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Category: Computer Engineering

Adding a carbon atom transforms 2D semiconducting material — ScienceDaily

A technique that introduces carbon-hydrogen molecules into a single atomic layer of the semiconducting material tungsten disulfide dramatically changes the electronic properties of the material, according to Penn State researchers at Penn State who say they can create new types of components for energy-efficient photoelectric devices and electronic circuits with this material. “We have successfully introduced the carbon species into the monolayer of the semiconducting material,” said Fu Zhang, doctoral student in materials science and engineering lead author of a…

Rewriting the Slack Python SDK – Several People Are Coding

Outdoors, mountain, nature and alps | by Bernard Hermant Our Journey to Python 3 Have you ever been given a relatively inactive project and asked to fix a bug? What about having to update code that’s used by thousands of projects without the guidance of the original author? I stepped into a circumstance like that when I joined the Developer Relations Tools Team at Slack. At the start of 2019, my manager tasked me with taking over as the lead maintainer of…

Adding support for Arabic and Hebrew languages on Airbnb

The right-to-left presentation of these top-requested languages present unique engineering and design challenges. Authors: Yaniv Zimet, Mati Bot What makes this noteworthy? Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where anyone can belong anywhere, and with this release, we enable more than 300 million Arabic– and Hebrew-speakers globally to belong on Airbnb. Arabic and Hebrew are both languages that use a right-to-left (RTL) writing direction. The start of the page in a RTL layout is the right-hand side. All text…

Study encourages doctors to look beyond typical symptoms for stroke — ScienceDaily

Women experiencing a minor stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) are less likely to be diagnosed with a stroke compared to men — even though they describe similar symptoms in emergency departments. “In our study, men were more likely to be diagnosed with TIA or minor stroke, and women were 10 per cent more likely to be given a non-stroke diagnosis, for example migraine or vertigo, even though men and women were equally likely to report atypical stroke symptoms,” says…

Call for Code – Unite Developers Against Natural Disasters

In 2018, David Clark Cause along with Founding Partner IBM commenced a multi-year global initiative, “Call for Code”. It aims at solving humanitarian issues with the help of open –source technologies in communities where these technologies are needed the most. In order to make a better society, this initiative inspires developers to solve pressing global problems by providing them access to IBM’s cloud data, technologies, and research so that we can have sustainable solutions to persistent problems. The Call for…

How the performance of cadmium telluride thin-film solar cells is improved by the addition of selenium — ScienceDaily

The rows of blue solar panels that dot landscapes and rooftops are typically made out of crystalline silicon, the workhorse semiconductor found in virtually every electronic device. Over the last decade, Colorado State University researchers have led pioneering studies into improving the performance and cost of solar energy by fabricating and testing new materials that extend beyond the capabilities of silicon. They have focused on a material that shows promise for replacing silicon, called cadmium telluride. In collaboration with partners…

Uber Open Source: Catching Up with Felix Cheung, Data Platform Engineering Manager

It may seem counter-intuitive that open source software, with its public availability and transparent code, can give private enterprise an edge. But that’s the lesson provided by Felix Cheung, an engineering manager at Uber who puts significant effort into The Apache Software Foundation. Based in Uber’s Seattle Engineering office, Felix works on our Data Platform team, building and maintaining the infrastructure which processes the over 100 petabytes of data that power Uber’s services around the world. Felix also serves on…

Squirrel Gathering Leaves for Its Nest » Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog

Backyard Wildlife: Squirrel Gathering Leaves for Its Nest Posted on May 22, 2019  Comments (0) I saw this squirrel gathering leaves for its nest in its mouth and then climbing a tree in my backyard. It repeated this many times all morning. I saw it doing so at least 5 times and likely it did so many times when I did not see it. See more backyard wildlife posts on the Curious Cat Science Blog Related: Squirrel Eating Holly Berries…

Eastern forests shaped more by Native Americans’ burning than climate change — ScienceDaily

Native Americans’ use of fire to manage vegetation in what is now the Eastern United States was more profound than previously believed, according to a Penn State researcher who determined that forest composition change in the region was caused more by land use than climate change. “I believe Native Americans were excellent vegetation managers and we can learn a lot from them about how to best manage forests of the U.S.,” said Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology…

WordPress Plugins for Managing Social Platforms, Events and Registration

WordPress is one of the most popular platforms on which you can create a free website or build your own personal or business blog. There are dozens of fully customizable themes and mobile-ready designs, and thousands of plugins to take your business to the next level. This huge number of plugins can sometimes be overwhelming to choose from. We have been receiving multiple queries by our readers regarding the plugin suggestions for social media, registrations, SEO, backups, events, etc. and…