Fact Tank Feb. 7, 2014

Chart of the Week: How the Winter Olympics has raised its ‘cool’ factor

Since the early 1990s, as the Economist chart above shows, Olympics organizers have steadily added more and more freestyle skiing, snowboarding and other X Games-style events in a bid to appeal to younger viewers.

Fact Tank Jan. 31, 2014

Chart of the Week: 63 years of global climate change

More than six decades of global temperature data, condensed into a 15-second visualization.

Fact Tank Jan. 24, 2014

Chart of the Week: How two decades of globalization have changed the world

Globally, incomes have risen fastest for the very well-off and the bottom two-thirds of the world’s people, but have stagnated or fallen for the “global upper middle class.”

Fact Tank Jan. 17, 2014

Chart of the Week: Many in the Americas say high joblessness can justify a coup

Significant minorities in several nations of the Americas say high unemployment would justify a military takeover of their country’s government.

Fact Tank Jan. 10, 2014

Chart of the Week: Where the smokers are

A new data visualization lets you pinpoint where smoking is most and least common around the world.

Fact Tank Jan. 3, 2014

Chart of the Week: The best-performing U.S. cities

Technology and energy drove the strongest urban economies last year.

Fact Tank Dec. 27, 2013

Chart of the Week: Where the loss of unemployment benefits will hit

A map from the Washington Post shows the states where the expiration of unemployment benefits on Saturday will have the most impact.

Fact Tank Dec. 20, 2013

Chart of the Week: Coffee and tea around the world

Worldwide tea is far more popular than coffee, but preferences for one beverage over the other fall into distinct geographic patterns.

Fact Tank Dec. 13, 2013

Chart of the Week: Most new gun laws since Newtown ease restrictions

In the year since the Newtown school shootings, most new state gun laws have loosened rather than tightened restrictions.

Fact Tank Dec. 6, 2013

Chart of the Week: How South Africa changed, and didn’t, over Mandela’s lifetime

South Africa experienced tremendous political change during Nelson Mandela’s lifetime, but whites remain on top of the country’s economy.