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Boston gets a new biotech accelerator with the launch of Petri

As biotechnology becomes more central to new innovations in healthcare, material science and manufacturing, one of the nation’s research hubs is getting a new accelerator called Petri to launch companies focused on the commercialization of new technologies.

Backed by the Boston-based venture capital firm Pillar, Petri has a three-year $15 million commitment to back companies developing new biotech applications in food, healthcare, industrial chemicals and new materials — along with the enabling technologies to bring these products to market.

“We’re at the inflection point where these technologies will impact and continue to impact health but will also  impact food, agriculture, chemicals and materials,” says Petri co-founder, Tony Kulesa. “Everything we touch has some element of biology.”

Pillar has already invested in a couple of companies that show the potential promise of new biotech research coming from Boston-based universities, like Boston University, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Asimov,io, a company that has set an ultimate goal of designing new genomes for industrial applications, was co-founded by graduates from Boston University and MIT, and is a part of the Pillar portfolio. PathAi, a company working on enabling technologies for computational biology, also counts an MIT grad as a co-founder. Meanwhile, Harvard’s George Church has been instrumental in the development of a number of biotech companies working at the frontier of genetic applications for healthcare and manufacturing.

As an instructor at MIT, Kulesa spent seven years at MIT watching, in his words, how engineering has transformed biology. “It became clear to me that these technologies need to get out in the world,” he said.

Joining Kulesa as a managing director is Brian Baynes, a serial entrepreneur who founded Midori Health, an animal nutrition startup; Kaleido Biosciences, a microbiome control focused company; Celexion, a protein engineering and synthetic biology company; and Codon Devices, a synthetic biology toolkit company which was sold to Ginkgo Bioworks .

Over time, Kulesa and Baynes expect to have 10 to 20 companies in each cohort as the program expands. In addition to checks of at least $250,000 the Petri accelerator has lab and office space available for each company.

The companies also could benefit from potential partnerships with companies like Ginkgo Bioworks, which happens to share office space in the same building, and with the accelerator’s clutch of big-name advisors and “co-founders” recruited from across the life sciences industry.

These co-founders, who collectively hold a double-digit equity stake in Petri’s accelerator, include Reshma Shetty, from Ginkgo Bioworks; Emily Leproust of Twist Bioscience; Stan Lapidus, who was at Exact Sciences and Cytyc; Daphne Koller, the co-founder and chief executive of Insitro; Alec Nielsen, the founder Asimov; and researchers Chris Voigt of MIT and Pam Silver and George Church from Harvard’s Wyss Institute.

Genetically engineered organisms are finding their way into everything from food to fuel to chemistry. Companies like Impossible Foods, which uses genetically modified soy product, has raised hundreds of millions for its protein replacement, while Solugen, a manufacturer of chemicals using genetically modified organisms, has raised tens of millions to commercialize its technology. And Ginkgo Bioworks has raised nearly half a billion dollars to pursue applications for industrial biology.

“Engineering thinking has arrived in biology and the number of entrepreneurs that are interested in this area has grown dramatically,” says Pillar founding partner Jamie Goldstein, in a statement. “Unlike classic biotech, these ideas don’t require tens or hundreds of millions before you can demonstrate value — creating the opportunity for different funding models.”

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Best Material Design Android App Templates

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Android app templates are an indispensable tool for budding developers who want to improve their coding skills by studying the building blocks of an app while building their own. They’re also useful for more experienced developers who are looking to cut down on the time and effort involved in creating an app from scratch and focus their energies on the unique and customised parts of creating a new app.

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With this in mind, it is really worth considering a Material Design template. Why, you might ask? Well, because Material Design, an Android-oriented design language created by Google, combines the principles of good design with the innovation of technology to create an onscreen touch experience that is second to none.  

Take one of CodeCanyon’s best Material Design Android app templates for a spin and you’ll see what I mean.

1. Material Design UI Android Template App 

Material Design UI

Material Design UI is a stylish and modern Android UI template with five gorgeous themes that can be used to make any app project stand out from the crowd. The template themes focus on social, travel, media, and shopping apps, and there is a universal theme that can be used with a wider variety of apps. The template uses hundreds of UI elements that can be recombined endlessly to create a beautiful and unique-looking app.

User mposhtkouhi says:

“Good collection of UI code. Saves you a tremendous amount of time.

2. Universal Android WebView App

Universal Android WebView App

Some clients want to convert their site into a beautiful app that allows their visitors to access key features of their website from their mobile phones and tablets, easily and seamlessly. Universal Android WebView App allows developers to make that happen with minimum fuss. It is compatible with WordPress and other web frameworks, is highly customisable, and is packed with features.

