I am pretty darned geeked about this news visualization tool over at Slate. It works much like Pearl Trees and links news topics that have been covered in a given day but, beyond that, when you click on a node, a list of relevant new stories appears on the right. To access the tool, click through on the static link below or the Read More link below the graphic.
Like Kevin Bacon's co-stars, topics in the news are all connected by degrees of separation. To examine how every story fits together, News Dots visualizes the most recent topics in the news as a giant social network. Subjects—represented by the circles below—are connected to one another if they appear together in at least two stories, and the size of the dot is proportional to the total number of times the subject is mentioned.
Read more at slatest.slate.com