Ever had a friend who mistook Africa for a country instead of a continent? I had one of those and she was adamant that there were only six continents in the world, because Africa was a country. I blame her naïveté on the world maps that we all grew up with. They’re big-time liars — at least the maps that use the Mercator Projection (the cylindrical mapping style you see 99 percent of the time) are. Look at this map, which uses the Mercator Projection. In it you can see that Africa (the second largest continent in the world) is about the same size as Greenland. But that’s a whole bunch of baloney. In reality, Africa is so, so much bigger than Greenland. With an area of 11.67 million sq miles Africa is actually 14 times larger. But does the Mercator Projection show us that? Nope. They’d rather have their straight lines than an accurate representation of the world. Done with all the lies, computer graphic designer Kai Krause created an illustration that shows the sheer enormity of the African continent. So, behold: this is how big Africa really is. See how many other countries actually fit in the African outline? Now, when a friend tells you that Africa isn’t a continent, just show them this and let the map do all the talking. As the second biggest continent in the world, Africa is home to more than 1,000,000,000 people. But 345 million of them have no access to clean water. Click the red button to learn how you can help people get clean and safe drinking water, and share this story to Become the News! Lady Gaga’s just released video is generating serious buzz and for good reason. It’s a raw take on an issue that one in five college women will face this year: sexual assault. The video opens with a warning that it can get graphic and we’re giving you the same one before you hit “Play.” Gaga with the crew behind The Hunting Ground, a documentary about college rape, don’t shy away from the reality of sexual assault on campus. A piece of the proceeds from the single are going to organizations that support sexual assault survivors. Lady Gaga wants to empower sexual assault survivors to support each other with the new release. Right now only six percent of campus sexual assault survivors are reporting what’s happened to them, a number down from nearly double that last year. “‘Til It Happens To You” is meant to build solidarity among survivors and a unified strength Gaga hopes will change these startling stats: There’s talk that this might be the most important music video we’ll see this year. It features a host of familiar faces including Nikki Reed, one of the girls writing music. With so many college women facing the reality of sexual assault, Lady Gaga’s bold statement on the issue might just prove a key spark we need to change the hard-to-stomach 1 in 5 statistic at America’s colleges and universities. Far too many women face the risk of sexual assault even at prestigious learning institutions. Share this story with your friends, then click the red button to connect with RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. Most of us have to use goggles when we go swimming in the ocean — the better to see underwater, my dear. But there’s a group of people living on the island archipelagoes of Thailand that do not need goggles to see underwater clearly. They’re known as the Moken people and they’ve developed eyes similar to dolphins. According to the BBC, Anna Gislen of the University of Lund in Sweden went to Thailand and found out that Moken children were able to see clearly underwater by making their pupils smaller. “Normally when you go underwater, everything is so blurry that the eye doesn’t even try to accommodate, it’s not a normal reflex,” Gislen told BBC. “But the Moken children are able to do both – they can make their pupils smaller and change their lens shape. Seals and dolphins have a similar adaptation.” The Moken are extraordinary people that rely on the sea to survive. But if we don’t take better care of our waters, not only will there be no creatures left, but their culture will be gone too. Oceana is the leading organization fighting to protect our oceans and all their inhabitants. Click the red button to learn more and support their work, then share this story to Become the News! Source.