Author Archives: Katie Peek

Is Daylight Saving Time Good or Bad for You?

Research shows that the benefits may outweigh the drawbacks

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Misled Penguins Swim to Feeding Grounds That No Longer Have Food

Young birds follow the right signal to foraging grounds, but when they arrive there are no fish to eat

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Proposed Space Station Aims for the Moon and beyond

The ambitious plan to send astronauts to lunar orbit has drawn skepticism 

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Proposed Space Station Aims for the Moon and beyond

The ambitious plan to send astronauts to lunar orbit has drawn skepticism 

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The Northwest Passage Remains Treacherous, Despite Ice Retreat

Arctic route may remain treacherous for decades

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How Old Observations Are Building Hubble’s Legacy

Data from the space telescope will yield discoveries long after the instrument is kaput

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Is the Rise in Twin Births Cresting?

Fertility procedures have pushed multiple births higher, prompting policy changes

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Affluent Millennials Are Moving into Inner Cities

The young and affluent move downtown, pushing out the poor

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How to Survive in a Warmer World [Interactive]

A map of Earth in 2100 reveals where livelihoods are at stake due to climate change—and what people are doing to prepare for that future

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What Life Will Be Like on a Much Warmer Planet

A map based on new data reveals where climate change threatens peoples’ ways of life—and what they are doing to prepare for the future

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Robot And Squirrel Share Tender Moment

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In his ongoing series, sci-fi artist Donato Giancola depicts the soft center of A.I.

Empathy is one in a series of paintings by science fiction artist Donato Giancola centered around the innocence of sentient robots. Continue reading

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From Our Archives: How To Stash Sunlight

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The solar-powered house of the future, in March 1949

It might seem daunting to build a solar-​powered house in Massachusetts instead of, say, Phoenix. But MIT engineers tackled the challenge with a braz… Continue reading

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Emoji Users Have Sex On The Brain

According to 5,000 singles surveyed by Match․com, those who think about sex frequently also use emojis the most often:

Data courtesy Match⁠.⁠com; Katie Peek / Popular Science

Which emoji do those singles use? Women and men a… Continue reading

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A Celestial Evening At The White House

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President Obama speaks to a crowd at the second White House Astronomy Night.

President Obama stooped to look through the eyepiece of a large telescope, then made an observation familiar to nearly ev… Continue reading

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Here’s What We Learned From The Ig Nobel Awards

How To Turn A Chicken Into A Dinsaur

Figure from Grossi et al., PLOS One, February 2014

Just add a tail.

Eggs can be un-boiled, at least partially. Mammals all pee for the same length of time. Every language has … Continue reading

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Weird Highlights From 25 Years Of Ig Nobel Prizes [Interactive]

This year’s Ig Nobels will take place on September 17. For the 20th year running, the ceremony will be webcast if you care to watch the silliness remotely. Awardees share their work onstage, interspersed with a new science-themed opera every ye… Continue reading

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Watch the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony Right Here!

The ever-delightful Ig Nobel award ceremony—which, in their words, honor achievements that make people laugh then make people think—is Thursday. For the 25th year! In honor of the anniversary, we highlighted a few of our favorite Ig Nobel a… Continue reading

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See Behind The Scenes Of An Antarctic Research Camp

Winter may be kicking into gear in the Northern Hemisphere, but in Antarctica, summer is in full swing. By now the hundreds of science experiments slated for the summer research season—October through February, when average daytime temperatur… Continue reading

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Find A Sunset Spectacle On Almost Any New York City Street

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson popularized the phenomenon of Manhattanhenge a decade ago, and now many New Yorkers stand in Manhattan’s cross streets twice a year to watch the sun set through the skyscraper canyons. But Manhattanhenge isn… Continue reading

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Earth’s Most Remote Locations Revealed In ‘Lonely Planet’ Cartogram

Cartograms—maps distorted so that instead of land area, they portray another quantity such as population or electoral-college votes—have existed since the early 1900s. Benjamin Hennig has refined the technique, and he made this cartogram to… Continue reading

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World Population Mapped As Peaks And Valleys

James Cheshire mapped the world’s population in a new way. Omitting any shorelines or country boundaries, he drew horizontal latitude lines that zigzag upward in black according to the population at that spot, with spikes at major cities colo… Continue reading

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The Felton Annual Report: A Year’s Worth Of Communication In One Chart

For nearly a decade, Nicholas Felton has been observing himself and using the information he collects to create a mock corporate annual report. In 2013, he tried to record and render all of his communication. Some channels, like text messages, … Continue reading

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3-D Map Of Earth Shows Real-Time Weather

Like the planet itself, some data is constantly changing—so a static visualization will always be out-of-date. Cameron Beccario’s animated globe displays real-time data, at… Continue reading

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The Geography Of Twitter Conversations

Eric Fischer makes maps to understand how people interact with each other and their environments—and there are few better windows into relationships than social media. In… Continue reading

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Interactive Train Travel Time Map Makes A Small Country Smaller

In the Netherlands, ubiquitous trains make a small country even smaller. To illustrate that point, Vincent Meertens created TimeMaps, which portray distances as travel time rather than mileage. Destination cities are arranged in concentric ring… Continue reading

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Stephen Wolfram’s Daily Routine, According To Decades Of Data

Sometimes a visualization is extraordinary not for its graphics, but for the exhaustive data it’s built on. Stephen Wolfram—the creator of the Mathematica software package and the computational search engine Wolfram Alpha—has records of h… Continue reading

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The Planet’s Population And Growth In A Clever 3-D Bar Chart

Comparing wildly disparate numbers is a perpetual challenge in visualization, but Ariana Montanez added a twist to a traditional bar chart to accomplish just that. Each bar on the left is the population of a country in 2000, with the change in … Continue reading

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15 Charts, Graphs, And Maps That Will Shape The Future Of Information

We are awash with data, and it keeps piling up: Some analysts estimate the amount of digital information in the world now doubles every two years. The growing tidal wave will require automation—a shift some have called the Industrial Revoluti… Continue reading

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How The World Wastes Food [Infographic]

Every year, the planet loses nearly a third of its food—a staggering 1.4 billion tons. That’s according to a 2011 United Nations study that assessed food networks in 152 countries. The researchers’ results reveal where in the food-supply chain fa… Continue reading

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The Whole Brilliant Enterprise: NASA’s First 50 Years In One Interactive Graphic

Ever since NASA established its history program in 1959, the agency has periodically compiled the world’s aeronautics advances into a single report. Assembled mostly from press releases and news stories, the documents recount coverage of budget negot… Continue reading

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