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Measles has surged back in Europe, while whooping cough is has become a problem here in the U.S.

Childhood immunization rates plummeted in parts of Europe and the U.K. after a 1998 study falsely claimed that the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella was linked to autism.

That study has since been found to be fraudulent. But fears about vaccine safety have stuck around in Europe and here in the U.S.

NPR maps the resurgence of preventable diseases due to public ignorance and lamentable misinformation about vaccines.

Pair with Bill Gates on vaccines, animated.

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Another departure from pure science, but some interesting data visualization from a study published last week. Each dot is a single member of the House of Representatives (democrats = blue, republicans = red). The proximity and lines between dots indicates cooperation - voting the same way on legislation. The more they vote the same way, the thicker the connecting lines and the closer the dots.

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World Airports Voronoi

Online visualization by Jason Davies presents the world organized as territories in relation to the distance between airports:

Each region is closer to a particular airport than any other. This partitioning of the sphere is called a spherical Voronoi diagram, and was calculated by d3.geo.voronoi, which is currently underdevelopment.

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Polio is on its last legs.

The disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of kids a year around the globe is now down to just a few dozen cases this year. “We are aiming to halt all transmission of wild polio virus next year,” says Peter Crowley, the head of UNICEF’s global efforts against polio.

If polio is stopped, it will be only the second human disease to be eliminated. Smallpox was the first — the last case was in 1977.

There’s reason to be optimistic that this gigantic feat of public health is within humanity’s grasp. The World Health Organization says polio transmission has stopped for the first time ever in Africa. Last month, Africa’s last bastion of polio — Nigeria — celebrated going an entire year without recording any new cases.

Next Year Could Mark The End Of Polio

Graphic: Jason Beaubien and Alyson Hurt/NPR

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Minimal Maps, Big Data: Michael Pecirno Makes Data Visualization Both Beautiful and Illuminating

Michael Pecirno is a multi-disciplinary designer based out of London, England. Originally trained as an architect and later working as an art director, his practice focuses on storytelling through visual and built experiences. Minimal Maps is an ongoing project by Pecirno that explores how richly-detailed single subject maps can give us new imagery to understand our landscape. For example, corn fields take up 91 million acres of the American landscape, a staggering 4.83% of the contiguous United States. Though the value sounds astounding, visualizing what 4.83% of the American landscape looks like, or furthermore, where this land is, is extraordinarily difficult. These maps, which use tremendous amounts of raw data provided by the USDA, attempt to accurately and explicitly convey this information. Pecirno’s maps and research, the latest of which will be shown at the Chicago Architecture Biennial this fall, provide an alternative to the often information-poor data visualization maps that have become ubiquitous today. 

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All those little lines are jokes! ALL THE JOKES! (at least the ones I noticed)

Last year Jeremy Bowers, Danny DeBelius, Christopher Groskopf, Aly Hurt and I made a very silly interactive graphic exhaustively tabulating the running jokes in Arrested Development, along with their connections:

http://apps.npr.org/arrested-development/

And wouldn’t you know it, someone just put in a book – giving me an excuse to put in on tumblr. So if you’d like to see how many times GOB says “I’ve made a huge mistake,” check out the graphic.

A month ago, there were “Road Closed” signs up on all of Donald Trump’s potential paths to the White House.

But now, less than a week before the crucial first debate of this presidential race — and as a terrorism bombing investigation continues in New York and New Jersey — a viable route has emerged for the Republican nominee, according to the latest NPR Battleground Map.

About a dozen battleground states have gotten closer, with some key ones showing Trump leading for the first time. Hillary Clinton retains the advantage, but it’s a far more precarious lead for the Democrat than at any time in this presidential race.

Trump’s movement comes as many pollsters have switched to “likely voter” models, which try to predict the electorate based on factors like enthusiasm and past voting records. That alone may be responsible for most of the tightening, but it also follows a less-disastrous month of campaigning for Trump than the stretch immediately following the party conventions, which saw his fight with the Khan family, whose son, a Muslim American, was an Army captain killed in Iraq. Trump also began running his first major round of campaign ads in key states in recent weeks.

NPR Battleground Map: A Path To The Presidency Opens Up For Trump

Graphic: Alyson Hurt and Domenico Montanaro/NPR