This Is What the Internet Looks Like

Most of us know the Internet as something we experience through the screens of our phones and laptops, but the Internet exists as a physical space as well. If you’re picturing high-security buildings filled with miles and miles of wiring, then you’re exactly right.

“Carrier hotels” is the name given to buildings where many networks are brought together to form one (a.k.a. the Internet). This allows unlimited internet service providers—like AT&T and Verizon—to converge into a single, greater network. The process is made possible by masses of cables linked to rows of servers, all being cooled by large HVAC systems to prevent overheating.

Most people don't consider the journeys their tweets, memes, and messages have to take to reach the World Wide Web. In order to shed light on the inner workings of the Internet, Brooklyn-based photographer Peter Garritano captured the insides of five such hubs around New York City. Gaining the access to do so was no easy task: security in these facilities is incredibly strict, with guards, biometric security checkpoints, and even man traps hidden throughout. Once inside, Garritano was able to record a side of the internet few people see. You can check out his images of the building interiors below.

All images courtesy of Peter Garritano.

[h/t: WIRED]

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A Florida Brewery Created Edible Six-Pack Rings to Protect Marine Animals

For tiny scraps of plastic, six-pack rings can pose a huge threat to marine life. Small enough and ubiquitous enough that they’re easy to discard and forget about, the little plastic webs all too often make their way to the ocean, where animals can ingest or become trapped in them. In order to combat that problem, Florida-based Saltwater Brewery has created what they say is the world’s first fully biodegradable, compostable, edible six-pack rings.

The edible rings are made of barley and wheat and are, if not necessarily tasty, at least safe for animals and humans to ingest. Saltwater Brewery started packaging their beers with the edible six-pack rings in 2016. They charge slightly more for their brews to offset the cost of the rings' production. They hope that customers will be willing to pay a bit more for the environmentally friendly beers and are encouraging other companies to adopt the edible six-pack rings in order to lower manufacturing prices and save more animals.

As Saltwater Brewery president Chris Gove says in the video above: “We want to influence the big guys and kind of inspire them to also get on board.”

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When Chuck Yeager Tweeted Details About His Historic, Sound Barrier-Breaking Flight

Seventy years ago today—on October 14, 1947—Charles Elwood Yeager became the first person to travel faster than the speed of sound. The Air Force pilot broke the sound barrier in an experimental X-1 rocket plane (nicknamed “Glamorous Glennis”) over a California dry lake at an altitude of 25,000 feet.

In 2015, the nonagenarian posted a few details on Twitter surrounding the anniversary of the achievement, giving amazing insight into the history-making flight.

For even more on the historic ride, check out the video below.

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