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 …

Random Access Go’s Mobile Travel Guide

Now available in Berlin, Raaago (by Random Access Studios) is a smart phone app travel guide that promotes serendipity. By selecting one of the city’s designated districts and a goal (from eating and drinking to escaping), users are presented with an option. For dining in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district, for instance, Raaago suggests Engelbecken, a “down-to-earth” space that offers “high-class alpine and international cuisine.” Further information …