• When you, um, pause whilst talking, you might use a little word like “uh” or “um”. According to some research by forensic linguist Dr Jack Grieve, your particular choice of such a filler ...
  • The votes have been counted and Scotland has rejected independence by 55% to 45%. But while the vote required a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer to the question of whether Scotland should be a...
  • Creative studio, Dorothy, produced these two posters to celebrate colourful song titles and band names by displaying them in colour wheels designed to look a little like vinyl LPs…
  • You might think that the phrase “endangered species” only applies to a handful of animals such as Pandas, Orang-utans and the indigenous giant tortoises of the Galapagos islands...
  • Comprising the talents of Brooklyn-based duo Patrick Mulligan and Ben Gibson, Pop Chart Lab has but one modest goal: to render all of human experience in chart form. From the ma...
  • Artists Chris Klapper and Patrick Gallagher celebrated a three month trek across Spain by creating a visualization of the journey as a temporary art installation. The resulting circular "mandala", entitled 2751 Kilometres / 2621 Grams, was informed by data recorded during the duo's travels and features geographical coordinates and sequences of binary code. It was created over a period of 30 days using granite and marble which wasn't sculpted so much as grated, using bespoke copper tools.

    Here's a short video about the project: 

    2751kilometers / 2...

  • Apparently, describing what Burning Man festival in the Nevada Desert is like is a bit like trying to explain what a particular colour looks like to a blind person. Tricky. But what does ...
  • Here in the UK it’s Friday afternoon. And for lots of us, that means it’s nearly "beer o’clock". Fed by data from the World Health Organisation, a new online application by Zeno...
  • A nifty web app by The Swiss Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo) shows Swiss topographical changes over the years from 1844 up to 2012. The map you see in the app is fed by...
  • Shakespeare utilised no fewer than 28,829 different words across his entire works. The brainy git. Intrigued, digital strategist Matt Daniels used token analysis to determine a selection of rappers’ vocabularies and ranked them based on his findings. 

    Perhaps surprisingly, some artists vocal dexterity exceed the Bard’s legendary lexicon – and one rapper in particular, Aesop Rock, is impressively ahead of the competition. Read more about the project here.

  • As well as being the editor of data-driven journalism website, FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver is a burrito fan. Big time. Over several years he’s not only been eating and enthusing about th...