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It’s no surprise that the United States is facing an alarming obesity problem (no surprise because most people can name the location of every fast food joint in town, but hit a wall when asked about the times and locations of their local farmers markets). It would be too quick and easy to blame individuals for eating too much and exercising too little, mainly because the causes are complex and involve many sometimes complex factors. [Read more...]
What was it like building forts in your house as a kid? Did you create space ships, fairytale castles, jungle forts or tipis? Did you use sheets, cardboard boxes, umbrellas and broomsticks? I remember sharing a room with my brother, twin beds on each wall and creating some pretty plush forts between using old comforters, loads of pillows from the house (sorry Mom) and anything possible to make their ceilings stand tall. Sometimes they’d be castles, sometimes we thought we were building roller coasters… one thing was for sure though: when the lights went out and we were supposed to be sleeping, we’d crawl back inside and imagine fantastic adventures late into the night. [Read more...]
What started out as a fun and simple idea to give a 4 year old child a toy based on his own drawing, has now become a very interesting business. That company, Child’s Own Studio, is now creating one-off plush toys based on your child’s own drawing, cleverly re-imagining their often unique sense of style. So far over 200 original toys have been created.
How much do these great toys cost? Prices are quote based, but the $100 Canadian gift certificate should give a rough figure. For such a memorable keepsake, it seems more than worth it. [Read more...]
Scientists at Rice University have defined the structure, down to the atomic level, of a virus that is the second-leading cause of juvenile diarrhea. The findings could lead to the development of medications to block it before it becomes infectious. [Read more...]
We’ve seen a lot of unusual ways to represent infographics lately, from in-the-field visualization tool-kits to a DIY stencil for pie-charts, it seems the ways to represent data is nearly limitless. This new advertisement for Canadian organization Active for Life, sees school children using their bodies to demonstrate the dwindling level of fitness in Canadian schools. While the precision of the data visualization may be inherently a little on the fuzzy side, the execution and over-all communication from the technique is spot-on. Check out those colorful arms! [Read more...]
These classic photographs of Brooklyn and it’s youth capture the raw, gritty nature of the famous New York burough perfectly. Each spontanious image was taken by self-taught photographer and filmmaker Danny Lyon in the hot summer of 1974. We’ve included his original captions with each of his captivating captures. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to catch up with these kids today and hear their life stories? [Read more...]
China’s answer to anemia in rural regions has been to feed children eggs. Work by U.S. researchers suggests vitamins may work better. Above, a fourth-grader in rural Gao Lou eats a hardboiled egg. Government officials began feeding kids eggs in this poor, rural area after Stanford researchers found high rates of anemia among schoolchildren. The academics are now studying the effectiveness of the egg program. [Read more...]
When photographer James Mollison was asked to do a project on children’s rights, he found himself thinking back to his childhood bedroom and the deep importance it played in his upbringing. Taking that idea with him around the world, he photographed a diverse cross section of children and the bedrooms they call home. His moving images remove the children from their home environment, showing them before a neutral background that mostly hides their economic status as if to say “kids are just kids.” Only when their bedroom is observed, however, does the full scope of their living situation become poiniently clear. Where Children Sleep, a beautiful hardcover book featuring 112 color photographs is now available from chrisboot.com.