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 …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

NYC's autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh's beer festival, a device that reads your thoughts and more

Reflecting on Toni Morrison’s Life, From Her Point of View The first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize, a Pulitzer prize winner for penning Beloved and a mentor to millions, among many other things, Toni Morrison lived unapologetically but with unmatched empathy, intelligence and insightfulness. She famously told Terry Gross (of NPR’s Fresh Air) that she “regret[s] everything” about her life. She explained in …

Pittsburgh’s Fresh Fest Beer Fest Celebrates Black Brewers and Drinkers

From 9 to 11 August, the second annual Fresh Fest Beer Fest will honor black brewers and drinkers. Hosting 28 black-owned breweries, 45 collaborative beers, six musical acts (Nappy Roots included) and 20 food vendors, the fest—taking place at Nova Place in Pittsburgh—is set to celebrate diversity and incredible beer. Brooklyn Brewery’s Garrett Oliver and Uncle Nearest’s Fawn Weaver will be in attendance and the …