Play the Daily Weather Forecast in a Box on Your Desk

Working in front of a computer (or any inside job) can really detach you from the world outside, so how about putting a bit of the outdoors on your desk? Ken Kawamoto has created the Tempescope, a device that simulates weather conditions for the daily forecast, playing it back inside a translucent box. Like taking a scoop from the air outside, the Tempescope is able to create environments from sun to rain, and fog to lightning.

What’s Missing in the Film Industry? Women.

The representation of women in the film industry is dismally low. In 2014, women comprised 17% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 (domestic) grossing films. And if you’re guessing that number is creeping upwards, it’s not. That’s the same percentage of women who worked in these roles in 1998.

What Percentage of Your Life has the US Spent At War?

The Vietnam war was known for its length, but today the War on Terror has far surpassed it – stretching on for more than 13 years. For kids born in late 2001, there has never been a day when the United States wasn’t at war.

That sobering fact is clearly revealed in this excellent graphic created by The Washington Post. Here they chart the years in living memory that the US has been engaged in war, showing the percentage of people’s lives lived during times of war and peace.

How to Play Party Games from Around the World

Summer’s coming. That means it’s prime season for BBQs, campouts, pool parties, and other festivities, whether family-friendly or otherwise. Regardless, any time you gather a group, you’ll want to keep each other entertained (especially if you’re on hosting duty). With that in mind, we researched the different types of games played around the world to get a little inspiration for your next party. From crazy drinking sports to simple games to play with kids, here are a few activities to try.

More High Schoolers are Smoking E-Cigarettes

More high schoolers are smoking electronic cigarettes. In 2014, more than 13 of every 100 high school students reported using an e-cigarette in the past 30 days. In 2013, fewer than 5 in 100 high school students said the same thing. So is this a good thing or a bad thing? It might be some of both.

School Bullying May Be on the Decline

Over the past decade, school bullying has been on the decline. That’s according to a survey of students 12 to 18 years old when asked whether they had been bullied at any time during school. In 2007 nearly one third of students reported being the victim of bullying, but as of 2013 that number had dropped below one quarter. That’s great news for teens who already have plenty on their plate just growing up.

Daniel Rozin’s ‘PomPom Mirror’ Reflects Your Body In Pixelated Fur

You don’t need glass to make a mirror. Artist Daniel Rozin has created one that reflects objects in faux fur. It’s entirely bizarre and almost magical.

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.

70% of Americans are Not Engaged at Work

70%. That’s how many workers are ‘not engaged’ while at work. Those numbers come from Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report, an ongoing study from 2010 through 2012 which looks for insights on what leaders can do to improve employee performance and engagement at the workplace. Whether killing time at work surfing the net, or simply putting in the lowest effort on a boring project, American workers are working more while doing less.

It’s not just about helping employers though. This kind of research benefits everyone. By providing employees with more meaningful work they not only work harder, they also go home knowing they spent their time working for a good reason. Win-win.

Here’s Every Meteorite Fall on Earth in a Single Interactive Visualization

Ever wonder how many meteors have hit Earth? The Meteoritical Society is doing its best to keep track. And Javier de la Torre, co-founder of CartoDB, is helping us see the pure volume of hits (into the tens of thousands). His interactive visualization shows a heatmap of hits all over the world, letting you explore where and when meteorites fell, as well as their size and classification. (Pro tip: See if any have landed near your hometown.)