Energy Drink Sales Are Insane, But They Won't Crush Coffee. Here's Why.

Here's some news to file under "dystopian future": Energy drink sales are skyrocketing so quickly that analysts are predicting it could replace coffee as America's preferred caffeine-delivery system. But there may yet be some light at the end of the caffeine-tunnel. » 3/26/14 1:53pm 3/26/14 1:53pm

Google Charts the History of Modern Music

Google recently began tracking its user's music uploads. What's it doing with that data? A number of things, to be sure, and here's one we like very much: Google Research has created a rich, multilayered, interactive chart of musical evolution by visualizing which albums from eras-gone-by remain in our music libraries… » 1/18/14 8:30am 1/18/14 8:30am

How long is the average PhD dissertation?

Though page number is obviously far less important than the content and quality of one's work, it is nevertheless very common for PhD candidates to obsess over the length of their theses. How many pages should it be? How long are other people's theses? Short answer: it varies. And by more than you may realize. » 7/15/13 8:00am 7/15/13 8:00am

This interactive travel map of the Roman Empire is like Oregon Trail

Ever wondered how long it would take to travel from Rome to Constantinople at the peak of the Roman Empire? Or from Luna to Larissa? Or Parma to Thessalonica? This map of the Roman World created at Stanford University is awesomely realistic — all the ancient transportation lines on it actually existed 2,000 years ago. » 1/17/13 6:40am 1/17/13 6:40am

Finally, proof that all movie trailers use the same color palette

The contrasting colors orange and blue appear together so often in movie posters and videogame box art as to inspire countless blog posts, tumblrs, and even their own entry on TV Tropes. Intrigued by the entertainment industry's orange/blue affinity, Edmund Helmer — a masters student studying statistics at Stanford —… » 1/16/13 9:20am 1/16/13 9:20am

Visualizing 5 years of traffic fatalities: what is the deadliest time…

Data visualization expert John Nelson uses graphic design to illustrate risk. In his latest infographic, he plots the perilousness of driving — something many of us will be doing a lot of in the coming weeks. Using traffic fatality data collected between 2006 and 2010, Nelson set out to look for daily, weekly, monthly, … » 12/21/12 8:30am 12/21/12 8:30am