User Linkadmin says:

“Awesome app! Clean, well organized code and excellent documentation that guides you through customization”

3. MaterialX

MaterialX

MaterialX is a UI template that makes your apps look amazing by providing you with beautiful, ready-to-use materials, so that no matter what app you’re creating, you can implement it in the code. Features include grid, list, and tab views, media player, social media timeline, eCommerce shopping, and more. 

User tusharmate says:

“Nice designs. Good quality. Many layouts available to design your projects.”

4. Android News App

Android News App

Need to create a mobile news app for Android devices? Look no further than the Android News App template. Users can view the latest news in different categories, save articles as favourites, get notified about the latest articles, and more. It comes with an easy-to-use admin dashboard for modifying the news categories and other details.

User saurabhn says:

“Extremely well-made app. Good code quality and documentation.”

5. SuperView—WebView App

SuperViewWebView App

SuperView helps you create a single page web app with on-screen or no navigation, like an interactive page or web-based slideshow. It’s perfect for web developers who want to ease the difficult learning curve associated with writing native apps in Java.

User Ankudowicz says:

“Very good and easy to edit code. Good work”

6. Universal Android App

Universal Android App

Universal Android App is one of the best and most popular Material Design Android app templates available at CodeCanyon. This awesome app lets users create just about any app they want by pulling in unlimited content from sources such as blogs, timelines, feeds, channels, playlists, or webpages, and easily combine them into one customisable app. The template supports the most popular web content sources, like WordPress, YouTube, Facebook, and RSS.

User VishnuGoyalLIVE says:

‘Thanks for this wonderful app template. I’m not a professional coder and I was able to launch my Android app with Universal.’

7. eCommerce Online Shop App

eCommerce  Online Shop App

eCommerce Online Shop App is an Android app template for creating eCommerce apps to promote and sell your product. The app offers a powerful admin panel for managing orders, creating categories and product menus, and organising currencies, taxes, and users. The UI implementation is based on Material Design guidelines. The template uses the official Google support library and is built using the latest Android Suite.

User ManoharOfficial says:

‘Awesome developer. Well organized code and documentation. Would like to purchase more in the future.’

8. City Guide

City Guide

Create your own handy travel guide app for the city of your choice with the City Guide Android app template. The template, which was developed in Android Studio and styled with Material Design, doesn’t require programming skills to use, and with just one config file to set up, is easy to configure and customise. 

You can organise your chosen city highlights in categories like attractions, sports, hotels, or nightlife. These chosen highlights can also be viewed as clickable spots on an interactive map which uses geolocation to identify your phone’s current position and distance from each highlight.

User michalis1984 says:

“Great start point to build your own app (if you know coding) or to use as it is to create a simple basic app with the provided functionality with limited or even no knowledge of coding. Great work! Coding structure is clear.”

9. Your Radio App

Your Radio App

Your Radio App is perfect for developers who want to create their own mobile Internet radio-streaming app. With a powerful admin panel, the app can manage unlimited radio stations and categories and supports many formats.

User sbonyaka says:

“Great online radio streaming app for Android. The app is truly amazing and works exactly as advertised and comes with easy to use documentation, as well a good level of support from the developer.”

10. Cookbook Recipe App

Cookbook Recipe App

The Cookbook Recipe App template gives experienced and novice developers alike an easy way to make their own recipe app, as it doesn’t require programming skills and the code is easy to configure and customise.

The app has many great built-in features like a drawer menu with categories, shopping list, favourites, a powerful search, Google Analytics, various animations and effects, and more.

Cookbook Recipe App stores recipes in a local SQLite database so users can run the app without an Internet connection.

User okopca says:

‘Great code, great developer.’

Conclusion

That’s it for our list of the best Material Design Android app templates. Though we’ve limited our list to 10, there are many more wonderful Material Design app templates available at CodeCanyon, so if none of them quite fits your needs, there are plenty of other great options to choose from. If you want to find other great Android app templates, check out these very useful articles below:

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New ‘SNL’ player used anti-Chinese slur in 2018 YouTube post – Boston.com

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A newly announced “Saturday Night Live” cast member posted a video last year in which he used a racial slur for Chinese people and derided Asians trying to learn English.

The clip of Shane Gillis re-emerged in a news report Thursday, just hours after NBC said that he and two others, including the show’s only Asian American performer, were joining the cast as featured players.

The video apparently was posted in 2018 to a YouTube channel featuring Gillis and fellow comedian Matt McCusker, according to a Variety story . Seth Simons, a freelance writer and editor covering comedy, re-posted a clip from the video on Twitter and brought it to the trade paper’s attention, Variety said.

NBC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. A representative for Gillis couldn’t immediately be located.

In the clip, Gillis refers to a city’s Chinatown as being “nuts” and used a derogatory word for Chinese people when he and McCusker marveled that the unidentified city allowed the building of predominantly Chinese architecture.

