Link About It: This Week’s Picks

An underground park for NYC, up-close with the Crab Nebula, why silence is good for you and more in our look around the web

1. Hubble’s Beautiful Close-Up Image of the Crab Nebula In yet another image and discovery that are difficult to comprehend fully, NASA has delved into the core of Taurus’ Crab Nebula—via the Hubble Telescope—and released an up-close image that shows the left-overs of a supernova. The glistening, colorful picture shows a neutron star in the middle of the nebula that’s “about the same mass as …

Fukushima Radiation Zone Photos

Bangkok-based, Malaysian-born photographer Keow Wee Loong says that he recently sneaked past authorities in Fukushima to photograph the ghost city, which was hit by a nuclear meltdown as a result of the devastating tsunami in 2011. Loong’s photos—which are equal parts bleak and fascinating—show a minimart with groceries all over the floor, a pharmacy similarly disheveled, a video store and a laundromat—with clothing still in …

Japan’s Ongoing Nuclear Clean-Up, Five Years Later

Five years after a catastrophic earthquake and its resulting tsunami hit Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, workers continue to tirelessly clean up radiation. Ahead of the anniversary of the disaster, National Geographic traveled to Fukushima to document remediation efforts. Where fertile farmlands once produced many of the regions crops, mountains of black sacks filled with contaminated soil now lie piled up, and citizens that …

JR + Takao Shiraishi in Fukushima

A site-specific collaboration keeps the world emotionally connected to the post-disaster area

by Marie Salom Peyronnel In addition to winning the 2011 TED Prize, JR‘s acclaim has grown after showings at Galerie Perrotin, the Tate Modern and the Venice Biennale. Outside of traditional bounds of the art world, the artist has made an equivocal impact in the favelas of Rio, in Ellis Island’s abandoned hospital and on the Separation Wall in Israel. Four years after a 9.0 …