Smart Machine That Feeds Stray Animals When Bottles Get Recycled

In the large city of Istanbul, Turkey, an estimated 150,000 stray cats and dogs roam the street. It’s a polarizing topic in the country, and any attempts to eliminate their presence is met with strong opposition. Local animal activists attribute the core problem to the city’s many illegal pet shops and active animal-smuggling trade. With only small fines issued if caught smuggling, many purebred puppies are brought to the stores. There, people buy them as pets but often abandoned the animals when they are too much to handle. The animals are left to fend for themselves on the streets, often malnourished, which is why an innovative company has decided to do something about it.

This Organization Sends Left-Over Burning Man Bikes to Namibia, Africa

When a couple Australians and a New Zealander went to Burning Man for the first time in 2013, they had a surprising revelation. It wasn’t that everything they ever knew in life was untrue or that the most amazing experiences happen when you bring over 60,000 creative people together for a week. It was that there was a ton of bicycles left over on the desert playa when the gathering came to a close.

The Fantasy Coffins of Ghana

When you go, why not go out with style? In Ghana, you can take your pick of customized coffins for when your fateful day comes. The elaborately designed coffins, called Abebuu adekai, are made by specialized carpenters. There are a myriad of fantastical selections to choose from, including space shuttles, Nike shoes, cell phones, and handguns. These may seem a bit funny to Westerners, but in Ghana many of the selections for these coffins are symbolic of a form of wealth, power, comfort, or passage.

5 Dark Horses of the 2015 NFL Draft

Today is Draft Day in the National Football League, and it marks the 80th annual meeting where the team franchises get to select the most able players for their respective teams. Beginning at 8 p.m. EST, the clock will begin and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have the first pick. Many are predicting that they will either select Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota, both quarterbacks and the 2013 and 2014 Heisman Trophy winners. While this has been probably the biggest story line since the season ended, we’re not going to give our take on that. We’re going to give you our dark horse picks.

Playgrounds Around the World

Photographer James Mollison creates thought-provoking concepts that challenge us to expand our social and environmental world views. We first saw his work in his well-received book Where Children Sleep. Now, he has released a new book, Playground, which focuses on the unique childhood play space. With fond and powerful childhood memories of these places, Mollison wondered how the playground experience had affected others around the world. “It had been a space of excitement, games, bullying, laughing, tears, teasing, fun, and fear,” Mollison writes in the book.

Large-Scale Art Done Entirely by Roller Skate

Chinese artist Tian Haisu wanted to do something a bit different than the traditional painting she had been doing since she was 3 years old. So she put on some some rollerskates, dipped them in paint, and got to work. Now, she might be considered the world’s first roller-skating artist.

What the Internet Thinks About—in an Interactive Infographic

What does the Internet care about? What articles do we share the most? Using the data from the Ahrefs Content Explorer, the people at Funders and Founders analyzed the most popular articles from each of the top English-language media sites in the world and created this interactive visualization. The result is a straightforward visualization of the content we care about most. 

Minimalist Visualizations of Different Drug Experiences

We all remember the classic ad from the Partnership For a Drug-Free America, which used a simple egg to visualize your brain on drugs.

But what does your brain look like on specific drugs? Designer Meaghan Li decided take a different approach.

Street Art Comes Alive in Animated GIFs

Spanish photographer and motion designer A.L. Crego puts a fun twist on animated GIFs by taking existing street art and making it come alive. Crego has always enjoyed the work of local street artists in Spain but thought that making the pieces move would give that much more meaning to them. Why not film the art? He believes it would not have the same effect, because there would be a beginning and an end. Instead, the GIFS allow the pieces to come alive in the environments in which they were meant to be seen. Check out more of his mind bending work on his tumblr.

6 Things You Can Do on Earth Day to Make the Planet Better

Happy Earth Day from Visual News! There have been a lot of exciting movements since the inception of Earth Day in 1970. Recycling is being utilized more than ever, dialogues over major environmental issues are being discussed and acted upon, farmer’s markets are ubiquitous, and bans on plastic bags and bottles are just beginning in major cities. There’s plenty to be proud of, but no one can pat each other on the back just yet. There is still much to do both globally and locally. For Earth Day 2015, here are a few simple ways you can help the planet and give back.