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Comparison of shifted public opinion


David Leonhardt and Alicia Parlapiano compared public opinion over time for various social issues, based on estimates from the Pew Research Center and Gallup.

Combining Inside Out emotions for new ones


Spoiler alert for Inside Out. At the climax of the movie, we see that emotions can combine for deeper, more complex feelings, and it's these combinations that get Riley through a tough time.

Animated map shows Trans-Atlantic slave trade


The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database provides records for thousands of voyages between the 16th and 19th centuries.

A surveillance system that watches over an entire city


Technology continues to advance quickly, but the social questions are lagging a bit. Radiolab explores the topic of we-can-but-should-we from the perspective of a surveillance system that watches an entire city twenty-four-seven.

Data into art and connecting to humans


Visualization tends to rest in the realm of efficiency and accuracy. From a research perspective, these are easier things to measure than say, emotion and connection to the data that a visualization represents.

Same-sex marriage legalized in all states


The Supreme Court legalized gay marriage today. NPR shows before and after the ruling for each state using their new favorite hexagon grid.

Drought report cards for California water districts


Thomas Suh Lauder for the Los Angeles Times provides you with a way to see how the water district near you is doing relative to the rest of the state.

Working with R at the New York Times

Amanda Cox from the New York Times was on the Data Stories podcast. You should listen. She talks about how she uses R, workflow at the New York Times, and some of her favorite projects.

Playing chicken on the street and the ultimate battle for power

There's the unspoken agreement between two people who walk directly towards each other. You each shift a little bit to get out of the other's way, but some people don't like that agreement.

Refugee migration mapped globally


According to estimates recently released by the United Nations, about 14 million left their home countries because of conflict or persecution.

Entire English Wikipedia in physical print


The exhibit From Aaaaa! to ZZZap! opened last week with a hit of the start button. Michael Mandiberg wrote a script to upload the Wikipedia corpus to print-on-demand service Lulu over the course of a couple of weeks.

Excel heat map hack


John Nelson from IDV Solutions explains how he uses a Microsoft Excel hack to make geographic cell maps.

Statistics to weed out fraud

As the Michael LaCour brouhaha settles into the archives of the Internet and figures itself out in the real world, Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky for the Verge take a brief look at how statistics plays a role in finding scientific fraud.

Data journalism hoorah

In parallel to the Google Trends release, the Google News Lab produced a video interviewing a bunch of data journalism folks about the importance of data in storytelling.

Google Trends in real-time


Google Trends used to be a place where you looked up trends for historical searches, over the span of several years.

Members Only: How to Make Variable Width Bar Charts in R


The code to create these bar chart variations is almost the same as if you were to make a standard bar chart.

Traded animals


Based on data from the CITES Trade Database, "more than 27 million animals were traded internationally in 2013 for purposes ranging from garment production to traditional Chinese medicine, trophies, and scientific testing." This National Geographic interactive by Fathom Information Design shows the various species that were traded and to what extent.

Super Mario Bros. was designed on graph paper


Leading up to the release of Super Mario Maker, which lets you create your own Mario world, Miyamoto and Tezuka talked about their own process while creating the original video game, Super Mario Bros.

Computer program learns to play classic Nintendo games


I knew I had seen another automated video game thing before. Tom Murphy published work a couple of years ago on creating a computer program that learns how to play classic Nintendo games.

Reviving the Statistical Atlas of the United States with New Data


Ever since I found out about the Statistical Atlas of the United States, it annoyed me that there wasn't one in the works for the 2010 Census due to cuts in funding.


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