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.

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.

Towering Villages in Yemen, Built from Mud Bricks

Unless you live in the coastal plains on its west coast, Yemen is one of the harshest places in the world. Most of the country is elevated, with high and dry desert plateaus and rugged mountains that receive so little water the country has no permanent rivers – only seasonal washes called “wadi” which remain dry except when summer rains sprinkle the landscape with life. Here is a place for hardy people. The Yemenis of Wadi Hadhramaut and Wadi Dawan, in eastern and central Yemen have built incredible towering villages from an unusual material – mud bricks.

We’re All Afraid of Something. This Little Animation Shows How That Can Be Good.

Fear is so pervasive it could be the main human condition. It’s an emotion that follows those who seem to have everything together, and those who can’t leave the house.

But is it really all bad?

For her graduation from Vancouver Film School, San Francisco-based animator and illustrator Nata Metlukh made an exceptional short film which looks creatively at the upside of fear. It’s charming characters challenge us to re-asses the way we look at this common emotion, and schools us in the possibility that embracing it might just take away its power.

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.

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. 

This Couple Spent 20 Years Building an Incredible Floating Island Home

If you’re going to get away from it all, this is one great way to do it. In 1992, Wayne Adams and Catherine King began building a floating home about half an hour by boat off the coast of tiny Tofino, British Columbia. Today that home has expanded to encompass 12 large platforms covered by living spaces, green houses, lush gardens and plenty of docks to tie up a kayak. Painted in bright magenta and teal hues, they call their self-built island Freedom Cove.

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.

An Astronaut’s Daughter Sends A Heartfelt Message to Space Using Huge Tire Tracks

Being an astronaut’s daughter isn’t easy, especially when your dad lives on the International Space Station. First there’s years of intense training and time away from home, then the real distance happens – you don’t get a more remote job than working in space. 13-year-old Stephanie from Houston is in that situation, and wanted to send her dad a message he’d really remember. With the help of Hyundai and a team of stunt drivers she sent a message her dad could read from space.