Adolescent Obesity Has More Than Quadrupled in 3 Decades

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past three decades. In 1980, just 7% of children 6-11, and 5% of adolescents 12-19 were obese. Today those numbers have jumped to 18% and 21% respectively.

The CDC points out that these kids aren’t simply at risk from the long term effects of being overweight – there are a host of immediate health effects like a high risk factor for cardiovascular disease (with 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease), or a far higher chance of being pre-diabetic.

The preventative solutions the CDC puts forward are nothing new. Kids need more physical activity, and more healthy food.

SpaceX’s Travel Posters Will Make You Want to Visit Mars

It may be a while until you can catch a quick flight to the red planet, but SpaceX is hopeful that option may be in our future. The commercial spacecraft company, whose spacecraft will be used to support the majority of U.S. scientific missions, is determined to enable people to live on other planets someday. (Yes, that is the company’s official mission.) To keep that dream alive and offer us some entertaining inspiration, SpaceX released three throwback travel posters last week. Who’s up for an intergalactic road trip?

HOT TEA Invites You to Swim Surrounded by Fields of Color

Minnesota-based street artist HOT TEA has a thing for rainbows. When we last covered his work, he’d yarn bombed the walkway on New York’s Williamsburg Bridge. Now he’s been tasked with bringing new life to the swimming pool on Roosevelt Island, but instead of using his normal yarn, he’s (thankfully) transformed the space with incredibly bright gradients of paint. 120 gallons to be exact.

Americans are Most Concerned About Animal Treatment in Circuses, Sports & Research

For the first time ever, Gallup has asked Americans where they’re most concerned about the treatment of animals. The numbers they uncovered in their poll from earlier this month reveal a country which deeply cares about animal welfare in almost every situation – a fact underscored by a growing number of Americans who feel that animals should have the same rights as humans.

The Majority of Americans Do Not Have a College Degree

62%. That’s the number of American’s with no college degree. If you don’t count Associates degrees, the number rises to a sizeable 66.9%.

This ‘Lucky’ Iron Fish Can Make You Stronger

It might not look like much, but this small iron fish can save lives. Canadian science graduate Dr. Christopher Charles traveled to Cambodia six years ago, where he discovered that anaemia was a huge public health problem.

Instead of finding children enjoying their youthful years, he found kids who were small and weak, often with slow mental development. Mother’s too were suffering. Tired and having painful headaches, many were unable to work. What these people needed was a healthy dose of iron in their diet – but the standard solution of daily iron tablets was often too expensive, too difficult to put into practice or simply unavailable. That’s when he had an idea.

Google Creates Time-Lapse Videos Automatically From Random Pictures on the Internet

Google and the University of Washington are creating what could be the future of DIY timelapses. Using millions of publicly shared images from popular geotagged landmarks around the world and a process the researchers call “timelapse-mining,” they are able to stitch together near seamless sequences of our changing world.

A Gigantic 3D-Printed Zoetrope Based on Ruben’s Gruesome Painting, ‘Massacre of the Innocents’

British artist Mat Collishaw (previously) has built a huge 3D-printed zeotrope called All Things Fall. The highly detailed circular sculpture is populated by 350 different figures, environmental elements and architectural pieces which animate when the carousel is spun in front of a synchronised strobe light. In motion, a shockingly grisly scene is revealed.

Sad Guy Who Won Vacation, Wins Again, Takes Wife and Baby, Has Great Time

You might remember Kevin Blandford from a few months ago. The 34-year-old telecom worker from Louisville, Kentucky won a free vacation to Puerto Rico from his job. The only problem? His baby daughter was too young to make the trip, and his wife stayed home to take care of her. Blandford decided to document his vacation with a series of dour faced photos showing his family he wasn’t having a bit of fun without them.

The hilarious series went viral – so popular that he won himself another, identical, Puerto Rican vacation – this time with the family.

Father Creates Touching Photoshopped Images of Son With Down Syndrome

Good fathers want the best for their children, no matter what challenges they may encounter in life. Alan Lawrence is a father of 5 who wants just that for his youngest son, 18-month-old Wil, who has down syndrome. Despite the challenges faced, Lawrence decided to capture Wil’s extraordinary personality through a fun photoshop series called Wil Can Fly. The series, meant to raise awareness for Down Syndrome, features Wil “flying” in his day-to-day life: at home, in the library, in the forest, and, of course, with Dad. Check out their blog to see more of Super Wil.