If you stare at this image long enough the colours will start to disappear. Picture: NightBreeze13/Reddit
If you stare at this image long enough the colours will start to disappear. Picture: NightBreeze13/Reddit

RUSH HOUR: Baffling optical illusion goes viral

At first glance this picture just looks like a swirl of colours, but if you stare at it long enough something very strange will happen.

After about 30 seconds of looking at a specific part of the picture all of the colours will start to fade away until it looks like there were never any colours at all.

This optical illusion is known as the Troxler's fading or the Troxler effect and is named after Swiss doctor and philosopher Ignaz Paul Vital Troxler.

In 1804 Troxler discovered that "rigidly fixating one's gaze on some element in the visual field can cause surrounding stationary images to seem to slowly disappear or fade".

In other words, by focusing on one specific part of the picture our mind fixates on that and fills the rest of the picture with white space.

While this trick has been around a while, a picture was recently posted to Reddit by user NightBreeze13 and people are going crazy for this mind-boggling illusion.

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6:10am

Zuckerberg testifies before US Congress

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has told US senators the company is attempting to change in light of recent criticism, as he attempted to forestall any strict legislation aimed at the world's largest social network.

The 33-year-old internet mogul was grilled in a joint hearing of the US Senate's Commerce and Judiciary committees on Tuesday on a range of issues, from Facebook's handling of alleged Russian attempts at election interference to consumer privacy and hate speech.

"We are going through a broad philosophical shift at the company," said Zuckerberg, wearing a dark suit and tie instead of his typical T-shirt and jeans.

John Thune, chairman of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee, struck an adversarial tone in his opening remarks. "In the past, many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle have been willing to defer to tech companies' efforts to regulate themselves. But this may be changing," he said.

Facebook faces a growing crisis of confidence among users, advertisers, employees and investors after acknowledging that up to 87 million people, mostly in the US, had personal information harvested from the site by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has counted US President Donald Trump's election campaign among its clients.

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Mark Zuckerberg, Co-Founder and CEO of Facebook, testifies before a joint meeting of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary and the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Picture: Alex Brandon/CNP/MEGA.
Mark Zuckerberg, Co-Founder and CEO of Facebook, testifies before a joint meeting of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary and the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Picture: Alex Brandon/CNP/MEGA.

5:45am

Woman charged over suspicious Sydney fire

A woman has been charged over a suspicious fire at a Sydney home which saw two police officers taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.

Constables Oliver Reitburgen and Claudia Vaccaro were on patrol when they saw smoke coming out of a Camperdown home just before 2.30am yesterday.

They were able to wake a 34-year-old man who was inside the house and move him to safety but the two officers were later overcome by the smoke.

They were taken to a Sydney hospital and placed in induced comas while being treated. They are expected to be discharged today,

A 36-year-old woman was arrested on Tuesday evening and was charged with destroying property in company using fire among other offences.

She was refused bail to appear at Newtown Local Court today.

Constable Oliver Rietbergen, aged 27. Source: NSW Police
Constable Oliver Rietbergen, aged 27. Source: NSW Police
Constable Claudia Vaccaro, aged 23. Source: NSW Police
Constable Claudia Vaccaro, aged 23. Source: NSW Police


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