The incredible power of the measles vaccine, in 3 graphics

Sometimes we take the benefits of modern medicine for granted, but a small dose of data and history can easily remedy that. The chart below, created by Valentine Svensson, a PhD student in molecular biology at Cambridge University, shows the dramatic decline in the incidence of measles in 20th century America. You can see that […]

8 fascinating images explain California’s dangerous drought

California has entered its fourth year of a historic drought, and residents and businesses are desperately trying to slash their water use to meet new mandatory restrictions. Here are eight fascinating graphics that explain some of the forces behind the epic drought. 1. California is one of the most-drought stricken regions of the U.S. This map, also from Brookings' […]