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Low-cost prostheses offer Indian amputees a second chance

In this photograph taken on June 13, 2017, a technician adds a battery to prosthetic hands at the Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti non-profit organisation’s main branch in Jaipur Vishnu Kumar had barely reached adulthood when he lost his limbs in a freak electrical accident, seemingly condemning him to the life of penury endured by millions of amputees in India. A year later, the 22-year-old is preparing to walk again with the aide of a “Jaipur Foot”—a no-frills prosthetic made…

Hacker Trackers camp teaches high schoolers cyber security skills

The four-day-long Hacker Trackers camp, led by Assistant Professor Prasad Calyam, gives high school students training and development in Python coding and cyber security. Photo courtesy of Prasad Calyam. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Assistant Professor Prasad Calyam and his graduate students Roshan Neupane and Ronny Bazan Antequera organized the third-annual Hacker Trackers summer camp, held in July as part of the University of Missouri Extension’s Summers@Mizzou program. Calyam organizes the camp as part of his community outreach and STEM…

Big Data Analytics summer program sees record growth

The fourth year of the MU College of Engineering’s Big Data Analytics Summer Experience was its biggest yet. More than 70 eager students of various levels of computer science background attended. Photos by Amy Parris. The fourth year of the MU College of Engineering’s Big Data Analytics Summer Experience was its biggest yet. More than 70 eager students of various levels of computer science background attended. “Four years ago, Big Data was at the leading edge of technology development, and…

Energized fabrics could keep soldiers warm and battle-ready in frigid climates — ScienceDaily

Soldiering in arctic conditions is tough. Protective clothing can be heavy and can cause overheating and sweating upon exertion. And hands and feet can grow numb despite wearing such gear. To keep military personnel more comfortable and battle-ready in bitterly cold climes, scientists are now conducting research aimed at creating high-tech fabrics that heat up when powered and that capture sweat. These fabrics could also conceivably make their way to consumer clothing in the future. The researchers are presenting their…

Testing TVs and tablets for ‘green’ screens — ScienceDaily

To improve viewing pleasure, companies have developed television — and tablet screens — that include quantum dots to enhance brightness and color. Some quantum dots are made with potentially harmful metals, which could leach into the environment when the device is discarded. But other TVs made with less hazardous nanomaterials require more energy to make. Today, researchers report preliminary results suggesting that under simulated landfill conditions, quantum dots can leach out of devices. But because this happens in such tiny…

Crop Circles: The Ongoing Enigma

I’ll start this off with a controversial statement. I thing the crop circle (or corn circle as it is sometimes referred to) phenomena is currently the greatest terrestrial scientific puzzle going – full stop. I admit from square one that I haven’t the foggiest idea what they actually are, or represent, but I at least think I know what they’re not. I’m sure the phrase ‘crop circles’ need little introduction. I can’t imagine too many people being ignorant of the…

5 Quick Ways to Boost Your Business’ Engagement on Social Media

Mastering your social media techniques is crucial to the success of your business. With over 2.3 billion active users across all the major social media platforms, the market is huge and even claiming a tiny percentage of your customer base means you have reached a huge level of success. However, to claim this success, you need high social media engagement rates, which, in most cases, is easier said than done. Here are five essential tips to give you the best…

Explaining React’s license | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

A few weeks ago, the Apache Software Foundation (the ASF) made a decision to list the BSD + Patents license as a Category-X license. This move affects users of much of Facebook’s open source software, but especially the popular React project and the constellation of projects around it. As a result, many have asked us to consider relicensing React and all of our other open source projects. What has become clear through these discussions is that the ASF has very…

Getting to Know Nikolai Avteniev

LinkedIn wouldn’t be the company it is today without the engineers who built it. We have no shortage of talented individuals in technical roles across the company. They are the ones who create, build, and maintain our platform, tools, and features—as well as write posts for this blog. In this series, we feature some of the people and personalities that make LinkedIn great. Nikolai joined LinkedIn in November 2012, shortly after we created an engineering team in our New York…

Anything Java can do Kotlin can do better – Pinterest Engineering – Medium

Zach Westlake | Pinterest engineer, Core Experience While there’s been a lot of buzz around Kotlin lately, you may still be asking yourself why you should actually use it. What does Kotlin do that Java doesn’t? It’s good to maintain a healthy sense of skepticism for any new technology. But here’s the secret about Kotlin–the language itself largely doesn’t do anything Java can’t. Much of what Kotlin does can be replicated in Java given enough acrobatics. It’s true that you…