Posted to Reddit's Data is Beautiful subreddit (cf.), this animated map shows the growth in life expectancy for children born since 1960. Things get better, slowly. I'd expected to see declines in some parts of the world, and there are some temporary setbacks -- post-Soviet Russia drowning in the 1990s and subsaharan Africa at the height of the AIDS crisis, for example -- but it appears that nowhere is worse off now than in the past.
The National Library of Scotland released an online viewer that combines historical maps with the latest elevation data. The results are a remarkably beautiful wedding of old and new. Here’s a 1940s map of Loch Tay, in 3D. The 3D map viewer includes our standard interaction options, including a zoom slider, a scalebar, mouseposition location, […]
Yahoo News’ Adriana Belmonte reports on the fastest-growing jobs in America. Construction and extraction jobs are in high demand in the U.S., along with installation, maintenance, and repair services. Production jobs are also quickly developing, as are mathematical and technology-focused occupations.
The David Rumsey Map Collection shares an amazing collection of photographs and the history of this 42 by 38 foot WPA built wooden map of San Francisco. Visit their site for high quality images. I will be lost in these images for hours. Full collection here. For the first time since 1942, the entire immense […]
Believe it or not, PDF files have been the go-to format for contracts and forms of any type since 1993. And sure, they’re easily shareable – but that’s about it. When you need to edit or sign a document – and you will – that’s when frustration can set in. Luckily, there are workarounds, and […]
It’s 4/20! Smoke ’em if you got ’em – and if you haven’t got ’em, check out this roundup of deep discounts on pipes and other accessories. They’re all on sale, but you can take an extra discount off the final price courtesy of the Boing Boing store by using the online code 420SAVE. Freeze […]
Ever wonder if you’re cleaning your teeth well enough? If your last dentist visit has you getting a little more thorough about oral care, it might be time to save yourself some guesswork. A lot of electric toothbrushes promise deep cleaning, but there’s a Platinum Sonic Toothbrush that has power plus the simple but effective […]