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Powerful micro diaphragm pump for mini-sensors

The world’s smallest micromembrane pump measures just 25 square millimeters. Credit: Fraunhofer EMFT Particulate matter harms the heart and lungs. In the future, a smartphone with an inbuilt gas sensor could be used to warn of heavy exposure. To help the sensor respond quickly and provide accurate measurements, researchers at Fraunhofer have developed a powerful micro diaphragm pump for delivering ambient air to the sensor. “Our smart pump measures only 25 square millimeters, making it the world’s smallest pump. That…

Help build the Chemical Safety Library!

Posted By Jyllian Kemsley on Oct 4, 2017 in Featured, Safety resources | A screen shot of a reaction entry in the Chemical Safety Library. Credit: Pistoia Alliance Scour your memory, lab notebooks, or the literature to find reaction safety information to enter into the Chemical Safety Library, a database tool that chemists may use to share information and avoid repeating dangerous events. To expand the library, the nonprofit that developed it is holding a two-week datathon from Oct. 17…

Dobar dan, Hrvatska! Announcing Cloudflare’s Zagreb Data Center

Fire the Gric Cannon! Hot on the heels of several birthday week product announcements, we continue to expand our global network. Cloudflare is excited to announce the launch of our newest data center in Zagreb, Croatia, furthering the breadth of our network to 118 cities across 58 countries. Our Europe network alone now spans 33 cities across 25 countries (with at least ten new cities being planned). [For trivia fans: Our list of data centers beginning with the letter Z…

Neighborhood affluence linked to positive birth outcomes — ScienceDaily

It’s not uncommon for new parents to relocate in search of neighborhoods with better schools, safer streets and healthier, more kid-friendly activities. But a new study led by University of California, Irvine sociologist Jennifer Kane has found that living in such neighborhoods before a baby is born protects against the risks of poor birth outcomes. Published online this month in SSM — Population Health, the research shows that having highly educated, wealthy neighbors reduces an expectant mother’s risk of delivering…

Health Score Metrics as a Software Craftsmanship Enabler

The notion of software craftsmanship is sometimes a muddy one. On the one hand, engineers find it hard to grasp and materialize craftsmanship, which is an abstract objective that, by itself, provides little guidance to the software engineering practice. On the other hand, craftsmanship is often narrowed down to a handful of “best practices” that engineers are expected to follow. Neither of these limited definitions helps much in improving software quality. During 2016, an R&D initiative for software craftsmanship was…

Building a successful business by helping merchants easily integrate online forms into their e…

A drag and drop form builder that was designed to let anyone — skilled developers to technophobes — create online forms in a few clicks. Jotform started as a way for anyone to publish online forms that could take contact info and online applications. After building a strong base, JotForm realized that Square was a popular payment platform for their existing customers. “Many JotForm users had an easy way of collecting payments in person with Square, but needed a way to process Square payments…

You’re amazing just the way you are – Wealthfront Engineering Blog

Abstraction is a technique for arranging computer systems in such a way as to reduce the complexity of interacting with them. The system makes a certain complexity level available for other systems to interact with, while suppressing some of the inner workings. Programming languages, for example, are abstractions over assembly languages, which are abstractions over machine-level languages. Efficient use of abstraction is essential to writing maintainable, extendable software. Identifying when to abstract or when to incorporate an existing abstraction requires…

New machine evaluates soybean at harvest for quality

Experimental setup of the image acquisition system. Credit: University of Illinois When a field of soybeans is ready to harvest, speed is of the essence. But harvesting grinds to a halt every time the combine operator has to climb down out of the cab to manually check for quality—whole, un-split beans without stray husk material. Researchers from Kyoto University and University of Illinois recently developed a machine to automate the process, evaluating bean quality on the fly, so harvesting can…

Good vibrations for the future of computing

The cascadable, vibration-driven microelectromechanical logic gate takes electrical signals as inputs and produces a logic output (1 or 0) based on the resonance of the microbeam. Credit: © 2016 KAUST Vibrating mechanical switches that can be cascaded to perform complex computational operations could take computing significantly further than today’s technologies. KAUST researchers have demonstrated an alternative technology based on mechanical vibrations. The microcomputer processors found inside every computer, mobile phone and microwave comprise mind-bogglingly complex networks of millions or billions…

“Expertise is deeply gratifying, but it is also a potential trap”

Posted By Jyllian Kemsley on Oct 3, 2017 in Accidents, Featured | From last week’s issue of C&EN, some lessons learned by ACS President Allison A. Campbell following a bicycle crash in Washington, D.C., and how they relate to laboratory safety: Campbell after her bike crash. Credit: Allison A. Campbell Since I regularly ride near my home in Washington state, I know the trails there quite well, including the overall quality, locations of potholes, and other hazards…