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CompuLab upgrades compact fanless PC designed for harsh industrial use

No moving parts, no maintenance: The Airtop2 fanless PC from CompuLab

Israel’s CompuLab packed a lot of computer power into a compact frame when it released the first Airtop fanless computer back in 2016. Now the company has unveiled the second generation, the Airtop2, that can be had with Intel’s latest Xeon processor, powerful discrete graphics and up to 64 GB of system memory. And it’s designed to work in extreme temperatures.

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"Nano-factories" produce anti-cancer drugs from inside tumors

Like the horse of Troy, scientists at the Technion have developed a way to sneak synthetic cells right into tumor tissue, where they then begin producing cancer-fighting proteins from the inside. The technique was tested in both cell cultures and in mice, and found to be an effective treatment in both cases.

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Giant nerves key to cuttlefish's incredible camouflage capability

The cuttlefish can change its appearance with remarkable speed - now scientists have a better understanding ...

The cuttlefish is often called the chameleon of the sea, but where the land-based version can only change its color, the sepia-squirting, tentacled one can change its skin texture as well as its tint in seconds. How it does this has been a mystery, but scientists from the Marine Biological Laboratory and the University of Cambridge have found that the cuttlefish controls its stealth ability using a giant neural circuit that similar to the one that squids use to control their iridescence.

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projects • Re: Augmented Reality Design Tools. I need your help!


I currently design AR glasses and might be able to shed some light. Forgive me but i cringe a bit when i see people lumping VR and AR. Both are very different in my estimate. And therefore require different design approaches. As im sure you have seen VR didnt quite have the impact everyone expected/thought. Curious to see if AR will. Vr is a completely immersive experience, while AR mixes digital with real world. Totally different optics systems, different interface experiences, different human interaction etc. Currently we can take my solidworks designs and project them into the real world to view and critique by AR. Example testing new glasses designs on people heads thru AR. Dont see any real benefit of designing fully immersed in AR or VR for that matter. Instead of a new software flow i would much prefer using CAD models in placing them into real space easier. Personally the stuff i see coming out of VR drawing apps is pretty garbage and more just for fun. Exciting, interesting but of little value. As cyberdemon rightly pointed out is pretty fatigue inducing and pretty clumsy. Definitely could use some help witht that experience. I would personally be interested in things to help the workflow from desktop CAD/ visual program to 3d space. Pretty clunky currently (DOF, viewing angles, resolution, FOV are different across all devices ) Another interesting angle would be being able to take my design i do in solidworks then be able to to push and pull designs in 3d space. Or a device that doesnt require people to be wearing devices on their heads just to view a form. I personally believe VR for most people for the next few years wont be of much use or value (aside from gaming) whereas AR has a lot more room to expand, (everyday wearables).

general design discussion • Re: Machines v. Humans

Mr-914 wrote:
Second, I don’t think designers are to blame. Maybe it’s because I’ve been in architectural products for my whole career, but the designers I meet are excited about wood, marble, stone, leather, glass: all materials that are imprecise or inconsistent. We (designers) love to try to use that give a human/natural touch to the products.

What does the forum think?

I agree with you here Ray. I think there was a brief moment where there was a cohort of ID graduates that wanted everything to be minimal, put shapes, and matte/gloss white, black or red plastic (IE easy to model in CAD and render)… but most designers I know are into old things, things that patina, things that are made not manufactured, and a lot of us are always trying to squeeze that into production work…. that sad thing is when it does make it, it can flop in the marketplace. A lot of the Polk Heritage product I worked on did not meet sales goals. Of course there were tons of other factors, the right distribution was not lined up, there wasn’t a deep enough targeted media buy to reach the right person, time was not spent free-seeding product with influencers…. but on the end of the day it is a poor reflection on the design language, and when we toned it down, kept the form language but went back to black plastics, the sales went up… The only things I were able to save outside the forms were a slight brushed nice finish to all of the metallic (instead chrome or silver paint…) and some interesting textiles for the grilles (though that was a knockdown drag out fight to keep!)

I think there is a bit of a “safe” mentality when it comes to purchasing decisions. IE,” I’m in Best Buy, and all of the other choices are black plastic rectangles, so that must be the right thing to get. This mahogany and white speaker must be the wrong thing to get…”. Most people want product like that to blend in. When they are in a retail environment and all of the other products are black plastic bricks, that seems to blend in. When they come home maybe they realize their room is not made of black plastic bricks and that thing actually stands out now!…. a couple of years after the heritage launch I was able to bring the walnut finishes and white back for independent retailers, so they would have something different from Best Buy and Amazon, and they crushed with it. It was the right distribution channel with a true sales team and a nicer retail environment to help the user make sense of the product.

