We Like… Reply

How Open API Movement Can Help Your Brand

When executives are challenged to innovate, they often try to take old routes to new business ideas. While analyzing innovative companies, we’ve found that it’s not just the organizational culture or leadership that creates innovation — it’s the willingness to allow consumers and developers to identify new uses for existing data and infrastructure via open APIs.

Alcatel Lucent Releases API Creation Methodology through Creative Commons

Alcatel’s lifecycle methodology moves the conversation forward into solid business, legal and marketing approaches that are critical to successfully deploying APIs and building healthy developer driven ecosystems. This move shows the API industry has matured and is ready for prime time. And the fact that Alcatel released the methodology under a creative commons license shows they get the true essence of the API movement.


Patient-Driven Research Relies on Open Web Info 1

Ben Harris is a medical physicist from Indiana and an example of a patient conducting a Do It Yourself (DIY) study.    Diagnosed in January of 2011 with ALS (amyotropic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), Harris became both the clinical researcher and the single-patient subject in his search for effective treatment of the disease.

It was six months after his diagnosis that Harris took part in a sponsored clinical trial for a new experimental drug.  The treatment gave him some relief from his ALS symptoms and hope that the progression of the disease could be inhibited.  Other patients had similar results.

“Accounts similar to Ben’s began to emerge in the chat-rooms,” says Harris’ brother, who is documenting the events surrounding the ALS diagnosis and the pursuit of this new treatment. “There’s one small problem: the FDA’s process would take between 5 and 7 years before [this new drug] would be approved and made available.  My brother could be dead by then.”  In clinical research, time can mean everything, particularly to patients.

Harris began an intensive Internet search for information about the compound used in the trial. More…

We Like… Reply

Cancer Research Yields Unexpected New Way to Produce Nylon

In their quest for a cancer cure, researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute made a serendipitous discovery — a molecule necessary for cheaper and greener ways to produce nylon.
The finding, described in the Sept. 23, 2012, issue of the journal Nature Chemical Biology, arose from an intriguing notion that some of the genetic and chemical changes in cancer tumors might be harnessed for beneficial uses.

Timothy Prestero: Design for people, not awards


We Like… Reply

Cloud 9 IDE

Write, run, and debug your code with our powerful and flexible cloud IDE. Collaborate on your workspaces publicly, or keep them private. The choice is yours!

Beyond Wireframing: The Real-Life UX Design Process

We all know basic tenets of user-centered design. We recognize different research methods, the prototyping stage, as well as the process of documenting techniques in our rich methodological environment. The question you probably often ask yourself, though, is how it all works in practice?