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I’ve got a real soft spot in my heart for the US Census Bureau, so I was pretty thrilled to discover their Data Visualization Gallery.  Useful info, beautifully presented, often interactive, and just fundamentally nifty. 

From Wired’s Best Scientific Figures of 2012.

Figures contained in scientific reports are a neglected area of the design world. Typically intended for display to academic audiences in the cramped confines of a journal, they tend to be utilitarian and esoteric—yet while looking through hundreds of articles in the course of 2012, certain figures transcended the technical and rose to the level of communication art. They combined visual clarity, information density and insight into some fact of fundamental interest.

Featuring such gems as “Gardening with Fire” and “All the Birds in the World.”