On October 10th and 11th, 2014 chronically ill Lyme disease patients and supporters from around the United States will gather for a protest at the IDWeek medical conference in Philadelphia.

They will call on the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) to update its guidelines for Lyme disease to reflect the current state of science and improved standards for patient care.

Please join us! Http://www.themaydayproject.org

If you can’t join, please share!

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Greatest Show On Earth

Astronomers predict that Comet ISON, which will be at its brightest in late November, may put on the most impressive sky show of the century. Some of the country’s darkest skies — the best places to see ISON and other spectacular starry sights — may be just a few hours’ drive from where you live.


Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California
It’s a two-hour drive east from the bright lights of San Diego, but the skies can get so dark at this desert outpost that you can occasionally see the northern lights. Stargazers come by the thousands, but if you prefer a more private show, the Borrego Valley Inn has intimate patios for night-sky viewing. [image]


Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania
The only spot in the East awarded a gold rating by the International Dark Sky Association is this 2,300-foot-high mountaintop 180 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. A dimly lit sky map tells what you’re seeing. Related: this post. [image]


Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tucson, Ariz.
How dark are the skies over Kitt Peak? There may be more telescopes here (27 of them) than anyplace else on the planet. Day tours are popular, but for a real star-studded experience, sign up for a nightly tour. [image]


Tonopah, Nev.
In the still, dry air of Tonopah — 200 miles from the lights of Las Vegas — you’ll stand beneath a blanket of more than 7,000 stars. The Tonopah Astronomical Society sponsors monthly star parties at Highland Park. [image]


Green Bank, W.Va.
The world’s largest steerable telescope — a 485-foot-tall, 17-million-pound behemoth — provides the backdrop for stargazing at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (adults: $6). Sheltered from light by a valley, it stands within a day’s drive of the East Coast megalopolis. Come for a tour (hours vary by season) or for special events; last year there was dancing under the stars. [image]


Baxter State Park, Maine
Many dark-sky enthusiasts think you have to head west for good viewing, but this park ($14 per vehicle; baxterstateparkauthority.com/index.htm), less than 50 miles west of I-95, reveals the Milky Way and its friends in breathtaking clarity. Besides the inky black firmament, you’ll also enjoy a cellphone blackout — here where the roads are gravel, the only connectivity you’ll find is with the occasional moose. [image]

Source: AARP


Last fall, in collaboration with Moleskine, we introduced Book, a handmade, custom-printed journal made right from within Paper. Today, our team is excited to announce that Book received a Gold IDEA in the 2014 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). To celebrate, we’re offering Book at a special discounted price of $25 USD through September 30th.

With Book, sketches created in the app are brought to life in a beautiful fifteen-page foldout created exclusively by Moleskine for Paper. Book rethinks print-on-demand, and was selected as an IDEA winner for its “brilliant digital and physical design execution.”

See how creators use Book to capture seasonal flavorssay thanksshare storiescommemorate projects and events, and make others smile. Book is the simplest and most beautiful way to share your ideas with others, and is available worldwide.

Download Paper for free to get started.

Center image courtesy of Michael Rose


When it’s time for toddlers to enjoy meals in a grown-up chair, they are going to need a little boost. The OXO Tot Seedling Youth Booster Seat positions children three years and up at the perfect height with the help of a comfortable 3” cushioned seat. A backrest keeps them supported in any style chair and allows them the option of sitting towards the chair’s front edge, so meals are within reach and little legs can dangle comfortably over the cushion’s rounded front edge.  The soft skin urethane cushion is impervious to spills and a cinch to clean. The cushion lifts out easily when the whole Booster needs to be wiped down. The Booster backrest stays securely open by locking into place and collapses in an instant with the push of a button.  Headed to Grandma’s or a local restaurant? The modern, clean-lined Booster folds compactly and is easy to carry with integrated handle.  It even stands on its side for easy storage and is scaled perfectly for throwing in a weekend duffle bag. 

more: http://www.oxo.com/p-1151-seedling-youth-booster-seat.aspx# 
more: http://www.idsa.org/oxo-tot-seedling-youth-booster-seat 

Globally, each year, 1.4 million persons lose their life to viral hepatitis, approaching the number of deaths from HIV/AIDS (1.5 million) and surpassing mortality from tuberculosis and malaria (1.2 million each).

John Ward, World Hepatitis Day 2013: This is hepatitis. Know it. Confront it.

To raise awareness of the third annual World Hepatitis Day, the editors of Clinical Infectious Diseases and the Journal of Infectious Diseases have made a World Hepatitis Day Virtual Issue of related articlesfreely available throughout the August.  

