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Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: March 17, 2017

Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: March 17, 2017

first_imgWant to expand your business?Funny how progressive enhancement and #a11y are often seen as “good deeds” or bonus work, when it simply gets you more users / more $$$— Max Böck (@mxbck) March 15, 2017With Project Torino, Microsoft creates a physical programming language inclusive of visually impaired children. The project helps teach coding by having kids connect pods together to build programs.WordPressShare your feedback on creating content for your WordPress site. A redesign of the new Editor is in the works and the project team would love your thoughts. Take a few moments to fill out their Editor experience survey. (Took me less than five minutes to complete.)Considering a new theme for your website? Here are ten features to look for in a premium WordPress theme. Don’t forget about accessibility and performance! At my webinar for the Michigan Bed & Breakfast Association this week, my focus was WordPress sites as I explained how to keep your website secure and up-to-date. In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn about the current state of design systems in UX, find out ten features to look for in a paid WordPress theme, discover guidelines for writing clean CSS, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week.Hope you find the resources helpful in your projects!Want more resources like these on a daily basis? Follow me @redcrew on Twitter.Tweet of the WeekDoing a refactor today and for kicks, I thought I’d try rewriting a Flexbox Grid using CSS Grid…Flexbox: 42 linesGrid: 5 lines— Dave Rupert (@davatron5000) March 15, 2017User ExperienceMy friend Emily Bowman, founder of Ladies That UX Detroit, is one of four UX experts interviewed by Adobe Creative Cloud that answered the question: what’s one thing your users have taught you? User experience goes beyond the screen.UX doesn’t end at the edges of the screen. UX is practiced at the heart of user needs, business objectives, & technical requirements. #UX— Nick Finck (@nickf) March 16, 2017In his current state of design systems in UX post, Christian Beck questions the reliance on design systems and their reliance on efficiency. His advice, …caution and keep focus on innovation.Did you think designing buttons was easy? Designers must consider a number of factors when designing buttons: performance, typography, background color, margin, and contrast. Interesting. Machine-driven transcriptions are now included alongside UserTesting.com videos. According to their announcement, the transcripts are a free preview for qualified customers through April 12. An excerpt from Tiffany Brown’s CSS Master book explains the guidelines for writing clean CSS that is lightweight and reusable:What I Found InterestingBack for a third year, Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit returns to TechTown Detroit on May 5-7, 2017 for a cross-border hackathon to collaborate and design apps for patient-centric care.I’m not a fan of people using the word “pop” in design or photography, but this 30-second Photoshop tip helps make eyes stand out in your photos. Finally! The latest version of Chrome prevents tabs from gobbling up your battery life. Thank you, Google! If you like what you’ve read today, share the post with your colleagues and friends.Want to make sure you don’t miss out on updates? Subscribe to get notified when new posts are published.Did I miss some resources you found this week? I’d love to see them! Post them in the comments below.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedOctober 19, 2018 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn about the relationship between information architecture and content strategy, find pragmatic rules for web accessibility, discover how and why you would use negative grid lines in CSS Grid, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: April 1, 2016In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn about a new UX mentoring project, find out whether you should use flexbox or grid in your web designs, discover how web design has changed in the past 26 years (how fun to see those screenshot of old sites!),…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: September 11, 2015In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources, you’ll find out why the first person hired at your tech startup should be a UX designer, learn how to design safer web animation for motion sensitivity, discover the features in the latest WordPress Jetpack version, and more. If you’re…In “Web design & development links” AccessibilityAre you a designer, developer, someone who wants to promote web accessibility in your organization? Register for the free AccessGA accessibility webinar on March 22, 2017 at 11am Eastern Time. It’s not one person that makes an accessible product or service happens, says Faye Bridge in her Diversity, AI and Accessibility at SXSW Interactive recap post from this week’s South by Southwest (SXSW) event.But for accessibility to be successful, it’s important for everyone within a team to be invested in achieving it. Do they annoy you? My colleague Anthony Hortin shows you how to automatically remove Wordfence notifications. CSS and HTMLIn his tutorial, Nitish Kumar explains how to control the order in which items are placed using the Grid Layout module.Dig into what you can do with CSS Grid by exploring the 12 variations on card layouts that Jen Simmons created.Modify and download a collection of ready-to-use CSS animations at Animista. Thanks, Chris! Here’s how to check your fallback layout when you use CSS Grid.Easy way to toggle back and forth between your Grid Layout and fallback layout. pic.twitter.com/ZZkYyvKsc0— Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier) March 15, 2017last_img read more

Stevens Point blanks Marshfield boys soccer in Tigers’ WVC opener

Stevens Point blanks Marshfield boys soccer in Tigers’ WVC opener

first_imgTigers fall to 1-2By Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTEVENS POINT — The Marshfield boys soccer team had a rough opening game to its Wisconsin Valley Conference schedule with a 10-0 loss to Stevens Point at the Portage County Youth Soccer Complex on Thursday night.Marshfield was outshot 17-5 with all five of its shots on goal saved by Stevens Point goalkeeper Ethan Manzke.Ricky Perez scored four times, and Keondre Porter and Ben Yang each scored twice for the Panthers. Perez added two assists, and Isaac Williams and Lio Perkins each added goals for Stevens Point (2-2, 1-1 WVC).Austin Mannigel had seven saves in goal for Marshfield.Marshfield (1-2 overall) returns to action Tuesday against Wisconsin Rapids. The game, at Griese Park, begins at 5 p.m.“Despite the loss, there were some positives to take from the game,” Marshfield coach Steve McCann said. “The boys played hard to the end of the game. We figured out more about some of our players’ strengths and weaknesses.“We are on a learning curve right now that is steep and doesn’t get any easier when we host Wisconsin Rapids next Tuesday.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

