STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend: May 6

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.
Okeanos Explorer - Mysterious, Glowing Jellyfish
Photo credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas.

From April 20 to July 10, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Okeanos Explorer ship is probing the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of Earth’s oceans. An incredibly complex and mostly unexplored region, the Mariana Trench is more than seven miles deep—a mile deeper than the height of Mt. Everest.

Using satellites to investigate and document its discoveries, the ship’s already uncovered some fantastic findings—never-before-seen corals, crustaceans and, just this week, a mysterious, glowing jellyfish. See their next discovery in real-time—live feeds of the Okeanos Explorer are available.

Hubble Space Telescope - Arp 273
Photo credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA).

The Hubble Space Telescope turned 26 on April 24, and the internet’s been celebrating ever since. We’ve seen several photo galleries highlighting Hubble’s gorgeous pictures, but this one from Popular Science is our favorite. From roses made out of galaxies to star fingerprints, here are twelve super cool shots Hubble has given us over the years.

Facebook Bug Bounty Program
Photo credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images.

A 10-year-old from Finland recently received $10,000 for exposing a flaw in Instagram’s digital infrastructure. An aspiring security expert, Jani uncovered a bug that allowed him to delete comments on the Facebook-owned app. Once he notified Facebook of the glitch, Jani was rewarded $10,000 by Facebook as part of its Bug Bounty program. Facebook’s Bug Bounty program recognizes and rewards security researchers for reporting vulnerabilities, or weaknesses, in their services.

So, what does Jani plan on buying with his $10,000 bounty? A brand new bike, sports equipment and computers for his brothers. It pays to learn coding!

Tary - Banana
Photo credit: Tary.

We’re going bananas for these LEGO® food sculptures from Japanese artist Tary. A pizza slice dripping ooey-gooey cheese? Deep-fried shrimp tempura? A melted ice cream cone? Once thing is certain—Tary’s whipped up some delicious looking brick sculptures.

An added bonus? Tary’s intricately constructed Star Wars sculptures are equally stunning.

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