What sorcery is at work here? Careful, this trick—er, illusion has a second, surprising twist in it.
Each Game of Thrones episode generates its fair share of internet chatter. This new Twitter #interactive visualization takes this tremendous amount of information and translates it into something surprisingly meaningful.
We rarely stop to think of just how many people the world’s airlines transport on any given day, never mind form a mental picture of that activity. Now there’s a nifty animated visualization of how all those different airports around the globe are connected—a total of 3,200 airports and 60,000 routes in all.
Feeling old? This simple chart will reveal the crushing truth of just how many people in the country are younger than you.
The movements in kung fu are so graceful that even when you replace the human with random digital objects, the art of it still shines through. Tobias Gremmler captured the motion of kung fu and then recreated it with different digital variations: as a fabric weaved over time, expanding into emptiness, reconstructing…
Since the early 19th century, many chess grandmasters have come and gone, some better than others. This elegant data visualization by Abacaba shows which players were the very best, and how long they were able to maintain their dominance.
It was one year ago today that the Philae Lander bounced, spun, and tumbled across the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. To commemorate the historic event, the European Space Agency has released an animated video chronicling the lander’s chaotic landing.
Around 60% of all human diseases and some 75% of all emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic, meaning they spread from species to species. This remarkable visualization shows how these problematic pathogens proliferate among the animals.
It’s been a common refrain in the Midwest this year: If only we could pipe all this rain to the West. But a new NASA visualization shows just how drastic the difference has been.
Oxford University’s Max Roser has meticulously pieced together a chart showing the global death rate from war over the past 600 years—and it paints a surprisingly optimistic picture.
The rules of chess have remained consistent since the early 19th Century, but that doesn’t mean our approach to the game has stayed the same. Here are some intriguing and surprising ways the Game of Kings has changed its shape over the past 150 years.
Above we see seven seconds of an audio recording from November 11, 1918. On the left we can see three seconds of guns firing. In the middle? The official time of the ceasefire to end World War I and a sudden reprieve from the staccato of weapons blasting. On the right, the first three seconds of peace. An uneasy…
As parts of North America struggle to contain a completely unnecessary measles epidemic, it's important to remember what life was like prior to the onset of vaccines. These maps paint a grim picture of the past — and where we ourselves may be headed in the future.
Redditor TeaDranks has created a super-interesting cartogram in which the size of each country is apportioned according to population. Suddenly, the largest countries in the world don't look so mighty — Russia and Canada, we're looking at you.
Our moods ebb and flow with the seasons. They also change quite dramatically over the course of a single week. These visualizations show exactly when we can expect to be depressed, anxious, and stressed.
As this new simplified simulation illustrates, Ebola may kill more than other diseases, but it spreads much slower.
Chemical reactions are those magical moments when the matter that surrounds us suddenly bursts into life. A stunning new video collaboration between scientists and artists now showcases eight different types of these reactions in exquisite detail.
Triangulations blogger Sabio Lantz recently put together this rather clever diagram showing how the English language has evolved over the past 3,000 years.
Americans are more likely to work nights and weekends compared to citizens of other developed countries. In addition to spending more hours on the job, nearly 30% of Americans work weekends and — shockingly — more than a quarter toil away after 10pm. But people who work the extra-long hours tend to be highly educated…