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Interactive map shows all the spots on Earth that have been photographed from the ISS

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 2:30pm3/11/13 2:30pm

Visualizing 5 years of traffic fatalities: what is the deadliest time to drive?

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 8:30am12/21/12 8:30am

Explore the strange lands of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest with a new map and interactive atlas!

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 7:30am9/05/12 7:30am

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

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 1:30pm9/04/12 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 8:25am8/23/12 8:25am

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

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 3:17pm7/17/12 3:17pm

This insanely sinister infographic illustrates the power of the world's strongest nuke

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 2:05pm4/20/12 2:05pm

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

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 3:45pm4/09/12 3:45pm