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Reflecting on my summer internship at Wealthfront – Wealthfront Engineering Blog

A concern I’ve heard from classmates considering an internship at a tech startup is that the internship program at a startup may not be as well-formed and organized as that of a more established company. While this may be true for some startups, I found Wealthfront to very much be an exception. I had a great experience as an intern at Wealthfront, and I found their intern program to be very organized and well run. Furthermore, I felt more like…

Aerial drones deliver sweet spot for HAB research at VIMS

These are bloom streaks in the York River beneath the Coleman Bridge on July 27, 2017. Note the turbulence caused by the flood tide carrying the bloom past the bridge piling. Credit: VIMS professor Donglai Gong. Harmful algal blooms or HABs are notoriously difficult to sample. They can appear abruptly when growing conditions are right, and disappear just as quickly when conditions deteriorate. They also shift with tides and currents, or even the wake of a passing vessel. Now, researchers…

Common Issue Detection for CPU Profiling

The issues encountered are varied, but some common patterns have emerged: LoggingLogging is very common in services, and is expected to be cheap. However, older logging frameworks, synchronized loggers, short-lived logger objects, and function evaluations during logging can all have performance effects. Upgrading from Apache’s log4j1 library to log4j2 with asynchronous logging can result in dramatically better performance—even a 4x throughput improvement in some cases. SecureRandomjava.security.SecureRandom methods are potentially very slow due to blocking for entropy generation, and may also…

Meet Michelangelo: Uber’s Machine Learning Platform

Uber Engineering is committed to developing technologies that create seamless, impactful experiences for our customers. We are increasingly investing in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to fulfill this vision. At Uber, our contribution to this space is Michelangelo, an internal ML-as-a-service platform that democratizes machine learning and makes scaling AI to meet the needs of business as easy as requesting a ride. Michelangelo enables internal teams to seamlessly build, deploy, and operate machine learning solutions at Uber’s scale.…

Big sellers like Toyota Camry, Ram getting updates in 2018

This file image provided by Tesla Motors shows the Tesla Model 3 sedan. Tesla Motors Inc. reports earnings on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (Courtesy of Tesla Motors via AP, File) After seven straight years of growth, U.S. sales of new vehicles could be hitting their peak. That’s putting extra pressure on automakers to update their vehicles and hang on to their market share. Some important vehicles are getting revamps for the 2018 model year, including the Toyota Camry, which has…

France to arm military surveillance drones

France is set to arm drones that are currently used exclusively for surveillance and intelligence, a first for the French military, the defense minister said Tuesday. Florence Parly said the decision will initially apply only to the six unarmed Reaper surveillance drones that France bought from the United States. Most of them, based in Africa’s Sahel region, are involved in the fight against Islamic extremists. Parly did not specify a timeframe for when they would be armed or what…

A sweeter smile through augmented reality

Thanks to Kapanu’s software, patients and dentists can see the result of tooth corrections before surgery. Credit: Kapanu In the future, patients will be able to see the outcome of dental treatment even before the dentist starts working on their teeth. This is made possible by a “virtual mirror” developed by Kapanu, an ETH spin-off. Most people find worn, broken or discoloured teeth unattractive, and many of those affected opt for cosmetic dental reconstruction using crowns or ceramic veneers, for…

This year’s RJI Competition not bound by topic, campus boundaries

Team MindFlow captured first place in the 10th annual RJI Student Competition. Previous competitions focused on a specific industry concern or platform. But this year students may address any issue facing the news media, including audience engagement, news productivity and accuracy.Photo courtesy of Nate Brown/Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. Release courtesy of Reynolds Journalism Institute The sky’s the limit for participants in the 2017-2018 RJI Student Competition, sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of…

MU, Nanova collaborative effort closing in on heart health breakthrough

The Nanova stent uses nanocoating of a specific substance in order to avoid the re-narrowing problem, while the coating could also avoid the same clotting problem of the drug-eluting stents. Photo courtesy of Nanova, Inc. Since its inception, Nanova, Inc. has been renowned for its work in the dental industry. Now, they’re on the verge of a huge breakthrough in another area — cardiovascular health. Nanova — founded by four researchers, including Hao Li and Qingsong Yu from the MU…