I am ever so cynical about the nth “let’s work on a new groundbreaking social network app”email hitting my inbox, that I keep thinking about learning new skills, anything applicable in the real world, maybe I should work my way up a banking system, bankers make a lot of money, don’t they? Or go back to university for 8 years to become a doctor, change real lives, not secluding people via social apps.

What will become of us?

Life

The real prescription is simpler and more challenging: you have to care. If you aspire to greater care and empathy as a person and as a technologist, your presentations will connect, your code will self-document, your designs will delight. If you bring a passion for character development along with your love of learning and creating, your users will feel it.

Usability is everywhere. Ethics are everywhere. The more care you show for your users, the more successful you will be.

Patrick Mulder

Usability is Everywhere

Life, on the Web

Researcher Natalia Ivanova was parsing this data when she noticed something strange: several bacteria had really short genes, around 200 nucleotides long, a far cry from the more typical 800-900 nucleotide length she was expecting. Short genes mean short proteins, and in this case, seemingly nonfunctional ones. The only way to make it coherent was if “stop” codons didn’t actually mean “stop”.

Ivanova experimented computationally with various codon reassignments, and ultimately found that things looked a lot more normal if “opal” was translated as a glycine amino acid. In other words, “the same word means different things in different organisms,” says Eddy Rubin, JGI’s Director. The microbial world is multilingual.

Wired, → is DNA multilingual?

ITB CNR, Life, on the Web