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This Font Simulates What It’s Like to Have Dyslexia

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to try to read when you have dyslexia?

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Dyslexia is a condition wherein a person has trouble reading, even if they have normal intelligence. This includes having a tough time trying to spell, read, and write words, as well as difficulty in pronouncing and understanding words. It’s estimated that 1 out of 10 people have some form of dyslexia, which is why it’s important for those who don’t have dyslexia to empathize with those who do.

This is how a someone with dyslexia might see words.

This is how a someone with dyslexia might see words.

How can we do this? Graphic Designer Daniel Britton has created a font to simulate what it’s like to have dyslexia. He designed this font in his final year in university to raise awareness of the condition.

“The rhetoric about people with dyslexia is that they’re stupid, they’re lazy, they’re not trying,” says Britton, “When people try to simulate dyslexia, they’ll make some letters blurry, put an “e” back to front and open up the spaces between words.”

He goes on to explain, “People’s brains can overcome that and decode it. So people can still read it. So it’s not like having dyslexia at all. For most people with dyslexia, the letters and numbers do not jump around on the page and the colors remain the same.”

Try to read this text. While it may not completely recreate what a dyslexic person will see, it definitely recreates the frustration.

Try to read this text. While it may not completely recreate what a dyslexic person will see, it definitely recreates the frustration.

“It is simply a breakdown in communication between the eye and the brain. You can see the information, you can see each letter perfectly but there is something in your mind that is stopping or slowing the process of information.”

To simulate the difficulty people with dyslexia have with reading, Britton removed 40% of each letter’s lines. He clarifies that while this may not be the exact thing a dyslexic person sees when reading, it still recreates the experience of frustration while reading.

Britton created the font by removing 40% of the lines in letters.

Britton created the font by removing 40% of the lines in letters.

Hopefully, this font will be able to raise awareness about dyslexia.

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Elon Musk Reveals His Ambitious Plan to Send One Million People to Mars

It certainly is ambitious.

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This is not the first plan to send man to Mars, definitely. But when Elon Musk explains it, it seems legit and it even possible.

The billionaire revealed his grand plan at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Mexico. His proposal, called the Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) involves sending people to Mars, 100 at a time, using a giant rocket. The rocket is said to be even bigger than NASA's Saturn V, which makes it the biggest in history.

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Elon Musk Reveals Photos of Raptor Engine, SpaceX’s Powerful New Engine

Elon Musk tweets images of his powerful new engine, the Raptor,

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Elon Musk has finally revealed photos of SpaceX's Raptor engine via Twitter last Monday. This engine will be use dfor his "Interplanetary Transport System." These photos were revealed on the eve of his speech on Tuesday at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, where Musk will out the elements of his vision for humanity to live in other planets.

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NASA Observes Water Geysers on Jupiter’s Moon, Europa, Plans New Mission in 2020s

These water plumes spout off the equivalent of one Olympic-sized swimming pool per minute!

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In the last five years, NASA astronomers, with the use of the Hubble Space Telescope, have observed water vapor plumes erupting from the surface of Jupiter's moon, Europa. Out of 10 observation sessions, they were able to see these water vapor emissions 3 times. This information was publicly released last September 26th 2016.

Scientists have estimated the volume of these plumes to be about 5,000 to 7,000kg of water mass per second. That's like spouting out an Olympic-sized swimming pool each minute!

According to William Sparks, the leading astronomer for this research endeavor with the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, "The chances of this occurring due to randomness is very low. The problem is that there may be something we don’t understand about the instrument or what Europa looks like in ultraviolet light. These are difficult wavelengths for Hubble. I'm not aware of any natural explanation for this besides water plumes."

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