The Newest Yoga Mat is Made from the Strangest Source: Algae Once derided as simple pond scum, algae is poised to become the newest source of sustainable foam products.
New Comic Book Celebrates Diversity and Superhero Single Moms Raising Dion features a young superhero boy and his equally heroic single mom.
Celebration and Politics, 10 Years After the Storm Writer and filmmaker Lolis Eric Elie on treacherous policy and the trials of preservation
This Shelter Assembles in Just One Hour—and Could House Disaster Victims for Four Months A Turkish design firm creates a compact home for victims of floods, earthquakes, and other natural disasters.
How New Orleans’ Health Clinic for Musicians Survived the Storm The local healthcare provider weathered Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history.
A Team of South African Scientists May Have Just Bested Google in the Race for Cost Effective Solar Energy Researchers from Stellenbosch University are about to unveil a revolutionary model for affordable, transportable, concentrated solar power.
Beautiful, informative data visualizations have been one of GOOD's hallmarks from the start, and we fulfilled that mission more than ever before in 2011. From an infographic that compared school cafeteria food and prison meals to an interactive visualization of a GOP debate with embedded sound clips, we brought you the news graphically as often as possible. Click through to relive the year through our most interesting, newsworthy, or just plain attractive infographics.
Are the Richest Americans Also the Best Educated?
The latest data from the U.S. Census's American Community Survey paints a fascinating picture of the United States at the county level. We looked at the educational achievement and the median income of the entire nation, to see where people are going to school, where they're earning money, and if there's any correlation.
What Congress Would Look Like if It Really Represented America
America is getting more and more diverse—for instance, our Hispanic population grew by 43 percent in the past decade alone—but you'd never be able to tell it by looking at our Congress. Here's what the House and Senate look like today, and what they would look like if they were demographically representative of our nation.
The Best and Worst Countries in Which to Pay Taxes
If you think your taxes are complicated, imagine a business' tax forms. PricewaterhouseCoopers recently completed a survey of how easy it is for businesses to pay taxes in every country in the world, based on a variety of categories. The United States ranked 64th of out 183 countries surveyed. Here are, for comparison, the countries with the simplest and most complicated tax systems.
School Cafeteria Food vs. Prison Food
Hopefully you haven't gotten the chance to taste jailhouse cuisine, but if you're a product of the American school system, you probably have childhood memories of standing in line for grey mashed potatoes, half-thawed mystery meat, and slimy canned peaches. How do the trays measure up?
The Successes and Failures of the Fight Against AIDS
Thirty years after we first learned of AIDS, the world has made huge advances in its fight against the disease. Public knowledge is up and deaths are down, but we've still got a long, long way to go.
Are Facebook Users More Trusting?
New research from Pew shows that people who use social networking sites are more likely to make connections with others. Do you buy it?
Declining Confidence in America's Public Schools
Just 34 percent of Americans say they have faith in the public school system, an all-time low. Many of them say budget troubles are to blame, but they also think better teachers would fix the problem.
Life's a Breach
Sometimes it’s intentional, like when hacktivists exposed racist emails exchanged by Arizona police officers, and sometimes it’s accidental, like a misplaced iPhone, but as the amount of data we collectively produce has exponentially increased, so have the number of data breaches. Since 2005, more than 534 million digital records have been stolen, lost, or compromised, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. And those are just the incidents that have been reported. In reality, the number of breaches is probably much, much larger. We don’t even know how much data we’ve lost.
Visualizing the Republican Debate
Unsurprisingly, jobs and the economy were the dominant topics at last weeks GOP debate, hosted by Fox News and Google. Thanks to data compiled by Google after the event, we know exactly how much airtime the jobs crisis took up: 26 percent of the 95-minute debate. And though there were nine candidates on stage, two of them—Rick Perry and Mitt Romney—accounted for a full 34 percent of the event. Check out this infographic and interactive timeline to see how the debate evolved over the course of that 95 minutes, then hit the "play" buttons to see clips from particular moments.
The Experiential Economy: Can Money Buy Happiness?
Money can’t buy you happiness, right? Wrong. Kinda.
Wealthier people are indeed happier—but only to a point. All that extra cash buys just a small amount of joy. We quickly get used to having money, it turns out, and we almost immediately start comparing our fancy new toys with our neighbors’.
Psychologists have a found a way to make money-fueled happiness last, however: Buy experiences, not material goods. We adapt to things we do slower than just plain things. We’re also less likely to make social comparisons about trips and meals than cars and gadgets. As a result, experiential purchasers report being more satisfied with their lives, less anxious, less depressed, and in better mental and physical health.
Those are just a few of our favorites—check out out the rest of our data visualizations on GOOD's infographics page.