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Here's the Best Way to See New York's Manhattanhenge Sunset

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New Yorkers are going to see a lot of people stopping to take pictures of the horizon in the coming days. Manhattanhenge, a term coined by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to describe the two days of the year when the Sun sets in perfect alignment with Manhattan’s east-west street grid, will be visible at 8:13 p.m. on Memorial Day May 29 (half-sun, the preferred view for photographers) and 8:12 p.m. May 30 (full sun). Here’s a sample of what you can expect to see.

Manhattanhenge appears in New York City
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Speaking with Fast Company about Manhattanhenge, Tyson said that he was walking through Central Park and noticed the buildings towering over it. Recalling a field trip he took at 15 years old to stone monuments in the British Isles similar to Stonehenge, he thought there might be a time sunsets could appear at top of the city's skyscrapers and create a scenario similar to Stonehenge’s summer solstice. He stood in the middle of the street as cars zoomed around him and took a photo—and ignited an annual celebration in the process.

The American Museum of Natural History advises to stand as far east as you can and look west toward New Jersey. Cross streets that offer an ideal view include 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, 57th, and 79th.

Can’t make it to New York this weekend? Manhattanhenge will make another appearance on July 12 and July 13. If you want to know more about the phenomenon, the Museum will be hosting a presentation at Hayden Planetarium at 7 p.m. on May 30.

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Watch a Robot Solve a Rubik's Cube in .38 Seconds
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The record for fastest Rubik's Cube completion is impressive, just 4.69 seconds as of September 2017, but the record held by a robot is hard to believe—even when you see it with your own eyes.

Blink and you might miss the feat accomplished in the video below, shared by The Kid Should See This. In it, a robot transforms the jumbled kid's toy into a cube with perfectly uniform sides in just 0.38 seconds, a time that earned the machine the record for fastest Rubik's Cube completion by a robot in March 2018.

The secret to the robot's remarkable Rubik's Cube skills is a smart software that can determine the color of each square from webcam images. From there, it calculates the exact movements necessary to produce a perfect cube, and then it makes them in a fraction of a second.

The biggest issue for the team wasn't engineering the robot to be super fast: It was making sure the cube didn't fall apart as it was being scrambled. To their surprise, they only destroyed four toys during the process.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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New LEGO Set Recreates Jurassic Park's Iconic Velociraptor Chase Scenes
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the fifth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, is skulking into theaters on June 22. That makes now the perfect time to revisit the original film in LEGO form.

This LEGO set, spotted by Nerdist, depicts some of the most suspenseful scenes from the 1993 movie. There's the main computer room where Ariana Richards's Lex shows off her hacker skills while Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) struggle to keep a hungry dinosaur from barging in. Just like in the film, the door features a deadbolt lock that's velociraptor-proof (though, unfortunately for the characters, the detachable window is not). Other Easter eggs hidden in this part include a map of Isla Nublar and a screener saver of LEGO Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight).

In the neighboring room, you'll find the cold storage unit where the dinosaur embryos are kept, along with the fake shaving cream can Nedry uses to steal them. The final section is the kitchen, where Tim (Joseph Mazzello) and Lex are stalked by the velociraptor. There's less room for them to hide in the LEGO version compared to the movie set, but there is at least one functioning cabinet for Lex to tuck herself into. Closer inspection reveals even more details from the film, like the lime-green Jello Lex is eating when the raptors first arrive and the step ladder the gang uses to escape into the air ducts during the final chase.

LEGO Jurassic Park set.

LEGO Jurassic Park set.

LEGO Jurassic Park set.

The Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase set is currently available from the LEGO shop for $40.

[h/t Nerdist]

All images courtesy of LEGO.

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