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Florence Nightingale Was Born 197 Years Ago, And Her Infographics Were Better Than Most of the Internet


When someone mentions Florence Nightingale, who was born this week in 1820, one particular image likely comes to mind: A caring presence, head covered by a shawl, holding a lamp as she ministers to patients in the dark. The “Lady with the Lamp,” as she was known, still serves as a symbol for nurses everywhere.

But for every hour Nightingale spent burning the midnight oil to help a sick soldier, she likely spent another up late doing something else: working on some of the world’s first explicitly persuasive infographics. In addition to caretaking and advocating, Nightingale was a dedicated statistician, constantly gathering information and thinking up new ways to compare and present it.

In August of 1856, Nightingale headed home from her famous stint at Scutari … Read the rest

The Biggest Ship Ever to Arrive on the East Coast Has Arrived on the East Coast

Earlier this month, the COSCO Development became the biggest ship ever to traverse the recently enlarged Panama Canal. Here’s a video of it passing between oceans:

How big is it? Around 1,200 feet long, big enough to hold 13,000 20-foot cargo containers (that’s about four million flat-screen TVs). And while that’s big, it doesn’t even crack the top 50 largest container ships in the world, headlined by the recently completed Madrid Maersk.

On May 8, the Development, which set out from Hong Kong weeks ago, arrived and broke the record for the largest ship to … Read the rest