Reaching 1 million deaths

The New York Times narrated the path to one million Covid deaths in the United States. They start with one million dots, each one representing a death. As you read, the dots arrange into trends and significant events over these past years.

As we have talked about before, it’s impossible to communicate the true weight of a single death, much less a million, but the individual dots provide a visual foundation to better understand abstract trends.

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Inflation based on your spending

We’ve been hearing a lot about inflation rates lately on a national scale. However, how inflation impacts you depends on what you spend your money on. Ben Casselman and Ella Koeze for The New York Times provide an estimate for you.

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Formula 1 car redesign

The rules around a car’s aerodynamics for Formula 1 racing changed a lot this year, which means new challenges and big shifts in team rankings. Josh Katz and Jeremy White, for The New York Times, illustrated the changes and how modifications affect a car’s performance.

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Tucker Carlson word usage and patterns

Tucker Carlson hosts a nightly show viewed by millions. The New York Times analyzed the changing structure of the show and Carlson’s recurring speaking points, over a span of 1,150 episodes. NYT shows the results with a mix of audio and video clips and wideout views like the one above, which mark episodes that use specific types of rhetoric.

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Tonga shockwave around the world

Earlier this year, an underwater volcano erupted in the island nation of Tonga. For The New York Times, Aatish Bhatia and Henry Fountain describe the effects of the eruption, which lasted for days and rippled around the world. The introductory animated globe shows the pressure wave and gives a good sense of the eruption’s massive scale.

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Ukraine’s defense in Kyiv

The New York Times shows how Russia has tried to take over and how Ukraine continues to stop the offensives. The mixed media piece pulls you in to how different strategies have worked and have not, at least the best you can through a screen.

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Potential coronavirus mutations

For NYT Opinion, researchers Sarah Cobey, Jesse Bloom, and Tyler Starr, along with NYT graphics editor Nathaniel Lash, discuss the potential mutations for the coronavirus. The accompanying graphic zooms in on the amino acids that allow the virus infect human cells. Scroll to see the mutations in the Delta variant and Omicron, and then keep going to see where else we might be headed.

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Intercepted Russian radio communications

The New York Times analyzed Russian radio communications near Kyiv. The unencrypted transmissions, which anyone with a ham radio could record and even interject in, seem to suggest logistical mistakes early on.

The mixed media piece, driven primarily by audio, adds another dimension to the wideout map views of the invasion.

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Total refugees from Ukraine, compared to other countries

Millions of Ukrainians (over three million as of this writing) have left their homes for other countries in a relatively short period of time. Sara Chodosh, Zach Levitt and Gus Wezerek for NYT Opinion put the total as of March 13 into perspective. Over just an 18-day period, Ukraine refugee counts have surpassed counts during those of other refugee crises over one-year periods, since 1975.

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Map of Russian gas exports

Speaking of Russian gas, Josh Holder, Karl Russell and Stanley Reed for The New York Times mapped gas exports from Russia to E.U. countries. NYT used Sankey flows where thicker lines mean more gas, which are paired with a choropleth map that represents share each country’s natural gas imports that are from Russia.

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