Take a Virtual Hike Through the Great Outdoors With These Stunning Nature Photos

肖益成, courtesy of EyeEm
肖益成, courtesy of EyeEm

If you've spent the summer lounging on your couch, the stunning nature photos below—spotted by Boing Boing and curated by German photography community EyeEm as part of an ongoing photo competition—might inspire you to ditch the comforts of air conditioning for the great outdoors.

For its fourth annual photo awards contest (which it has billed as the world’s largest), EyeEm enlisted a panel of judges to sift through nearly 600,000 entries and choose 100 finalists. These moderators used EyeEm's phone app—which employs AI software to suggest the top photos from the user's camera roll—to select 20 prize-worthy images from each of the contest's five categories: street photography, portraiture, photojournalism, architecture, and the outdoors.

EyeEm announced the top contenders in late July 2017. In mid-September, these photographs will be exhibited at the 2017 EyeEm Photography Festival & Awards in Berlin, where officials will announce category winners and name a Photographer of the Year.

Until then, you can take a virtual hike through some of the world's most stunning natural attractions by checking out the finalists for the outdoors category below:

 German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
André Dogbey, courtesy of EyeEm

 German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Anthony Castro, courtesy of EyeEm

 German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Guiga Pirá, courtesy of EyeEm

 German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Iván Ferrero, courtesy of EyeEm

 German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Justin Edward Okoye, courtesy of EyeEm

 German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Linus Strandholm, courtesy of EyeEm

 German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Marc Leppin, courtesy of EyeEm

 German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Masaki Sato, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Michael Färber, courtesy of EyeEm


Michael Lynch, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Michael Moeller, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Michael Schauer, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Nils Leithold, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Patrick Lee Yong Choon, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Simon, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Stefano Rulli, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Xiao Han, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
肖益成, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Zane Jēkabsone, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Zhang Yang, courtesy of EyeEm

[h/t Boing Boing]

We Could Be Just Days Away From Seeing the First-Ever Photo of a Black Hole

An artist's rendering of a growing supermassive black hole
An artist's rendering of a growing supermassive black hole
NASA/CXC/M.Weiss, Flickr // CC BY-NC 2.0

Lots of people have created simulations and illustrations of black holes based on what is currently known about these incredibly dense objects, but to date, the public has never seen an actual picture of one.

As NBC News reports, that could change next Wednesday, when a team of international scientists releases the “groundbreaking result” of a project that has set its sights on capturing the first image of a black hole. Six simultaneous press conferences will be held around the world, and the U.S. announcement in Washington, D.C. will be livestreamed starting at 9 a.m. on April 10.

The reason black holes are so hard to see is because no light can escape from them. However, scientists know they exist because of the gravitational pull they exert on nearby objects, including stars and gas. The latest endeavor to observe a black hole, dubbed the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project, has built a “virtual Earth-sized telescope” by creating a network of eight radio observatories around the world.

It is believed that the announcement will concern a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way called Sagittarius A* (pronounced “Sagittarius A-star”). If scientists are successful in capturing an image of the distant black hole, it would be the equivalent of “standing in New York and counting the individual dimples on a golf ball in Los Angeles,” according to an EHT video.

As for what Sagittarius A* might look like, that remains to be seen. “We might see a crescent, brightened on one side—or a bipolar, jet-like structure,” Dan Marrone, an experimental astrophysicist at the University of Arizona, told Mental Floss in 2017. “We honestly don’t know.”

To livestream the press conference on Wednesday, visit the National Science Foundation's website.

[h/t NBC]

Dogfish Head and Kodak Team Up to Create Beer That Develops Super 8 Film

Dogfish Head
Dogfish Head

As digital technology has advanced and smartphones have become ubiquitous, the Super 8 movie cameras of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s have practically gone extinct. Dogfish Head and Kodak are collaborating on a product that makes the format a lot more convenient for modern amateur filmmakers. According to the Associated Press, their new SuperEIGHT beer doubles as a developer for Super 8 film.

Unlike digital video, which is ready to view as soon as its recorded, Super 8 film needs to be chemically processed first. In 2018, the founder and CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Sam Calagione went on Kodak's podcast The Kodakery to talk about analog film. There he learned that certain beers with high acidity and vitamin C content can be used to develop old-fashioned film.

Following that conversation, Dogfish Head joined forces with Kodak to create a beer specifically for that purpose. The new SuperEIGHT beer is a sour German-style wheat beer with 5.3 percent alcohol content. The key ingredients include blackberry, boysenberry, elderberry, raspberry, kiwi, mango, prickly pear, quinoa, and Hawaiian sea salt. According to Dogfish Head, the drink "has a slightly tart taste and pleasantly refreshing finish, with delicious flavors of berries and watermelon." And if imbibers can resist drinking it all, they can use some to develop their home movies.

The SuperEIGHT beer from Dogfish Head will be available at retailers across the country this April. To see how well it works as a processing agent, check out the short film Kodak developed with the beer below.

[h/t AP]

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