Doug G. Ware
CUPERTINO, Calif., Aug. 1 (UPI) — As the cord-cutting movement continues to gain steam — and a bigger market share — Apple plans to unveil a new version of Apple TV soon, a report said Friday. —> Read More
Doug G. Ware
There has been a rare opportunity to witness a unique lunar event in the night sky; a so-called “blue moon”. —> Read More
In this series, “What the River Knows,” by Basia Irland, the artist and water activist writes from the perspective of each river, using the first person. Installments are published in Water Currents every other week on Mondays. The first post is about the Ping River in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Other posts include the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok; Kamo-gawa River, Kyoto; Siem Reap River, Cambodia; Yaqui River, Mexico, where the eight Yaqui tribal villages do not have water due to agricultural corporations; the superfund site on the Eagle River in Colorado, polluted with heavy metal runoff from a mine; the Virgin River as it flows through Zion National Park.
Please feel free to add your comments at the end of each post.
The Bagmati River at Pushupatinath Temple, Katmandu, Nepal
I am clogged with human ash and bits of bone. Garlands of marigolds float on my body as an old monkey watches. I have always borne the remains of the dead, who are taken to the Pashupatinath Temple on my banks near Kathmandu, Nepal, placed on pyres, ignited, and blessed in Hindu ceremonies. The cremated are swept into my murky waters to plod along toward the confluence with the great mother Ganga as I join other tributaries downstream.
My primary role is as a source of spiritual salvation for millions of Hindus, who take a dip within my waters. And yet, at this particular site, my plight has been the same for decades — an open sewer, full of garbage from an ever-increasing population. I try to flow, but really I just slog along. There have been gallant efforts by local valley dwellers in recent years to try and clean my body and rid my ribs of slush and guck, but it is an overwhelming —> Read More
Who needs a mouse: Scientists reveal brain interface that can control a cursor accurately enough to allow people to type
Monkeys used their brainwaves to accurately move a cursor, and the research may lead to devices such as a wheelchair that paralysed people can drive with their own brain waves. —> Read More
Fields from science to politics to business are looking to design for inspiration, alternative processes, and new solutions. Design negotiates between technology, policy, systems and users. A structured design approach can heighten the hit-rate in the fuzzy front end of innovation processes in public and private sectors. As a result, design has become incredibly multifaceted in recent years, encompassing subfields such as interaction design, critical design, environmental design, social design, bio-design, to name just a few of the new comers to the traditional disciplines of product-, graphic- and service design. UX design, for instance, has become a major driver in Silicon Valley’s economy, arguably commoditizing tech and has become a focus area for European social states promoting sharing economy. Design has become a universal medium for expressing ideas, raising fundamental questions and addressing social challenges.
‘Design Thinking‘ is thought to prescribe the fundamental methodology driving the entire field and above-mentioned subfields. The term ‘Design Thinking’ was originally coined by Herbert A. Simon and described as “a problem-solving method inspired by designers way to solve problems”. I agree that the type of thinking (abductive, synthetic, divergent…) involved in design thinking is similar to the thinking in all other types of design, but the method not necessarily. For instance, the anthropological research involved in design thinking is not broadly applied in graphic or industrial design. In that sense, I believe it is false that it prescribes a methodology to the entire field. Paradoxically the term ‘Design Thinking’ does not really describe a way of thinking, but a methodology and design thinking does not involve more thinking than any other field of design. It is just a name.
Design is used in new contexts and scenarios every day, but why bother with the thinking bit? Design holds a —> Read More
Genetic analysis by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Washington has found golden jackals of Africa and Eurasia are two distantly related species. —> Read More
The images show the rotation of the asteroid, named 1999 JD6, which made its closest approach on July 24 at 9:55 p.m. PDT (12:55 a.m. EDT on July 25). —> Read More
Although it won’t say how many machines are still waiting for the online updates, Microsoft said ‘we still have many more upgrades to go before we catch up.’ —> Read More
Microsoft’s Chinese ‘girlfriend app’ has become huge hit: Xiaoice listens, asks how you’re feeling and even makes jokes
Xiaoice is a Chinese chatbot with a difference. She can remember details from earlier conversations, to ask how a user is feeling about a past event, such as a break up. —> Read More
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force is involved in and closely following a SpaceX-led investigation into the explosion that destroyed an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket minutes after liftoff from Florida on June 28, a top general said on Friday.