What We Love This Week, Volume XCVIII

The Winners Of This Year’s Society Of Biology Photography Contest

Over 800 amateur photographers submitted their work to this year’s Society of Biology photography competition, whose theme was “Horne, Habitat and Shelter”. Shooting locations were as diverse as their subjects, ranging from jaguars in the jungle to buffalo near geysers to this year’s winner, a blackbird in a garden. Check out some of the shortlisted entries at My Modern Met.

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50 Photos Of The Ferguson Protests That Leave Us With More Questions Than Answers

When trying to make sense of what often appears to be a senseless world, it often–and perhaps inexplicably–helps to look at satire. In the case of the recent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, journalist Josh Keating does just that when he examines what coverage of the clashes in the St. Louis suburb would look like if they happened outside of the US:

“The crisis began in August in Ferguson, a remote Missouri village that has been a hotbed of sectarian tension. State security forces shot and killed an unarmed man, which regional analysts say has angered the local population by surfacing deep-seated sectarian grievances. Regime security forces cracked down brutally on largely peaceful protests, worsening the crisis.

In response, ancient American tradition called for the gathering of a community tribal council known as a “grand jury” to weigh the case. On November 24, it announced there would be no charges against the responsible security forces. The stunning decision, which reflects the opaque and mysterious nature of the “grand jury” tradition, further outraged the already despondent local populace.”

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Ferguson Riots Seasons Greetings

On the eve of Thanksgiving, the grand jury's decision--and community response--leaves Americans with much to consider regarding race, equality and power.

Ferguson Riots Burning Car

A police car burns in Ferguson Missouri, following a grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Ferguson Riots Flaming Car

Following the decision, Ferguson quickly devolved into absolute chaos, with protestors burning buildings and, as this photo shows, cars.

Ferguson Riots Firefighters

Firefighters try to assume some sort of control over a burning restaurant.

Ferguson Riots Business Burning

Many small businesses in Ferguson saw their fiery end the night the Brown-Wilson decision was delivered, doing little to advance the economic standing of the neighborhood or the legitimacy of the "protestor" cause.

Ferguson Riots Fire

Media coverage of the post-decision events in Ferguson has been as vast as it is instant. Here, media gather at the scene of a Ferguson fire.

Ferguson Riots Looter Walgreens

A looter exits a drug store in a haze.

Ferguson Riots Walgreens Fire

A fire breaks out within a Walgreens in Ferguson.

Ferguson Riots Ramshackle

This photo captures looters in the act.

Ferguson Riots Looters

To some in Ferguson, civil discontent following the jury decision allowed for anarchical, illegal acts like looting.

Ferguson Riots Convenience Store

Looters exit Ferguson Market and Liquor store on Monday.

Ferguson Riots Kicking Car

Protestors kick at a police car following the grand jury decision. One of the primary problems surrounding the case is how much leeway Missouri state law gives to police officers' use of lethal force in times of conflict. Such lawful latitude is one of the reasons why the jury did not choose to indict Wilson.

Ferguson Riots Gear

Missouri State Troopers break out the riot gear in preparation for public outcry regarding the grand jury decision.

Ferguson Riots Silhouette

A demonstrator's eerie silhouette can be seen before the cold light of Ferguson police vehicles.

Ferguson Riots Barricade

This woman's anger is palpable as she approaches a barricade in Ferguson.

Ferguson Riots Flag

While most media attention has focused on chaos, a number of people expressed their disappointment with the decision peacefully. Here, a group of people protest through prayer outside the Ferguson Police Department.

Ferguson Riots Rose

The events following the decision evoked a number of unbelievable responses, this being one of the most surprising of them all--and not unlike the "flower power" moment during anti-Vietnam War protests.

Ferguson Riots Pink Light

Police officers in Ferguson don gas masks to protect themselves during clashes with demonstrators.

Tear Gas

Numerous protestors in Ferguson were met with tear gas following the decision.

Ferguson Riots Carted Away

Police haul off a suspected looter outside of a Dollar Store in Ferguson, Missouri.

Ferguson Riots Devastated Building

Firefighters examine the remains of a strip mall in Ferguson.

