Interfaces are dying, so your brand needs a bigger personality

Less than a decade ago, branding style guides used to be a huge PDF covering multiple visual aspects of a brand, such as typography, colors, and photography. When digital came about, style guides started to account for pixel-based touchpoints between brand and consumer, including things like header styles, grid systems, and more detailed interaction design patterns. Over the years, they have continuously evolved. Static PDFs were not appropriate for representing hover states, animations, drags and drops, and other user interactions anymore. In the past couple years, we started creating living design systems, covering interface behaviors that can only be represented in… This story continues at The Next Web …read more… Read More

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A randomly generated, totally novel enzyme rescues mutant bacteria

Enlarge / Colorized scanning electron micrograph of Escherichia coli (E. coli), grown in culture and adhered to a cover slip. (credit: NIAID / Flickr) Proteins are chains of amino acids, and each link in the chain can hold any one of the 20 amino acids that life relies on. If you were to pick each link at random, the number of possible proteins ends up reaching astronomical levels pretty fast. So how does life ever end up evolving entirely new genes? One lab has been answering that question by making its own proteins from scratch. Way back in 2016, the same lab figured out that new, random proteins can perform… Read More

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Climate change and weather extremes: Both heat and cold can kill

(Credit: AP Photo/Andy Wong, File) Climate change is increasing the frequency and strength of some types of extreme weather in the United States, particularly heat waves. Last summer the U.S. Southwest experienced life-threatening heat waves, which are especially dangerous for elderly people and other vulnerable populations. More recently, record-setting cold temperatures engulfed much of the country during the first week of 2018. This arctic blast has been blamed for dozens of deaths. Some scientists believe that Arctic warming may be a factor in this type of persistent cold spell, although others question this connection. In a recent working paper, we studied the effect of temperature extremes on elderly mortality, using… Read More

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MoviePass Says It Will Start Acquiring Films Directly

MoviePass, the startup that is now subsidizing the moviegoing habits of 1.5 million subscribers, is shopping for movies to call its very own. Variety reports that MoviePass, a subsidiary of Helios and Matheson Analytics, is creating a subsidiary, MoviePass Ventures, to acquire films in conjunction with distributors, and is on the lookout at the Sundance Film Festival. In a statement, MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe said that the move was in part so that MoviePass could share in the sizeable uptick in moviegoing that it is helping generate. MoviePass subscribers can see one film a day in almost any U.S. theater, for a fee that dropped to just $9.95 in August… Read More

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Mike Moritz and the declining America worker

Storied Sequoia investor Mike Moritz threw fire into the tech Twitter gumbo with his observations of hard-working Chinese workers and slothful Silicon Valley engineers. Moritz, a billionaire, clearly needs page views to fund his retirement. The major money quote about Silicon Valley is this: “In recent months, there have been complaints about the political sensibilities of speakers… Read More …read more Source:: TechCrunch – Startups

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