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Design a Scarf With Your DNA

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All humans have 99.9 percent of their DNA in common with each other, but that doesn't mean we don't have unique traits and appearances. That mysterious portion of a percent is part of what makes each person easily distinguishable from the people around them. While .1 percent seems like a pretty measly amount, consider that humans share 50 percent of their DNA with bananas, and about 84 percent of their DNA with dogs. When your DNA is only about 16 percent different from something that eats out of the garbage, .1 percent suddenly seems like a lot.

Dot One wants to take advantage of that sliver of unique information and turn it into an interesting visualization. The London company takes customer DNA and illustrates it as a blocky design on posters, family trees, scarves, and tartan. 

English designer Iona Inglesby created this company as a celebration of what makes people unique. With a simple cheek swab, costumers can submit their DNA to be represented on Dot One's products. The company uses a genetic testing facility called AlphaBiolabs for their profiling. Once the sample is submitted, lab techs can scan for stretches of genetic code known as Short Tandem Repeats (STRs). STRs vary in a unique way from person to person and are often studied for forensic cases or paternity tests. 

AlphaBiolabs uses 23 STRs from each genetic sequence to create a unique fingerprint that they claim is completely different from anyone else on Earth. They then turn that information over to Dot One, who matches each STR with a numerical value, based on its molecular characteristics. Each number is matched with a color and the pattern is created. In this way, the company manages to turn cold numbers into something much prettier. The resulting scarves are colorful and personal, making an excellent fashion statement for the colder weather. 

[h/t: WIRED]

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The Covers of Jack Kerouac's Classic Titles Are Getting a Makeover
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Tom Etherington, Penguin Press

Readers have been enjoying classic Jack Kerouac books like The Dharma Bums and On the Road for decades, but starting this August the novels will have a new look. Several abstract covers have been unveiled as part of Penguin’s "Great Kerouac" series, according to design website It’s Nice That.

The vibrant covers, designed by Tom Etherington of Penguin Press, feature the works of abstract expressionist painter Franz Kline. The artwork is intended to capture “the experience of reading Kerouac” rather than illustrating a particular scene or character, Etherington told It’s Nice That. Indeed, abstract styles of artwork seem a fitting match for Kerouac’s “spontaneous prose”—a writing style that was influenced by improvisational jazz music.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of The Dharma Bums, which was published just one year after On the Road. The Great Kerouac series will be available for purchase on August 2.

[h/t It's Nice That]

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Here's a Preview of the 70 New Emojis Coming to Your iPhone
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Get ready to add a whole new set of symbols to your emoji vocabulary. As CNN reports, Apple has released a sneak peak of some of the 70 new emojis coming to iOS in late 2018.

In February 2018, the Unicode Consortium announced the latest additions to their official emoji database. Software makers have since been working on customizing the designs for their own operating systems, and now iPhone and iPad users are getting a preview of what the new emojis will look like on their devices.

One of the most highly anticipated new symbols is the redhead emoji, something people have been demanding for a while. A curly haired option, another popular request, will be added to the line-up, as will gray-hair and bald emoji choices. Each of the new hair types can be added to the classic face emoji regardless of gender, but when it comes to specific characters like the bride or the jogger emojis, users will be limited to the same hair options they had before.

If Apple users ever want to express their inner superhero, two new super characters, a man and woman, will let them do so. They will also have new "smiley" symbols to choose from, like a party emoji, a sad eyes emoji, and a frozen emoji.

In the food category you have a head of lettuce and a mango, and for dessert, a cupcake and a mooncake—a festive Chinese pastry. New animals include a peacock, a kangaroo, and a lobster. The lobster emoji stirred some controversy in February when Mainers noticed the Unicode version was missing a set of legs. The design was quickly revised, and Apple's version is also anatomically correct.

These images just show a small sample of the emojis that will be included in an iOS update planned for later in 2018. Users will have to wait to see the final designs for other the symbols on the list.

New Apple emojis.
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New Apple emojis.
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New Apple emojis.
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New Apple emojis.
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[h/t CNN]

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