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This Instagram Account Shows the World in Perfect Symmetry

With over 400 million users, Instagram's trove of photos can become a bit chaotic, but there is an account that can restore a little balance and order to your feed. Symmetrical Monsters is a curated account that finds and shares snaps from photographers around the world with a focus on symmetry.

From bridge trusses and staircases to skyscrapers and corridors, Symmetrical Monsters's hundreds of images have pulled in many fans (and many likes). The account, created by user Traperture, invites its nearly 70,000 followers to tag photos with the #symmetricalmonsters hashtag for the opportunity to be featured. Original photographers are then credited when their work is reposted.

Still, it's unclear why we seek out symmetry. Physicist Alan Lightman argues that our brains are hard-wired to want things to be symmetrical. "The answer must be partly psychological...symmetry represents order, and we crave order in this strange universe we find ourselves in," Lightman writes in his book The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew. He adds that because our brains "developed out of nature," humans are not drawn to symmetry in nature but are ourselves a part of it.

Check out some of the perfectly balanced photos below, and see more via Instagram.

Images via Symmetrical Monsters on Instagram.

[h/t: Design Taxi]

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Check Out These Images of Last Night's Spectacular Harvest Moon
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Each year, a special moon comes calling around the autumnal equinox: the Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon—the full moon that falls nearest to the equinox—rises near sunset for several days in a row, making early evenings extra-bright for a few days when farmers traditionally reveled in the extra-long twilight while harvesting their crops at the end of the summer season. And because the moon looks larger and more orange when it's near the horizon, it's particularly spectacular as it rises.

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October 5 marked 2017’s Harvest Moon, and you may have noticed an extra spectacular sky if you were looking up last night. It's rare for the Harvest Moon to come so late in the year: The last time it came in October was in 2009. (Last year's fell on September 16, 2016.) Here are a few luminous lunar pictures from the event, some of which make the moon look totally unreal:

And if you missed seeing the event yourself, don't worry too much: the moon will still look full for several days.

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With Help From Photoshop and AI, No One Will Know You Blinked in That Photo
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After 15 minutes of posing for group photo after group photo, it looks like you’ve finally snapped the perfect one. Grandma is smiling, your nephew is sitting still, and even the dog is looking at the camera for once. Then, you find yourself in the corner: The shutter managed to capture the exact moment you blinked. Time to resume the positions.

With a new tool from Adobe, this scenario could become less common. Instead of retaking a picture every time someone closes their eyes, this feature would let you salvage the “ruined” photograph with a few clicks in Photoshop, Gizmodo reports.

The latest update of Photoshop Elements allows users to select the “Open Closed Eyes” option, choose which face in the photo they want to correct, and provide several additional photos of the subject with their eyes open. The software uses artificial intelligence to analyze each picture and determine which pair of peepers best matches the colors and lighting from the primary photograph. It then automatically pastes those eyes over the lids and blends them to make the addition look seamless.

Photoshop Elements (a simplified version of Adobe’s original image editor) offers many features that use AI algorithms to improve picture quality. Elements can automatically generate backgrounds when you move objects in a photo, suggest the best effects, and turn frowns into smiles. It even remembers the look you prefer and suggests personalized tone corrections. All of those capabilities and the new “Open Closed Eyes” tool are available today to customers who purchase Photoshop Elements 2018 for $100 (or upgrade their existing license for $80).

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