September 20, 2018

Engineer Hacks Old Knitting Machine to Create Giant Tapestry of the Galaxy

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Sarah Spencer (@heartofpluto) on Aug 25, 2018 at 7:57pm PDT When Melbourne-based Software Engineer Sarah Spencer stumbled across an old Empisal knitting machine from the 1970s in a charity shop, she couldn’t resist taking it home. Despite not having the manual, Spencer managed to get the machine working within a few hours, and was instantly hooked by its intriguing, complex mechanisms and inner electronics.

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August 21, 2018

Optical Illusion Goes Viral Because People Can’t Believe What They’re Looking At

A moving square appears to change in color, though the color is constant. — Akiyoshi Kitaoka (@AkiyoshiKitaoka) August 14, 2018 Take a look at the video above and you'll probably see a square traveling left to right on the gradient, changing color as it goes. But what if you discovered the moving square actually stays the same color the whole time? That's right, once again our eyes are deceiving us with another optical illusion.

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August 9, 2018

Perseid Meteor Shower Promises to Give a Spectacular Show This Weekend

Astronomy lovers are in for a treat this weekend, when the annual Perseid meteor shower creates a spectacular display in the night sky. From August 10 to August 13, the meteor shower will be at its peak and 2018 should be one of the best and brightest displays in years. The Perseids, which received their name as they appear to hail from within the Perseus constellation, are meteors created from the Swift-Tuttle comet.

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July 26, 2018

Zealandia Is the Continent You Never Knew Existed

In school, you were probably taught about seven continents—Africa, Asia, Antarctica, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. But did you know that, according to geologists, there's another hidden continent? Zealandia, a term first coined in 1995, is the name of a piece of sunken continental subcrust off the coast of Australia. And now, researchers are saying that it qualifies as its own continent.

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