Hypnotic xkcd animation compares the frequency of various events

Here's a mesmerizing piece of data porn that is sure to keep you staring at your screen. Randall Munroe of xkcd uses a series of GIFs to compare the frequencies of events from births, deaths, and heartbeats to the eruption of Old Faithful to someone in Denver ordering a pizza. » 2/17/14 1:20pm 2/17/14 1:20pm

6 P.M. is the most dangerous time of day to be a pedestrian

At least in the winter. As the days get longer, the risk tapers off slowly, or gets pushed back an hour or two, as you can see in this chart of pedestrian risk over time. But, it's not just a chart — it's also a map. » 1/28/14 9:30am 1/28/14 9:30am

An incredibly thorough analysis of how frequently words and characters …

It's terribly easy to get lost in Emil Johansson's Lord of the Rings Project, an extensive series of charts, maps, and genealogies analyzing J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth. His latest update to the project is a real treat: a statistical analysis of the appearance of words and characters in The Lord of the Rings, The… » 2/17/13 9:30am 2/17/13 9:30am

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Star Trek: The Next Generation on Blu-ray

At the end of the July, Star Trek fans get an extra special treat with the release of a high-definition transfer of the twenty-five episode first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Today at San Diego Comic-Con, we had the chance to see an extra-early peak at the restoration process performed on this historic… » 7/12/12 3:30pm 7/12/12 3:30pm

Artist transforms constipated Victorian photos into flamboyant scifi…

We've seen kaiju inserted into yard sale paintings and vampiric 1800s facsimiles of Nicolas Cage. In the spirit of such portraiture comes Alex Gross' series of science fiction cabinet cards, in which he takes poor dead bastards who kicked it 100+ years ago and repaints them as pop icons. Gross will be presenting a new… » 1/24/12 7:15pm 1/24/12 7:15pm

10 Ways Big Data is Creating the Science Fiction Future

Sometimes, it already seems like the websites you visit know more about you than you know about yourself — but this is just the beginning. Every day you're helping to generate masses more data, which computers are getting better and better at crunching. How long will it be before the predictive power of these systems… » 1/19/12 10:05am 1/19/12 10:05am

Will the internet become a new archaeological record?

The internet preserves unimaginable amounts of data, including huge amounts of minutiae describing people's everyday lives. So here's the question: is this information worth saving for future generations to study, or is this the sort of data that's best forgotten? » 5/02/11 2:25pm 5/02/11 2:25pm

Living Earth Simulator aims to predict everything that's happening on…

The Living Earth Simulator is quite possibly the most ambitious computer project ever undertaken. This all-encompassing simulation will collect all the data in the entire world, to predict everything from the next major disease outbreak to the next financial crisis. » 12/30/10 1:43pm 12/30/10 1:43pm