UFO sightings are at an all-time high! How do sightings stack up around the world?Read more "I Want to Believe: UFO Sightings Around the World"
With the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election looming large over data visualization projects worldwide, I decided to go in a slightly different direction: shark attacks!Read more "Data in the Water: Shark Attacks Visualized"
I was at a Nats game a few weeks ago and I noticed that a lot of players don’t curve the brim of their hat anymore. This seemed especially true among the younger players…Read more "Are young baseball players more likely to wear flat-brimmed caps?"
Pokémon GO came out July 6th and people have been training all over the place (and sometimes getting themselves into trouble). Catching and evolving Pokémon continues to be great fun for trainers of all ages. One Pokémon in particular has been the subject of speculation. Eevee can evolve into one of three Pokémon, and people have been trying to figure out […]Read more "Pokemon GO: Eevee-lution"
Do you think it’s possible to get smarter? If you took the same IQ test over and over your score would eventually improve—but that’s not you getting smarter, that’s just you memorizing the test. When people talk about getting smarter, what they really care about is whether it’s possible to improve the underlying cognitive processes […]Read more "Make me smarter please"
Prices are up and wages are down… It’s hard to make a living nowadays! Ever wonder about kidnappers’ livelihood? No? Well I have–and the good folks at the University of Maryland have compiled a Global Terrorism Database to let us find out. As it turns out, they’re doing much worse than the rest of us. The median ransom paid […]Read more "Is Kidnapper a Viable Career Choice?"
It gets cold and we turn on the heat. It gets hot and we turn on the air conditioning. External temperature is the biggest driver of our household energy use, but how exactly does this relationship look? Anonymized data from 500 of Chai Energy‘s California customers1 gives us some insight here: Plotting daily temperature against daily energy2 use shows […]Read more "It’s cold outside: Do you turn on the heat?"