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The first-ever photo of a black hole, artwork-adorned Japanese currency, inspiration from Milan Design week and more

First-Ever Photo of a Supermassive Black Hole Truly a quantum leap, astronomers have “seen the unseeable” and captured an image of a supermassive black hole—a “smoke ring framing a one-way portal to eternity,” Dennis Overbye writes for the New York Times. A planet-sized network of eight radio telescopes—called the Event Horizon Telescope—peered through interstellar dust and gas to reveal the black hole, located in a …

London Charges Citizens For Driving Older, Polluting Cars

Thanks to a new initiative called the Ultra Low Emissions Zone, London drivers who operate gas-fueled car from before 2006 will now have to pay a substantial fee every time they enter the aforementioned zone (set at just under $32) which comprises of a congestion- and pollution-deterrent charge. The zone encompasses almost all of Central London, a section of the city where cars are least …

Smart Trash Can Works to End Food Waste

Developers at Winnow Vision may have figured out a preventive solution for food waste. The second generation of their smart trash can, currently operating in all of IKEA’s UK and Ireland locations, uses AI to photograph, identify and assign a cost to the food that’s tossed. Annual food waste costs about $1.2 trillion, but if the trash can is able to identify trends in consumption …