DOT: Speeding the Leading Cause of NYC Traffic Deaths in 2012

Motor vehicle occupant deaths increased by 46 percent from 2011 to last year, NYC DOT said today, as the agency emphasized the need for automated enforcement with the release of 2012 traffic fatality counts.

DOT: Speeding the Leading Cause of NYC Traffic Deaths in 2012

Motor vehicle occupant deaths increased by 46 percent from 2011 to last year, NYC DOT said today, as the agency emphasized the need for automated enforcement with the release of 2012 traffic fatality counts.

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The 2012 Feltron Annual Report has been Released

If your interested in the life of Nicholas Feltron, or just want to enjoy some compelling infographics, somewhere in February-March, one can look forward to the next version of the Feltron year report. It is then good to know that today, the 2012 version [feltron.com] has been released.

The 2012 Feltron Annual Report has been Released

If your interested in the life of Nicholas Feltron, or just want to enjoy some compelling infographics, somewhere in February-March, one can look forward to the next version of the Feltron year report. It is then good to know that today, the 2012 version [feltron.com] has been released.

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Political war profiteers: 20 consulting firms churn 80 percent of super PAC cash

In the three years since the Supreme Court’s Jan. 21, 2010 ruling in Citizens United, the super PACs that the decision helped spawn have largely been seen as advertising machines. But an anniversary-eve analysis by the Sunlight Foundation show that they have created a class of super consultants.

Of the $620 million that super PACs doled out during the 2012 campaign cycle, records filed with the Federal Election Commission as of Dec. 6 reveal that 80 percent was spent through just 20 consulting firms. As the graphic above illustrates, a tightly interwoven network of Washington insiders reaped the biggest benefits of Citizens United and subsequent decisions that gave rise to a new class of outsider-insiders who have become a new political establishment.

Wired Science Space Photo of the Day

These color maps of Jupiter were constructed from images taken by the narrow-angle camera onboard NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on Dec. 11 and 12, 2000, as the spacecraft neared Jupiter during its flyby of the giant planet. Cassini was on its way to Saturn. They are the most detailed global color maps of Jupiter ever produced. The smallest visible features are about 120 kilometers (75 miles) across.
The maps are composed of 36 images: a pair of images covering Jupiter’s northern and southern hemispheres was acquired in two colors every hour for nine hours as Jupiter rotated beneath the spacecraft. Although the raw images are in just two colors, 750 nanometers (near-infrared) and 451 nanometers (blue), the map’s colors are close to those the human eye would see when gazing at Jupiter.

Wired Science Space Photo of the Day

These color maps of Jupiter were constructed from images taken by the narrow-angle camera onboard NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on Dec. 11 and 12, 2000, as the spacecraft neared Jupiter during its flyby of the giant planet. Cassini was on its way to Saturn. They are the most detailed global color maps of Jupiter ever produced. The smallest visible features are about 120 kilometers (75 miles) across.

The maps are composed of 36 images: a pair of images covering Jupiter’s northern and southern hemispheres was acquired in two colors every hour for nine hours as Jupiter rotated beneath the spacecraft. Although the raw images are in just two colors, 750 nanometers (near-infrared) and 451 nanometers (blue), the map’s colors are close to those the human eye would see when gazing at Jupiter.

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A comparison between 2009 and 2013 inaugural fundraising.

Obama discloses less about inaugural donors

What a difference four years makes: President Barack Obama, who began his first term with a promise to change the way Washington works, barred corporate donations to his first inauguration, capped individual contributions at $50,000 and began disclosing his donors and bundlers more than a month before his swearing-in.

Google Santa Tracker

Google Santa Tracker

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The Best Open Data Releases of 2012

Last year, Cities named ten of its favorite metro datasets of 2011 from cities across North America, illustrating the breadth of what we might learn (regarding mosquito traps! misplaced vehicles! energy consumption!) in the still relatively young field of urban open data. For this year’s installment, we’re going one step further. Sure, raw data is great. But useful tools, maps and data visualizations built with said data are even better.

The Best Open Data Releases of 2012

Last year, Cities named ten of its favorite metro datasets of 2011 from cities across North America, illustrating the breadth of what we might learn (regarding mosquito traps! misplaced vehicles! energy consumption!) in the still relatively young field of urban open data. For this year’s installment, we’re going one step further. Sure, raw data is great. But useful tools, maps and data visualizations built with said data are even better.

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Analyzing Presidential Candidate’s Body Language

The New York Times recently examined the body language of the US presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. For the motion capture and gesture recognition they partnered with experts in movement analysis from the the NYU Movement Lab.

