By Maywa Montenegro, Oct 12
In the foothills of the Himalayas, two field linguists have just uncovered a language new to science. “Koro” is spoken by natives of Arunachal Pradesh, India’s northeastern-most state, where hunters and subsistence farmers live mostly isolated from modern culture.
By Maywa Montenegro, Oct 5

This week, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres warned that a rise in prolonged conflict is creating new semi-permanent global refugee situations. Today there are more than 43 million refugees worldwide—80 percent of them in the developing world.

By Saira Jesani, Oct 1
After many months of design, development and outreach, we were thrilled to finally unveil today at the Cooper Hewitt Why Design Now? conference. We want to say a big thanks to our 20 launch academic partners and to all those who participated in our beta testing over the past weeks — your feedback was invaluable and you’ll see your suggestions incorporated throughout the site. We know we still have plenty more to do to get it just right — but we’re really proud of what’s up today and we’re excited to get things started!
By Maywa Montenegro, Sep 27
This month, the OECD published its first ever obesity forecast—projecting that 3 out of every 4 Americans will be overweight or obese by 2020.
By Maywa Montenegro, Sep 15

This week, the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly opens in New York, where high on the agenda will be progress on combating biodiversity loss—or more accurately, lack thereof.

By Maywa Montenegro, Jul 21

This week, the UK government visualized what will happen to the world if greenhouse gas emissions are not curbed.

By Lee Billings, Jun 14

This catastrophe has already demonstrated the raw catalytic power of visualization via heartbreaking, now-iconic images of oil-drenched wildlife.