Interactive map shows all the spots on Earth that have been…

If you want to see what the Golden Gate Bridge or the delta of the Nile looks like from space with the click of a mouse, head over to Our World From The ISS. This interactive map, created by Dave MacLean of the Centre of Geographic Sciences, collects the gorgeous photos tweeted by Chris Hadfield and Thomas H. Marshburn » 3/11/13 2:30pm 3/11/13 2:30pm

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,… » 12/21/12 8:30am 12/21/12 8:30am

At Last, Official Maps of George R.R. Martin's World, From Westeros to…

We've seen some amazing maps of the lands of Westeros and Essos, from George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. There are nifty maps in the front of every volume of Martin's series, but also fans have created detailed, stylized, spoilery and Easter Egg-filled cartographies. » 10/23/12 1:52pm 10/23/12 1:52pm

Explore the strange lands of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest with…

If you're one of those people who can't stop obsessing about David Foster Wallace's confounding, dense novel Infinite Jest — and quite right, too — then there's a brand new resource. William Beutler has created Infinite Atlas, an interactive guide to the version of Boston in Wallace's book, enabled by Google Maps and… » 9/05/12 7:30am 9/05/12 7:30am

A chart of every death in Breaking Bad that can be tied back to Walter…

Walter White's metamorphosis from a mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher into a lethal force of meth-slinging nature has been one of the most fascinating character transformations ever to unfold on screen. Now, in the wake of Breaking Bad's jarring (mid-season) finale, we're left to digest that transformation,… » 9/04/12 1:30pm 9/04/12 1:30pm

This gorgeous world map depicts all of Earth's hurricanes since 1851

Data visualization expert John Nelson likes to illustrate risk. Usually he focuses on individual events, but in recent months he's directed his design talents towards a series of bigger projects, in the interest of communicating information about "general geographic trends in existential risk." Translation: beautiful… » 8/23/12 8:25am 8/23/12 8:25am

Map Reveals That Wildfires Release As Much Energy As Nuclear Power…

If we've learned anything from the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado, it's that major wildfires are devastatingly powerful. They're so intense, in fact, that their energy output can actually be represented in terms of nuclear power plant output. Now, data visualization wizard John Nelson has done exactly that. » 7/17/12 3:17pm 7/17/12 3:17pm

A Luminescent Map of the World's Earthquakes Since 1898

You're looking at the latest work of John Nelson, who is becoming well known for combining natural-disaster data with brilliant visualizations. The Michigan-based designer first captured our attention with a series of fantastic maps of U.S. tornado data. Now, he's used his talents to chart a century's worth of… » 7/06/12 1:44pm 7/06/12 1:44pm

All 786 confirmed planets in one handy infographic

Leave it to XKCD to whip up an awesome exoplanet infographic [click to embiggen]. I'd petition for Randall Munroe to have it made into a purchasable poster, but at the rate NASA's Kepler Mission is discovering planets beyond our solar system, it wouldn't be long before he had to update it — with way, way more planets. » 6/20/12 1:40pm 6/20/12 1:40pm

This insanely sinister infographic illustrates the power of the world's…

On October 30, 1961, the Soviet Union conducted an atmospheric test of the 50-megaton Tsar Bomba (Russian for "Bomb King") nuclear weapon over the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. The ensuing detonation threw up a mushroom cloud 64 kilometers high and would've subjected anyone 100 kilometers away to… » 4/20/12 2:05pm 4/20/12 2:05pm

Behold xkcd's massive infographic comparing the depths of Earth's lakes…

Presumably prompted by James Cameron's journey to the Mariana Trench's Challenger Deep, xkcd cartoonist Randall Munroe has plotted out the varying depths of Earth's bodies of water to scale. You can see the full version of this map by clicking the lower-right corner of the above image or clicking here. » 4/09/12 3:45pm 4/09/12 3:45pm