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Borrowed Light
The last patron of an abandoned observatory takes on an impossible task to show the surrounding city something incredible. A short animation about conflicting existences, natural wonders, and petty theft on a grand scale.

Source: IDA (International Dark Sky Association)

If you missed it, Bob Parks, Executive Director of the International Dark Sky Association delivered a (pun intended) “illuminating” interview on the perils - economically, psychologically, ecologically, astronomically, historically and physiologically - of light pollution on all living organisms of our planet. The feature, “How bad is light pollution?” was broadcast on CBS In The Morning. You can watch the 5-minute segment HERE.

More on light pollution at the International Dark Sky Association.


Last July, our team was honored to receive a Gold IDEA for Paper in digital design from the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).

This year, it was Book and Pencil’s time to shine. Book received top honors in digital design while Pencil won in both computer equipment and packaging categories.

Widely regarded as one of the preeminent design awards in the United States, the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) is hosted by the IDSA each year to promote design excellence and to foster understanding of design’s impact on the quality of life and the economy.

We’re humbled by the recognition by IDSA and eager to continue developing tools that enable creativity around the world. It’s no small task, but we can’t imagine a more worthwhile goal.

Interested in joining us? We’re hiring.


Congrats to Federico Rios: IDSA Merit Awards!

The IDSA Merit Awards were last night, and the five IDSA Professionals chose Federico Rios as the winner for CMU’s School of Design. Fed will present again at this year’s IDSA Mid-East Conference with 10 other industrial design schools in the region. From there they will choose one student to represent in the national IDSA conference. 

Along with bragging rights, Fed has won a year’s membership to IDSA, and an all expense paid trip to Cincinnati, Ohio (although the drive’s only a few hours by car). 

In addition, our very own VP Julius Tarng was chosen for the Krithika Award for exceptional creative thinking and communication skills. 

Congrats to both of you and to all the students who participated! The presentations were great :) 

On October 10th and 11th, 2014 chronically ill Lyme disease patients and supporters from around the United States will gather for a protest at the IDWeek medical conference in Philadelphia.

They will call on the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) to update its guidelines for Lyme disease to reflect the current state of science and improved standards for patient care.

Please join us! Http://www.themaydayproject.org

If you can’t join, please share!

Press release:


Dear Industrial Designers,

We’ll all be watching Shaun of the Dead up in DCN 365 this Thursday @7:30pm! So come up and hang out or bring your work and watch the movie with us! There’ll be popcorn and drinks and we’ll talk about our upcoming T Shirt Competition as well as another future event where upper division students can give you the short cuts to make it through First Year easier!


Guidelines for Ophthalmological Examination in Candidemia

Question: Is an ophthalmology consult indicated in all patients with candidemia?

Review: The Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) Practice Guidelines for Candidiasis [3] recommend ophthalmological examination in all patients with candidemia, regardless of age, immune competency, symptoms, or ability to communicate. It is not clear to me from reading the guidelines what evidence exactly that recommendation is based on. Two studies reviewed [1, 2] address this topic and found very low rates (less than 1 to 2%) of ocular involvement in fungemic patients, and concluded that asymptomatic, communicative patients with candidemia who are being adequately treated with an anti-fungal regimen may not require fundoscopic examination. Prospective studies, and thus, more definitive evidence on this topic are lacking. 

Answer: The safe thing to do is to get the patient’s eyes examined. If consultation resources are spread thin, the ophthalmologic exam on an asymptomatic candidemic patient may be a low priority. More studies are needed. 


1. http://abstracts.iovs.org/cgi/content/abstract/43/12/1611

2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21550121

3. http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/48/5/503.1.full

I-Team: The Fight to Save Natural Darkness

Las Vegas has long been known for its spectacular lights; the neon displays that attract tourists the way a shiny objects appeal to magpies.

An author who has just published a new book about light pollution says the lights are nothing more than environmental contamination.

"Ever since there have been humans, they’ve had the experience of walking out at night and going face to face with the universe. That has inspired art, religion and philosophy. That experience is being lost. Most Americans have never seen the Milky Way. That kind of cost is difficult to gauge," said writer Paul Bogard.

He is not anti-light, but Bogard is certainly pro-darkness. His book, The End of Night, is sort of a love letter to the wonders of the night sky and the importance of darkness.


"Darkness is very important for us in many ways. It is important to our body, our physical health, our mental, psychological, even spiritual health. It’s important for the environment in which we live," Bogard said.

From the extraterrestrial vantage point of a NASA satellite, the relentless march of illumination over the past century is clear. Most of us live in an ocean of man-made light. There are dark places left, but light is quickly overwhelming them and by 2025, the U.S. will have no truly dark places.

