You’re probably familiar with visualizations comparing the relative size of the planets, but this visualization is different.
xkcd has created a map-like look at the solid surfaces of the Solar System, stitched together like countries on a single continent. The graphic includes planets, moons, asteroids and dwarf planets, but leaves out dust, small rocks and large gaseous planets like Jupiter and Saturn. It’s a revealing look at the size of our neighbors...
'Why is visual communication so powerful? It isn’t just because of the pretty pictures; it’s straight-up science. The brain absorbs and synthesizes visual information faster than any other stimuli, making visual content an incredibly effective medium. Check out this infographic, and download A Business Guide to Visual Communication to learn more about creating effective visual communication.'
Learn the art of digital painting! Professional illustrator Scott Johnson (Marvel superhero licensing, Warhammer 40k, Rifts) teaches you the art fundamentals, necessary tools and time-saving tricks for painting with Photoshop.
This is the first image ever taken of Earth from the surface of a planet beyond the Moon. It was taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit one hour before sunrise on the 63rd Martian day, or sol, of its mission. (March 8, 2004)
The image is a mosaic of images taken by the rover’s navigation camera showing a broad view of the sky, and an image taken by the rover’s panoramic camera of Earth. The contrast in the panoramic camera image was increased two times to make Earth easier to see. The inset shows a combination of four panoramic camera images zoomed in on Earth. The arrow points to Earth. Earth was too faint to be detected in images taken with the panoramic camera’s color filters.
The image is reminiscent of the famous pale blue dot capture by Voyager 1. If you have never heard Carl Sagan’s famous ‘Pale Blue Dot’ speech, check it out here.
Imagine taking a map of a city, shredding it into 7,400 pieces, then putting it back together. The first logical step would be to align all of the different functions: landmarks, subway systems and bus routes, residential areas, public arenas, libraries, sports and arts centers.
President Obama calls "the next great American project" one which involves mapping the brain to understand the origins of cognition, perception, and other enigmatic brain activities, which may lead to more effective treatments for conditions such as autism or mood disorders, and could also help veterans suffering from brain injuries.
The internet increasingly pervades our lives, delivering information to us no matter where we are. It takes a complex system of cables, servers, towers, and other infrastructure, developed over decades, to allow us to stay in touch with our friends and family so effortlessly. Here are 40 maps that will help you better understand the internet — where it came from, how it works, and how it's used by people around the world.