Gillis also complains in the video that Chinese restaurants are full of “(expletive) Chinese. … And the translation between you and the waiter is just such a (expletive) hassle.”

Gillis said he’s more annoyed by hearing an Asian trying to learn English when he’s eating out than by any other “minority” playing music. He characterized that reaction as “nice racism, good racism,” adding that whites would be a similar target if they were speaking English “over there,” not specifying where he meant.

The other new “SNL” cast members announced are Bowen Yang, who joined the show last season as a staff writer and is co-host of a podcast, “Las Culturistas,” and Chloe Fineman,, who’s been a regular performer with the Groundlings improv company. She and Gillis were featured as “New Faces” at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal.

“Saturday Night Live” has taken heat over the years for an overall lack of ethnic diversity, with scant Asian representation among its cast members or hosts.

Former players Fred Armisen and Rob Schneider both are one-quarter Asian, but neither has been widely recognized for their Asian ancestry. Among hosts, the long history of “SNL” includes a short list of Asian or Asian Americans, with Awkwafina, Aziz Ansari and Jackie Chan among them.

Change is a constant at “SNL.” Leslie Jones, who joined the show after it was criticized in 2013 for the absence of an African American woman among its regular or featured players, is focusing on stand-up and movies and won’t be back this season.

The show returns Sept. 28 for its 45th season with host Woody Harrelson and musical guest Billie Eilish.

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WARchitect Creates Tranquil Hideaway on Apartment Rooftop

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WARchitect have just created a unique hideaway for the owner of a 5-story apartment complex in Bangkok‘s Jatujak district. While it may seem counter-intuitive to build your hideaway home in such proximity to your place of work/others’ living space, the rooftop “Skyscape” exists as a completely separate home in its own right.

Lead by architect Thawin Harnboonseth, the project for the “Skyscape” home started after old water tanks were removed from the roof of the client’s building complex; it was discovered that there was a lot of empty space left unused. Harnboonseth came up with the idea of utilizing a drop ceiling and a slope that gives the impression of thin walls and ceilings. This technique makes the home appear to be borderless, and look as if it is floating in the sky from the exterior — it also helps that it sits 15 meters above ground level.

The 1615 sq-ft home features a dining room, living room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom with a panoramic view of the city, and a central courtyard which links all rooms together. Using natural material with an open design, this home transports you outside of the city, but without the travel. Take a full look at WARchitect’s “Skyscape” home above.

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Herman Miller and Vitra recently unveiled a limited edition run of the classic Eames LTR table made from eucalyptus wood found on the Eames House property. Built in 1949, the Eames House still stands as a national landmark and remains a key resource of mid-century modern architecture and design true to the iconic design duo’s original design ethos.

The Eames House sits on a property in California that is also home to over 200 eucalyptus trees. Last year, two of the massive trees, unfortunately, had to be cut down for property maintenance purposes. To celebrate the Eames House’s 70th anniversary, The Eames Foundation partnered with Herman Miller and Vitra (the two authentic sources of Charles and Ray Eames‘ original designs) to create 600 tops for the original LTR table design using the wood from the removed trees. Despite the new material, the special edition tables employ the same wire technique as the original version, which was made in 1950.

The tables are currently available through Herman Miller’s website for $795 USD.

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10.1″ LCD Screen Holder and stand. The screen and HDMI (not including the VGA) controller as well as the capacitive touch screen module fit in this enclosure as well as the bottons. Yes the green is ugly. I printed this out of PETG seconds material in case it was a DUD. It wasnt and a few dimensions were altered.

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Bamboo workshop in Wayanad

A three-day workshop on bamboo weaving organised by Bamboo Diaries, a voluntary organisation working in Kerala and Karnataka, has begun at Punchiri Farms on Kurumbalakota hill in the district on Friday.

The programme envisages empowering local communities and educating urbanites on bamboo, known as the green gold of the times.

“During the era of climate change, everyone is searching for answers for an alternative way of living,” said Bamboo Diaries convenor C. Balachandran. “Bamboo has been emerging as a vital material in building such an alternative system that’s sustainable and eco-friendly,” he added.

The programme is designed to impart skills in bamboo weaving and building yurts, traditional structures with a robust and lightweight design.

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Delhi: SOL students protest over ‘cancelled’ class

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Last Sunday too students were allegedly sent back. (Representational image)

Hundreds of students enrolled for the BA Programme course at the School of Open Learning (SOL) protested at Gargi College and Bhim Rao Ambedkar College premises, and even blocked the road outside Sunday, after their Personal Contact Programme (PCP) classes were not held for the second week in a row.

According to the protesters, they realised there will be no class only when they reached the colleges.

Last Sunday too, on the first day of PCP classes, SOL students across streams had faced a lot of problems, including not being given study material and being denied entry to the centres, besides classes being postponed.

