Listen To Every Single Musical Genre, Ever

If you've ever wanted to hear the difference between traditional funk and Memphis soul, or understand where they fit in the context of more than 1300 musical genres, you might want to clear your schedule. An interactive project called Every Noise at Once is about to devour the rest of your day. » 3/27/15 1:00pm Friday 1:00pm

The Last 200 Years Of U.S. Immigration In One Chart

Just how much has the United States depended on immigrants to build itself throughout its history? This chart lays out the last few hundred years of the nation's immigration rates to show how pivotal it was. » 3/23/15 9:20am 3/23/15 9:20am

This Is What It Would Be Like To Dig To The Center Of The Earth

If you've ever encountered a sinkhole, dug a hole, or even just picked up an old Jules Verne novel, you've probably wondered idly what it might be like to travel to the earth's core. This interactive visualization lets you get a sense of the scale, without ever having to pick up a shovel. » 3/17/15 8:30am 3/17/15 8:30am

The Answer To One Question Shows How The U.S. Differs From The World

There's a single question you can ask that instantly reveals the differences between America and the rest of the world — and it's not about income, religion, lifestyle, or politics. » 3/16/15 9:45am 3/16/15 9:45am

The Sound of a War's End, Visualized

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… » 3/13/15 4:10pm 3/13/15 4:10pm

This Map Of A Week's Worth Of Global Shipping Traffic Is Mesmerizing

You order something, it ships, and a few days (and a few checks through package tracking) later it's at your doorstep. It's a relatively simple process — until you start looking at all the packages moving worldwide at once. And then that simple process becomes a vast, complicated, and even kind of beautiful, network. » 2/24/15 11:20am 2/24/15 11:20am

How The Most Common Job In Every State Has Changed In The Last 36 Years

The job market is an elusive, constantly shifting thing. Yet, for all that, as this map that takes us through the last 3 and a half decades of jobs in America shows, there are some fascinating patterns —and one clear choice for the single most common job in all of America right now. » 2/10/15 10:20am 2/10/15 10:20am

These Charts Show Which Foods Are Most Likely To Be Wasted

Wasting food is a problem all over the world, but are all kinds of foods equally likely to be wasted? The answer is no. Some foods are especially prone to it, while others are likely to be used much more carefully. Here are the world's most wasted common foods in helpful chart form. » 2/09/15 9:20am 2/09/15 9:20am

An Interactive Map Showing The Worst Commutes In America

There are few things that make as much of a day-to-day difference in our lives as the length of our commutes. Which is why this map, which lets you see which Americans are better or worse off in terms of commute times, is so interesting. Input your counties, America! And then begin your gloating/seething. » 2/06/15 8:40am 2/06/15 8:40am

A Disturbing Visualization That Shows Where Kids Aren't Being Immunized

For parents living in North America and other developed countries, the choice not to have children immunized is a luxury and a privilege. As this map makes painfully clear, there are many parts of the world where it's the inaccessibility of vaccines that's the problem. » 2/05/15 3:40pm 2/05/15 3:40pm

This Interactive Map Could Help Astronomers Solve A 92-Year-Old Mystery

Since 1922, astronomers have been baffled as to the precise origin and composition of the diffuse interstellar bands seen through the Milky Way's stellar medium. This new interactive map doesn't solve the mystery, but it shows us exactly where these enigmatic molecules reside. » 1/13/15 12:40pm 1/13/15 12:40pm

How Do Jackson's Lord of the Rings Characters Compare To Tolkien's?

When it comes to personality traits, how does J.R.R. Tolkien's Gandalf compare to Peter Jackson's movie version? An IBM researcher used the company's artificially intelligent Watson computer system to crunch the data and find out. » 12/26/14 12:00pm 12/26/14 12:00pm

A Chart Of When "Dirty" Words First Appeared In The English Language

English is rich with clinical, silly, and sometimes filthy words for our naughty bits and the things we do with them. But when did words like "fart," "prick," "spunk," and "moon" enter the English language? » 12/19/14 11:30am 12/19/14 11:30am

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

For 7,500 Years, We've Made Sculptures Out Of Data

Our desire to create 3D visualizations of data—for practical purposes, artistic expression or both—stretch back many millennia. Two experts in the field have created a stunning online archive of such physical artifacts from 5,500 BC to the present day, and beyond. » 12/18/14 1:30pm 12/18/14 1:30pm

The Complete History Of Earth In One Tidy Infographic

Graphic designer Juan David Martinez has captured our planet's entire 4.6-billion year history in this rather clever wheel-like chart. » 12/18/14 12:20pm 12/18/14 12:20pm

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

How A Zygote Becomes A Baby In One Incredible Animation

Science-visualization wunderkind Eleanor Lutz continues to raise the bar for animated infographics with her latest creation, a hypnotizing guide to embryonic development. » 12/17/14 11:40am 12/17/14 11:40am