4 points later, you'll understand rainbow clouds.
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Universal Pictures: Everest

In a life full of emails, it's easy to forget that sometimes there are literally rainbows shining in the clouds.

...a cloud became a rainbow.


This exists. Nature is crazy. Science is crazy. See if you can take a moment to embrace this and have a zen moment with it.

It was captured by Flickr user Stefanos Nikologianis just near the Tengboche Monastery on Mount Everest.

Gaze upon the majesty. It's a cloud rainbow shining over Mount Everest of all places. Goodness.

Trust the zen cat. Nature loves you.

Sooooo ... why does nature turn Mount Everest into a rainbow marshmallow dreamland from time to time?

How does nature create this rainbow magic?

My favorite four-sentence explanation for why this rainbow cloud happens comes straight from Reddit user Sierraboi. It's pretty poetic!

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These rainbow clouds aren't unique to Mount Everest either, though of course they look extra gorgeous surrounded by all that Everesty goodness. Rainbow clouds are more particular to clouds where the ice crystals or droplets are about the same size.

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Because Mount Everest is so tall, clouds can get low. This means the clouds are close to the cold air and more moisture, which results in crystals forming. The moisture in the clouds turns to crystals that float on the edges of the clouds. The position of the sun and the hexagonal shape and angle of the tiny ice crystals in the clouds makes the rainbows!

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Normally clouds don't have the right conditions to refract light (which is why you don't see rainbow clouds everywhere ... bummer). But, for example, when there's a rainstorm, there's enough moisture in the air to refract light.

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There's enough condensed moisture (in the form of crystals) in the air to make rainbow clouds! So that's whatcha get.

Gorgeous rainbow crystals just floating about in the beautiful Mount Everest sky.

BOOM!

"Cold air aloft; resulting in ice crystals forming. Thus, light refracts off the crystals, giving the rainbow color."

I love investigating natural phenomenons only to realize that it's just nature doing the nature science-art that it does everywhere — in this case, rainbow-making — only on a slightly different canvas.

It's a nice zen nature break. You deserve it.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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