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NASA and Google are announcing a 'major discovery' about exoplanets — here's what it probably is

NASA is announcing a new discovery on Thursday at 1 p.m. ET.
Astronomers who study Kepler exoplanet data and an engineer from Google Brain are involved in the announcement.
Documents shared by NASA Watch suggest the space

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Renault revives Alpine production with 6,000-car capacity

DIEPPE, France (Reuters) – Renault has invested in plant capacity to build up to 6,000 sports cars annually under the revived Alpine brand, the company said on Thursday, as it formally opened the new production line in Dieppe, northern France.

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10 Beautiful Colorful Logo Designs

Colors play such a huge part in branding and logo design. They have the power to evoke emotion, attract attention, and present a recognizable brand to the world.

Almost every prominent logo design incorporates some element of color that is synonymous with their company. Think McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, YouTube – the list goes on. The way in which color is applied ranges anywhere from a small splash of color, to a gradient-heavy, multicolored design.

Wherever they lie in between these two extremes, there are a wide range of inspiring and differing examples that have been carefully executed to provide a unique identity.

In this article, we’re going to look at a selection of ten of the most impressive and well-executed examples of these colorful logo designs.

1. 14 Islands

colorful logo design 14 Islands

By applying opacity techniques and bright, positive colors, 14 Islands’ logo has encompassed an upbeat and playful style for the brand.

2. January Moon

colorful logo design January Moon

Utilizing primary colors against mundane grey, January Moon has produced a beautiful logo design which is eye-catching with juxtaposition throughout.

3. Petals

colorful logo design Petals

Using unusual color combinations, heavy gradients and three-dimensional techniques, this logo design is incredibly eye-catching and visually impressive.

4. Vi Novell

colorful logo design Vi Novell

Vi Novell’s logotype is fairly simple. However, the way in which it’s combined with colorful visuals and packaging makes it impressive.

5. Queuing App

colorful logo design Queuing App

This logo for Queuing app uses a beautiful, subtle red to pink gradient. It blends seamlessly with the curved logo mark and works perfectly on the app icon and in inverted form.

6. ShopAround

colorful logo design ShopAround

Using a striking color combination of bright yellow and pink, ShopAround has created a logo which is impactful and follows a unique direction in terms of layout and composition.

7. Primary

colorful logo design Primary

Primary’s logo mark is almost reminiscent of a marble or piece of artwork. It blends a number of colors and gradients to create a dynamic logo which pairs beautifully with the simple typography.

8. Z Logo

colorful logo design Z Logo

The simple vector strokes of this Z logo are perfectly accentuated by the pink-to-purple gradient against the black background.

9. Neighbourhood

colorful logo design Neighbourhood

Almost erring on the side of the brutalism trend, Neighbourhood’s logo uses bright graphics and colors, all overlapping and contained within the serif typographic mark.

10. Popfn

colorful logo design Popfn

Popfn’s logo uses bold colors and subtle gradients to produce a stunning neon-style mark with both depth and visual interaction in the form of an impossible triangle.

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We drove a $73,000 Cadillac XTS V-Sport and completely fell for its retro charm and secret power (GM)

The Cadillac XTS V-Sport is a somewhat retro sedan that still has performance cred.
It is big, comfy, and has a large trunk — but it also has a powerful V6, twin-turbo engine.
The Cadillac Cue infotainment

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Wall Street higher on tech gains; Fed decision awaited

(Reuters) – U.S. stocks inched higher on Wednesday powered by technology stocks but shares of big banks lost steam ahead of a widely-expected interest rate hike in the afternoon.

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The $35,000 ‘meditation pod’ showing up at high-end spas makes the hardest part of meditation mind-blowingly easy

Meditation is a challenging but rewarding experience.
When I was in college, I used to meditate often, and found it was a highly effective way for me to quiet my stress and reset my mind.
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Trump's push to cut federal jobs has modest impact, mostly in defense

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s campaign to shrink the “bloated federal bureaucracy” so far has made a small dent in the federal workforce, and that largely because of a decline in civilian defense jobs.

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Our 10 Favorite WordPress Themes of 2017

As we prepare to say goodbye to 2017, it’s only natural that we look back at the year that was in a variety of design genres. Today, we’ll focus on the top WordPress themes released during the year.

