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A Year Of Presidential Travel, Mapped

In 2014, US President Obama travelled a bewildering over 188,000 miles (302,557km) — at least according to the best estimates of the Washington Post. This maps shows where he went.


A Health-Tracking App Analysed My Blood And Told Me I'm 31 Going On 54

It sounds like a pretty damn good deal: Pay a hundred bucks for a blood test and get five simple personalised nutrition tips that promise to add years to your life. Sold! I tried it. And I found, as with any data-based health app, its claims need to be taken with a hulking heap of salt.


How To Stop Data Thieves From Stealing Information Off Your Old Gadgets

Considering our collective thirst to upgrade to the latest shiny gadget, it’s not surprising that consumer electronics generate a nasty amount of waste — some three million tonnes of e-waste year. We are device-gobbling monsters who grow strong on the gleaming newness of our machines. But tossing out “old” devices creates an overlooked hazard.


The CIA Has Cleared Its Own Spies Of Snooping On US Senate Computers

Remember how the CIA was forced to admit that it had “improperly penetrated” Senate Intelligence Committee computers? Well, perhaps unsurprisingly, a CIA-led investigation has cleared the agency of misdemeanour, calling the incident a “mistake” and certainly not “malfeasance”.


Obama Wants Stricter Data Privacy Laws (That Still Aren't So Strict)

US President Obama will announce two new pieces of legislation today that are designed to protect consumers from the massive data breaches and students from greedy companies that want their data. Good idea! However, some think Obama’s plan doesn’t sound like it provides quite enough protection. But it’s still a good idea!


The Weekend Wikipedia Went 'Brainf*k' Crazy

Quartz has put together a neat interactive chart that shows the most popular Wikipedia entry on each day of 2014. Most of them make sense, with articles corresponding with current events like the World Cup in June, or Joan Rivers when she died in early September. But there are some outliers. Like on August 29 and 30, an idle Friday and Saturday, when the most-viewed entry was… brainf**k?


Every River In The US, Coloured According To The Way It Flows

There are over 250,000 rivers in the US, some subtly serene, others tremendously tumultuous. But in this visualisation you can see them all — and the colour shows which way their waters flow.


The Best Data Visualizations Of 2014

It’s always tough to pick my favourite visualisation projects. I mean, it’s a challenge to pick and rank your favourite anything, really. So much depends on what you feel like at the time, and there’s a lot of good work out there. Nevertheless, I gave it a go.


The Staggering Mass Of The Craft We've Sent Into Space, Visualised

Ever tried to picture how much one rocket weighs compared to another, or how heavy some of the craft orbiting our planet really are? Well this chart explains all.


Sony Data Breach Actually Exposed 47,000 Social Security Numbers, Including Rebel Wilson's

The Sony data breach continues to get worse. First, it was exposed budgets, layoffs and 3800 social security numbers, then it was passwords. Now, it’s way more social security numbers, including that of Australian actress Rebel Wilson.