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chinadaily.com.cn 2019-10-09 14:18

Knife Behind Back by Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara. [Photo/China Daily]

>'Angry girl' breaks record
Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara is best known for portraits that repeatedly depict a young girl with piercing eyes, set against a blank and pristine background.
The girl looks directly at the viewer, sometimes wearing a pure smile and other times casting a hostile glance, and seems to question the world of adults.
"Knife Behind Back", an acrylic painting on canvas that Nara created in 2000, sold for HK$196 million on Sunday during Sotheby's sales in Hong Kong.
The price made Nara's work the most expensive by a living Japanese artist.
The painting, measuring 2.34 meters by 2.08 meters, shows the angry-looking young girl who appears in Nara's work, rendered in a standing posture to one side, with her right arm behind her body while her left arm is visible, conveying an atmosphere mixed with stillness and tension.

Screenshot from NASA. [Photo/NASA]

>Black hole shredding star
The US space agency NASA's planet-hunting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has observed the rarely-seen aftermath of a star that was violently ripped apart by a supermassive black hole.
The study published in Astrophysical Journal described the tidal disruption event, named ASASSN-19bt, about 375 million light-years away.
The event tends to occur when a star gets too close to a supermassive black hole and the black hole's forces overwhelm the star's gravity and tear it to shreds.
Some of its material gets flung out into space and the rest falls back into the black hole, forming an accretion disk of hot, bright gas as it is consumed.
Astronomers estimated the supermassive black hole that generated the event weighs about 6 million times the sun's mass. It sits in the center of a galaxy in the constellation Volans. The destroyed star may have been similar in size to the sun.
Tidal disruptions occur once every 10,000 to 100,000 years in a galaxy the size of Milky Way.


Tourists gather to enjoy the light show at local landmarks to celebrate the People's Republic of China's 70th anniversary at the Bund in Shanghai on Oct 6, 2019. [Photo/IC]

>782M trips during holiday
China's domestic attractions saw about 782 million visits during the seven-day National Day holiday, up 7.81% year-on-year, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced on Monday.
Tourists' spending during the holiday reached nearly 650 billion yuan, an increase of 8.47% from the previous year, the ministry said.
"Red Tourism", or tourism themed on the revolution, remained a highlight.
About 78.84% of tourists participated in activities celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, according to statistics from the ministry.
About 66.4% of the tourists visited sites related to history and culture, while 44.96% participated in nighttime tourist activities.
Moreover, over 7 million outbound trips were made by the Chinese during the holiday, the ministry said.


Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey. [Photo/VCG]

>Rockets exec's tweet slammed
Chinese basketball fans and organizations have taken a strong stance against Houston Rockets executive Daryl Morey's tweet backing violent protesters in Hong Kong.
The Chinese Basketball Association, now chaired by Yao Ming, announced that it has suspended any exchanges and cooperation with the Rockets.
The Chinese Consulate General in Houston issued a statement saying it was "deeply shocked" by Morey's "erroneous comments" and expressed "strong dissatisfaction".
Multiple Chinese brands, including sports brand Li-Ning and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, announced that they were pulling sponsorship deals with the Rockets.
China's biggest online shopping platform, Taobao, which is owned by Alibaba, removed all Rockets-related products from its e-commerce outlets.

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