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This may be the most beautiful bar graph ever created.  Jer Thorp, an artist and former geneticist, creates software-based images called visualizations. The image, above, illustrates how often the word ‘organic’ appears on the pages of the New York Times between the years 1981 and 2009. Each blade of grass represents a one-month period, showing a gradual rise in the use of the term over the last two decades.

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