Chairigami is a one-person company founded by recent Yale graduate Zach Rotholz. Its furniture is made from recycled cardboard and there’s no assembly required: They don’t use any glue or fasteners.
As hundreds of thousands of civilians die in the civil war in Syria, it appears that the country’s embattled dictator, president Bashar Al-Assad, has launched a new social media strategy to go along with his chemical weapons: showing lots of pictures of how everyone loves him.
Is “the official Instagram account for the Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic,” which launched on July 24 (and found by Patrick Witty, of Time), a real social media strategy from the dictator that has used sarin gas (according to the US government) on opposition forces and killed at least 4,000 of his own civilian populace (estimated by Human Rights Watch) in air strikes alone?
Despite government protection of your health care data, new research shows that at least seven leading health sites leak your search terms to third-party trackers.
Now you can see how your community compares to your neighbors with this project that maps and ranks the health of every county in America.
Somewhere in Green Island, New York, there is a tiny wood-framed house filled with mushroom insulation…
Up until now, the makers of this innovative little building at Ecovative Design have specialized in packaging products, but now they are focusing their efforts on building materials."The aim is to replace all plastic foams anywhere we can," says Ecovative Design’s Sam Harrington.
A design for a winter coat that doubles into a sleeping bag quickly evolved into the Empowerment Plan, an initiative that trains homeless women to become seamstresses who can create coats of their own.
EcoAlberto, a Mexican amusement park offers a simulated illegal border crossing to guests.
For $20 visitors can participate in a four-hour mock border crossing, complete with fake border control officers, smugglers, dogs, sirens, and chases. People who get caught while doing the mock crossing aren’t imprisoned but they can be punished with “a few bruises and a little discomfort.”
The experience is meant to deter Mexicans for attempting the trip in real life.
The Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times argue that nearly 1 billion dollars of charity money has been misspent by organizations that spend more money on fundraising than actually aid.
Here are the five worst offenders:
1. Kids Wish Network
2. Cancer Fund of America
3. Children’s Wish Foundation International
4. American Breast Cancer Foundation
5.The Firefighters Charitable Foundation
You can build a shiny modern metropolis out of nothing, but how do you create the bustle of a city?
Connect & Coach, the winner of the Data Design Diabetes Challenge, helps people make healthier choices that can make grocery shopping an altogether more healthy experience.
A new film called Girl Rising shows how education affects nine girls from nine countries—with some help from famous voices like Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, and Anne Hathaway.
Investing in girls is said to have the best returns, dollar for dollar, of anything we can do in low-income locations.
Every extra year of schooling for girls leads to:
- Increased incomes by 10% to 25%.
- A rise in national wealth.
- Lower rates of child mortality and HIV/AIDS.
- Better educated future generations.
"We can overcome many challenges that we’re trying to address in global development when girls are safe, educated, healthy, and empowered," says Girl Rising executive producer Holly Gordon. ”It’s the best investment you can make if you’re trying to make long-term strategic change in global development,”
Read more here: The enormous opportunity in educating and empowering girls
Want to be happy? Live near a park. Researchers at the University of Exeter found that people living in greener areas were consistently more satisfied, and experienced less distress.
From Paris’s Vélib’ to New York’s CitiBike, this infographic compares the size of 29 of the world’s largest bike sharing systems.
For every container of Greek yogurt you see on a supermarket shelf, picture another container (or two or three) of deadly poison. It’s called acid whey, and it’s a toxic byproduct from the yogurt-making process. Accidental spills of the toxic substance have killed thousands of fish, and no one knows what to do with it…
[Illustration: Kelly Rakowski/Co.Exist]