The brains behind the Black Hole image, trees that don’t want to be touched, a pilot’s view of a thunderstorm, and more!
Another element in the universe got ready for its close up this week thanks to the incredible leadership and hard work of 29-year-old Dr. Katie Bouman. Dr. Bouman helped develop the computer program that imaged for the first time, a visualization of a Black Hole. It’s a breakthrough in science and the actualization of Dr. Bouman’s lifelong dream.
That face? That’s the face of someone who busted her butt and made her dreams come true. We love her for her tenacity and her work ethic, and can’t wait to see her top all the 30 Under 30 lists for 2019.
Pilot Reveals How Dramatic Thunderstorms Look from Above the Clouds via My Modern Met
Have a seat, Tom Cruise. There’s a new fearless action pilot in town, and he documents some pretty spectacular views. Pilot Christiaan van Heijst brings his camera with him on his airline runs with electrifying results. He indulges his secondary passion
“When viewing a big storm of Northern Lights or an active thunderstorm. I feel very small and insignificant, compared to the raw energy, beauty, and size that plays out in front of me.”-Christiaan van Heijst via Daily Mail
Trees with “Crown Shyness” Mysteriously Avoid Touching Each Other via My Modern Met
Ever have one of those days when all you need is some personal space? These trees are living that vibe. Scientists have been studying the phenomenon for almost a century, since the 1920s. Theories abound on what causes the trees’ hands-off approach to being neighborly, but range from preventing invasive pests from moving through a forest to trees wanting to avoid bumping (and breaking) branches during high winds. Us? We think a canopy like this is a perfect spot to lay and marvel at the mysteries of the universe for awhile, no further inquiry required.
Buying Experiences Makes You a Better Person via Travel & Leisure
As we look forward to summer (all year long) we’re dreaming about far away beaches and local weekend adventures. According to a new study (yay,