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Protecting Your Phone from Physical Damage

These days, smartphones are more than capable of withstanding the rigors of daily use. However, they might not sustain irreparable damage. Proper case and usage can prolong the life of your device, but the least you can do is follow some easy tips that will let your phone perform its best for many years. Here are some measures you can take to protect your phone from physical damage. Get a Good Screen Guard The screen of a smartphone is its…

New technology could revolutionise smartphone use

Credit: University of St Andrews An innovative technology, created by researchers at the University of St Andrews, can allow your smartphone to carry out a range of tasks just by recognising the surface it is sitting on. SpeCam, is a program which would enable existing phones to utilize their camera function to recognise different materials it is exposed to. This would link up with a previously created database so the phone could “understand” what type of surface it has been…

Engineering Ethics Blog: Arkema’s Crosby Nightmare: The Price of Ignorance

If you lived within three miles of a chemical plant where dangerous substances were being made or handled, maybe you wouldn’t want to know all the details.  But I bet you’d like first responders in the area to know what was there so they could take appropriate actions if anything went wrong.  Well, Texas is a good place to live in many ways, but about 3,800 people living within a 3-mile radius of the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas…

Investigation of paper-based electronics continues to advance

Figure 1: Portable paper solar cells based on foldable, lightweight, transparent, conductive cellulose nanofiber paper. Credit: CC-BY Macmillan Publishers Ltd Imagine folding up a paper-thin computer tablet like a newspaper. It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but such flexible electronics are moving closer to reality, according to a review in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials. Paper that is transparent and conducts electricity could have widespread applications, including foldable computers, transparent touch screens, and…

Dr. Steve Goodman’s Work as a Field Biologist in Madagascar » Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog

Dr. Steve Goodman’s Work as a Field Biologist in Madagascar Posted on September 2, 2017  Comments (0) Dr. Steve Goodman‘s work is a legendary Field Biologist and spends 9-10 months out of the year conducting research in other countries, with a focus on Madagascar for nearly 30 years. Learn more about the future of Madagascar’s biodiversity and research. This video is from the great Brain Scoop channel with Emily Graslie; if you are not following that channel I highly recommend…

SIDH in Go for quantum-resistant TLS 1.3

The Quantum Threat Most of today’s cryptography is designed to be secure against an adversary with enormous amounts of computational power. This means estimating how much work certain computations (such as factoring a number, or finding a discrete logarithm) require, and choosing cryptographic parameters based on our best estimate of how much work would be required to break the system. If it were possible to build a large-scale quantum computer, many of the problems whose difficulty we rely on for…

Portland (Oregon): Cloudflare’s 117th Data Center!

Even as the luckiest amongst us across the US West Coast dashed off to Oregon to be closer to the solar eclipse path of totality, Cloudflare engineers were busy turning up our newest data center in Portland. This deployment serves as our 27th data center in North America alone, and our 117th globally. It also provides additional redundancy to our Seattle and San Jose data centers, while increasing our capacity to run services and fight growing attacks. The Silicon Forest…

Machinery that repairs itself

Self-repairing dispenser for engine production developed within the EU-funded SelSus research project by project partner Manufacturing Technology. Credit: Fraunhofer IPA In the EU-funded project SelSus, Fraunhofer scientists are collaborating in a consortium with partners from research and industry to develop maintenance technology capable of forecasting machine downtimes in production before they occur. This allows plant managers to rectify faults before the machine breaks down. The system even corrects some defects automatically. Unforeseen machine failures during ongoing production – plant managers…