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Statistics crash course

Odds are if you’re reading this, you know what statistics is already, but if not (or you want to explain to someone else), Crash Course just started a series to explain the basics. Watch below. Tags: learning, video

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A Day in North Korean Airspace

While looking for some North Korean flight data, I stumbled upon this visualization of the isolated country’s national airspace. It shows hundreds of flights in and around South Korea and Japan — but only a handful traveling to or through North Korea. Fascinating.

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Social network of Earth’s plants and animals

Plants and animals interact with each other to stay alive, which in turn forms complex systems. I think the Lion King covers the system simplistically in song-form at the beginning of the movie, but that doesn't cut it when trying to predict the effects of things like climate. Jianxi Gao, Baruch Barzel, and Albert-László Barabási study the complexities of nature's network in greater detail. Mauro Martino helps explain the work...

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The Fallen of World War II

I don’t think most people realize how many Russians died during WWII and how that defined the rest of the 20th century. The below videographic tells the entire WWII story in detail.

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Where the checked luggage goes

Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam put a camera on a piece of checked luggage and recorded the winding path of conveyer belts and luggage lifts. It's like a scene straight out of a cartoon. x Be sure to check out the 360 version too. It's the same route as above but you can click and drag to see all around as the luggage moves through. [via Laughing Squid] Tags: airport, luggage,...

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Seagull skytrails

Watch one bird fly around, and it's hard to make out its flight pattern. Time shift multiple copies of that bird, creating an echo effect, and it's easy. Parker Paul did this with seagulls flapping around at the beach and After Effects. Watch below: We saw a similar technique used back in 2010 to show airplanes flying in and out of the airport. My favorite use is still the human...

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