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The varied ways birds respond to fires of mixed severity — ScienceDaily

As we enter another wildfire season in California, attention will turn to the inevitable fires and efforts to extinguish them. After these fires burn, land managers are tasked with deciding how, where, and when to act to manage these new conditions. It is vital that land managers use the latest science to understand the effects that fire has on the ecosystem and the wildlife species that inhabit them. New research Point Blue Conservation Science explores these effects, looking at impacts…

Navy developing ship coatings to reduce fuel, energy costs — ScienceDaily

It can repel water, oil, alcohol and even peanut butter. And it might save the U.S. Navy millions of dollars in ship fuel costs, reduce the amount of energy that vessels consume and improve operational efficiency. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is sponsoring work by Dr. Anish Tuteja, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Michigan, to develop a new type of “omniphobic” coating. This chemical coating is clear, durable, can be applied to…

The photoelectric effect in stereo — ScienceDaily

When a photon hits a material, it can eject an electron from it provided it has enough energy. Albert Einstein found the theoretical explanation of this phenomenon, which is known as the photoelectric effect, in Bern during his “year of wonders” 1905. That explanation was a crucial contribution to the development of quantum mechanics, which was under way at the time, and it earned him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. An international team of physicists led by Ursula…

Engineering gets boost from Inclusive Excellence plan

High School Summer Camp was one of several initiatives to receive support as part of the UM System and MU Inclusive Excellence plan. The College of Engineering recently received grants totaling $355,770 as part of the UM System and MU Inclusive Excellence plan to support a variety of inclusivity efforts within the College. “Inclusive Excellence is a framework designed to help the University of Missouri integrate diversity and quality efforts. As a model, Inclusive Excellence assimilates diversity efforts into the…

How we increased engagement using automatic personalized copy testing

Jason Jia | Pinterest engineer, Growth Think about the last time you visited a website. Was there a word that helped draw you in? Now think about how that might be different if you spoke a different language, were a different age or grew up in a different part of your country. What if there was a tool that automatically optimized those words for all users? That’s what we set out to build with Copytune, our in-house copy testing framework.…

Building a serverless Slack bot using Cloudflare Workers

Our Workers platform can be used for a ton of useful purposes: for A/B (multivariate) testing, storage bucket authentication, coalescing responses from multiple APIs, and more. But Workers can also be put to use beyond “HTTP middleware”: a Worker can effectively be a web application in its own right. Given the rise of ‘chatbots’, we can also build a Slack app using Cloudflare Workers, with no servers required (well, at least not yours!). What are we Building? We’re going to…

4 Tools You Need to Streamline Your Small Business Growth

A gardener knows that the best way to make something grow is to prune, regularly and often. In both horticulture and business, you need more than your bare hands – whether it’s time to trim, streamline or optimize, the success of your undertaking always depends on the efficiency of everyday operations. Let’s take a closer look at how the efficiency is achieved and maintained in today’s modern age when everything we do can be done twice as faster, more comfortable…

3 Ways to Find the Best Tech Talent

Tech relies on innovation, and innovation relies on resources. The most essential resource for any tech company is its employees, but too often, it is difficult to find the right candidates for open positions. Recruiting in tech is particularly challenging for many reasons, but despite these challenges, it is imperative that you strive to find the best talent and fill open positions with the top candidates. With the right approach, you can accomplish this and boost the quality of your…

Printing microelectrode array sensors on gummi candy

Researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have succeeded in printing microelectrode arrays directly onto several soft substrates. Soft materials are better suited for devices that directly measure electrical signals from organs like the brain or heart. Credit: N. Adly / TUM Microelectrodes can be used for direct measurement of electrical signals in the brain or heart. These applications require soft materials, however. With existing methods, attaching electrodes to such materials poses significant challenges. A team at the Technical…

Chemists teach an enzyme a new trick, with potential for building new molecules — ScienceDaily

Princeton chemists have found a way to make a naturally occurring enzyme take on a new, artificial role, which has significant implications for modern chemistry, including pharmaceutical production. Their work appears in the journal Nature Chemistry. “We have found a completely new way to get enzymes to do a non-natural reaction,” said Todd Hyster, an assistant professor of chemistry. “A traditional perspective says that enzymes will only do one thing. This paper shows that this may not be true for…