Merry Xmas & Happy New Year




2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Frances Arnold, George Smith and Gregory Winter



2018 Nobel Prize in Physics

Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland

A trio of laser scientists have won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work using intense beams to capture superfast processes and to manipulate tiny objects. The laureates include Donna Strickland, who is the first woman to win the award in 55 years.

Strickland, at the University of Waterloo, Canada, will share half the the 9 million Swedish krona (US$1 million) prize with her former supervisor, Gérard Mourou, from the École Polytechnique, in Palaiseau, France. The other half of the prize went to Arthur Ashkin, of Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey.

Strickland and Mourou pioneered a way to produce the shortest, most intense pulses of light ever created, which are now used throughout science to unravel processes that previously appeared instantaneous, such as the motion of electrons within atoms, as well as in laser-eye surgery.



2018 Nobel Prize in Medicine

James Allison and Tasuku Honjo – Immunotherapy



Iconic Houses – Idyllic Paintings

Thomas Kinkade mashed up with iconic architecture, by Robyniko

Featuring angular lines, asymmetrical compositions, and sparse color, the Modernist architecture aesthetic is the complete opposite to the pretty pastoral worlds of a Thomas Kinkade painting. However, when architect and Twitter user @robyniko merged the two in Photoshop, it strangely worked! The artist’s “Modernism mashups” see iconic buildings—including the Eames House, Philip Johnson’s Glass House, and Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House—seamlessly placed in the middle of Kinkade’s idyllic scenes.

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China’s Qiandongnan Prefecture

Terraced fields on Leigongshan Mountain

In south central China’s Guizhou province sits Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, home to nearly four million people—approximately 50% from the ethnic Miao group, and 30% from the ethnic Dong people. The mountainous landscape is lined with terraced farm fields, the valleys dotted with villages made up of traditional wooden structures, and the local festivals burst with color.

Article by Alan Taylor, Senior Editor at The Atlantic



Funny Wildlife Photos

2018 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards



Cherry Blossoms in Japan



Bird Photography – 2018

Kingfisher diving (Spain) by Mario Cea Sanchez



Snow Storm in Central Park

New York City, March 7, 2018



Monastery in Meteora, Greece



Ringing in 2018 Around the World

Last night, as the stroke of midnight rolled across the world’s time zones, people gathered in private and took to the streets to celebrate the arrival of the New Year, 2018. Fireworks erupted from Yogyakarta to Nairobi, and revelers gathered in Sydney, Dubai, Rio de Janeiro, New York, and thousands of other places, raising a glass, trying to keep warm, making resolutions, and wishing each other a “Happy New Year!”

Article by Alan Taylor, Senior Editor at The Atlantic.



Happy New Year 2018!

Xmas at Rockefeller Center 1955

With only a few days left until Christmas, I thought it might be fun to take a look at celebrations and preparations from years past. Gathered here is a collection of images of all things Christmas: decorated trees, shoppers, Santas, gifts, family gatherings, carolers, parades— even a bear and a flying saucer, from the early 1900s through the 1990s.

Article by Alan Taylor, Senior Editor at The Atlantic