Ferguson Riots Sign

A Ferguson firefighter examines strip mall rubble. The strip mall, like a number of other buildings, was set ablaze following the jury decision.

Ferguson Riots Closing

Charged with trying to re-assert some sort of order following the chaos, yet another firefighter surveys the damage suffered by

Ferguson Riots Wigs

Another wrecked storefront in Ferguson.

Ferguson Riots Tree

"Justice" took a number of forms early this week; some constructive, some not. Here, Natalie DuBose stands before her cake store, which had just been ransacked by looters seeking "justice" in the name of Michael Brown.

Ferguson Riots Royal Touch

St. Louis county police examine a business burned during the demonstrations.

Ferguson Riots Owner

Another victim of the Ferguson riots, Terri Willits, leaves what once was a gas station she managed.

Ferguson Riots Looted

Another victim the day that Brown was killed is this convenience store owner, from whom Brown was alleged to have stolen a pack of cigarillos. Following the jury decision, his store--like so many others--fell victim to the riots.

Ferguson Riots Broken Store

Hunan Chop Suey restaurant owner Shan Zhao stands before his business on Tuesday. It was vandalized and looted the night prior.

Ferguson Riots Chop Suey

An aerial photo really exhibits how devastated the restaurant--and Zhao's livelihood--was violated by illegal activity. More than a dozen businesses were badly damaged or destroyed.

Ferguson Riots Beauty

One of the most widely circulated images coming from the Ferguson riots. All that remains of this shop is its sign; the building itself was reduced to a pile of charred rubble.

Ferguson Riots Shattered

Shards of glass must be cleaned up the morning after the riots.

Ferguson Riots Police Officer

A police officer says goodbye to his child Monday morning. Missouri officials had anticipated violence before and after the release of the indictment decision. They were correct in their assumptions.

Ferguson Riots Shattered Glass

A reporter examines a damaged laundromat in Ferguson.

Ferguson Riots Tables

Rubble and glass replace salt and pepper shakers in this damaged Ferguson restaurant.

Ferguson Riots Parking Lot

A reporter heads to one of the many buildings damaged during the riots.

Ferguson Riots Love

This man's love for Ferguson means that, in spite of being broken into the night prior, he will come back to work the following day to quite literally pick up the pieces.

Ferguson Riots Mannequin

Looters broke into a beauty supply store as well, leaving behind a strewn mannequin.

Ferguson Riots Free Phone

Looters took the "free cell phone" sign quite literally at a cell phone store in Ferguson.

Ferguson Riots Destroyed Cars

During the day, the burned car remains assume a more ghostly character.

Ferguson Riots Sprinkler

More than just business owners participated in the post-riot cleanup. Here, a volunteer does some grunt work to restore buildings damaged during the protests.

Ferguson Riots Justice For Blank

A protestor's sign comments on the alarming trend of men gunning down young black men--and the media's tendency to fetishize it--in one fell swoop.

NYC Protests

Protests have extended throughout the country. Here, protestors are featured marching up New York City's Seventh Avenue.

Justice Signs Ferguson

Just a little farther West, demonstrators gather in Newark, New Jersey to rally against the decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson.

Minneapolis Protests

Demonstrators seen outside of Minneapolis Police Department's Third Precinct.

Kids Protests

In the nation's capitol, schoolchildren from Potomac Preparatory Charter School participate in a "die-in" outside the Office of Police Complaints.

Ferguson Protests Car

Protestors block traffic in Seattle.

White House Signs

The march continued to the White House.

Man With Tear Gas

In Seattle, a protestor is met with tear gas.

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The Soviet Union Struts Its Stuff At The 1980 Summer Olympics

1980 Moscow Olympics Opening Ceremony

The first games to be staged in Eastern Europe, the 1980 Summer Olympics were not without their own controversy. Moscow beat out Los Angeles as the host city, with 65 countries subsequently boycotting the games due to the Soviet war in Afghanistan. Four years later, the Soviet Union decided to do its boycotting part and nixed its own entry at the 1984 Summer Olympics held in…L.A..

Tokyo From Above

Tokyo Aerial Photograph

One of the 47 prefectures of Japan, the most populous metropolitan area in the world almost looks serene from this vantage point.

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