DNA vaccine promises permanent, universal protection against the flu

New research into DNA vaccines suggests a universal, one-dose flu vaccine could be developed

A universal, one-dose flu vaccine has long been a holy grail for medical researchers. With the World Health Organization estimating over half a million people die every year from influenza, and the social and economic costs being almost impossible to calculate, the impact of an effective flu vaccine cannot be underestimated. New research from the University of Washington School of Medicine could pave the way for a universal flu shot by developing a novel DNA vaccine that targets the genetic components of the virus.

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Hybrid solid-state system harvests more hydrogen from water

(From left) Junyoung Kim, Professor Guntae Kim, and Ohhun Gwona are part of the team who ...

Clean and plentiful, hydrogen is a promising fuel source, but there’s a few problems standing in the way of it becoming mainstream. South Korean scientists have now developed a new system for producing hydrogen from water, which that they say overcomes some of these issues and produces the gas more efficiently than other water electrolysis systems.

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The best future-focused sci-fi film and TV coming in 2018

Coming to Netflix in February, the cyberpunk sci-fi Altered Carbon is reportedly one of the most ...

Sci-fi is now the mainstream and consequently we’re seeing millions of dollars spent bringing stories to the screen that are gloriously weird and fantastically futurist. Here are our picks of what to look forward to in 2018 on both the big and small screens from big blockbuster sci-fi spectacle to compelling hard science speculations.

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Cougar allows gamers to tweak settings on the mouse itself

Key settings on Cougar's Surpassion gaming mouse can be adjusted using dedicated buttons and a small ...

To get the best from a gaming mouse, some peripherals require users to spend time before each session adjusting parameters in software running on the gaming rig. Cougar has installed a small LCD display on its Surpassion mouse that allows gamers to adjust key settings on the mouse itself.

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general design discussion • Re: podcast list

I dig a lot of the ones mentioned above, I also enjoy:
Reply All – “‘A podcast about the internet’ that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it. ” – The Guardian
You Made it Weird – Comedian Pete Holmes talks (at length) with guests (usually comedians, but sometimes others) about everything (always covering comedy, sec, and religion)
The Allusionist – Helen Zaltzman uses language as an entré into some wonderfully informative content


general design discussion • Re: podcast list

I listen to a lot of similar ones and will add:

-The Futur by Chris Do – Applies to any creative running their own business or in management
-The Pitch – where people pitch their ideas to investors.
-Thoroughly Considered – about a couple of guys running their product design business (Studio Neat)
-Startup Podcast – about startups.
-Self made man – similar to The Tim Ferris Show


general design discussion • Re: Project Deliverable Timelines + Expectations

Product archetypes is a fancy way of same form factors. Usually some quick explorations showing where internal components might be located and how that impacts the architecture of the design. This might include use cases that show where relevant grips might be, interaction patterns, things like that. Basically it is a phase to get stake holders aligned on some of the critical parameters and lock in some basics about the product.

MP1 = Mass Production 1, the first run of product. Sometimes clients only want concepts, sometimes they want to go all the way to production files, sometimes they want design direction through the first prototype (golden sample), sometimes all the way to MP1. Different clients need different things based on their capabilities and band width. I try to show them the entirety of what we can do and then work with them to figure out what they need.