June 23, 2016
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What your poop says about you

Data blog // FiveThirtyEight

We have a gut feeling you will enjoy this. FiveThirtyEight have squeezed out some pretty interesting data-led articles in the past, but their latest focuses on something we can all relate to. Everybody poops, but we do not all poop equally. Did you know white Americans poop more frequently than Hispanic or black Americans, or that going for a number 2 is more common for Korean college students than Londoners? There’s plenty of other interesting nuggets to digest in this revealing post. Take a look, it’s the sh*t.

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Venus ‘force monster’ electric field strips water from atmosphere

Video // Live Science

We all like a science lesson, right? Well, this one has some nice animations to help us understand things like “electric winds” on Venus and and how it can overcome gravity’s hold on the planet’s atmosphere. The big wave scene from Interstellar comes to mind. And surfing. And the sea. But I digress — back to the science!

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Disability rights around the world: From 1944 to the present day

Interactive module // The Guardian 

We’re sometimes guilty of not giving attention to certain things because we’re not directly impacted by them. In this case, The Guardian shines a light on disability rights since 1944, showing landmark moments which have been significant in the fight to stop discrimination against disability.

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The UK in Europe: A visual guide to Brexit

Data blog // The Financial Times

Britain’s historic EU vote is currently underway, and with just a few hours to go we are sure there are more than a few still sitting on the fence. They should get themselves over to this data blog from the Financial Times then, which offers a series or revealing data visualisations to help us assess if it’s worth staying in, or upping sticks. After all of the exaggerated claims and boisterous arguments from both sides, it’s refreshing to see the numbers doing the talking for a change.

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Fashion and emotion

Interactive installation // Ying Gao

You know the expression “wear your heart on your sleeve”? Well, these dresses by Ying Gao are sort of the opposite of that. By showing emotion you remove life from the dress — you have to see it to believe it. Will this be our children’s children version of the emoji? A sort of emotional attire. Hmm.

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What living in space does to your body

Microsite // Al Jazeera

Were you one of those kids who dreamed of being an astronaut? I guess at a young age we’re oblivious to the effects space has on the human body — actually I was still oblivious until coming across this interactive by Aljazeera. The most time spent in space by one person is 438 days. I’m all for floating in the air like you just don’t care but after 438 days I think I’d want gravity to do it’s thing. You know, drop an apple on my head.


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How far is Europe swinging to the right?

Data blog // The New York Times

With the EU referendum upon us, the words “Europe” and “in or out” are dominating conversations across Britain. Continuing on the European theme, The New York Times have done interesting data blog analysing the rise of right-wing parties amid the migrant crisis, sluggish economic growth and growing disillusionment with the European Union.

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Data visulisation // Socialcops 
This is an interesting data blog by SocialCops taking an in-depth look at the aging population crisis. As health care improves and families have less children, it’s inevitable that we’ll see more people above the age of 60. On the other hand, Africa has the youngest population in the world, which can lead to high economic growth but also high youth unemployment. It’s difficult to strike the right balance, especially as things constantly change.