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Bring Back That Carefree Feeling: Cancer Patients React to Getting Outrageous Makeovers

Thursday 12.12.2013 , Posted by
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“You know what I miss most?” asks Katy A., who was diagnosed with cancer two years ago. “Being carefree.” She’s one of the many people who are experiencing the day-to-day life altering affects of this pernicious disease… not least of which is the way it can suck the joy out of a vibrant life. Inspired by her words, the Mimi Foundation in collaboration with Leo Burnett France invited 20 cancer patients to get a makeover and, as the project is titled, If Only For a Second bring them a bit of carefree bliss.

Little did they know what they were getting into. [Read more…]

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Visualizing Major Causes of Death in the 20th Century

Tuesday 03.19.2013 , Posted by

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I recently had the pleasure of attending a talk by the provocative philosopher John Gray as he discussed his new book – The Silence of Animals: On Progress and other Myths. During the engaging talk (which you can listen to here) he made a strong case for the idea that, while technology has progressed substantially over the last centuries, society and human behavior has not. Are we all just animals with mobile phones and machine guns? As we’ll see from this excellent graphic detailing the major causes of death in the 20th century, John Gray may be on to something. [Read more…]

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The Deadliest Disease Outbreaks Visualized

Wednesday 08.24.2011 , Posted by

If we were to look up into the branches of our ancient family tree, many of us would see limbs from our past that ended prematurely in the huge pandemics which have swept the world. In my tree for example, two relatives on oposite American coasts died of Spanish Flu in the same year.

Created in a collaboration between GOOD and Column Five, this graphic details the ten deadliest pandemics both past and present, with a key explaining normal symptoms, estimated death tolls and the years they ravaged the world. If that sounds bleak, just make sure you notice how many of these global crisis’ have been cured in just the last century. What cures will the future hold? [Read more…]

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