FIFA Development Globe (by Moritz Stefaner)

The FIFA Development Globe visualizes FIFA’s development work across the world. The development projects are placed on a 3D globe as triangle based constructions, and can be filtered by their indvidual program types. The globe itself is based on an elegant adaptive subdivision process, representing country shapes in abstracted geometry. In addition, financial assistance budget spending per country and a timeline of events as well as some background information on the FIFA development programs can be accessed within the application.

Augmented Reality Sandbox with Real-Time Water Flow Simulation (by okreylos)

Video of a sandbox equipped with a Kinect 3D camera and a projector to project a real-time colored topographic map with contour lines onto the sand surface. The sandbox lets virtual water flow over the surface using a GPU-based simulation of the Saint-Venant set of shallow water equations.

New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions as one-ton spheres of carbon dioxide gas (by CarbonVisuals)

In 2010 New York City added 54 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (equivalent) to the atmosphere, but that number means little to most people because few of us have a sense of scale for atmospheric pollution. 

One day of activity for New York transit (MTA) (by STLTransit)

One weekday (from 4:00am to 4:00am) of transit activity in New York, based on the General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) data made available by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

The Amazing Morphing Campaign Money Map (by npr)

A creative cartographical approach to election spending. This animated map is based on money spent by SuperPACs and other outside groups on presidential political ads between April 10th and October 10th 2012.


For a true picture of the United States economy, ride the train from New York to Washington and take a good, hard look out the window.

Off the Rails – fantastic New York Times short film by Jacob Krupnick, with photographs by Pieter Hugo, explores “the empire the in-between” along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.

(Reblogged from explore-blog)