As a father of two boys, I am equally responsible for this kind of cultural outcome. I will not let our culture define our girls, our women-to-be, as ineffective participants. I will, in my own way as a father, help bring about a shift by teaching my sons that women are leaders and partners, not passive observers.
Let’s self-define. Please become who you were meant to be. The world needs you.
Like me! I always wanted to be an exhausted, computer nerd who writes things on the internet with no friends in real life. Progress!
Watch the full video here.
As Virginia Hughes noted in a recent piece for National Geographic’s Phenomena blog, the most common depiction of a synapse (that communicating junction between two neurons) is pretty simple:
Signal molecules leave one neuron from that bulby thing, float across a gap, and are picked up by receptors on the other neuron. In this way, information is transmitted from cell to cell … and thinking is possible.
But thanks to a bunch of German scientists - we now have a much more complete and accurate picture. They’ve created the first scientifically accurate 3D model of a synaptic bouton (that bulby bit) complete with every protein and cytoskeletal element.
This effort has been made possible only by a collaboration of specialists in electron microscopy, super-resolution light microscopy (STED), mass spectrometry, and quantitative biochemistry.
says the press release. The model reveals a whole world of neuroscience waiting to be explored. Exciting stuff!
Credit: Benjamin G. Wilhelm, Sunit Mandad, Sven Truckenbrodt, Katharina Kröhnert, Christina Schäfer, Burkhard Rammner, Seong Joo Koo, Gala A. Claßen, Michael Krauss, Volker Haucke, Henning Urlaub, Silvio O. Rizzoli
Technology at its cutest — The Bipedal Cycling Robot
In 2011, robot creator Masahiko Yamaguchi demonstrated a robot which can balance, steer and correct itself while riding a fixed-gear bike.
Full video with more information here.
That is, in our enthusiasm for expanding what we can do on the web, let’s not forget what makes it better than other mediums: the potential to reach anyone, anywhere, regardless of their abilities or wealth. Our designs cannot be beautiful if they are not also universal — crafted to reach a maximum variety of people.
The next Snow Falls will reach even further than our desks and pockets: to our televisions and glasses and the dashboards on our self-driving cars, and to a growing population of people coming online for the very first time. And what they need, more than skillfully executed scrolling effects and image fades, is news about the world. Let’s not neglect them.
For Maurice Sendak's birthday and the start of vacation reading season, his little-known and lovely posters celebrating books and the joy of reading
We call it user research not user testing. We test our design, our words and our ideas. We don’t test our users.
It’s a little thing, some might call it pedantry, but we think it matters.
The way we talk about things shows the way we think about things. It’s important to remember that people come to participate in user research to help us learn whether the current approach we’re taking to service design is meeting user needs or not.
Pacific Giant Octopus (Octopus dofleini) flaring out its arms as it prepares to drop to the ocean bottom after swimming, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada
by Fred Bavendam
Source: National Geographic
Users win when the whole organisation orients itself around the users so that the technical team, the security team, the content team, the social media team and the designers and researchers all make decisions in the users best interest. Otherwise, all you get is handwaving and frameworks.