Stunning map visualization shows every nuclear detonation since 1945

The nuclear bomb, that devastatingly powerful world killer of a weapon, has been around for 70 years. The first nuclear bomb—Trinity—was detonated in a test in New Mexico in 1945, a month later the US Army dropped nukes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the world was never the same. Here’s an interesting visualization… »8/11/15 10:00am8/11/15 10:00am


This is what London's skyline could look like in 20 years

With more than 200 towers of heights 20 stories or greater planned to be built in London over the next 20 years, the UK's capital city is in for some big visual changes. Architectural visualization firm Hayes Davidson places those planned towers over a current image of London to imagine the future shape of London's… »2/04/14 12:40pm2/04/14 12:40pm

Incredible video shows how 100 years of shipping changed the world from 1750-1850

The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are sometimes called the "age of transition" because the world was moving toward a global economy. This was in large part due to the widespread availability of intercontinental travel and warfare using massive sea vessels. It was the era when European powers took to the seas… »4/16/12 1:27pm4/16/12 1:27pm

Watch the ocean currents turn the Earth into a living Van Gogh

Who knew that our ocean currents were constantly painting Van Gogh's Starry Night across the planet? This visualization, created by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, captures the surface currents that danced and twisted across Earth's oceans from June 2005 through Decmeber 2007 while… »3/25/12 1:00pm3/25/12 1:00pm

10 Images That Changed the Course of Science (And One That Is About To)

One image can change the way we see the world, especially in science. From photographs of movement that's too fast for the human eye to perceive, to atomic force microscope images of atomic bonds, pictures created by new technologies have often catalyzed scientific discovery. More than tools of discovery, though,… »12/29/11 1:00pm12/29/11 1:00pm

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 3:50pm2/15/08 3:50pm