Sean Flaherty

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MIT scientists are researching health in cities by sending robots into sewers — Quartz

Beneath the streets of Boston, two robots named Mario and Luigi inspect the flow of human waste, collecting data on city residents.<p>The robots are part of the new MIT Underworlds project, which mines urban sewage for information about human health and behavior—a previously untapped resource that …

Health

How To Use Color To Prove Your Point, From A Data Viz Expert

The importance of color theory is a well-explored topic in art and design. But what about when it comes to information design?<p>When working with large amounts of data, precision is key. The same is true of the art of data visualization: size, shape, shade, hue—the tiniest details of a visualization …

Information Architecture

Can Artificial Intelligence Be Creative?

Before you read this post, I want you to do something for me. Take 10 seconds and think of 5 fields that best exhibit “creativity” as you think of it.<p>…

Intelligence

The Superbook - The smartphone-powered Android laptop

Laptops

How computers are learning to be creative

We're on the edge of a new frontier in art and creativity — and it's not human. Blaise Agüera y Arcas, principal scientist at Google, works with deep …

Machine Learning

What can we learn from shortcuts? | Tom Hulme

How do you build a product people really want? Allow consumers to be a part of the process. "Empathy for what your customers want is probably the …

TED Talks

Wireframes - The Beginner's Guide

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Beginner's Guide To UX<p>Our Beginner’s Guide series is designed to help those who are just starting to learn …

Mockups

The UI That Could Help Make E-Sports A $100 Billion Industry

Activision Blizzard wants to make e-sports mainstream. How? By focusing less on the video game and more on the players.<p>With 2.2 billion fans worldwide and $124 billion in revenue, professional sports is big business. But ask Mike Sepso, senior vice president of Activision Blizzard Media Networks, …

Activision Blizzard

NASA Concerned That Juno Spacecraft Might Crash Into Europa

"We could possibly contaminate an entire alien ecosystem," says NASA lead program scientist.<p>Now that the Juno spacecraft is in orbit around Jupiter, NASA’s science team will spend a few months performing final tests before beginning its unprecedented close-up investigation of the biggest planet in …

NASA

A real-life robocop patrolling Silicon Valley allegedly ran over a child in a mall

Step aside, Paul Blart. There's a new mall cop in town.<p>Standing five feet and weighing in at 300 pounds, the K5 security robot wanders the grounds of corporate campuses, malls, and data centers in the Silicon Valley Area and gathers information from sensors and cameras. GPS technology allows it to …

Silicon Valley

User Experience Design

Design Better Forms<p>Common mistakes designers make and how to fix them<p>Whether it is a signup flow, a multi-view stepper, or a monotonous data entry …

UX Design

Futuristic prosthetic officially headed to market soon (Tomorrow Daily 388 show notes)

LUKE (named after Luke Skywalker) is an advanced, modular prosthetic arm with over 10,000 hours of testing, and it'll finally be available later this …

Star Wars

Bio-cyborg made of rat heart and gold swims obstacle course

<b>Trends</b>Viral<p>Based on the physical properties of underwater batoid species, the artificial animal has a rubber body and uses muscle cells taken from a …

Life Sciences

‘Roger Juno, welcome to Jupiter.’ Probe begins exploring the brutal environment of our biggest neighbour

At six minutes to midnight on the fourth of July (Eastern Standard Time), the collected cast and crew at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in …

NASA

Evolution Once Operated 4,000 Times Faster Than Today

The first life forms had mutation rates 4,000 times faster than we see today, biologists have estimated, meaning astonishingly fast evolution.<p>Popular …

Evolutionary biology

More assassins on the radar: As many as 24 new species of assassin bugs described

As many as 24 assassin bugs new to science were discovered and described by Dr. Guanyang Zhang and his colleagues. In their article, published in the …

Science

Water clouds found outside the solar system — a first

For the first time ever, astronomers have found strong evidence of water clouds on a body outside the solar system.<p>New observations of a frigid object called WISE 0855, which lies 7.2 light-years from Earth, suggest that the "failed star" has clouds of water, or water ice, in its atmosphere, the …

Astronomy

Forget the Big Bang, our universe may have formed from a Big Bounce

Our universe could have been formed from an older universe collapsing<p>The universe is in a constant state of expansion and the general consensus is that this began as a ‘Big Bang’ – the universe bursting into existence from a point of infinitely dense and hot material.<p>However, a study of the early …

Universe

Bees Have Supposedly Been Trained To Make Honey From Cannabis Plants

Nicholas Trainer is many things: an artist, a locksmith, and perhaps most importantly, a beekeeper. Bees are, of course, known for their ability to …

Honey

The Foundation of Technical Leadership

I’m a front-end architect, but I’m also known as a technical leader, subject matter expert, and a number of other things. I came into my current …

Leadership

Create an Evolutionary Web Strategy with a Digital MRO Plan

Many organizations, large and small, approach creating their web presence as if it’s a one-time project. They invest an enormous amount of time and …

Web Design

Designing for social impact

During the 2000 United States presidential election, product designers and developers discovered an uncomfortable truth about our nation. American …

UX Design

Breaking the habit: The art of noticing the world around us and making it better

Article image: A worker using a spectroscope to observe steel color and gauge temperature. (source: Kheel Center via Flickr).

O'Reilly Media

How to Create a Perfect Color Scheme [Infographic]

Nothing can make a project stand out or identify your brand or business like color. Just think: What would the “Golden Arches” of McDonald’s be …

Color Schemes

Accessibility Matters: Meet Our New Book, “Inclusive Design Patterns” (Pre-Release)

<b>We use ad-blockers as well, you know.</b> We gotta keep those servers running though. Did you know that we publish useful books and run friendly …

Universal design

Bridging retail's digital divide at the point-of-sale

If you want proof that digital transformation is much more than a simple technology upgrade, look no further than your nearest shopping mall. The …

Digital divide

Second-hand UX

Something that I feel is overlooked by a lot of product designers is the second-hand experience of their product. That is to say, above and beyond …

Web Design

Are Branding Agencies Still Relevant?

The old way of designing brands is in desperate need of a rethink, writes Edenspiekermann's Paul Woods.<p>A couple years ago, I was interviewing for a job as digital design director at a (well-known) branding agency. After the usual pleasantries, we landed on the details of what the role would entail. …

Branding

Slippery Bottle Makes Every Drop Of Shampoo Slide Out

You waste more than 10% of your cleaning beauty products because you can't get it out of the bottle. Time to put a stop to that.<p>Even if your shampoo is expensive, you probably throw some of it away. Plastic bottles—whether they're holding shampoo or laundry detergent or lotion—are inherently …

Recycling

Inclusive Design: A Case For Greater Identity Representation

Try Confluence for free<p>Create, organize, and discuss work with your team. Spend less time hunting things down and more time making things happen.<p>The …

Universal design