Portraits of abandoned dogs before being put down at a shelter

Taiwanese photographer Yun-Fei Tou created these portraits of abandoned dogs minutes before being euthanized to "arouse people's awareness of animals rights." What really fucks me up is to look into their eyes knowing they didn't know what was coming up next. A stark reminder of our responsibility towards these beings. » 10/21/14 11:33pm Tuesday 11:33pm

40 years of US household income inequality in one graphic

NPR's Planet Money has a feature on household inequality in the United States shown in graphics. The graphic above on household income over the last 40 years is particularly striking: After adjusting to inflation, you can see that the lowest incomes have barely moved. In fact, they went down. » 10/02/14 6:20pm 10/02/14 6:20pm

How the Soviet Union destroyed the fourth biggest lake in the world

NASA has published these two images of the Aral Sea, which used to be the fourth biggest lake in the world before the Soviet Union plugged into the rivers that fed it to irrigate massive agricultural areas. The photo on the right was taken in 2000. On the left you can see its current state. » 10/01/14 9:21pm 10/01/14 9:21pm

Short film: The tale of a 13-year-old drug mule across the deadly desert

This is the story of Manny, a 13 year old boy from Tijuana who has to pay the bills for his family. Weak, poor, desperate, Manny is ripe prey for the merciless Mexican drug lords who sent him into the Arizona desert as a mule. But things are not what they seem. The reality is even worse than that. » 9/25/14 10:55pm 9/25/14 10:55pm

World map created by plotting out each terrorist attack since 1970

It's incredibly sad that we can basically paint the map of our world just by using the locations of all terrorism acts since 1970. The brightest parts of the map show the areas of the world that have to deal with so much tragedy. The darkest parts are 'safe' because so few people live there. » 7/25/14 9:16pm 7/25/14 9:16pm

This is why you shouldn't take people's Facebook lives seriously

Everyone on Facebook looks like they're having a great time. Fun adventures, deep romances, amazing jobs. It's enough to make you feel inadequate, but it's also a lie. Nobody is really as happy as their Facebook wall claims, as this piercing short from HigtonBrothers confirms. » 6/24/14 7:25pm 6/24/14 7:25pm

Veteran tells how killing a young German soldier haunted him for life

In this day of remembrance for all of those who fought for this country—and others too—I thought it would be good to hear the heartbreaking story of Joseph Robertson, a World War II veteran who had to kill a young German soldier face to face, during the Battle of the Bulge. Listen—and think. » 5/26/14 7:36pm 5/26/14 7:36pm

The stark difference between the rich and the poor, side by side

The line is so thin yet the gap is so big. This ad campaign, Erase the Differences, shows how wealthy people and poor communities can literally live right next to each other but experience such different lives. You'd think the images are Photoshopped but they're just aerial photographs of real life living situations… » 5/16/14 1:49am 5/16/14 1:49am

Dang, people don't notice the homeless even when they're family members

To most people living in cities around the world, the homeless have essentially become invisible. They blend into the streets, they're background noise, they're just a part of the fabric of a city like buildings and street lights and crosswalks. Only... they're human. Just like us. To prove how invisible the homeless… » 4/23/14 8:41pm 4/23/14 8:41pm

10 animals that might become extinct in the next 10 years

Chances are you won't see these rare animals at the local zoo because their population is down to the last hundreds. In some cases, it's much worse than that with only a couple left. Some of these animals you've never heard of but others on the verge of extinction are related to animals you know and love—like certain… » 4/21/14 8:18pm 4/21/14 8:18pm

This drone footage showing the aftermath of a fire is so heartbreaking

A fire in Valparaíso, Chile has destroyed more than 2,500 homes, left 11,000 people homeless and killed at least 15 people. It's an unfathomable tragedy that has destroyed an entire community. This drone footage from Skyfilms attempts to show the extent of the damage caused by the fire's wrath. It looks like a set of… » 4/17/14 2:43am 4/17/14 2:43am

Crying baby seal found lost in Swedish city

Some people found a baby seal crying for attention far away from the open sea, in the city of Sundsvall, in eastern Sweden. Apparently, instead of calling some emergency service, they just filmed her with their cellphones. A sad sign of the times, I guess. So eventually she was like "wtf, screw you humans," went back… » 4/12/14 2:09am 4/12/14 2:09am