"We humans evolved like all life on earth in bright days and dark nights, and we need both for optimal health. Our bodies have never adjusted to all this brightness at night."

It’s hardly a surprise that Bogard’s book starts with his visit to the brightest place on the planet — Las Vegas — home to the single brightest manmade light on earth, the Luxor beam, a concentrated stream of light from an array of enormous bulbs.

Like millions of tourists, Bogard is dazzled by the astounding neon creations that beckon visitors to Las Vegas, but an astronomer walking on the Strip might be able to spot a dozen stars, instead of the 2,500 to 3,000 the human eye could see away from the city lights.

The problem isn’t light, Bogard says, it’s wasted light. Gas stations as bright as mini-supernova’s blasting out light in every direction or massive stadium lights that often stay on all night, car lots that need the output of a small nuke plant to keep their jalopies illuminated all night?

There is darkness on the edge of town at places like Red Rock National Conservation Area, but even the darkest places are overwhelmed by the inescapable glow of so much wasted light.

"Imagine the lights in your house. We almost never have just a bare bulb in a socket or fixture. We will always have a shade on that light, and the concept is the same for lights outside."

Unlike some environmental challenges, light pollution can be fixed, Bogard said. In Summerlin and other parts of the northwest valley, for instance, street lights are lower and more shielded. Light is focused down where it is needed not up where it is wasted. You can see the dramatic difference between the shielded lights of Summerlin Parkway and the unshielded lights of U.S. 95.

Entire neighborhoods have no street lights at all, just small lights for home addresses. Residents love it. Bogard says too much light is bad for human health, so much so that working the night shift is now considered its own health threat because of an increased cancer risk.

Excessive light is a cause of widespread sleep disorders. It is a more direct threat to hundreds of other species, including birds and turtles. The bats which feed on moths drawn to the Luxor light, for instance, gorge themselves but fly so far out of their way that it ends up a net loss.

The same state that is home to the brightest spot also has some of the darkest such as the Great Basin National Park was created, in part because of its scenic vistas, especially at night.

"We do have some of the darkest skies in the country and you can see the Milky Way galaxy like you would never believe it, sometimes it looks like clouds, the stars are so clustered together.The sky over us was the same sky you would have seen 200 to300 years ago, when Lewis and Clark were crossing the continent," said Paul DePrey, Great Basin superintendent.

Even though it’s 400 miles from Las Vegas, wasted light is already impinging on the Great Basin’s night views. Bogard thinks the darkness must be saved before it’s all gone.

"Light is miraculous, wonderful, beautiful but we are using so much of it in unnecessary amounts," DePrey said.

On Sept. 5 - 7, the Great Basin National Park will welcome the public to its annual three-day, star-watching event, presided over by a group called The Dark Rangers.

via 8newsnow

DAAPWorks 2013 IDSA award trophies


When I was asked by one of my former professors if I would like to design this year’s IDSA trophies for DAAPWorks, I was kind of surprised, given that I actually took that award’s third place in 2012… I think… but I wasn’t going to protest (aka, remind them).  Heh.

These trophies begged to have a theatric, almost Art Deco sense of drama and triumph—I faked an “under-lit” look by having the acrylic prism painted in a gradient from blue/red/yellow up to black.  This paint layer was then covered in a second coat of black—such that the colors are only visible through the glass, as if lit from a hidden source nestled in the base.   Scott Models (Cincy model shop that built them) were really great at dealing with my weird requests on this front—it was an unusual combination of “I want it to look exactly like this, but have no idea how to communicate this gradient”.  So, they rock.

They’ve long since been made and given away—pretty frustrating that I won’t have a chance to see them asides from some crappy phone photos  (DYING to see what they look like in movement—watching the refractions shift). 

Paper Wins A Gold IDEA

Our team is honored to receive a Gold IDEA in digital design from the Industrial Designers Society of America. IDSA promotes the profession of industrial design through education, information, community and advocacy.

We built Paper to be the simplest and most beautiful way to create on the iPad, and to inspire users to move away from consumption and into a place that rewards them for creating things—one that’s free of folders, buttons and menus.

We’re humbled by the recognition by IDSA and eager to continue developing tools that enable creativity around the world. It’s no small endeavor, but we can’t imagine a more worthwhile goal. Interested in joining us? We’re hiring.

On October 10th and 11th, 2014 chronically ill Lyme disease patients and supporters from around the United States will gather for a protest at the IDWeek medical conference in Philadelphia.

They will call on the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) to update its guidelines for Lyme disease to reflect the current state of science and improved standards for patient care.