Related: Follow tonight’s Vice-Presidential Debate on Sunlight Live at 9pm EST.

Analyzing Presidential Candidate’s Body Language

The New York Times recently examined the body language of the US presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. For the motion capture and gesture recognition they partnered with experts in movement analysis from the the NYU Movement Lab.

Related: Follow tonight’s Vice-Presidential Debate on Sunlight Live at 9pm EST.

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Yahoo! Unveils Interactive “The Voice Of…” Debate Dashboard

Finally, a day before the first presidential debate, Yahoo! has pulled back the curtain on the Commission on Presidential Debates’ “The Voice Of…” online dashboard. It offers three options: “explore the issues,” “voice your view,” and “watch the debates.”
Of these, obviously the second one has the potential to be the most interesting. After you sign in, you are offered the opportunity to take a short series of multiple choice questions and share where you on topics like health care, energy, regulation, education, foreign affairs, terrorism jobs, taxes and federal spending. Then the app plugs your data into a bunch of bubbles, so you can see how you compare to other participants in the aggregate. A dynamic counter also show, in total, how many people have “shared their voice.”

Yahoo! Unveils Interactive “The Voice Of…” Debate Dashboard

Finally, a day before the first presidential debate, Yahoo! has pulled back the curtain on the Commission on Presidential Debates’ “The Voice Of…” online dashboard. It offers three options: “explore the issues,” “voice your view,” and “watch the debates.”

Of these, obviously the second one has the potential to be the most interesting. After you sign in, you are offered the opportunity to take a short series of multiple choice questions and share where you on topics like health care, energy, regulation, education, foreign affairs, terrorism jobs, taxes and federal spending. Then the app plugs your data into a bunch of bubbles, so you can see how you compare to other participants in the aggregate. A dynamic counter also show, in total, how many people have “shared their voice.”

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The Evolving State of Funding in Competitive Senate and House Races

How are House and Senate candidates’ war-chests faring this election cycle? The animations below show who has been pulling further ahead, and who has been closing fund-raising gaps as the races mature.

The Evolving State of Funding in Competitive Senate and House Races

How are House and Senate candidates’ war-chests faring this election cycle? The animations below show who has been pulling further ahead, and who has been closing fund-raising gaps as the races mature.

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Infographic — ELECTION 2012: EARLY VOTING BY STATE
George Mason University professor Michael McDonald runs the United State Elections Projects and expects about 35 percent of voters to cast their ballots early this year. Find out your state’s voting schedule and registration deadlines here.
— rachel 

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Infographic — ELECTION 2012: EARLY VOTING BY STATE

George Mason University professor Michael McDonald runs the United State Elections Projects and expects about 35 percent of voters to cast their ballots early this year. Find out your state’s voting schedule and registration deadlines here.

— rachel 

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'The Worst Thing That Has Happened to Our Democratic Election System'

Andrew Cohen has been doing a formidable job of covering what is otherwise a substantially under-covered theme in this election year: the efforts to disenfranchise large numbers of voters, especially in swing states. Here are four sample installments in recent months: last week, earlier this month, in late August, and another just before that. Plus, this interview with voting-rights pioneer Rep. John Lewis. Our Garrett Epps has also been on the case, recently and notably here and here.

'The Worst Thing That Has Happened to Our Democratic Election System'

Andrew Cohen has been doing a formidable job of covering what is otherwise a substantially under-covered theme in this election year: the efforts to disenfranchise large numbers of voters, especially in swing states. Here are four sample installments in recent months: last week, earlier this month, in late August, and another just before that. Plus, this interview with voting-rights pioneer Rep. John Lewis. Our Garrett Epps has also been on the case, recently and notably here and here.

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Data sculpture shows emotional response to Olympics

During the Olympics, Studio NAND, Moritz Stefaner, and Drew Hemment tracked Twitter sentiment with Emoto. This interactive installation and data sculpture is the last leg of the project.

Data sculpture shows emotional response to Olympics

During the Olympics, Studio NAND, Moritz Stefaner, and Drew Hemment tracked Twitter sentiment with Emoto. This interactive installation and data sculpture is the last leg of the project.

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Actually, 70% of the country would benefit more under Obama’s plan. See how you would fare.

The fall-out commentary over Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” comment has been fascinating for a number of reasons, but perhaps most of all because it has raised good questions of who actually pays for government and who benefits.

For those who want to dig deeper into these questions, there is a great new website that estimates the actual impacts of the Romney and Obama tax plans: Politify.

Based on Politify’s calculations, 69.8% of Americans would financially benefit more from the Obama plan, as compared to 30.2% under the Romney plan.