How ProPublica Became Big Tech’s Scariest Watchdog

The nonprofit is fighting fire with fire, developing algorithms and bots that hold Facebook and Amazon accountable.

Facebook is a political battleground where Russian operatives work to influence elections, fake news runs rampant, and political hopefuls use ad targeting to reach swing voters. We have no idea what goes on inside Facebook’s insidious black box algorithm, which controls the all-powerful News Feed. Are politicians playing by the rules? Can we trust Facebook to police them? Do we really have any choice?

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Product labels like ‘Fair Trade’ mean less than you’d think

Buying ethically sourced products is not as straightforward as it might seem, according to the first large-scale analysis of sustainable sourcing practices.

Imagine, for example, you want some chocolate. You scan the market shelf for a bar with a Fair Trade or Rainforest Alliance certification because you don’t want your indulgence to drive labor abuse and deforestation. It’s the right thing to do, right?

While more than half of the global companies surveyed apply sustainability practices somewhere in their supply chain, according to the study, these efforts actually tend to have a much more limited reach than consumers might imagine given media attention to the issue and the proliferation of sustainable product labeling.

“Our results show a glass half full and half empty,” says study coauthor Eric Lambin, professor in Stanford University’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

The paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, relates sourcing practices to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, an agenda for a sustainable global economy. With global supply chains touching more than 80 percent of global trade and employing more than one in five workers, corporate supply chains have the potential to play an outsized role in achieving the UN goals.

The researchers analyzed 449 publicly listed companies in the food, textile, and wood-products sectors, and found about half use some form of sustainable sourcing practice ranging from third-party certification of production standards to environmental training for suppliers. Among their findings:

  • More than 70 percent of sustainable sourcing practices cover only a subset of input materials for a given product. For example, a company might use recycled materials for the packaging of a product, but leave the remainder of a product’s upstream impact unaddressed.
  • Only 15 percent of sustainable sourcing practices focus on health, energy, infrastructure, climate change, education, gender, or poverty.
  • Almost all sustainable sourcing practices address only a single tier in the supply chain, usually first-tier suppliers, such as the textile factories that sew T-shirts. Often, the remaining processes, from dying the cloth to growing the cotton, remain unaddressed.
  • More than a quarter of sustainable sourcing practices apply to only a single product line. For example, a company may use Fair Trade certification for only one type of chocolate bar among many that it sells.

“Advancing environmental and social goals in supply chains can quickly become very complex,” says study coauthor Joann de Zegher, a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. “This complexity is reflected in our findings that companies use a broad range of strategies and that current efforts have limited reach.”

On a hopeful note, the researchers find that companies on the receiving end of consumer and civil society pressure are “significantly more likely” to adopt at least one sustainable sourcing practice. So, perhaps unsurprisingly, companies headquartered in countries with many active nongovernmental organizations are more likely to use sustainable sourcing practices, according to the study.

Grocery store program pushed farmers to go green

“The pressure consumers put on firms when they demand more sustainable products might be paying off,” says study lead author Tannis Thorlakson, a graduate student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources of Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences.

“I hope this paper acts as a call to action for those 48 percent of companies that aren’t doing anything to address sustainability challenges in their supply chain.”

The National Science Foundation and the Teresa Elms and Robert D. Lindsay Fellowship at Stanford supported the work.

Source: Stanford University

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projects • Augmented Reality Design Tools. I need your help!

My name is Sid Miller, I’m an ID Senior at JeffersonU (formerly PhiladelphiaU). For my senior thesis project I am designing a tool set for designers to better communicate ideas to colleagues and clients. Using virtual and augmented reality it’s possible to view interactive 3D prototypes in accurate scale, but the tools don’t exist yet to create these prototypes. My tools would allow designers to sketch or build in 3D to rapidly iterate concepts and work on them collaboratively.

I’m looking for the input of professional designers to validate the feature set and use case I am designing for. It’s 11 questions and should only take you a couple of minutes, but it would make a huge difference to my project. If you work with other designers it would be awesome if you could share it with your colleagues too! Thank you for your help!

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general design discussion • Machines v. Humans

In a recent Autocar, Chris Bangle is quoted:

Right now, we are at a crossroads which is going the wrong way. Designers have helped convince the world that you will prefer things made by machines rather than people; you will prefer perfection over character. That unfortunately is disenfranchising a huge amount of this planet’s population.

First, I agree with him that the de-humanizing is out of hand and ultimately detrimental to our civilization. The design example to me is the smartphone. No one is doing anything interesting with the hardware. It’s all bland, precision machined soap bars, including Apple. The cultural example is pop music. Listening to pop from the ’70s I hear cracking voices, slightly out of tune guitars, beats that are just a fraction of a second off. Nothing that makes it sound bad, but it sounds human. Today’s pop is so well produced that it becomes an inhuman wall of blandness. That god we have rap and hip-hop defending humans doing music.

