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Category: Aerospace Engineering

Chinese online retailer developing one-ton delivery drones

In this image taken from a Nov. 9, 2016 video footage by AP Video, a drone takes off to deliver JD.com parcel from Tiantong’an village near Suqian city in eastern China’s Jiangsu province. China’s biggest online retailer, JD.com Inc., announced plans Monday, May 22, 2017 to develop drone aircraft capable of carrying a ton or more for long-distance deliveries. (AP Video via AP) China’s biggest online retailer, JD.com Inc., announced plans Monday to develop drone aircraft capable of carrying a…

4 Top Disruptive Technology Trends for 2017

Facebook recently announced it will soon become an augmented reality platform by deploying artificial intelligence (AI) on user smartphones. This new technology will enable users to use their smartphone cameras to layer digital effects atop images and videos, including live videos. Achieving this will require Facebook’s app to run AI over user smartphones. Facebook’s announcement illustrates two of the top disruptive trends that are having a major impact this year: augmented reality and artificial intelligence. Here’s a look at four…

New Cars Ain’t What They Used to Be

A friend of ours whose age is somewhere north of seventy recently bought a new pickup truck.  Soon afterwards, in text messages she started calling herself “Keyfob.”  When we asked why, she said, “Well, that’s what my truck calls me.  When I get out of it it says, ‘Keyfob has left the vehicle.'” She has a new truck because she totaled her previous truck in a collision that she survived largely because of safety features that newer models have.  So…

Messaging Sync — Scaling Mobile Messaging at Airbnb

By Zhiyao Wang, Michelle Leon, Jason Goodman, Nick Reynolds, Julia Fu, Jeff Hodnett, Manuel Deschamps, John Pottebaum, Charlie Jiang Old Inbox vs New Inbox with slow network With more than 100k messages being sent on mobile per hour, messaging is the most engaged with feature on the Airbnb App. However, with the old inbox fetch method on mobile, the inbox was slow to load, suffered from data inconsistency, and required a network connection to read messages. All of this results in…

How Slack Supports Junior Engineers – Several People Are Coding

Mentorship, Impact, and a Culture of Growth Carly Robinson, Application Engineer — Enterprise at Slack HQ The Perks of being a Junior Engineer at Slack I joined Slack in late October 2015 as an Associate Application Engineer on the Enterprise team, which set out to build the recently released Enterprise Grid product. Full Disclosure — this was my first engineering job. When I arrived at my desk on my first day, I tried to play down how star struck I was feeling. To my 1:00 sat Stewart…

Facebook’s new tech at F8 2017 | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

Day two of F8 2017 was packed with announcements about Facebook’s big technology bets across connectivity, video and virtual reality, and AI. Among the updates from Facebook’s Connectivity Lab were three new records in wireless data transfer—demonstrating a record point-to-point data rate of 36 Gbps over 13 km with millimeter-wave technology, and 80 Gbps between those same points using our optical cross-link technology. That’s up to 4,000 ultra-high-definition videos simultaneously. The Connectivity Lab team also used the technology to demonstrate…

Solar Storm Could Do $2 Trillion in Damage » Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog

Solar Storm Could Do $2 Trillion in Damage Posted on April 9, 2017  Comments (0) I read an interesting article from NASA recently, Near Miss: The Solar Superstorm of July 2012 According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, the total economic impact could exceed $2 trillion or 20 times greater than the costs of a Hurricane Katrina. Multi-ton transformers damaged by such a storm might take years to repair. … By extrapolating the frequency of ordinary storms…

Ransomware Comes To the Heartland

Imagine the following scenario circa 1962.  From an aircraft carrier in international waters in the Gulf Coast near Houston, the USSR flies a team of helicopters that land in a parking lot outside a urology clinic in Baytown, Texas, on the Gulf Coast.  Soldiers with AK-47s surround the clinic and hold everyone in it hostage until all the files inside are loaded onto a helicopter.  Then the leader of the team informs the head of the clinic that they’re holding…

Female African-American Mathematicians at NASA in 1961 » Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog

Female African-American Mathematicians at NASA in 1961 Posted on February 24, 2017  Comments (0) Hidden Figures is a film based on the experiences of female African-American mathematicians at NASA in 1961 including Katherine Johnson. It is easy to forget our history if we don’t make an effort to remember. Popular movie adaptations are not the best source for completely accurate history but they are a great way to raise awareness when they hold somewhat close to historical events. It is…

The Unsolved Problem of Space Travel

These appear to be great times for future space travelers.  Commercial rocket outfits such as SpaceX are thriving, the Dutch organization Mars One is still refining their pool of potential Martian astronauts for a flight presently scheduled for 2032, and National Geographic’s “Mars” docu-drama TV series has intermingled interviews with space experts and a dramatic portrayal of what an actual flight to Mars might be like, complete with death-defying crises.  Then along comes Charles L. Limoli, a radiation biologist at…