Mapping exceptional drought conditions

April 6, 2015

As government websites go, the U.S. Drought Portal sounds full of promise. Fun even.

3D, safety spray for bikes, MLB data vizualizations and more

April 2, 2015

As spring bursts at its seams to push winter out the door, warm your synapses with some of Data Dive’s favorite reads from the past week.

Mapping Obamacare grants: which states got what?

April 2, 2015

Politics makes for odd sickbed funding.

When Texas Senator Ted Cruz made his plans to run for president official, the announcement came with an awkward revelation: Cruz, who has made opposition to the law his signature, would have to enroll in Obamacare.

How cotton and polyester serve as a microcosm for globalization

April 1, 2015

The markets for the world’s fungible commodities are necessarily woven together, the global textile trade providing a fine example. A tug here tightens the market in Asia; a tweak there can unravel demand in the U.S.

All the oil in China

March 31, 2015

With oil as with so much else in today’s geopolitical scene, China is the elephant in the room.

Shed a tear for the bankers

March 30, 2015

For bankers, the bad news just keeps getting worse.

Back in October Data Dive noted the trend keeping year-over-year bonuses flat at many Wall Street banks in an effort to boost earnings. But at least those people had jobs. As this Reuters graphic shows, the 24 biggest banks in Europe and the U.S. slashed 59,000 jobs last year, with more cuts expected this year, particularly in the tumultuous euro zone. In 2014 RBS shed 8.3 percent of its workforce, the most of the big European banks; Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s 7.6 percent loss led the retreat on the U.S. side.

Inside Jon Stewart’s brain, ranking mad scientists, fun with fire and more

March 27, 2015

It was a great week for geekery on the Web. Here’s the best of what Data Dive found.

Mapping world oil transport

March 27, 2015

Given the controversy over the Keystone pipeline and fears about the dangers of oil trains, it’s clear that moving oil around the world comes with its own set of risks.

Stock options pad CEOs’ pockets

March 26, 2015

It’s hard to think of a better topic to troll populist rage than executive compensation. A Google News search for “CEO pay” yields about 20,000,000 results, including a new analysis by Reuters that’s sure to add to the ire.

Tracking rape, on and off campus

March 25, 2015

Campus rape is a serious problem. But while public attention is focused on students carrying mattresses and the discredited Rolling Stone report about rape at the University of Virginia, the fact is that sexual assault is more common off campus than on.