Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Algorithm-assisted art, a serendipitous travel guide, barrel-aged beer and more from the web this week

Astronomers Detect an Unprecedented Glow from the Center of Our Galaxy At the center of our galaxy is the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A*. Though it has a history of flickering, it has never glowed like it did in April and May, new research tells us. Twice, both times over the course of four nights, the light around its core glowed at “unprecedented” levels—so much …

Algorithm-Assisted Thread Art

Ani Abakumova employs an algorithm to develop a pattern for portraits that she then strings together by hand. The algorithm, developed by Abakumova’s husband Andrey, configures the layers, colors and specific depiction. When Abakumova assembles it all, she follows the math’s lead and trusts that it has accounted for shadowing, shape and depth. For each portrait—she’s replicated the “Mona Lisa,” “Girl with a Pearl Earring” …

PH5 is Revolutionizing Knitwear With Algorithms

We speak with Mijia Zhang and Wei Lin about transforming an antiquated technique with technology, sustainability and a distinct aesthetic

The last time knitwear experienced seismic change was during the Industrial Revolution. Automation and large-scale machinery increased quantities and overall accessibility of fabric. Since then, there’s been little progress. “It hasn’t developed in decades,” Wei Lin—founder of the womenswear label PH5—says with a sense of frustration. “Well there was Alaïa,” she adds. But, apart from the late “King of Cling,” very few luxury labels can …