Second, I don’t think designers are to blame. Maybe it’s because I’ve been in architectural products for my whole career, but the designers I meet are excited about wood, marble, stone, leather, glass: all materials that are imprecise or inconsistent. We (designers) love to try to use that give a human/natural touch to the products.

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Do These 8 Things If You Missed Out On A Promotion This Year

Getting a promotion takes more than just doing your job well. To move up the ladder to the next step of your career, you have to prove to decision makers and leadership that you are ready and deserving enough to take on more responsibility. This takes consistently working your best, staying dedicated to your work, and much more.

If you’re sick of being passed up for promotions, check out these eight habits of employees that get promoted. Make small changes as necessary if you’re ready to take the next step in your career.

1. Set And Communicate Career Goals

Before the start of the year, sit down with your boss to set and discuss your professional career goals. Be open about where you see yourself in six months or a year. A good boss will help you achieve these goals by giving you opportunities to grow and provide support to keep you on track.

“In many cases, he or she truly does want to see you achieve your goals. As a manager myself, I constantly ask my employees, ‘Where do you see yourself in five years?’ because if there’s a way I can help them along, I’ll do it. Whether that means putting in a good word for them in a different department at my current company or assigning them special projects that will help them build new skill sets for a different role, I want to help,” says Katie Douthwaite Wolf, a contributor at The Muse.

The key, says Wolf, is to avoid announcing plans to “jump ship or that you want to take over your boss’s position.” Instead, think bigger and broader and come ready to discuss the ways you think your boss can help.

Related: Emotional Intelligence Is The Real Secret To Getting Promoted Faster 

2. Always Be A Team Player

Employers don’t like it when employees are focused on “I” rather than “we.” They want team players who are committed to helping the greater good of the team, which ultimately benefits the company:

“A good employee volunteers his or her efforts before even being asked. They volunteer for more tasks and responsibility, and not just because of immediate reward,” according to the article, “How to be Promotable.” “This type of employees simply goes above and beyond and will be the first thought of when promotions are being decided.”

3. Make Yourself Indispensable

How can you make yourself an indispensable member of your team? One way is to become the go-to person for something specific, like designing dynamic sales decks to dealing with challenging customers. People in positions like this are not only sought after by coworkers, but also seen by leadership because they naturally stand out as someone people are always looking for.

Related: Your Five-Month Guide To Getting A Promotion

4. Keep Learning

Show your boss that you’re committed to continuously improving and developing your skills by finding learning opportunities, both within the office and outside of it. This doesn’t mean you need to get your master’s or PhD, unless that’s relevant to your job. Instead, enroll in one webinar each month, use your own money to attend conferences, or ask to be put on projects outside of your department. This shows that you’re serious about your career, and aren’t waiting for someone else to get you where you want to go.

5. Document Your Success

When asking for a promotion, leadership is going to want to know what kind of value you bring to the business. Rather trying to think back at all you’ve accomplished, build a “working” portfolio throughout the year. After you’ve completed an important project or performed a record sales month, document it. When noting your successes, focus on the most important details:

“Keep a record of everything you do that enhances the company’s bottom line, that puts the company or your department in a good light, that is creative and innovative, and that shows your loyalty and commitment to the organization,” says Randall S. Hansen, PhD.

This tracking shows that you’ve been successful and improved the company, and are invested in the work you’re doing.

Related: How To Land A Promotion Without Going To The Office

6. Don’t Be Afraid To Take Charge

Do you display passion, trustworthiness, decisiveness, and confidence? Possessing these types of leadership skills is essential for getting promoted. After all, the first step in being a leader is acting like one. Don’t get involved in office politics or develop bad habits, like being late or missing deadlines. Leaders need to be great role models for the employees they manage and work with, and without these skills, it will be hard to get a management promotion.

7. Network With The Right People

Take advantage of every networking opportunity you have, even if it’s a small get together with new coworkers at lunch. Networking with others within your organization will allow you to get to know the people who can provide support now and in the future. It’s also a chance to promote yourself and your skills as well. You can reap similar benefits by getting involved with groups in your organization, like those who help plan events or keep the office stocked.

8. Be An Engaged Employee

Being engaged goes beyond paying attention or taking notes in meetings–both of which are also important. It means being an active member of your organization, attending every optional “Lunch and Learn,” or coming up with new ideas for sharing successes in the workplace. This shows your commitment to the company and the success of your coworkers.

Getting promoted is not an easy task–it takes time, learning, and dedication to yourself and the business. Successfully manage your own career path by using these eight tips–you might just get that promotion you’ve been hoping for.

A version of this article originally appeared on Glassdoor and is adapted with permission.