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MU Engineering’s Lang, Wan attend key bioeconomy conference

Mizzou Engineering’s Kyle Lang was one of nearly 1,000 attendees at BIO World Congress 2019 this summer. Photo courtesy of Ohio State University. Mizzou Engineering undergraduate Kyle Lang and faculty mentor Caixia Wan were among the 928 attendees from 34 countries and 42 states who descended on Des Moines, Iowa this summer for BIO World Congress 2019. This unique conference, focusing on the greater bioeconomy, presented the perfect venue for the first meeting of Cohort 3 of the Consortium for…

Light-matter interaction without interference — ScienceDaily

An efficient light-matter interface might constitute the foundation of quantum communication. However, certain structures that are formed during the growth process interfere with the signal. Certain semiconductor structures, so-called quantum dots, might constitute the foundation of quantum communication. They are an efficient interface between matter and light, with photons (light particles) emitted by the quantum dots transporting information across large distances. However, structures form by default during the manufacture of quantum dots that interfere with communication. Researchers at the University…

Bioprinting complex living tissue in just a few seconds — ScienceDaily

Tissue engineers create artificial organs and tissues that can be used to develop and test new drugs, repair damaged tissue and even replace entire organs in the human body. However, current fabrication methods limit their ability to produce free-form shapes and achieve high cell viability. Researchers at the Laboratory of Applied Photonics Devices (LAPD), in EPFL’s School of Engineering, working with colleagues from Utrecht University, have come up with an optical technique that takes just a few seconds to sculpt…

Research compared effects of fresh and thermally processed oil — ScienceDaily

Foods fried in vegetable oil are popular worldwide, but research about the health effects of this cooking technique has been largely inconclusive and focused on healthy people. For the first time, UMass Amherst food scientists set out to examine the impact of frying oil consumption on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and colon cancer, using animal models. In their paper published Aug. 23 in Cancer Prevention Research, lead author and Ph.D. student Jianan Zhang, associate professor Guodong Zhang, and professor and…

Bridge Program fosters success for first-year engineers

A total of 40 incoming freshmen participated in this year’s Bridge Program. Photo by Liz Lannin. Transitioning to college is tough, and transitioning into a demanding major such as engineering is even tougher. That’s why Mizzou Engineering debuted its Engineering Success Bridge Program in 2018, then expanded it to a month-long program for 2019. The four-week-long camp gives students an idea of what to expect once their college journeys begin in earnest. The program is free to all participants thanks…

Mission to Jupiter’s icy moon confirmed — ScienceDaily

An icy ocean world in our solar system that could tell us more about the potential for life on other worlds is coming into focus with confirmation of the Europa Clipper mission’s next phase. The decision allows the mission to progress to completion of final design, followed by the construction and testing of the entire spacecraft and science payload. “We are all excited about the decision that moves the Europa Clipper mission one key step closer to unlocking the mysteries…

Applying Netflix DevOps Patterns to Windows – Netflix TechBlog

Baking Windows with Packer By Justin Phelps and Manuel Correa Customizing Windows images at Netflix was a manual, error-prone, and time consuming process. In this blog post, we describe how we improved the methodology, which technologies we leveraged, and how this has improved service deployment and consistency. In the Netflix full cycle DevOps culture the team responsible for building a service is also responsible for deploying, testing, infrastructure, and operation of that service. A key responsibility of Netflix engineers is…

Set of neurons in spinal cord help transmit a light-touch signal from skin to brain — ScienceDaily

Light touch plays a critical role in everyday tasks, such as picking up a glass or playing a musical instrument. The sensation is also an essential part of the body’s protective defense system, alerting us to objects in our environment that could cause us to fall or injure ourselves. In addition, it is part of the detection system that has evolved to protect us from biting insects, such as those that cause malaria and Lyme disease, by eliciting a feeling…

Building the New Uber Freight App as Lists of Modular, Reusable Components

As Uber Freight marked its second anniversary, we went back to the drawing board to redesign its app. The original carrier app was successful for owner-operators with one or two drivers, but it wasn’t optimized for larger fleets—feedback we were hearing directly from our carrier base. It let carriers find and move freight from point A to point B, but did not support multi-stop loads with multiple pick-ups and drop-offs. On the engineering side, our team was growing in size.…

Powered by AI: Oculus Insight

To unlock the full potential of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences, the technology needs to work anywhere, adapting to the spaces where people live and how they move within those real-world environments. When we developed Oculus Quest, the first all-in-one, completely wire-free VR gaming system, we knew we needed positional tracking that was precise, accurate, and available in real time — within the confines of a standalone headset, meaning it had to be compact and energy efficient.…