What could possibly make a 1960s-era nuclear war worse than you’d already assumed it would be? How about being packed like sardines into a fallout shelter with 13 of your soon-to-be-closest friends?
Ever wonder how Newsweek made some of its more elaborate graphics back in the day? Check out this look back by Karl Gude, the magazine’s former Director of Information Graphics (and a current MSU professor), who discusses what it was like to create an insanely detailed graphic like this way back in 2001. In the case of this particular piece, it included dressing people up as soldiers. Seriously. Awesome piece. You’ll dig it.
This infographic takes a look at the number of nuclear explosions since 1945 around the world. Using a map it shows which country executed the explosion, which were water explosions, how many atmospheric tests and how many were underground tests.
Middle East on the brink of war: analysis
As Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad clings to power with the quiet backing of regional powers Iran and Russia, the Middle East may be sliding slowly into war.
Squeezed between the rebellions of a bloody Arab Spring and growing fears of a possible military response to Iran’s growing nuclear threat, the region is becoming increasingly unstable.
“I would be very surprised if it turned into a Russian-American war, but this could be a Mid-East war: Hezbollah, Hamas, Iran, Syria, Israel all having at each other,” said Jack Granatstein, military historian and senior research fellow at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute.
(via Makes sense.)
America’s armed forces have added some major tech to their arsenal lately, from smartphones for soldiers to giant surveillance blimps. And now, AAI has unveiled a new tool for battlefield commanders in the form of giant touchscreen tablet. Its screen is three feet by two feet and employs surveillance information to give those in charge an overhead view of a war zone that shows the position of both good guys and bad. Icons represent troops, air support, and spy drones, which are then deployed by tapping and dragging them on the touchscreen.
Everything takes a hit from the economic downturn. Even, apparently, the global arms trade. Larger
Maps + Mashups + Conflicts + History = Conflict History
Part amazing, part depressing, Conflict History is a Google Maps timeline mashup that lets you browse from past to present to learn about the world’s conflicts.
The screenshot above shows 2001-2010. Selecting the Info icon on the left gives background information on the conflict with additional links to related materials. The slider on the bottom brings you forward and back in time.
For example, we just learned about the Sicilian Wars of 600 to 264 BCE.
Most of the content is pulled from Wikipedia and Freebase, a Creative Commons licensed data source.
A nifty graphic on The Science of Stopping a Bullet to go with today’s Globe and Mail story on the RCMP’s delay in issuing body armour that can withstand rifle rounds. Writes Julian Sher:
“More than six years after the shooting deaths of four RCMP officers in Mayerthorpe, Alta., stunned a nation and sparked calls for better police protection, the force has not managed to get the hard body armour that can stop long-gun ammunition to most of its front-line officers.
“Nine of the 14 RCMP officers slain by weapons fire in recent years – including the four who died in one of the deadliest chapters in the force’s history – were killed with rifles or shotguns, which are at least three times more powerful than pistols.”
Civil War 150
This map, distributed in France in the last year of the First World War, uses a trope common to a lot of cartographic propaganda: the enemy as an octopus, a tentacular monstrosity strangling its neighbours.
This late-stage war octopus is housed inside the pre-war borders of Imperial Germany, but it is associated with Prussia. This most powerful, most militarised of German states was the driving force behind German Unification in 1871 (enabled, incidentally, by a war with France).