A Vintage Chart Of UFO Sightings From Around The World

From the collection of the National Archives UK, this awesomely simple chart was drawn in 1969. Some of them look like classic scifi interpretations of flying saucers ... but we also see some hubcaps and hats in there, too. » 2/21/15 8:30am 2/21/15 8:30am

Charts Show When We're At Our Most Miserable During the Year

Our moods ebb and flow with the seasons. They also change quite dramatically over the course of a single week. These visualizations show exactly when we can expect to be depressed, anxious, and stressed. » 12/04/14 3:30pm 12/04/14 3:30pm

These Simple Tips Will Make Your Science Visualizations Rock

There are so many, many ways to graphically convey scientific data. But depending on how this information is presented, it can be perceived differently by different people — if not completely inaccurately. Here are 10 simple rules to help you convey your data more effectively. » 9/12/14 8:00am 9/12/14 8:00am

The Most (And Least) Obscure Hit Songs Of The Last 114 Years, Graphed

It's not often that you get the chance to say, "You probably won't know this song, it's pretty obscure" about a hit song. Now, thanks to this graph, you can. » 7/23/14 1:00pm 7/23/14 1:00pm

Why It's So Hard To LIsten To A Song All The Way Through, In Graphs

You're almost exactly as likely to skip a song while streaming music as you are to listen to the whole thing. This series of graphs explains what it is that makes it so hard to listen to a song through the end. » 5/09/14 9:40am 5/09/14 9:40am

What's Your Risk Of Being Murdered? Find Out With A Game Of Darts.

The Economist brought interactive datavisualization to its print edition this week with an unsettling infographic on Honduran murder rates. » 4/26/14 1:00pm 4/26/14 1:00pm

Need A Scorecard For All The Game Of Thrones Characters? Here It Is

Struggling to remember the affiliations of all the different characters on Game of Thrones and whether they're still alive? This massive chart keeps track of who is who on the show and what their current status is. » 4/09/14 1:30pm 4/09/14 1:30pm

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

Kepler's Latest Exoplanet Hoard, Graphed

Here's some impressive planetary perspective: Last Wednesday, NASA's Kepler mission announced the discovery of 715 newly confirmed exoplanets, nearly doubling the total number of verified planets beyond our solar system. This animated graph, courtesy of NASA, helps put that discovery into context. » 3/02/14 1:00pm 3/02/14 1:00pm

Visualizing the most unisex names in U.S. history

Trendy names come and go, and so too do those androgynous names that work just as well for both girls and boys. Check out this gorgeous data visualization to see how our acceptance of these gender-neutral names have changed over the course of the past 100 years. » 9/25/13 9:40am 9/25/13 9:40am

So... the popularity graph for the name "Bruce" looks just like Batman

This is excellent. Last night a friend sent us this post by redditor TheIndieArmy, who observes that "the popularity graph for the name Bruce looks awfully familiar." » 2/12/13 9:40am 2/12/13 9:40am

What if Cake Was More Rational?

Sick of looking at an iced cake and wondering what could be inside? I-cakes, one of the innovative products designed by artist Marti Guixé, are for you. The inside is delicious cake. The outside is a pie chart indicating what ingredients are inside. » 3/30/12 12:40pm 3/30/12 12:40pm

What does anger look like? Creepy, ghostly stick figures

Anger carries a lot of baggage. Musical tones, color schemes, physical sensations, and words can all convey this emotion, and the pictures above are compilations of people's feelings of rage. » 3/20/12 12:45pm 3/20/12 12:45pm

The Definitive Graph of All of Primer's Intersecting Timelines

Still confused by the twists and turns inside Shane Carruth's time traveling indie Primer? Never fear, someone has finally made the ultimate guide to Abe's wild time-traveling ride. Behold the world's most complicated time travel movie, solved. (Sort of.) » 10/06/11 7:40am 10/06/11 7:40am

Discover which apocalyptic nightmare is right for you in this flowchart

Which apocalyptic scenario are you most likely to survive? Check out this handy flowchart that dictates which end of the world is right for you, based on brain flavor, Facebook tolerance and bird hatred. » 1/21/11 9:47am 1/21/11 9:47am

Five webcomics to read while xkcd is on hiatus

Due to a family illness, Randall Munroe announced that we won't be seeing regular installments of his popular webcomic xkcd. We wish Munroe and his family the best, but in the meantime, what's a math-loving webcomic reader to do? » 11/20/10 9:00am 11/20/10 9:00am