NASA Celebrates Anniversary Of Earth Observing System With Amazing GIFs

In December 1999, NASA launched the Terra satellite to collect climate data. It would be the first spacecraft in a fleet of 18 Earth-observing satellites that, over the last 15 years, have opened up a new era of exploration of our home planet. To celebrate, the space agency has compiled some of its most stunning gifs. » 12/19/14 6:40am 12/19/14 6:40am

The Most Commonly Used Words In Billboard Pop Song Titles, By Decade

Over at Prooffreader, data nerd extraordinaire David Taylor has charted the most-used words from pop song titles by decade, from 1890 (which, who even knew Billboard rankings have existed since the 19th Century?) to present. The most common words from the 2010s? "Hell," "Yeah," "We," "Fuck," and "Die." Sounds about… » 12/17/14 3:20pm 12/17/14 3:20pm

Customized Periodic Tables Of Tattoo Ink, Song Lyrics and Star Trek

At Claremont McKenna college, chemistry professor Babak Sanii and his students have created an online tool that allows users to create "Elemental Cardograms" — periodic tables where the area of each element is made larger or smaller to reflect the chemical composition of specific items, ranging from tattoo ink to corn. » 12/01/14 9:20am 12/01/14 9:20am