we are made of star stuff
we are made of star stuff

An altered sankey diagram showing which type of star all the naturally occurring elements come from, and which bits of our planet and sun they end up in.

the life of popular science
the life of popular science

This appeared on the table of contents for the “Life Cycles” issue, showing how the color of our covers has evolved over the many years we’re been in print (excluding the black and white era, when it was an academic publication).

IQ
IQ

IQ scores, though they correlate with lots of other factors, are not actually a measure of innate intelligence. We know that IQ can be drastically improved by providing proper education and healthcare, for instance. This page shows just a few of the reasons that IQ shouldn’t be taken as a measure of fundamental intelligence.

this is how we die
this is how we die

The top 10 most common causes of death for every age group in America (some causes for infants had to be combined for space).

watch a revolution spread from tweet to tweet
watch a revolution spread from tweet to tweet

Each of these dots is a tweet from the Arab Spring movement, showing the interconnectedness of the participants. The colored groups represent particularly connected users, not countries—the revolution spanned international lines and had few individual leaders. Larger dots indicate tweets that were particularly influential, but there are few of them.

we are made of star stuff
the life of popular science
IQ
this is how we die
watch a revolution spread from tweet to tweet
we are made of star stuff

An altered sankey diagram showing which type of star all the naturally occurring elements come from, and which bits of our planet and sun they end up in.

the life of popular science

This appeared on the table of contents for the “Life Cycles” issue, showing how the color of our covers has evolved over the many years we’re been in print (excluding the black and white era, when it was an academic publication).

IQ

IQ scores, though they correlate with lots of other factors, are not actually a measure of innate intelligence. We know that IQ can be drastically improved by providing proper education and healthcare, for instance. This page shows just a few of the reasons that IQ shouldn’t be taken as a measure of fundamental intelligence.

this is how we die

The top 10 most common causes of death for every age group in America (some causes for infants had to be combined for space).

watch a revolution spread from tweet to tweet

Each of these dots is a tweet from the Arab Spring movement, showing the interconnectedness of the participants. The colored groups represent particularly connected users, not countries—the revolution spanned international lines and had few individual leaders. Larger dots indicate tweets that were particularly influential, but there are few of them.

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