STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend – April 7


Written by Xintong Guo, Digital Marketing Intern. 

Between school, homework, practice and spending time with loved ones, it’s easy to miss out on the latest in science, technology, engineering, art and math. But don’t worry, Thinkery’s got you covered. Here are some of our favorite STEAM discoveries from the previous week. It’s fuel for your weekend.

STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend -Naming new planets
Photo credit: NASA/Spitzer Space Telescope

You might love giving special names to things around you, from your favorite stuffed animal to your first pet kitten or even your beloved bicycle. Well, have you ever thought about how brand-new planets get their names? Gareth Williams, the associate director of the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center said naming new planets is a pretty intense undertaking. It involves a carefully regulated, months-long process of proposals and committees, which ensures no newly-discovered celestial object is double-named. Click here to learn more about the naming process of planets!

STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend - Tokyo storefronts
Photo credit: Mateusz Urbanowicz

As the capital city of Japan, Tokyo is known for its towering skyscrapers and its nightly neon glow. However, Polish artist Mateusz Urbanowicz sees Tokyo a little differently. After moving to Tokyo and walking around the bustling metropolis, Mateusz noticed a lot of older and more traditional buildings tucked between the city’s more modern structures. To pay tribute to these traditional storefronts, Mateusz created a watercolor painting series to showcase their vibrant colors, personality and history.

Are you afraid of bees? Fair warning—the following news might sound a little scary. Last Thursday, a bee cloud rolled through during a baseball game in Arizona, causing the game to temporarily stop. While it might sound terrifying, it’s totally harmless! Bees only swarm when their hives get overcrowded—yep, they’re just trying to find a new home with hundreds (or sometimes thousands) of their family members. They’re probably too preoccupied with each other to pay any attention to you.


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