Please join us! Http://www.themaydayproject.org

If you can’t join, please share!

Press release:



Industrial Designer’s need to know graphic design? Yes. Yes they do. 


I’ve just started TA’ing for IND 328 Graphics for Industrial Design and so far I helped professor Jordan Meyers in producing their current homework which is the creation of icons. We developed a short list of 12 words of which each individual student has to make an icon for. As seen in the pictures some of the words revolved around food like “American Food” “Japanese Food” & “Italian Food”. There are other words that revolve around product design specifically like “Modular” “Recyclable” and “Cloud Uploading”. The challenge is to produce an ORIGINAL icon while still being understood by the mass of what the icon represents. This will be a doozy but a good exercise nonetheless. Happy Ideating! 

I’ve been asked several times what telescope I would recommend for a beginner. Personally, I don’t have a very complex scope and am certainly not proficient in the use of the higher end optics. When I purchased my first telescope, I was so anxious to stargaze that I impulsively and naively bought a used Galileo telescope from someone on craigslist selling it for $50. The telescope was a 120mm Newtonian reflector weighing in at around 38 lbs including the tripod:


Properly, it was the Galileo FS120DX 1000 x 120mm Newtonian Reflector Telescope.

I had planned a trip to my favorite stargazing spot in Coudersport, PA: Cherry Springs State Park, a registered astronomy reserve protected from light pollution by the International Dark Sky Association.


For more information (and credit for the photo), read "Pennsylvania’s Dark Secret"

Unfortunately, regarding this particular telescope, things didn’t quite work out as I had planned. The telescope’s tripod shifted underneath my bike and became bent - unusable - en route to my destination of Galeton, PA. However, I was prepared with backup equipment. Alas, my wonderful Meade 9x63 Astronomy Binoculars:


Read the reviews via Meade’s Amazon store

Not like a necessarily needed them while at Cherry Springs due to the immensity of the visible night sky, but they have served me quite well as I use them periodically, keeping them well within reach. Since then, I’ve purchased accompanying solar filters for them via Orion, which have proved an amazing extension of their capabilities, to which I can now use them during the day/night, either to view the thousands of stars beyond urban light pollution or during the day to track sunspots on a much closer star…

…but for those of you who asked for my personal recommendation, what I ended up doing was simply searching for a much more portable and durable telescope which would benefit both me and my son. I couldn’t have purchased a better telescope to serve these purposes than when I came across Edmund Scientifics.


I learned of Edmund Scientifics upon a trip to the North Museum of Natural History & Science located adjacent to Franklin & Marshall College. After speaking to the planetarium coordinator, she recommended the online site after I stated my needs and what I was looking for. Stay curious! Ask questions! If it weren’t for my own active inquiry into this, I may have ended up with different equipment, which may have possibly negatively affected my entire stargazing experience!

After receiving my first Edmund Scientifics Catolog, I came across their Astroscan, which sold me immediately:




Along with the above, the package I purchased came with a weatherproof duffel and an added accessory necessity, I purchased the tripod. Altogether I paid a little over $400 for it and it’s been an extension of my vision and my mind ever since.


You can read more about the Astroscan HERE via Wikipedia. I’ve also posted Astroscan photos of the moon (1, 2.

And lastly, allow me to introduce you to you and your telescope’s newest ‘best’ friend, the Clear Sky Chart:



As you can see, this is an astronomer’s noble companion toward planning a successful nightly stargazing session. Clear Sky Charts are more sophisticated weather forecasts, in that they forecast the cloud cover, transparency and astronomical seeing parameters which are not forecast by civil or aviation forecasts. The drawback? This type of meticulous plotting can only forecast outward of 48 hours for a 9 mile radius. Charts for 4,500+ locations are available, which include USA, Canada, parts of Mexico and the Caribbean, along with professional/public observatories, colleges and science centers.


You can view a location’s forecast through the Clear Sky Chart homepage and/or via Android and iPhone apps.

Hope this was useful! Make sure to visit the Deep Astronomy YouTube channel, where astronomer and host Tony Darnell provides a pretty thorough overview on purchasing your first telescope which you will find quite helpful and incredibly informative. As always, stay curious.

ENVELOPE seating unit for open office work spaces and lounge areas

Envelope is a seating unit that uses folding side panels to provide privacy for office workers. It allows workers to separate themselves from tiresome computer vibration, while giving them options to socialize and exchange ideas or concentrate privately. Available in a wide variety of colors, these barriers increase creativity, productivity and motivation.

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Corporate Sponsor: ERSA Office Furniture Co. Ltd. 
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