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The Moksha Roundup

Issue #60, June 19 - 26, 2023

Welcome to this week’s Moksha Roundup! This small newsletter is a weekly roundup of the latest and greatest in the data visualization/design/visual storytelling world. Every week, we compile our favorite projects from journalists, storytellers, and technologists and share them with you.

In this issue, we share great visual storytelling pieces from CNN, Bloomberg, and the Houston Chronicle. If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

Texas Heat Tracker: How hot is it in Houston? by Houston Chronicle

The teams at the Houston Chronicle and Hearst DevHub have created this interactive map of Texas that presents up-to-date temperatures across the state, based on data collected every 15 minutes from the National Centers for Environmental Prediction. The charts compare observed highs and lows with temperatures from 1991 to 2020, data that experts use to define climate normals that describe a specific location’s typical weather. (It’s really hot over here.)

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Charted: Distance to Dark Skies by Axios

For Axios, Kavya Beheraj has explored and visualized how far some stargazers have to travel to see a sky devoid of light pollution. The article features data on over 60 dark sky places certified by the International Dark-Sky Association in the U.S., areas of remote wilderness specifically protected for exceptional stargazing.

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Generative AI Takes Stereotypes and Bias From Bad to Worse by Bloomberg

For Bloomberg, Leonardo Nicoletti and Dina Bass have delved into the biases in AI models. Through a series of interactive and scroll-linked visualizations, the article explores how the biases in generative AI are representative of the datasets they are trained on.

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The state of gender-affirming care in the US by CNN

Annette Choi, for CNN, has put together a novel, helpful graphic on the state of gender-affirming care in the US. The small multiples cartogram shows how the landscape of gender-affirming care differs by states, including what kinds of provisions and exceptions are in place.

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Inspiration for a climate graphic 🧵 by Ed Hawkins

Climate scientist Ed Hawkins has put together this thread of visualizations from the IPCC 6th Assessment’s Synthesis Report. Within the thread, he discusses the process of creating one visualization, noting that it “is a deeply collaborative & iterative process, relying on inspiration from a wide collection of people over several years.”

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