Adventures of a Physicist Grad Student

bobbycaputo:

Enchanting Nogawa Cherry Blossoms Illuminated at Night 

Standing amidst a crowd of awestruck onlookers, Tokyo-based photographer Martin Bailey captures the silhouetted scene of the Nogawa Cherry Blossom light-up, a yearly event that draws some 100,000 people to the freshly blooming flowers.

As families and groups of friends gather on the footbridges, guards and officers step in to prevent mayhem on this festive occasion. Light ups and parties celebrating the cherry blossoms are common during springtime in and around Tokyo, providing food, drink, and entertainment to guests.

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bobbycaputo:

Rosetta Spacecraft Arrives at Comet After a 10 Year 4 Billion Mile Journey, Sends Back Photos

After a decade of travel, the European Space Agency‘s Rosetta spacecraft has finally reached it’s destination. Launched in 2004, Rosetta’s goal was to arrive at Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P), which it has finally done, after racking up 6.4 billion kilometers on its odometer.

Now at its destination, the next step in the mission is to look for the best landing spot for Philae, the 220lb lander onboard Rosetta. Thus, Rosetta will be spending the next little while snapping up photos for analysis, giving us a closer look at a comet than ever before.

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likeafieldmouse:

Janis Avotins - There Are No White Spaces (2012)

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bobbycaputo:

New York City Snapshots From Chinatown in the ’80s

More than 30 years ago, Bud Glick set out to photograph the New York Chinese community as part of the New York Chinatown History Project, now the Museum of Chinese in America. The work, along with oral histories collected of the Chinese community, was meant to record a part of New York culture that was rapidly changing within a city that was itself rapidly changing. 

Glick worked on the project for a little more than three years, from 1981–84, focusing on all of Chinatown including the bachelor society, so called because of the disproportionate number of men living in the United States without their wives or children.

Some of these men had been prevented from seeing their wives and children who were still in China due to the Chinese Exclusion Act, enacted in 1882 to block immigration of Chinese laborers into the United States. The men who were already in the United States were unable to become citizens and had to apply for re-entry if they left the country. Although the act was repealed in 1943, it wasn’t until 1965, when the quota of Chinese allowed into the United States was lifted under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, that the Chinese population began to grow, marking the end of the bachelor society. 

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spaceplasma:

The Voyager Within
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mucholderthen:

Destination Moon: The 350-Year History of Lunar Exploration
Infographic by Karl Tate
July 16, 2014  ||  Space.com

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likeafieldmouse:

Miwa Ogasawara

1. In Light

2. Bow

3. Cosmos

4. Sunrise

5. Sorrow

6. Space

7. Skin I

8. Skin II

9. Winter

10. Memories

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devidsketchbook:

CEMENT ECLIPSES @ CHIAPAS MEXICO

Artist Isaac Cordal (tumblr / facebook) - “With the simple act of miniaturization and thoughtful placement, Isaac Cordal magically expands the imagination of pedestrians finding his sculptures on the street. Cement Eclipses is a critical definition of our behavior as a social mass. The art work intends to catch the attention on our devalued relation with the nature through a critical look to the collateral effects of our evolution. With the master touch of a stage director, the figures are placed in locations that quickly open doors to other worlds. The scenes zoom in the routine tasks of the contemporary human being”.

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