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Economics of airline class

Wendover Productions explains basic economics of airline classes. The passengers in first class and business, assuming seats are occupied, make much more for airlines than the economy class. Sounds familiar. Tags: flights, money

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Conflicted public opinion about global warming

Based on estimates from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, The New York Times mapped the percentage of people who think global warming will harm the country against the percentage of people who think it will harm them personally. It’s a big contrast. Almost opposites, which is a big source of why action is so slow-moving. Check out the Yale interactive too to see more contrasting opinions. Tags: global...

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Simulation shows how your mouth works when you talk

You have a mouth with a bunch of tissue in it and manipulate your tongue, lips, throat, and other pieces so that somehow words come out. A lot of variables figure in, which can make the whole process of talking a complex process. Neil Thapen makes it more understandable with a fun simulator he calls Pink Trombone. Turn your sound on, and click and drag any of the words to...

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“How Americans Think About Climate Change, In Six Maps”

Source: Nytimes Americans want to restrict carbon emissions from coal power plants. The White House and Congress may do the opposite. A majority of adults in every congressional district in the nation support limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. Read more at: www.nytimes.com

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Your charts need the gift of purpose

Via Twitter, I received this chart: My readers are nailing it when it comes to finding charts that deserve close study. On Twitter, the conversation revolved around the inversion of the horizontal axis. Favorability is associated with positive numbers, and unfavorability with negative numbers, and so, it seems the natural ordering should be to place Favorable on the right and Unfavorable on the left. Ordinarily, I'd have a problem with...

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Shifting national budget

The Washington Post looks at the shifting national budget over the past 40 years. Be sure to keep scrolling past the first overall to see the funding for departments separately. The consistent vertical scale works well. Tags: budget, government, Washington Post

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“These 80 Programs Would Lose Federal Funding Under Trump’s Proposed Budget”

Source: Bloomberg.com Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world. Read more at: www.bloomberg.com

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When Americans Lost Their Virginity

Everyone has his or her own timeline, but here it is in general for Americans. Read More

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“Purple America Has All But Disappeared”

Source: FiveThirtyEight President Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton was among the narrowest in history, and the country is deeply split on his job performance so far. But if you feel like you hardly know anyone who disagrees with you about Trump, you’re not alone: Chances are the election was a landslide in your backyard. Read more at: fivethirtyeight.com

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Penrose map binning

Cartographer Daniel Huffman tried out Penrose tiling for binning in maps: A Penrose tiling is a form of tessellation. It’s fun and unique in that it fills the entire plane, but has no repeats. Wikipedia has more detail about how these things are cool. Mostly, I thought of them because they look interesting and are sort of regular, without being too regular. He recently came back to the method to look...

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