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A view from the Moon’s south pole

NASA Goddard visualized the point of view from the south pole of the Moon, based on years of data collection to map the Moon’s surface. The result is a data-based time-lapse that shows Earth moving up and down and long shadows because the run shines at a low angle. It’s a neat contrast to what we see from Earth and makes me wonder what other points of view there are....

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Treemap tour of political donations

The Digital Story Innovation Team for ABC News in Australia looked at political donations from the gambling industry. The piece goes all-in with treemaps in a scrollytelling format to show categories and individual donations. It starts with an individual point and keeps zooming out more and more. Then when you think it’s done, it zooms out more. Tags: ABC News, contributions, politics, scrollytelling

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How the Longest Running Shows Rated Over Episodes

Most television shows don't get past the first season, but there are some that manage to stick around. These are the 175 longest running shows on IMDb that have ratings.Read More

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✚ Keep Them Separated – The Process 161

Welcome to issue #161 of The Process, the newsletter for FlowingData members on how the charts get made. I’m Nathan Yau, and this week, I’m thinking about visualization that tries to do too much in a single view — when it’d be better to implement, communicate, and understand separated views. Become a member for access to this — plus tutorials, courses, and guides.

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Simulating how just a little gender bias in the workplace can lead to big effects up the chain

Yuhao Du, Jessica Nordell, and Kenneth Joseph used simulations to study the effects of small gender biases at entry level up to executive level. It doesn’t take much to skew the distribution. For NYT Opinion, Yaryna Serkez shows the simulation in action with moving bubbles and stacked area charts for each work level. The simulation imagines a company where female performance is undervalued by 3 percent. Each dot represents an...

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How the 3-point line changed basketball

Vox shows how the 3-point line is “breaking” the game. The basic math says a 3-point shot is more efficient for scoring points than a 2-point shot if the team can make a high enough percentage of attempts. It’s why the mid-range shot has fallen out of favor. But it’s more an evolution than a breaking. Defense adapts, and then offense adjusts to that, etc. Stephen Curry making double-digit threes...

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The gift of small edits and subtraction

While making the chart on fertility rates (link), I came across a problem that pops up quite often, and is  ignored by most software programs. Here is an earlier version of the chart I later discarded: Compare this to the version I published in the blog post: Aside from adding the chart title, there is one major change. I removed the empty plots from the grid. This is a visualization...

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Possible cheating seen in a scatterplot

When plotting Russian election results, a structured grid patterns appear. From The Economist: When Dmitry Kobak and Sergey Shpilkin, two researchers, analysed the results, they found that an unusually high number of turnout and vote-share results were multiples of five (eg, 50%, 55%, 60%), a tell-tale sign of manipulation. According to Messrs Kobak and Shpilkin, there were at least 1,310 polling stations (out of 96,325) with results that were suspiciously...

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A data visualization magazine

Nightingale is a publication from Data Visualization Society that offers more depth for many topics in the field of visualization. They’re working on a print magazine of the same name. Subscribed. Tags: magazine

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Scientists with bad data

Tim Harford warns against bad data in science: Some frauds seem comical. In the 1970s, a researcher named William Summerlin claimed to have found a way to prevent skin grafts from being rejected by the recipient. He demonstrated his results by showing a white mouse with a dark patch of fur, apparently a graft from a black mouse. It transpired that the dark patch had been coloured with a felt-tip...

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