What We Loved This Week, Jul. 3 – 9

Vintage 1970s New York City photos, China’s massive mosquito breeding project, inside the Steinway piano factory, Ramadan 2016 in photos, and the best ATI photography.

1970s New York

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English Photographer Captures Life In New York City In The 1970s

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Forty years ago, you wouldn’t find a sliver of the New York City that over 8 million people live in today. In the 1970s, today’s gentrified metropolis was nowhere to be found. Instead, there were seedy, drug-infested neighborhoods and a climbing crime rate.

One Brooklyn-based English photographer, Eugene Gannon, captured the city during this time through these color photographs. They reveal that despite the city’s decline, life went on for its inhabitants.

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This Chinese College Entrance Exam Can Make Or Break You

Many in the United States are quick to criticize standardized testing, but a glance at gaokao, China’s college entrance exam, offers some perspective on just how bad standardized testing can actually be.

By the time Chinese high school students take gaokao, they have often spent up to half their lives studying for the exam, which was first introduced in 1952 to even the opportunity gap between poor and affluent students in China.

Taken over two days, gaokao — which lasts nine hours and covers an array of subjects including Chinese literature and Mathematics — sees approximately 9 million students vie for fewer than 7 million college spots per year.

Here’s what that looks like:

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Gaokao Girls Prepare

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesStudents pour over books mere minutes before the test begins.

Cheer Up

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesStudents come together before the test.

Students Enter

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesStudents wait in a long line to enter the testing room.

Woman Prays

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesParents and close relatives tend to wait outside of testing centers, praying for their kin to do well.

Students Pray

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesStudents also gather to pray before the test.

First Day

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesA range of emotions can be seen of the faces of the test-takers as they begin the walk inside.

Filing In

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesStudents file into a testing facility. Once inside, they are quickly checked for materials that could be used to cheat.

Girl Hands

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesA girl prays before the test.

Chinese College Entrance Exams Xiaotong Guan

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesChinese actress Xiaotong-Guan poses before taking the exam.

Chinese College Entrance Exams Entering Rooms

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesStudents filter into double file lines.

Parents Wait

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesParents wait outside for any news on the testing.

Chinese College Entrance Exam Wiping Tears

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesA student cries on the day of the exam.

Book Review

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesLast minute cramming is the final preparation for the gaokao.

Taking Exam

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesA student displaying extreme focus as the testing begins.

Rain Umbrellas

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesBetween the students, their parents, and other attending relatives, the gaokao literally stops traffic around the testing site.

Security Officers

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesSecurity officers keep things flowing smoothly around a testing facility.

Hug Photo

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesA student gets a hug from a relative as a photo is taken to commemorate the day.

Miffy Lift

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesOne parent uses a toy to help locate her child after the test is over.

Rice Scores

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesParents pile rice up a measuring board to indicate high scores.

Throw Teacher

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesTo relieve stress, students sometimes will throw their teachers in the air after the test.

Red Dress

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesAnother teacher is tossed by relieved students after testing is complete.

Throw Bags

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesExam bags find their way into the air, too.

Relatives Cheer

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesRelatives gather to cheer on the students, much like a sporting event.

Receiving Flowers

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesA congratulatory gift of flowers for one tired looking student.

Completion Celebration

VCG/VCG via Getty ImagesStudents celebrate finally being free from the mental anguish of the gaokao.

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