You are no longer allowed to assume that computer scientists are boring. This past Friday one of them voluntarily strapped himself to a balloon, caught a ride with it to the very edge of of our atmosphere – some 135,890 feet up, before plummeting back to earth faster than the speed of sound. Alan Eustace, the 57-year-old computer scientist beat the previous record of 128,100 feet held by Felix Baumgartner by 7,790 feet. And he did it without really telling anyone.
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