert’s heart mapped


Cartoonist Gemma Correll mapped the introvert's heart, from recluse corner to the town of online ordering.

Mapping plastic in the ocean


In research efforts to understand marine debris, Andres Cozar Cabañas et al recently published findings on plastic debris in the open ocean.

Track your sleep with Sense


Entering the market of self-surveillance for sleep, via Kickstarter, Sense promises to be a smarter tracker that you don't have to wear.

Feltron Annual Report 2013


In his ninth edition of the personal report, Nicholas Felton looks at communication through his phone, email, Facebook, and physical mail.

When the world sleeps


An additional hour of sleep can make a huge difference in how you feel the next day (especially when you have kids).

Everywhere Jonny Cash went, man


Johnny Cash says he went to a lot of places in his song, "I've Been Everywhere." Iain Mullan had some fun with the location list for Music Hack Day London and mapped each place as the song plays.

Unintentional Venn diagram suggests opposite meaning


Most people probably wouldn't think much about this poster that shows the values of Thomson Reuters. But when you think of the graphic as a Venn diagram, it's hard to see much else.

Not automatic

It's an absolute myth that you can send an algorithm over raw data and have insights pop up. — Jeffrey Heer in For Big-Data Scientists, 'Janitor Work' Is Key Hurdle to Insights by Steve Lohr Tags: data wrangling, Jeffrey Heer, New York Times

Crisis Text Line releases trends and data


Crisis Text Line is a service that troubled teens can use to find help with suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, and other issues via text messaging.

Talking Ferguson on Twitter and localness


For a lot of trending topics, Twitter likes to show an animated map of how a lot of people talked about something at once.

Map of military surplus distribution


With the situation in Ferguson, the New York Times mapped the distribution of military surplus through Defense Department program.

FuelBand Fibers visualizes daily activities beautifully


Leading up to a Nike women's 10k run, design studio Variable made FuelBand Fibers, an artistic interpretation of a week of activity from seven individuals.

How charity: water uses data to do more good


Scott Harrison, the founder and CEO of charity: water, describes how the organization uses data to improve what they do, both on the ground and internally.

Variance be damned

Daniel Colman won $15.3 million in the The Big One for One Drop poker tournament, but he seems annoyed about it.


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