While there are many ways to judge themes (looks, features, popularity, etc.), we’re going to be bold and simply say that we really like the ones on this list. They represent the spectrum of what’s available, from free to commercial, from barebones to feature-rich.

Here they are, in no particular order. Let’s celebrate our 10 favorite WordPress themes of 2017!

Minimal 20/17

Minimal 20/17 is a free child theme of the default WordPress Twenty Seventeen theme. It takes away some of the “excessive” padding of its parent, introduces a wider layout and adds in a couple of extra templates. This will save anyone wanting to build on top of the original a few steps.

Minimal 20/17

WoodMart

WoodMart is a commercial theme that focuses on WooCommerce shops. What really sets it apart are the advanced navigation features. Large, customizable mega menus make it a great fit for sites with a lot of product categories. Ajax product filtering enables customers to find exactly what they’re looking for. There’s something for just about every need here.

WoodMart

WP Generic

WP Generic may be free, but it’s got the look and feature set of a commercial theme (of course, there is the obligatory pro version as well). The theme works with the WordPress Customizer, allowing you to tweak colors and other settings to fit your needs. Overall it’s a very attractive and easy-to-read theme.

WP Generic

Course Builder

Course Builder aims to take advantage of the rise in sites using WordPress as a LMS (Learning Management System). It works in conjunction with the LearnPress plugin to help you build and sell online or offline courses. This commercial theme comes with several LearnPress premium add-ons, including plugins that work with various payment gateways, WooCommerce, Paid Memberships Pro and more.

Course Builder

CustomPress

CustomPress is a free theme that prides itself on being easy to customize. It’s also built for speed (based on the Milligram CSS framework) and compatibility with mobile devices. The look is clean and uncluttered.

CustomPress

Flexblog

Flexblog is further proof that blogging is still an important part of what WordPress does. And this commercial theme treats bloggers right, with lots of different layout options to suit their needs. You’ll also find different navigation/pagination styles, built in social sharing and compatibility with the WordPress Customizer.

Flexblog

Ariel

Ariel brings an attractive, photo-centric style to blogging. The style isn’t overbearing – a welcome characteristic in this category. Included with the free theme are two slider styles, lots of sidebar options and social media icons. A pro version adds more customization options, post formats and other assorted goodies.

Ariel

Get Skeleton

Get Skeleton is a free starter theme based on the popular _s (Underscores) and features the GetSkeleton CSS boilerplate. It’s meant for designers who want to create their own stunning theme, but want a solid foundation to build upon. So, no, it’s not going to win any beauty prizes out-of-the-box. It is, however, meant for serious development.

Get Skeleton

Skin

Skin shows us the fun side of WordPress themes. The design is unique and quite bold – although you can customize it to match your personality. It seems to be the perfect fit for the modern blog that’s looking to go viral. There’s lots of movement and animation, but the layout is still easy enough to follow. This one is definitely a different sort of commercial theme.

Skin

Cortex

Cortex also lends itself to a more whimsically creative type of website. There are 17 home page layouts to choose from with this commercial theme – all are quite colorful. You’ll find several navigation options, including mega menus and a slide-out “hamburger” option.  Animation is also big here, with lots of floating objects to add a bit of flair to your content.

Cortex

Looking Back…And Ahead

What did we learn from 2017? Well, blogging is still “in”. And developers are getting increasingly more playful with designs and features. That makes sense given the times we live in and the crowded market for themes.

But 2018 looks like it will be a whole other level of eventful when it comes to themes (and WordPress in general).  With the Gutenberg editor due to arrive, look for theme developers to race to ensure compatibility and add their own custom features based on it. It will be fascinating to see how the market adapts to this new way of creating and editing content.

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Why incoming asteroids shouldn't keep you up at night

A close shave with a previously undetected asteroid last month serves as a pointed reminder to humanity that planet Earth and other celestial bodies can sometimes cross paths. Fortunately, space agencies are on the case.

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Former Facebook executive: 'We have created a tool that's ripping apart the social fabric of how society works' (FB)

Former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya said during a November interview at Stanford that social networks “are destroying how society works.”
Other early Facebook executives have criticized the company in recent weeks as well.

Former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya

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