Sean Flaherty

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Consistency: MORE than what you think

Let’s examine a subject that has more to it than meets the eye. Applying a deeper appreciation of consistency to your designs will yield precious …

Design

Product People, Mind the Gap!

An elementary school teacher of mine once assigned us an exercise that seemed simple on the surface, but turned out to be surprisingly complex.<p><i>It</i> …

The 12 Things Traveling Teaches You

“We are driven into wild rage by our luxurious lives, so that whatever does not answer our whims, arouses our anger.” –SenecaContinue reading on The …

Travel

Dark Genius: How Programmers at Uber, Volkswagen, and Zenefits Helped Their Employers Break the Law

“No ethically-trained software engineer would ever consent to write a DestroyBaghdad procedure. Basic professional ethics would instead require him …

Uber

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The MVP is dead. Long live the RAT.

Why you should focus on <i>Riskiest Assumption Tests</i> and forget about MVPs.<p>There is a flaw at the heart of the term Minimum Viable Product: it’s not a …

Product Management

Why Some Apps Use Fake Progress Bars

Designers use “benevolent deception” to trick users into trusting the system.<p>In a fit of productivity, I did my taxes early this year. They were a bit more complex than usual, so I set aside some time to click through TurboTax and make sure I got everything right. Throughout the process, the online …

Dystopia

A More Human Interface Through AI

What if designers used artificial intelligence to augment their decisions?Continue reading on uxdesign.cc – User Experience Design »

UX Design

The magic of microcopy

Delight is in the details<p>When I think about the products I love, they all have one thing in common: delightful little details.<p>There’s this coffee …

UX Design

New model for deep mantle conveyor belt system at the core of the Earth

In this research, the scientists took a new approach by considering whether the chemical composition of mantle rocks affects the churning convective …

Astronomy

Typography, Branding, and Value

Where do free fonts fit into professional identity design?<p>Recently, I went to Twitter with a thought.<p>Free typography has its place but I’m not sure …

Typography

Could Prehistoric Bugs Thaw And Kill Us All?

Then, just three years ago, Jean-Michel Claverie of the University of Aix-Marseille in France found a virus at least 30,000 years old, deep in the …

‘Artificial atom’ created in graphene

In a tiny quantum prison, electrons behave quite differently as compared to their counterparts in free space. They can only occupy discrete energy …

This Chemist A.I. Will Invent New Drugs With Deep Learning

A new artificial intelligence aims to create new drugs by learning what molecules already work and what may fit with existing patterns. The success …

Deep Learning

Google proved that AI can reshape medicine

A doctor’s work isn’t all done in examination rooms. Many specialists spend lots of time alone with the lights out, examining photographs that reveal their patients’ internal workings.<p>That might soon change. A paper by Google published in the Journal of the American Medical Association details an …

Machine Learning

Scientists Use Squeezed Light To Cool Objects Down To Zero Kelvin

How do you cool down further what’s already super cool? By bending the laws of physics, of course! For the first time, physicists cooled a mechanical …

Quantum Mechanics

Synthetic Cells Have Passed A Turing Test

Fake It ‘Til You Make It<p>Amid rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI), humans use the Turing test to determine if a machine is truly …

Biology

Scientists Simulate a New Material That Could Be Even Weirder Than Graphene

Get ready for one-dimensional boron chains.<p>We all love graphene - the one-atom-thick sheets of carbon aren't just super flexible, harder than …

Here's how American workers' wages have changed since 1960

When we talk about the money that the “average” American worker makes, we are usually referencing a “median” or “mean” income statistic.<p>While this number can be useful in many different contexts, it can also be extremely limiting. The reality is that there’s a very wide range of incomes out there, …

Equality

Snap Inc. quietly created a foundation to support arts and education

We've known for a while that Snap Inc. confidentially filed for an IPO, but the official paperwork (also known as the S-1) is out and full of juicy new details. In addition to insight on how many people use Snapchat on the daily and how much ad revenue the company has brought in, the document also …

Education

Researchers discover blood vessels in lab-grown mini-brains

Growing brains in laboratories was just the start for scientists. Next up is vasculature. By studying the naturally occurring capillaries discovered on the mini-brains, researchers from Brown University say that they will be able to conduct bigger investigations into things like strokes and …

Breakthroughs

Google blurs the line between websites and Android apps

With its latest Chrome Beta release, Google has given app-like websites called "Progressive Web Apps" a higher status on Android. If you launch a site like Flipkart Lite in the latest Android Chrome beta, you'll now get the option "add to home screen," where it'll appear like any other app on your …

Google

Scientists produce electricity by evaporating water from a chunk of soot

Water evaporates from carbon layer, generates electrical current.<p>In today's odd science news, researchers have shown that they can produce …

Chemistry

ISIS is dropping bombs with drones in Iraq

The quadcopter menace<p>The latest bomber to make its debut over Iraq has four engines, no cockpit, and a flight time limited by the length of its battery. ISIS, the radical insurgent group holding territory in both Syria and Iraq, is fighting for its life in Mosul, the large city in Northern Iraq it …

Drones

China's new microwave weapon can disable missiles and paralyze tanks

An electronics-killing ray has a variety of uses in war.<p>For over 6 years, Huang Wenhua and his team at the Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology in Xi'an have been working on a potent microwave weapon. This one, which recently won China's National Science and Technology Progress Award, is small …

War

Robotic food delivery is rolling into the United States in February

Will the Starship bot be the future of takeout?<p>Starship Technologies, co-founded by Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis of Skype fame, raised $17.2 million in January to build a fleet of six-wheeled delivery robots. More feasible for large-scale rollouts than drones, these delivery bots are scheduled to …

Robots

The AI that learns our habits and knows when people cheat

Detecting online crime typically means knowing what to look for. Artificial intelligence that spots hidden patterns can do it better – and even step in when behaviour gets out of hand.<p>For people who play the video game Counter Strike online, it's hard enough watching your back at the best of times. …

Machine Learning

The surgeon giving his patients VR instead of sedatives

In Mexico’s most violent state, a surgeon is using virtual reality to relieve the pain and stress of operations when sedatives are not possible. Jo Marchant watched him as he works.<p>Ana Maria has never been to Machu Picchu. The 61-year-oldalways wanted to visit the mountain ruins but she suffers …

Virtual Reality

The New Loyalty Card Is Just Sewn Onto Your Purse

In a clever coup for fashion, all Rebecca Minkoff bags will soon have QR codes to unlock rewards in store, and even across cities.<p>We carry burrito punch cards, download rewards apps, and flash our American Express cards to get specially reserved concert tickets. Why? Because we’ll do just about …

Behold Bat Bot, the First Flying Robot Bat

It mimics the flying mammal and doesn't even need to be remotely controlled.<p>A team of scientists has just built the first robot that looks and flies like a bat. They named it, of course, Bat Bot.<p>Bat Bot is nothing short of an engineering marvel. It weighs in at only 3.3 ounces—about as heavy of two …

Robotics