The Verge: Check out some of the best data visualizations from the Information is Beautiful awards. “For the past six years, Information is Beautiful has hosted awards for the best data visualizations and interactive stories. The organization recently announced the shortlist for the 2018 awards (winners will be announced on December 4th), which run the gamut from the psychological effects of movie genres to how spring is arriving earlier and earlier.”
Artnet: Satellites Are Taking Data-Based Images of the Earth and the Colors Are Spectacular—See Them Here. “Experience Earth art as you’ve never seen it before in a stunning new set of satellite images that depicts the globe’s landscape in otherworldly hues. Last month, the United States Geological Survey released the fifth installment of the ‘Earth as Art’ series drawn from imagery taken by the Landsat satellite program.”
Artsy: Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch” will remain on public display while it’s restored.. “Beginning in July 2019, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum will offer the public a unique glimpse into a process that usually happens behind closed doors. A restoration team will work in a ‘state of the art clear glass chamber’ so museum patrons—and those tuning in to the live online stream—can witness how the exacting process is performed.”
The Verge: Nautilus lets you watch their ocean expeditions live. “The Nautilus is a research vehicle operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust, a nonprofit founded by Robert Ballard, one of the people who helped us find the Titanic. It conducts scientific research and offers live video and audio streams to those of us who are unable to come along. This year, it’ll journey along the western part of North America, from British Columbia to the Hawaiian islands. Right now, it’s exploring the Lōihi Seamount, an active underwater volcano near Hawaii.”
BGR: History buffs will love this site that maps the oldest building in every U.S. state. “We report so much on the bleeding edge of all things tech, but there’s another story on the far opposite side of that world that’s just as fascinating and as relevant to everything we see around us today. We’re talking about history — more specifically, the history of the built environment, which is the focus of one site that’s gone ahead and mapped the oldest still-intact structure in all 50 states.”
Motherboard: This Coder Fit a Bootable CD and Video Game Into a Tweet. “A few weeks ago, Alok Menghrajani, a security engineer at Square, set out to challenge himself. He wanted to fit a bootable CD-ROM, and a retro video game inside it, into a tweet. The results are pretty cool.”
Tasting Table: This Live Instagram Map Proves We Eat More Cake for Breakfast than You’d Think. “You no longer have to scroll through an endless feed of food posts on Instagram to find the latest dish to try, because there’s a new website that’s taking the sensory overload off your plate. Bites of the Big Apple, a project from consumer insight company Crimson Hexagon, took the most popular food-related hashtags in New York during a one-week period in May and plotted them on a map that constantly changes to reflect the time of day.” I looked at this and the map reflects the pictures taken that week, as far as I can tell. It’s not really a “live” map, but it’s well-designed and worth a look.