FT Photo Diary : Three robots battle it out for the soccer ball in Sydney on July 21, 2017, as Australia's five-time world champions of robot soccer, the University of New South Wales' (UNSW) Runswift team, heads to Japan this weekend to try and recapture the international trophy for a record sixth time, facing off against powerful teams from Germany and the US. There are 24 teams from 15 nations competing in the 2017 RoboCup World Championships to held at the Nagoya International Exhibition Hall in Japan from 27 to 30 July.
See more photos from around the world at FT.com/week-in-pictures : WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
We were talking about our buddy Brian Skerry the other day while planning for our upcoming Millennium expedition. Sharing his #Repost.
Photo by @BrianSkerry.
A Mako Shark dives, open-mouthed, at photographer Brian Skerry (@BrianSkerry) in the waters off of New Zealand. Makos are one of the fastest fish in the sea, capable of speed bursts up to 60mph. Of all shark species they also have one of the largest brains, relative to body size.
The numbers of Makos have declined worldwide due to overfishing and the demand for shark fins. They are currently listed as vulnerable, but their population continues to spiral downwards.
Learn more about Makos in the August issue of National Geographic Magazine, @NatGeo, which includes a feature story about these impressive animals.
Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix // Josephine Kulea was 9 years old, every other week, one of her classmates would stop coming to school. One by one they were first circumcised and then married off to men more than 30 to 40 years older than them, many of whom were already married to other women. Kulea was somewhat fortunate. Though she was circumcised in preparation for marriage, she had the support of her mother, who championed her education and resisted family pressure to marry her off at a young age. Kulea has since helped create the @SamburuGirlsFoundation, which rescues girls escaping traditional practices, such as child marriage and female circumcision, also known as female genital mutilation / cutting (FGM/C). “[Our work] is very difficult, because there is no political will or support,” said Kulea, noting that even though the law supports her efforts, the very traditional community adamantly resists any change in these rituals. Earlier this year, Kenya became the 19th country to join the African Union's Campaign to End Child Marriage, which aims to speed up change across Africa by encouraging governments to develop strategies to raise awareness of child marriage and address it’s harmful repercussions. Since then, the effort has attracted a burgeoning roster of child advocates, from government officials and religious authorities to traditional leaders and former child brides—all committed to serving as champions of change in Africa.
Anne Asci, has been employed at Tufts for 36 years as an intravenous transfusion (IV) nurse. She works with oncology patients with hard-to-reach veins and outpatients who just need someone to remove their IVs before going home.
She described her work to ITT as sometimes putting in over 30 IV lines a day. “We staff two nurses for 10-hour coverage from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.” Other nurses said that once there were 10 to 12 IV nurses on a floor at Tufts, but now there are only a handful, and none overnight. Read my latest in In These Times Magazine. http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/20347/boston_nurses_strike_workers_rights_unions_Tufts_wages link in bio too. #boston#healthcare#nurses#strike#iv#onassignment
Cory Teunissen, gets air as he flips on his wakeboard at the Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour at Prospect Lake on Friday July 21, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Teunissen who is originally from Brisbane, Australia currently resides in Orlando, Florida. ( by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette). #coloradougs#onassignment#neverstopexploring#newbeginnings
Tina Reid of Nashville, Tn., who has been a vegan for 14 years, joins a protest of the Jazz and Ribs Fest in a joint effort between PETA and Nashville Animal Advocacy at Rich and Ludlow in downtown Columbus, on Friday, July 21, 2017. Reid dressed to appear as a slaughtered pig hanging from a meat hook with other carcasses. [Barbara J. Perenic/Dispatch] @peta#onassignment#animalrights#columbusdispatch#vegan#protest#animaladvocate#meat
A Shortfin Mako Shark attacks a mullet bait, towed by a fisherman in the waters of New Zealand. Makos are one of the fastest animals in the sea, capable of swimming at speeds of over 45 mph.
Sport fishermen frequently use a mullet bait - towed at speeds of nearly 10 knots - to try and catch marlin, but Mako Sharks often attack the bait instead.
Photographer Brian Skerry (@BrianSkerry) built a special tow camera and used a high-speed video system to capture this astounding behavior in slow motion.
Learn more about these amazing animals in the August issue of National Geographic Magazine (@NatGeo), with a story featuring my photographs.
Also be sure to check out the new book - SHARK - by @BrianSkerry and @NatGeo, available at the link in my bio or wherever books are sold!