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Engineers develop thoroughly modern magnesium process

A researcher holds up a piece of magnesium. Credit: Big Blue Technologies University of Colorado Boulder engineers have revamped a World War II-era process for making magnesium that requires half the energy and produces a fraction of the pollution compared to today’s leading methods. The breakthrough process, developed in the labs of Professor Alan Weimer, could vastly improve production of the strong, lightweight metal that’s used in everything from vehicles and aircraft to dietary supplements and fireworks. Now, CU…

MU mother-daughter duo receives NSF I-Corps support

The Trauths —mother/ Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Kate and daughter/recent MU Civil and Environmental Engineering Department alumna Ginny — recently received a National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps grant to support development of an improved method of storm-water redistribution. Photo by Amy Parris. For land developers looking for a more efficient, cost-effective method of managing storm water, a mother-daughter duo from the University of Missouri College of Engineering soon will have just what they’re looking for. The Trauths…

Welcoming Girls Who Code at Pinterest – Pinterest Engineering – Medium

Sydney Brunson | Diversity Programs Specialist For the past three summers, we’ve hosted the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion program, which encourages rising junior and senior high school students to spend the summer learning how to code. This year, 46 students joined Pinterest engineers for a day of activities including resume building sessions, coding workshops and interview training. The day ended with a panel of Pinterest engineers discussing their personal and professional journeys. Panelists included Kinnary Jangla (Discovery engineering), Elsa…

InGraphs: Monitoring and Unexpected Artwork

At LinkedIn, we have an internal tool for visualizing operational metrics that we call inGraphs. Since I started working for LinkedIn almost four years ago, I’ve been snapshotting inGraphs that I thought were interesting—the ones that had helped to solve a problem, demonstrated a particular pattern, told an interesting story, or just plain looked cool. In January 2016, my “stash” reached critical mass, and I decided to start publishing these inGraphs to an internal blog called “inGraph of the Week”…

Transitioning entirely to neural machine translation | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

Language translation is one of the ways we can give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. It can help people connect with family members who live overseas, or better understand the perspective of someone who speaks a different language. We use machine translation to translate text in posts and comments automatically, in order to break language barriers and allow people around the world to communicate with each other. Creating seamless, highly accurate translation experiences…

Understanding corrosion processes in concrete

New Taminabrücke view from below. Credit: flickr/Kecko/CC BY 2.0 Will reinforced concrete bridges still be standing for years to come, or has corrosion already set in? ETH scientists have discovered that previous concrete samples were too small to allow a reliable statement on the condition of reinforced concrete. Taminabrücke opened in June this year following four years of construction. At 475 metres, the reinforced concrete bridge is the longest arch bridge in Switzerland. This is a construction created to last…

Argonne uses digital tools to preserve Southwestern cultural heritage

In 2016, Argonne conducted a cultural assessment stemming from a Solar Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Solar PEIS) covering six Southwestern states that Argonne’s Environmental Sciences Division. One of the first studies to portray how Spanish and Mexican settlers of the area related to the land before the U.S. government assumed jurisdiction. Argonne’s charge was to determine which public lands within those states would be technically and environmentally suitable for solar energy development. Credit: K. Wescott/Argonne National Laboratory Hollywood’s Indiana…

Improved air quality research software to help reduce emissions, pollution

Jiqin Ni, an associate professor in Purdue’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, works in his lab to develop an on-site computer and software system for agriculture-based air quality research. The system consists of commercial data acquisition hardware, a personal computer, and custom-developed software to provide a more flexible, high-quality and user-friendly way to better understand and limit emission and pollution impact. Credit: Purdue University Purdue University researchers are developing an on-site computer and software system that could provide a…

Team sets new record for magnetic tape storage—makes tape competitive for cloud storage

In this photo, IBM scientist Dr. Mark Lantz, holds a one square inch piece of Sony Storage Media Solutions sputtered tape, which can hold 201 Gigabytes, a new world record. Credit: IBM Research Research scientists have achieved a new world record in tape storage – their fifth since 2006. The new record of 201 Gb/in2 (gigabits per square inch) in areal density was achieved on a prototype sputtered magnetic tape developed by Sony Storage Media Solutions. The scientists presented the…