South African team develops new rabies antidote

South African team develops new rabies antidote

first_img(from left) CSIR researcher Nomali Zungu; research and development outcomes manager Fanie Marais; CSIR chief researcher Dr Rachel Chikwamba and project manager Dr Ereck Chakauya are fine-tuning their rabies antidote, produced from genetically engineered tobacco plants.(Image: CSIR)MEDIA CONTACTS • Tendani TseduMedia enquiries, CSIR+27 12 841 3417RELATED ARTICLES• Tobacco smuggling up in smoke• Meningitis vaccine for Burkina Faso• Green light for titanium powder pilot• One step closer to HIV vaccine• SA’s stem cell milestone Wilma den HartighResearchers from South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have developed the world’s first injectable medicine from a tobacco plant – an antidote for rabies which could change the way the deadly viral disease is treated worldwide.The new liquid antidote, RabiVir, is made from the leaves of the Nicotiana benthamiana plant, a cousin of the commercial cigarette tobacco plant Nicotiana tabacum. Through genetic engineering, antibodies known to work against rabies were introduced to the N. benthamiana tobacco variety.The product is a collaborative effort of CSIR scientists, the World Health Organisation (WHO), Kentucky Bioprocessing and MAPP Biopharmaceuticals.Dr Ereck Chakauya, senior scientist and research group leader of the CSIR Biosciences plant expression group, says the liquid antidote is a breakthrough in the treatment of rabies.The product is not only much cheaper to manufacture, but potentially far more effective than current treatments.“This product is a liquid cocktail that attacks the virus more effectively by targeting two different regions on the virus,” he explains, adding that RabiVir reduces the risk of resistance to treatment. “When you expose a virus to drugs, after a while it can become tolerant to it, and the new vaccine reduces this.”Finding better solutions for a dangerous disease Chakauya says the liquid antidote is ideal for treating victims of dog bites, particularly in developing countries. Rabies is a viral disease that is transmitted through the bite of rabid animals, most often dogs.According to WHO statistics about 95% of human rabies deaths occur in Asia and Africa.“Deaths caused by rabies are vastly underestimated, especially since developing countries often have stray dog overpopulation,” he says. “By my approximation there are about nine-million dogs in South Africa, and some researchers say there may be up to 2 000 bites per day.”Many of the victims are children.If victims aren’t treated soon after a bite, before flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache and tiredness start showing, the disease is fatal. Many deaths also go unnoticed because rabies is often mistaken for cerebral malaria.Recently high profile rabies cases have helped to bring the disease into the public eye, but more awareness and better treatment solutions are needed to save lives.Ideal for developing countries RabiVir is an alternative to the antibody component of existing post-exposure treatment.When someone is bitten by a rabid dog, what follows is a lengthy treatment process which first involves taking a cocktail of antibodies, followed by a vaccine.However, the problem lies with the antibody treatment as it is produced from human blood.In developing countries not enough human blood is donated to make the antibodies, and the blood that is available is prioritised for life-saving transfusions.Some countries in Africa and Asia use horse blood to manufacture antibodies, but this can cause allergic reactions.The practice of using human blood-based products is also prohibited by certain religious groups.Chakauya explains that the manufacturing process is very cumbersome, which adds to the cost of the product.“All blood donated first needs a complete viral clearance for HIV and hepatitis B,” he says.Cost effectiveThe tobacco alternative can significantly reduce the cost of the antibody component to just R200 (US$23), and still be profitable to make.Chakauya explains the antibody dosage is determined by a person’s weight, and an average adult male would need about five doses of 2ml each, which would cost about R3 000 ($339).Then, a patient has to receive four injections of the vaccine, and each jab costs about R300 ($34).“Instead of an expensive blood-based antibody, RabiVir could replace this, and treat rabies at the same level or even better,” he explains.Testing All their tests so far have confirmed how well the liquid vaccine works. Locally, the product was tested on animals and found to be successful, and two international tests also confirmed these results.Chakauya says the next phase of the project involves testing the vaccine on humans. “This part of the project will be complex, but it is more risky,” he says.As this is also the first product of its kind worldwide, regulatory procedures are also more complicated.“There are examples of oral medication from plants, but not the injectable kind which makes it an entire new area to regulate,” he explains.If the vaccine is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and the WHO, it can be used in other countries too. “Many countries still use very old technologies and this is a major new approach.”Other applications for human and animal healthChakauya says the uses for tobacco in medicine doesn’t end with rabies, the technology can also be applied to other areas of human and animal health.He is already working on using tobacco to develop vaccines for important animal diseases such as African horse sickness; pulpy kidney, a bacterial disease affecting young sheep and goats; and blue tongue, a viral disease in cattle.There are also applications for tobacco in the treatment of HIV and diabetes.“This is good technology. It will make a huge difference to healthcare.”last_img read more