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, monthly, … » 12/21/12 8:30am 12/21/12 8:30am

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

Play with all 786 confirmed planets in one interactive infographic!

Remember a few weeks ago when XKCD put out that killer infographic depicting all 786 of our galaxy's confirmed exoplanets in one convenient visualization? Well, thanks to some data from Planetary Habitability Laboratory and some handy codework by Lane Harrison, that infographic just got even cooler. » 7/30/12 4:00pm 7/30/12 4:00pm

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

Tweets of the words "beer" and "church" by U.S. county

It's Friday. For many people the weekend will bring two things: Sunday services and late-night booze-fests. Which does your corner of the country hold most dear? » 7/06/12 8:15am 7/06/12 8:15am

, a visualization of America's devotion to piety and alcohol, 140-characters at a time. Up next: analysis (). Floatingsheep's Monica Stephens runs us…

Computers That Can Predict Explosions and Bore into Your Skull

Chris Johnson is a master of representing 3D scientific information related to air currents, heat, and the physics of light. In other words, he creates highly-accurate virtual explosions like the one you see above breaking out of a container. At the AAAS conference today, he gave a presentation about the latest cool… » 2/15/08 12:50pm 2/15/08 12:50pm