Mapping the cheery, the depressing and the slimy

December 5, 2014

It was a great week for interesting maps to find their way onto some of Data Dive’s favorite sources, so for this weekend’s edition we feature the cheery, the depressing and the slimy as conveyed in cartography.

Orwellian wages and the poverty line

December 5, 2014

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”  -George Orwell, Animal Farm

In Cruz vs Boehner, markets could be the winner

December 4, 2014

A month after winning a decisive victory at the polls, the honeymoon is over for the GOP.

How Obamacare helped make hospitals less lethal

December 3, 2014

As far as phobias go, nosocomephobia—the fear of hospitals—seems pretty reasonable. Hospitals are the last places many people see loved ones before death, not the poking and prodding that comes with one’s own visits, so it’s easy to see the source of the anxiety. Fortunately, the hospital experience is improving.

What low oil prices mean for the environment

December 2, 2014

Are low oil prices good or bad for the environment?

From one perspective, they’re bad: lower oil prices mean lower gas prices, which in turn encourage people to drive rather than use more environmentally friendly means of transportation.

Borne ceaselessly into unemployment

December 1, 2014

“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”

A water sommelier and turkeys the size of humans

November 28, 2014

It was a late Thanksgiving again this year, which means we’re already in the thick of the holiday season. This weekend’s Data Dive features a convivial theme, with reasons to be thankful as well as food facts and fictions.

‘Tis the season to caffeinate

November 28, 2014

It almost seems like adding insult to injury.

The official start of winter is still more than three weeks away, but for many the true misery of the season began on Nov. 2, with the end of Daylight Savings Time. “Daylight Saving Time is the greatest continuing fraud ever perpetuated on American people,” the Atlantic announced in an article condemning the end of last year’s time change, and they aren’t alone in that sentiment: a Google search returns 298,000 results for “daylight savings scam.”

Drop a bad habit, gain a virus

November 26, 2014

Stopping smoking usually involves conquering a psychological and physical addiction, but for one unlucky would-be quitter the fight included a virtual enemy.

Fueling up for winter

November 25, 2014

In Buffalo, last week’s record levels of snow are giving way to fears of floods with temperatures briefly on the rise. The warmer weather will be short-lived though, as the frigid air that swept through parts of the United States earlier this month is expected to return in time for Thanksgiving travel, hinting that winter’s arrival won’t have the decency to wait until December.