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Objects in space headed towards Earth

NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies tracks large objects, such as asteroids, that have passed Earth or are headed towards it. Reuters visualized the nearest objects in the database. The graphic starts at Earth’s surface, and you get farther away as you scroll down. Speed is plotted on the horizontal, symbols are scaled by the object’s minimum...

Wonders of Google Street View

You know those funny or weird screenshots from Google Street View that enter your feed every now and then? Sometimes there’s an odd-looking building or a person in a puzzling situation. Neal Agarwal put those in one place so that you can randomly find find yourself in the Wonders of Street View. That is a big chair. Tags: Google Streetview, Neal Agarwal,...

✚ Eggtastic Graph

Welcome to issue #224 of The Process, where we look closer at how the charts get made. I’m Nathan Yau, and this week I’m reminded to not treat every data graphic like a precious, delicate flower to be held ever go gently because of its small but ever so important petals. Become a member for access to this — plus tutorials, courses, and guides.

Sankey diagrams to show change in opinion

For Bloomberg, Joe Mayes, Andre Tartar, and Demetrios Pogkas show shifts in public opinion in the UK, based on Bloomberg UK’s Levelling Up Scorecard. I’m into the gradients to show the opinion switches within groups. Tags: Bloomberg, public opinion, UK

Shifts in time on the Doomsday Clock

The Doomsday Clock is a metaphorical clock that symbolizes a catastrophic end to the planet due to human self-destruction. Midnight represents an event and the time represents the “minutes” away from the event. The numbers are fuzzy, as you might imagine. In any case, Amanda Shendruk for Quartz used a connected scatterplot on a clock view to show how...

Evolution of George Santos’ biography

George Santos, currently a U.S. representative, seems to lie about his background and qualifications. Someone will look into the details, show that they’re questionable, and the Santos story changes. For The Washington Post, Azi Paybarah, Luis Melgar and Tyler Remmel show this evolution through the lens of the Santos campaign’s about page. Tags: biography,...

Stripper earnings tracked over four years

Reddit user nerdydancing tracked her earnings on each shift for four years. If any dataset promised stories behind each data point, it is probably this one. Tags: income, stripper

Battling plant extinction

In a story about how scientists are using drones to fight plant extinction, Reuters Graphics uses a blend of video, illustration, and statistical graphics. I like the part in the middle where the mixed media seamlessly comes together. Tags: conservation, drone, plants, Reuters

Generating music from text

Researchers at Google built a model that generates music based on brief text descriptions: We introduce MusicLM, a model generating high-fidelity music from text descriptions such as “a calming violin melody backed by a distorted guitar riff”. MusicLM casts the process of conditional music generation as a hierarchical sequence-to-sequence modeling...

Differing approaches between SpaceX and NASA of sending rockets to the moon

For The Washington Post, William Neff, Aaron Steckelberg, and Christian Davenport show the contrast between NASA and SpaceX using a scrolly tour through 3-D rocket models. Tags: 3-d, moon, NASA, space, SpaceX, Washington Post

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