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This video from Xperia Studio very effectively conveys how data visualization can both leverage and challenge our conceptions of “reality.” The night sky we’ve seen since childhood, like everything else we see, is just a tiny slice of the spectrum – only what we can perceive with our limited physiology. An app that lets us…

Nick’s Luncheonette Randy Hage Via the eye-candy blog How to Be a Retronaut (thanks Miles for first sending me a link there), the painstakingly accurate miniature Manhattan streetscapes of LA artist Randy Hage are half-toy, half-historical document – a wonder cabinet of urban curiosities. Hage’s overarching goal is to preserve rapidly disappearing streetscapes. As he…

Via Alexis Madrigal’s Mississippi explainer at the Atlantic, this beautiful map of the Mississippi’s historic meanderings is like a carelessly draped cluster of silk ribbons. Madrigal says, If the Mississippi were allowed to do what it wanted, what is now the Atchafalaya River would become the new ending of the Mississippi. Again, in a purely…

If you haven’t already seen the Photopic Sky Survey, you really should. Nick Risinger toured the world’s least light-polluted sites to photograph and stitch together this 37,440 exposure, 5000 megapixel image of the night sky. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever appreciated the sheer number of stars out there as much as I did this…

I get mail with wonderful links in it, but I’m hard pressed to find the time to post them, so my apologizes to those who’ve sent me things and not heard back. I’m beyond swamped. In the meantime, perhaps you’ll enjoy these two nontraditional takes on “mapping.” First up, map as music (or is it…

Observatory is hosting another great event tonight: From Heumann Heilmittel, “Eine Reise durch den menschlichen K├Ârper” (1941) Body Voyaging: an illustrated lecture with Kristen Ann Ehrenberger Date: TONIGHT, Monday, January 17th Time: 8:00 PM Admission: $5 Presented by Morbid Anatomy We human beings have a seemingly insatiable desire to experience the bodies underneath our skins.…

Knight Fellow Geoff McGhee created this polished video documentary series about how data visualization is infiltrating and transforming journalism. Interviews with Many Eyes creators Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg, Amanda Cox of the New York Times, and other dataviz luminaries are coupled with bios and links to further information, some history of visualization techniques, industry…

Der Mensch als Industriepalast [Man as Industrial Palace] from Henning Lederer on Vimeo. So awesome! Fritz Kahn’s poster reimagined as an animation by Henning Lederer. Via Bora.

Somebody in charge of pulling flickr illustrations for Wired’s website has a good eye – they used this photo by Stephen Hampshire. A quick visit to flickr, and it turns out the photo is of Hampshire’s homemade version of a DIY project originally described by Neil Fraser: a wooden cube brain map/puzzle. Fraser summarized his…

*That’s the Amazon rainforest – not Amazon.com! Check out this interview from MAKE with Google’s Rebecca Moore, who helped an Amazon chief use Google Earth to fight illegal logging.