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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

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

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 12:50pm2/15/08 12:50pm