Here's where the UI is headed for release #2. Cleaner look - less clutter, less colors. Easier to navigate. You'll also notice the message icon there that will deliver story treats as you play through the campaign.
Now, as for what is going on in this system? Let's just say the inhabitants of Coma Berenices bit off a little more than they could chew and paid the price for their untimely curiosity. Let's make sure this fate does not befall us.