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This week the first ever photo of a black hole from a galaxy that’s about 55 million light-years from Earth was released to the public. The image caused a buzz and was the result of a years’ long effort by the Event Horizon Telescope team but it wouldn’t have been possible without an algorithm developed by a 29-year-old female scientist named Dr. Katie Bouman. As the Washington Post explained,
“Bouman, 29, a postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, had been working on such an algorithm for almost six years, since she was a graduate student at MIT. She was one of about three dozen computer scientists who used algorithms to process data gathered by the Event Horizon Telescope project, a worldwide collaboration of astronomers, engineers and mathematicians.”
Congratulations Dr. Bouman!!
The first-ever image of a black hole. Photo: EHT collaboration
In the runup to the election next week, we talked with Jean-Luc Duvall, who is a climate organizer with the League of Conservation Voters in North Carolina. In his spare time, Jean-Luc is running for a local office in his home of Wake County. Here are a few of the highlights.
Catherine Flowers is an environmental justice advocate in Lowndes County, Ala., where she began her advocacy work after watching raw sewage leak into the yards of poor residents who lacked access to a municipal sewer system. Lowdnes County is one of the ten poorest counties in Alabama’s Black Belt–a part of the United States where […]
This week we talked with Justin Onwenu, a Sierra Club community organizer in Detroit working on environmental justice and the COVID-19 pandemic. Justin is a member of Michigan Governor Whitmer’s Environmental Justice Advisory Task Force and the Democratic National Committee’s Council on the Environment and Climate Crisis. Here are some of the highlights. On Environmental […]
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