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A beautiful infographic journey: The Lexicon of Sustainability

This is just a peek (click to enlarge).

The site is well worth exploring, not only for the sustainability content, but also for elegant and careful typography and graphics. You can suggest your own keywords, too.

via @Explorer

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From NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio.

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This is beautiful! And it moves!! And you can zoom!!!

Wind Map by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg at Hint.fm


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Among this year’s participants of #scio12 is Usha Lee McFarling. She is one of the authors of Altered Oceans: A Five-Part Series on the Crisis in the Seas (with Kenneth R. Weiss, photography and video by Rick Loomis. 2006. Los Angeles Times), which is a truly impressive piece of multimedia storytelling, and for which she won a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2007.

Unfortunately, the oceans haven’t improved since 2006.

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It may look like some sort of planetary map, but in fact it is a visualisation of genome data:


Genome Valence: A visual representation of the algorithm (called BLAST) most commonly used for genome searches (by Ben Fry)


It is pretty impressive as a still, but as I understand it the original even moves. Will have to take a look at Ang Lee’s “Hulk” to see that, I guess.


Its creator Ben Fry describes it like this:

This piece is part of a larger body of research into how to build visual constructions of very large amounts of data, in particular genomic information. The works range from practical tools to conceptual works for alternative methods for viewing data.
Valence originated as a project for my master’s thesis which focussed on using properties of organic systems as a method for dealing with large amounts of data from dynamic sources.

More infographics by Ben Fry and his colleagues.


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Irene Goede illustriert (unter anderem) einmal in der Woche die Kinderseite in der niederländischen Tageszeitung NRC Handelsblad.

Oft geht es dabei auch um wissenschaftliche Themen – zum Beispiel wie Robben nur mit ihren Barthaaren den dicksten Fisch erkennen. Mir gefällt ihre Umsetzung für Kinder – spielerisch und anschaulich, und trotzdem auf den Punkt.

Das Experiment aus Sicht der Wissenschaftler:

Und bei Irene Goede:



Mehr Illustrationen gibt es hier.

via @lucasbrouwers

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There are many visualizations of the positions of man-made objects in orbit. This one is clear and simple. I like that.

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With registrations open these days for Science Online 2012, I created a Wordle from the preliminary program:

Ready to register?



Inspired by @Comprendia‘s Twitter-clouds today

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Careful analysis by Annalee Newitz at io9:

Is there really a connection between zombie movies and social unrest? We decided to do some research and find out. The result? We’ve got a line graph showing the number of zombie movies coming out in the West each year since 1910 — and there are definite spikes during certain years, which always seem to happen eerily close to historical events involving war or social upheaval […]

You can see that most of these spikes in zombie popularity do seem weirdly close to periods of historical trauma like wars or the AIDS epidemic. Is there a causal connection, or is it just coincidence?

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A while ago, Wired published a collection of fascinating science visualization videos.
This is one example: The Explosion of Type Ia Supernovae From Multiple Ignition Points

Type Ia supernovae are thought to be white dwarf stars in binary systems that explode due to a thermonuclear runaway. This movie shows a simulation of Type Ia supernovae exploding from multiple ignition points. When the hot ash breaks through the surface of the star, it spreads rapidly across the stellar surface, converges at the opposite point and produces a jet-like flow that triggers a detonation. The simulation shows that multiple ignition points generate more nuclear burning and produce more expansion of the star than a single ignition point. As a result, less radioactive nickel is produced during the detonation phase, and the explosion is less luminous.

Video: DOE SciDAC Program/Brad Gallagher, George Jordan, Dean Townsley, Robert Fisher, Nathan Hearn, Jim Truan and Don Lamb

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