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Life expectancy if all diseases were magically cured


Here’s a fun what-if simulation that imagines a world where all natural causes of death were gone. People only die of things like car crashes and homicide.

Data exploration banned

Statistician John Tukey, who coined Exploratory Data Analysis, talked a lot about using visualization to find meaning in your data.

Traffic Fatalities, When and Where


These are the traffic accidents that resulted in deaths in 2015, categorized by month, time of day, and factors involved.

Mapping death in America, 1980 to 2014


Nationwide mortality data relies on death certificates, and when cause of death is unknown, sometimes “garbage codes” are used to fill the space on the form.

Income Taxes You Would Pay in Each State


Some states have high rates. Some have low. But whether a state is lower or higher for you depends on more than just the high brackets.

How disinformation spreads in a network


Disinformation is kind of a problem these days, yeah? Fatih Erikli uses a simulation that works like a disaster spread model applied to social networks to give an idea of how disinformation spreads.

NFL draft performance vs. expectations


Reuben Fischer-Baum for The Washington Post looks at professional football expectations given their draft picks versus performance.

Stephen Curry for MVP, because he makes his teammates better the most


The choice for Most Valuable Player in the NBA is only minimally about the numbers, but it’s fun to look anyways.

Solar System in a bottle


From Little Planet Factory, a Solar System in a bottle made to scale: A small bottle attempting to maintain the correct scale between the 8 planets of the solar system at a scale of 1:5,000,000,000.

Data distributed as clipart

Government data isn’t always the easiest to use with computers. Maybe it’s in PDF format. Maybe you have to go through a roundabout interface.

California looks green again


In case you didn’t hear, California had a bit of a drought problem for the past few years. We complained about not enough rain constantly, and we finally got a lot of it this year.

Why momentum works


Gabriel Goh models momentum over at the new machine learning journal Distill. The visualization is not the focus, but it’s a nice supplement to help explain more complex concepts to a wider audience.

Shift in world’s night lights


NASA recently released composite images of the Earth at night based on 2016 data, which was a follow-up to similar images for 2012.

Senators and Reps whose voting doesn’t quite match the constituent’s


I know, it’s only April 2017, but some senators and representatives have some extra planning to as they figure out how to persuade midterm voters to re-elect them when the voters went a different direction for the presidential election.

Finding the craft beer capital of America


You had me at craft beer. Russell Goldenberg for The Pudding looks for the capital based on three factors — number of breweries, quality of breweries, and location — under the premise that the whole process of picking the best is really subjective.

New images of Earth at night


NASA just released a composite map of the world at night using satellite imagery from 2016. This is the first nighttime map since 2012, but the team behind the work hopes for bigger things with a more real-time system.

Love in the age of data, without data

We live in a time when personal data leaves digital traces of what we do, what we like, and who we care about.

Climate Change Coloring Book


The Climate Change Coloring Book by Brian Foo makes data tactile and interactive. “The goal is to encourage learning, exploration, and reflection on issues related to climate change through act of coloring.” It’s in the early days of a Kickstarter campaign, but I suspect it’ll be funded in no time.

Quickly browse large CSV files on the desktop with Tad


When you first get a CSV file, sometimes it’s useful to poke at it a bit to see what’s there. Sometimes you need to restructure the data or sort it in some non-straightforward way.

A century of facial hair styles


Facial hair styles change with the years. One year it might be more fashionable to be clean shaven and another year the trend might veer towards big beards.


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