12 Diagrams That Changed How We Understood Our Solar System

These days, we are treated to glorious images of the cosmos through astrophotography and sophisticated three-dimensional visualizations of the universe. In the early centuries of astronomy, however, our visions of the cosmos often took the shape of diagrams—representing what we believed about our solar system. » 3/18/14 10:00am 3/18/14 10:00am

This chart ought to make the publishing industry very nervous

Wool author Hugh Howey has been beating the drum for self-publishing for a long time — but now he claims to have data to back it up. His new report on author earnings contains some startling figures, but none more so than the above chart showing indie authors beating traditional publishers on unit sales. » 2/12/14 2:40pm 2/12/14 2:40pm

This video of people taking the American dialect survey is fascinating

Bert Vaux's dialect survey is endlessly fascinating, prompting thousands of folks to figure out which American dialect they speak. This video mixes audio of people taking the survey with Joshua Katz's heat map visualizations of the dialect data. » 11/30/13 10:30am 11/30/13 10:30am

Collectively, scientists love adverbs. Here are the ones they love…

Recently, statistical bioinformatician Neil Saunders decided to look for sentence adverbs in close to 100,000 scientific abstracts. (You know sentence adverbs: "Remarkably, the guinea pigs were wearing armor they had fashioned themselves. Unfortunately, it seems humanity's days are numbered.") This is what he found. » 7/23/13 6:40am 7/23/13 6:40am

Game of Thrones Season 3 recapped through hilarious infographics

It's been less than a week since the Game of Thrones third season finale, and everyone is still delivering their postmortems on everything from the role of power in the series to its uncomfortable racial themes. Vulture, on the other hand, has taken a goofier route, explaining Season Three through the blood magic of… » 6/15/13 8:00am 6/15/13 8:00am