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49 Women

Various factors, such as the infamous one-child policy, have led to an alarming gender imbalance in China and India, as the two countries have 70 million more men than women. Now they have to figure out how to deal with a whole host of consequences that could take decades to fix. WaPo’s team examines the four largest ramifications of this massive gender gap through both personal stories and data.

49 Dark

This interactive visualization from security firm DarkOwl showcases its data on nearly 72,000 websites from across the dark web. Based on natural language processing, DarkOwl has categorized these sites based on their content -- counterfeiting, cryptocurrency, hacking, and others. Dig deep into this viz to understand what’s happening in the depths of the internet.

49 Earthquake

As San Francisco has grown into a hub for burgeoning tech, the city’s skyline has been dotted with taller skyscrapers. The city now has 160 buildings taller than 240 feet, including the Salesforce Tower that tops 1,000. Some seismologists worry that this leaves the city susceptible to major damage should a large earthquake hit. By one estimate, one in four buildings may be unusable after a magnitude 7 earthquake.

49 Umps

Major League Baseball has been attempting to speed up games for several years now with a host of rules changes. Turns out that the umpires may be unwittingly aiding in that effort. According to analysis by FiveThirtyEight, umps tend to favor the team more likely to win during extra innings by making subtle adjustments to the strike zone. Maybe they need to get paid overtime?

49 Flowing

Here’s another handy think piece from Nathan Yau, founder of FlowingData and data viz guru. This piece covers several approaches to presenting “differences” in data, from geometric encodings to animated contrasts. If you’re looking for some inspiration for a data viz project, this is a good place to start.