The Rainbow Girls & Silhouettes of Charmaine Olivia

The paintings and illustrations of San Francisco based full-time artist and model Charmaine Olivia ooze the sex appeal and wonderment of insanely attractive female ghosts, dead long before their time. The sayings, “Was†ed You†h” and “Live Fast, Die Young” instantly come to mind when viewing her artworks. Her works focus on the high fashion beauty of her subjects, with their striking cheek bones, enormous pouty lips and transcendent eyes. She works in a variety of media to capture these images, but her favorite mediums are oil and ink.

Projecto Olimpico: An Olympic Poster Series for Brazil

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad, are scheduled to take place in London, England, from 27th of July to the 12th of August. To commemorate this event, the Brazilian daily newspaper O Estado De S. Paulo enlisted the talents of graphic designer Emma Butler to create a series of posters to feature each of the sports Brazil will be competing in at the 2012 Olympics.

Why Cities? Ending Climate Change Begins in the City

The climate change debate has been going on for years, with people on both sides of the fence arguing for its existence — and against it. It’s hard to argue or turn a blind eye to the fact that, as the world’s population continues to grow, cities are becoming more and more crowded and the day-to-day pollution put into the environment by humans is starting to have an effect on our world. The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of the world’s mega cities committed to addressing climate change, and have a meaningful global impact. They have created this stellar interactive graphic to help spread the news.

Student Loan Debt: How Big Will the Bubble Grow?

It’s universally understood that college is an expensive place, and there’s no easy way of escaping graduation without incurring some amount of debt. The real question is, “just how much?” When you talk to people about their student loans, it’s not uncommon to hear them bragging about only owing $10,000 – which isn’t too bad for a quality education – but there are people who graduate with so much more than that. The sheer explosion of student loan debt has many people worrying that we are watching another financial bubble in the making.

The Long Wait For Donated Organs

Being born with weaker organs than others is a bummer, and the thought of losing your life because you weren’t able to get an organ transplant is even more disheartening. Organ donation rates have increased considerably over the years as awareness of donor programs has grown, yet nearly 20 Americans die each day while waiting for a transplant. There are more than 114,000 Americans who are eligible for organ transplants and waiting for a donation, with more than 80% of candidates waiting for a new kidney.

Martine Johanna: Dark Wanderer Sliding Into Dreams

Martine Johanna hails from a land filled with tulips, windmills, bicycles and canals. She is a Dutch born artist who was raised in the green heart of the Netherlands and now lives and works in Amsterdam. Her paintings and illustrations have an eerie, dream like feel to them. Hooded figures hide devilishly sexy bodies and trample through the woods, coming out on the other end with cosmic triangles adorning their faces, lush foliage caressing their backs, and snakes.

The Changing Lives of Arab Youth

Life in the Arab world has not been the same since the Arab Spring uprisings began in Tunisia a year and a half ago. The Arab Spring spread through neighboring countries, carving out the destructive paths of rebels and insurgents fighting against the various governments. These upheavals have changed the economic and political landscape of the Arab world for years to come, with corrupt leaders and harsh dictators being removed from power after decades of rule. The question posed here: where does this leave the youth of the Arab world?

The Prepaid Card Mine Field

Seriously, who doesn’t want a prepaid card sponsored by the self-proclaimed “best rapper alive” Lil’ Wayne, the hip-hop and clothing mogul Russell Simmons, or the internationally acclaimed personal finance expert Suze Orman? With these celebrity endorsements, prepaid cards have become big business – but are they really a solid investment? Most people think all they have to do is put money on the card, spend the money until it’s gone and then refill the card when you get around to it. But we know better than to think it’s really that easy, right?

Free Wi-Fi: Friend or Foe?

The age of Wi-Fi connected devices is in full force: during the course of 2012, the number of connected devices will exceed the world’s population. These increasing numbers show no sign of stopping, and within the next few years most of us will have at least two devices — like Smartphones and tablets – connected to public Wi-Fi networks. This greater availability of public Wi-Fi also brings unseen hazards for users to look out for: hackers.

The Weight of the Nation

It’s no surprise that the United States is facing an alarming obesity problem (no surprise because most people can name the location of every fast food joint in town, but hit a wall when asked about the times and locations of their local farmers markets). It would be too quick and easy to blame individuals for eating too much and exercising too little, mainly because the causes are complex and involve many sometimes complex factors.