"When we asked Maria Pilar whether she would save some of the peas she was tirelessly weeding, she looked at us like we were nuts. Her answer was, “I’ve heard people eat these things. But no, not me.” And that was part of the very problem we were in Guatemala to unpack. Half the children in Guatemala are malnourished — as many as three-fourths in the rural areas. And long-term studies have shown that malnutrition at an early age can cause “stunting” in physical and intellectual development," reports Hari Sreenivasan.

Three-quarters of children in rural Guatemala are chronically malnourished, while residents of the capital thrive. Hari Sreenivasan takes a closer look at malnutrition in a land of plenty.

Image by Hari Sreenivasan. Guatemala, 2014.

Read the full story for PBS: Newshour story here.

Here is a list of 5 websites to learn iOS app development. These websites are useful for all types of developers including the one who are either amateur or the ones who are just thinking of becoming a developer. Even if you are an alien to the developing world, these websites will guide you and help you in becoming familiar with the iOS app development related technical terms and concepts.


Despite little electricity and few supplies, artists in the largest refugee camp for Syrians are still producing absolutely stunning works of art. Read about their stories and their struggles in my latest article for ThinkProgress by clicking here

Clockwise from the top: 
Painting by Syrian artist Mohammed Amari
Drawing by Syrian artist Iyad Sabagh
Mixed media work by Syrian artist Mohammed Amari
Painting by Syrian artist Iyad Sabagh
Mixed media work by Syrian artist Iyad Sabagh
Painting by Syrian artist Mohammed Amari 


Had an awesome Thursday Think mentoring lunch with philrynda, one of the VPs in our Animation Development dept. today!  

We heard all about how he went from being an artist and character designer at many different studios to a development exec for us. The event was live tweeted so check out our Twitter page for more insight into his story!


Harm Reduction International (HRI) has launched their bi-annual report on the Global State of Harm Reduction. Essential reading for anyone interested in harm reduction and/or global drug policy: http://www.ihra.net/contents/1524



I just wanted to take some time to show that we are working on Aro’kai. It is a slow, painful, boring process. A lot has to be re-done, so it isn’t as glorified as many of you may be imagining it to be. Nevertheless, against my better judgment, I decided to show some of the seriously “early” development screenshots. 

What you’re mostly seeing here is the implementation of the canine (animations included!) The ears and the tail in both screenshots are floating off just above the doggy’s body. A bit of a mix up with the skeleton files that’ll be fixed soon. 

So here you have it. It isn’t glorious. It isn’t magnificent. It has taken a lot of time to get around to this because I’ve been super-duper incredibly busy with adult stuff. Life, yo. I’ll post a full screenshot of the goofy model skeleton mix up on my deviantART as well and link back to this. 

Have a great night everyone.



Leopard gecko embryo development:

1) Egg at Day 3 Possibly infertile. Notice it is completely yellow and there is no veining whatsoever. I hang onto these eggs until they start to mold or shrivel up, or until two weeks past the due date.

2) Day 2 Fertile. Notice the red ring known as the Bullseye. This is the embryo just beginning to form.

3) Week 2. The bullseye has grown and the veins are spreading out to the rest of the egg.

4) Week 3. The embryo has filled up a large portion of the egg. The space that used to be yellowy-pink and transparent was the yoke, and it is now nourishing the growing embryo, decreasing in quantity as the baby grows.

5) Week 4.5-5. About ready to hatch. The egg is no longer transparent. There is very little, if any, yoke left. The baby has filled up all possible space in the egg, which is why it appears opaque. This egg has a bit of yoke left at the end, so it probably has a few days left before hatching. If you get the light at the right spot, sometimes you can see a pattern, or even see the baby moving inside the egg.