Should Businesses Be Required to Serve Same-Sex Couples? Americans Weigh In.

Last month Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a religious freedom law allowing businesses to refuse services to same-sex couples on religious grounds. While supporters say the law protects religious liberty for everyone, critics were quick to point out that the law would easily allow businesses to discriminate, with many people recalling “separate but equal” laws that were used to disenfranchise blacks from everyday rights until the 1960s.

Can Cartoons Teach You a New Language?

Cartoons are an ancient art form, present throughout human existence—and in unique iterations throughout our lives. Their simplicity can communicate a story simply and powerfully, from the earliest cave paintings to modern-day versions, which is why they resonate with people around the world.

Today, cartoons are perhaps more popular than ever. Children worldwide enjoy animated films and TV shows; advertisements feature classic characters. Adults are attracted to them, too. Worldwide, large subcultures have formed around the cartoon. Take the rise of the manga comic in Japan, for example.

The “Dr. Seuss House” Towers Over the Alaskan Forest

The locals call it the “Dr. Seuss House”. Far out in the wilds of Alaska, near the town of Willow, stands a tall building in the middle of the forest. It looks like it could have come from a fantasy novel or perhaps the pages of a book by the legendary Theodor Geisel, but the original builder isn’t around to tell the story.

Surreal Illustrations by Michael Kerbow

Michael Kerbow is a San Francisco-based artist who explores the potential pitfalls of an unregulated society. He does this through his surreal paintings that depict such scenes as piles of cars, endless buildings, and industrial overload. His work is detailed, captivating, and at times scary.

53% of New Yorkers Face Major Disadvantage

New York: If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. Unfortunately, the majority of New Yorkers aren’t making it. Beyond high rents, quality of life for the majority of residents is less-than-ideal.

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The Robin Hood Foundation and the Columbia Population Research Center have partnered to research the larger problems the city population is dealing with. From health struggles to lack of transportation, individuals of all ages are struggling to find quality of life. And, unfortunately, the metrics used to measure poverty by the U.S. government don’t account for many of these hurdles, preventing much-needed public funding.

Bringing the Forest into the Heart of New York’s Times Square

There is an exciting campaign on Kickstarter that has already met its initial goal and is close to meeting its stretch goal. Conservation biologist Marielle Anzelone loves the nature found in Manhattan and wants to help New Yorkers realize the valuable green space found throughout the city, so she has started a project to bring a lush green forest right into the heart of Times Square in NYC. 

Photographer Captures Life on a Bench for a Year in Barcelona

Spanish photographer Gabor Erdely came up with a simple idea for capturing some of the life in the beautiful city of Barcelona: photograph a seaside bench for a year. In the Barceloneta area of the city, Erdely faithfully took photos from a bird’s-eye view to capture the many ways the locals use the bench.

This Boy’s Best Friend Is a Magpie, and It’s Adorable

A few years ago we covered a sweet story about the friendship between a Japanese Grandma and her cat. Now, we have another touching story about a young boy from Australia and his best friend—a magpie. The bird’s name is Penguin, and she was rescued as a baby by her owner, 10-year-old Noah Bloom. Cameron Bloom, Noah’s mother, is a professional photographer who has been capturing the relationship as it blossoms.

Cool “USB Mixtapes” Bring Back the Way People Used to Gift Mixes

Back in the day, we’d make mixes on cassettes and CDs for lovers (or people we wanted to be lovers), friends, and for ourselves. But with smartphones and streaming music, that tradition has gone by the wayside. Good news for those nostalgic souls who miss the mixtape: You can now have the best of both worlds. Meet the USB Mixtape designed by Tiffany Roddis.

Here’s Everything You Should Bring to Coachella

If you’re heading to Coachella this weekend and you’re camping because your crew couldn’t lock down an Airbnb, this handy guide will help you survive the desert. Check out what to pack and what to leave at home. (Heads up, totems aren’t allowed—no matter how many tribal tattoos or headbands you have.)