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The Ultimate Map Of Literature’s Great American Road Trips

It’s late July, and if you haven’t already planned your summer vacation, might we suggest taking a cross-country road-trip? The sort of classic American holiday immortalized in novels ranging from Jack Kerouac’s <i>On The Road</i> and Ken Kesey’s <i>The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test</i> to Mark Twain’s <i>Roughing It</i> …

'Steampunk' Infographics Beautifully Combine Past and Present

When information graphics designers look to the past for inspiration, the results say a lot about information visualization today.<p>When industrial designers connect iPhones to Victrola horns and turn manual typewriters into bluetooth keyboards, we call it “steampunk,” a genre that combines modern …

Data Visualization

Mind-Bending Landscapes and Unimaginable Creatures by Surrealist Painter Jacek Yerka

<b>Surrealist painter Jacek Yerka creates unique artworks based on allegories and symbols.</b> Flying houses and buildings, colorful gardens, trees and …

TextAtlas

The materials shown on this page are copyright protected by<br>their authors and/or respective institutions.<p>TextAtlas<p>Author(s): <br>Dimitry …

Data Visualization

Listen to Wikipedia

The materials shown on this page are copyright protected by<br>their authors and/or respective institutions.<p>Listen to Wikipedia<p>Author(s): <br>Stephen …

Data Visualization

CMAP Mobility

Transportation

An Incredibly Detailed Map of Europe's Population Shifts

The map provides a level of detail previously unavailable. It is the first ever to collect data published by all of Europe’s municipalities.<p>Since the turn of the millennium, Europe has been undergoing some pretty intense demographic change. Just how intense—and intricate—this change has been is …

The Internet of Things, Data Science and Big Data

Internet of Things (IOT): equipping all physical and organic things in the world with identifying intelligent devices allowing the near real-time …

Internet of Things

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The Life Cycle Of Ideas

How scientific concepts rise and fall<p>Every scientific idea has its day. Theories are born and experiments are designed; results are put to the test, then disproved or accepted as canon. As scientists discuss an idea, they cite the paper that proposed it in their own work. Then, as the conversation …

15 Charts, Graphs, And Maps That Will Shape The Future Of Information

The latest, greatest data visualizations<p>We are awash with data, and it keeps piling up: Some analysts estimate the amount of digital information in the world now doubles every two years. The growing tidal wave will require automation—a shift some have called the Industrial Revolution of data—to …

18th Century shipping mapped using 21st Century technology

James Cheshire of Spatial Analysis has visualised British, Dutch and Spanish historical shipping records to produce maps of 18th Century shipping trade routes<p>Last month we looked at an example of an old mapping style being applied to modern data. This time it's the other way round. James Cheshire, …

Data Stories #47: Moritz and Enrico on Books, Data Literacy, Their Projects, Etc.

[We are now sponsored by Qlik. You can download it for free here]Hi Folks,This is some kind of new experiment: it’s just us, Enrico and Moritz, on …

Data Visualization

This 51,000-Ton Cargo Ship Was Deliberately Run Aground

This gigantic car transporter has been run aground—on purpose—after it began to list just off the coast of the UK. It weighs 51,000 tons, is laden …

Data Stories #45: With Nicholas Felton

Happy new year, everyone!We start 2015 with a bang, and have Nicholas Felton on the show. We talk about his personal annual reports, typography, …

Tableau Software

7 of the Craziest Predictions for the Future, From the Past

Back in 1992, in a special issue of TIME devoted to predicting what to expect in the new millennium, writer Lance Morrow waxed philosophical about …

Nikola Tesla

Magna Carta: the things you didn't know

800 years ago, Magna Carta was granted and in 2015 the reunited copies are on display. Here's the story of the seminal document<p>This will be the year of Magna Carta. It is a year rich in historical anniversaries, including those of the battles of Agincourt (1415) and Waterloo (1815). But it is the …

A brief history of web design for designers. Explained with animations

My interest in coding my designs was lost at the the moment I realized how much trickery had to be done to make it happen. Seemingly simple issues …

CNN's #AskACop hashtag backfires, elicits brutal responses

A hashtag about asking police officers questions for a CNN panel turned extremely negative almost as soon as it was posted Tuesday.<p>#AskACop was meant to be used by viewers who wanted to tweet questions to officers for the town hall segment "Cops Under Fire," hosted by Don Lemon.<p>There was an …

Eric Garner

RapidMiner Adds Streams To Bring Real Time To Its Big Data Processing

RapidMiner announced their new Streams service today to enable customers to capture streams of data and process it in real time. RapidMiner president Michele Chambers explained this could be particularly useful when it comes to capturing and processing Internet of Things or industrial sensor data …

Remembering Ralph Baer, the inventor of home video games

I lost a friend this month.<p>I first got to know Ralph Baer a little over seven years ago when he reached out to us at The Strong to see if we might be interested in preserving materials documenting his lifework. We, of course, were interested — after all, he was a legend, the man who patented the …

How to Fool a Computer with Optical Illusions

New research highlights the distinction between how artificial intelligence sees and how it knows what it's looking at.<p>Computers, like people, understand what they see in the world based on what they've seen before.<p>And computer brains have become really, really good at being able to identify all …

In the digital age, the humanities can afford to go on the offensive

Humans, as a species, are around 200,000 years old. Compared to the age of the universe we’re clearly infants but compared to the internet, we’re …

Humanities

30 Beautifully Designed Sites Using Horizontal or Vertical Infinite Scrolling

<b>Infinite scrolling</b> is the means to prevent users having to click on <i>‘next page’</i> buttons. In this round-up we are also featuring those sites where the …

Web Design

The Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2014

After the year’s best reads in science, children’s books, psychology and philosophy, and art, design, and photography, here come the finest memoirs, biographies, and history books of the year — our most inviting bridge between past and present, personal and universal.<p>1. A LIFE WORTH LIVING<p><i>“To</i> …

Jason Collett’s Basement Revue is as ambitious as ever. Can a cult curiosity become a mainstream hit?

<b>The Basement Revue, the intimate annual series combining literature and music, is about to stage its biggest incarnation ever. But can the celebrated artistic forum successfully cross over?</b><p>Jason Collett listens from behind the stage during the Basement Revue at the Dakota Tavern in Toronto on …

Joseph Boyden

Readers' 10 best books of 2014

These are the books our readers picked as the best of 2014 – from searing polemic to stunning fiction and a story of very intimate science<p>But which book did you enjoy most this year, regardless of publication date? Discuss it here Writers and critics pick the best books of 2014<p>We asked you to …

The Many Faces of ‘Chuck Close: Photographer’ (PHOTOS)

In Colin Westerbeck’s new photobook, an up-close look at the decades of work from the extraordinary portrait artist.<p>Chuck Close, courtesy of Pace …