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Moni Rajput, who went to Gargi College, said, “I reached college at 9.30 am, but was told there is no class. I had come all the way from Uttam Nagar, changing two Metros and then taking an auto,” she said.

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Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS) blamed the “unpreparedness of SOL in implementing CBCS (choice-based credit system) curriculum”. “Till now, teachers’ appointment has not been finalised. Political Science (Hons.) classes are conducted at three centres, and teachers for Environmental Science and Generic Elective subjects have not been appointed. As a result, students were sent home after two classes,” claimed Harish Gautam from KYS.

Director SOL C S Dubey, however, said students did not check the timetable. “We put up the B.Com timetable online, there wasn’t any for BA Programme. Students landed up on their own. This week, we had two classes for B.Com, and next week we will have classes for BA Programme,” he said.

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    Desiqin Square, No. 18 Xiangfu Middle Road, Changsha, Hunan, China

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Text description provided by the architects. Zhibai Design Research Office intends to create a comfortable office space, and use the tonality of space to reflect the design idea of “Knowledge White”. White is nothing, white is white, white is empty. Just as Richard Meyer understands white, white is a symbol of purity, transparency, and perfection. White is rich, contains all colors, can best enjoy the performance of light and shadow, and express the spatial structure more clearly. In the original 8.5M*8.5M building standard column spanning unit modulus space, the basic geometry of the block insertion and cutting method is divided to form different functional areas and accommodate multiple functions in a small space block. Different spatial styles create different spatial feelings, satisfying the use of space and also integrating brand meaning.

Entrance

The space treatment at the entrance is a patchwork combination of 3 boxes, and the LOGO position directs the line of sight to the corridor. The top stainless steel extends all the way to the ceiling to the office area, defining the flow of traffic lines and releasing the height of the space in space, allowing the space to be visually extended.


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Workspace

A large area of space is made of high-purity white, grayscale stainless steel is used in the moving space, and black is used as the auxiliary color in the function space, which emphasizes the nature of space. Space is free and open, and the use of linear light emphasizes The structure of the space.


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The environment affects people’s emotions, and emotions drive people’s moods. The large white color in the space is matched with the gray color to make space change the emotion. White is colorless, white and all colors. Natural light through the louvers has a bit of rhythm in the pure space. The green under the sun gives the space an interpretation of life.


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Meeting room

Space is the symbol of solidification. Just as design creates a larger imagination with multiple explorations, the creation of space has unlimited possibilities. While exploring the combination of function and aesthetics, let the people in the middle feel like two different scenes through the general experience, sound-absorbing cotton. The space package gives the entire space a good sound absorption, thus ensuring privacy.


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Toilet & Material Room

The concept of continuous layout between the bathroom and the material is intended to create a sense of interspersed space in the space, forming two opposite color block contrasts from the material to the bathroom.


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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.

Cite: “White Box Office / Zhibai Design Studio” 26 Aug 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed .

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Why Shares of Dow Fell 12% in August

Macro headwinds threaten to offset much of the good work the company has done in cutting costs and building the portfolio.

Lou Whiteman

What happened

Shares of Dow (NYSE:DOW) lost 12% in August, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence, on growing fears of weakness in its core business. While the name is familiar, this is a relatively new company, one of three formed out of a merger and then split of DowDuPont. The assets in the new Dow’s portfolio are impressive, but this is proving to be a difficult point in the cycle for a new company to try to find its footing.

So what

August was a difficult month for Dow. The company was the target of a series of analyst downgrades due to worries about a slowing economy and robust supply in the market for some of its key products. Dow, a combined portfolio of material sciences businesses from the legacy Dow and DuPont empires, makes a range of ethylene, siloxanes, and urethane products that go into coatings, paints, solvents, lubricants, packaging, and specialty polymers.

A chemical plant at sunset.

Image source: Getty Images.

Dow management is not sitting idly by as the economic cycle potentially turns. Early in the month, the company announced an agreement to sell its acetone derivatives business for an undisclosed sum, shedding a business that was unlikely to be a top performer in Dow’s portfolio. The company also plans to retrofit a propylene plant in Louisiana, which should help it better meet demand without a dramatic uptick in cost.

Dow is far from troubled and offers an attractive 6% dividend yield at current prices. It is a $40 billion-sales company that is currently generating about $1 billion in cash flow from operating activities each quarter.

Now what

The plan was for Dow to come out of the merger and split with a better set of assets and streamlined costs, ready to compete in any economic environment. Over the long run, the company should be fine, but in the near term, there is a real risk that all of the hard work done during the presplit restructuring will be offset by deteriorating fundamentals.

It’s hard to predict the future, but investors need to at least be mindful of the potential for a slowdown and prepare accordingly. Given the current climate, Dow doesn’t appear to have the formula needed to be a winning stock.


Lou Whiteman has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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