Supersonic Aircraft’s Shockwaves Shot by NASA

The first-ever images of two shockwaves interacting, taken by NASA, appeared online this week. These photos—shot using a 150-year-old German technique—are some of the first of supersonic flights in the air and not in a wind tunnel. Seeing how the shockwaves interact with one another and on their own, NASA may be able to reduce the noisiness of sonic booms—the result of pressure changes when …

Leica Furthers Their Most Accessible Camera With the Leica Q2

Acclaimed high-performance features get an impressive boost

Something strange happened to a few of us on staff when the Leica Q was released in 2015: we stopped reaching for smartphones at the first sign of a photogenic moment. The compact Leica Q became our default camera for everything from landscapes and architectural shots to macro details on watches and in cocktails. It enabled better image-capture because it was simply intuitive. It could …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Anti-trolling tricks, stunning still lifes, smart fabrics and more from around the internet

Gomi’s Plastic Waste Speaker Made from plastic waste (like bags and bubble wrap), Gomi’s portable speaker is a thoughtful and practical solution to traditionally non-recyclable plastic pollution. With sourced materials from local food wholesalers, each speaker is crafted from roughly 100 plastic bags, and the clever design allows for the speaker to be broken down into three pieces, which can then be melted and reused …