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Every meteorite since 861 AD: watch them fall

From Nogata to Chelyabinsk. [more inside]
posted by Gilgongo on May 8, 2013 - 16 comments

Big (and small) Numbers

FatFonts creates numerical fonts where the amount of ink/pixels for each number is in direct proportion to its value.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on May 14, 2012 - 23 comments

3DEverywhere

WebGL, the 3D technology that's associated with HTML5, continues to make giant strides in diverse areas:

  • Exploration of human anatomy: Zygote Body, released yesterday, and BioDigital Human, the successors to Google Body (previously)
  • World Visualisation: WebGL Earth, Nokia's 3D Map of the entire earth (previously). WorldWeather and The WebGL Globe, a Google project that displays all kinds of data. Also: Where Does My Tweet Go?
  • Games: browser ports of Team Fortess 2, Quake 3 and Rage (a developer’s diary). SkidRacer, an entire game in WebGL. Mini Mass Effect (not yet playable, sadly).
  • Musicals: Lights.
  • Tools: 3Notes.js, a visual scene editor. Developer documentation. More resources.

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    posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Mar 28, 2012 - 27 comments

    PLoS Impact Explorer

    The PLoS Impact Explorer visualises which papers in the Open Access PLoS family of journals are making an impact online.
    posted by alby on Nov 18, 2011 - 20 comments

    The c, the c!

    Here is a nice wee video that visualises special relativity; not by imagining the viewer to be travelling very fast, but rather by imagining the speed of light to be very slow. The creators of the code used to generate the images in the video have a rather accessible paper explaining the physics behind it here, and a page full of other lovely relativistic odds and sods here.
    posted by Dim Siawns on Oct 24, 2011 - 15 comments

    Tweeting Bin Ladens Death

    How the news spread via twitter Interesting visualisation of tweets of Bin Ladens demise. "...the Tweet by Rumsfeld chief of staff Keith Urbahn that got the ball rolling was retweeted more than 80 times within one minute after it was sent, and that by the 3-minute mark, it had led to more than 300 reactions"
    posted by marienbad on May 8, 2011 - 22 comments

    NSFE (Not Safe For Electrosensitives)

    Unless you are in an extremely remote location, your environment is likely filled with an invisible mesh of dozens of wireless signals, silently communicating. What would you see if that electronic aether was made visible? Some attempts to do just that: lightpainting the “electronic terrain” of WiFi in Oslo, “Immaterials”, visualizing the volume and shape of RFID signals, and a delightful little Rube Goldberg-esque film of devices and objects influencing each other in a chain reaction of nearfield wireless communication. Also: Wireless in the World and its sequel, along with Magnetic Movie.
    posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Mar 5, 2011 - 18 comments

    Information Is Soil

    Jer Thorp is the New York Times' current Data Artist in Residence. He creates information-rich animations, most recently of the latest Kepler candidate extrasolar planets [previously]; also a global render of people's uses of Twitter.

    Lee Byron is a designer, artist, and biker: his work includes visualisations of Facebook breakups over the course of a year and Hollywood box office revenues, 1986 - 2008.

    David McCandless is an "information journalist"; his blog, InformationisBeautiful.net, has been linked to plenty of times on the blue, but you might enjoy this overview of his work and others at TED. Similarly, Hans Rosling, also mentioned previously. [more inside]
    posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Feb 10, 2011 - 6 comments

    A Day In The Life

    One Day On Earth - a vast repository of video captured from lexperiences around the world on the 10th of October, 2010.
    A Day Of The World’s Air Traffic - visualisation of the world's air traffic in a single day in 2008. (Original source, in German, previously.)
    A Day In The Life Of Social Media. [more inside]
    posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Jan 21, 2011 - 6 comments

    Hans Rosling on global population growth

    Hans Rosling, who helped usher in TED talks way back when using stunning visuals, envisions how the world will look in 50 years as global population grows to 9 billion. To check further population growth, which might have disastrous consequences, he exhorts us to raise the living standards of the poorest. [more inside]
    posted by kliuless on Jul 11, 2010 - 14 comments

    Do you reason with the grue? Turn to page 19.

    Beautiful data visualisations of the original Choose Your Own Adventure stories. A project by Christian Swinehart.
    posted by creeky on Nov 11, 2009 - 36 comments

    Mountains Made Of News

    The IDIOM Media Watch on Climate Change aggregates web content from 150 sources, accessible in the form of semantic maps, on which the topology of the Earth is redrawn as mountains and valleys according to the density of available information, or a three-dimensional 'knowledge planet' viewable in NASA World Wind. [Via Information Aesthetics.]
    posted by jack_mo on Jul 7, 2007 - 5 comments

    What about that Mothership thing?

    Torrent Raiders is a dynamic network visualization realized through the idioms and aesthetics of arcade-style video games. Driven in real-time by the activity of bit torrent swarms, Torrent Raiders takes place on the ad-hoc networks created by bit torrent users.
    posted by Dave Faris on Jun 9, 2007 - 13 comments

    Display your typing and editing

    dlog is a new document visualization system that attempts to show writing not as a static document but a progression of frames over time. I find the suspense of the process mesmerising/delightful. I'm surprised it hasn't been trashed.
    posted by tellurian on Feb 13, 2007 - 30 comments

    The World

    The World: processed, metered, distorted, littered with icons, or just floating there in front of you. [java, flash, all that jazz]
    posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Jul 17, 2006 - 16 comments

    On Bots

    On Bots - results of a year long experiment on search engine bot behaviour
    posted by MetaMonkey on Jun 2, 2006 - 15 comments

    Inexcusably borderline linkage - Use chemicals

    The MilkDrop visualisation now comes by default with Time Warner's Winamp, and is the greatest thing ever.
    posted by Pretty_Generic on Nov 29, 2004 - 34 comments

    The World Is Numbers

    Explorations of computation: the world is numbers, and the divine a mathematician. Maybe. [Flash, Javascript]
    posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Jul 30, 2004 - 5 comments

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