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Category: Computer Engineering

Study busts myth — ScienceDaily

A study conducted in Simon Fraser University’s hypobaric chamber has sealed Air Canada’s decision to allow pilots to sport facial hair. Until last year, Air Canada and several other airlines required pilots to have a clean-shaven face. Air Canada reasoned that in the case of in-flight emergency, a clean-shaven face was necessary to ensure a proper seal on an oral-nasal face mask. In fall 2016, however, the airline retained Sherri Ferguson, director of SFU’s Environmental Medicine and Physiology Unit, and…

Introducing Google Pay in Square Online Payments APIs and Square Invoices

Today, we are delighted to announce that Square online payments APIs and Square Invoices now support Google Pay. This new integration allows developers and sellers to enable a fast and frictionless checkout experience on their websites or online stores for millions of buyers who have adopted Google Pay. Online shopping is becoming increasingly popular, but most online checkout flows are not very buyer friendly, especially on mobile devices. For instance, buyers do not have their credit cards with them at…

Paper-based electronics could fold, biodegrade and be the basis for the next generation of devices

A foldable, biodegradable battery based on paper and bacteria opens a new opportunity in electronics. Credit: Seokheun Choi/Binghamton University, CC BY-ND It seems like every few months there’s a new cellphone, laptop or tablet that is so exciting people line up around the block to get their hands on it. While the perpetual introduction of new, slightly more advanced electronics has made businesses like Apple hugely successful, the short shelf life of these electronics is bad for the environment. Modern…

A distributed data store for sequential data – Facebook Code

LogDevice, a distributed data store for sequential data, originally developed and currently deployed within Facebook is now available as an open source project. LogDevice offers durability, high availability, and total order of records under failures. It is designed for a variety of workloads, including event streaming, replication pipelines, transaction logs, and deferred work journals. LogDevice comes with a command-line administration tool called LDShell. We look forward to seeing what the open source community contributes, especially in relation to integration with…

Researchers patent technology for smart seat cushion, adaptable prosthetics

this is smart seat cushion. Credit: UTA The University of Texas at Arlington has patented a smart seat cushion that uses changes in air pressure to redistribute body weight and help prevent the painful ulcers caused by sitting for long periods of time in a wheelchair. The same technology can be used to create prosthetic liners that adapt their shape to accommodate changes in body volume during the day and maintain a comfortable fit for the prosthesis. Poor prosthetic fit…

Wayfair’s Inaugural Site Reliability Engineering Conference – Wayfair Tech Blog

Ever since Google pioneered the concept of Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), we’ve seen product reliability, accountability, and assorted innovation in this space skyrocket in importance and scope. At Wayfair, we’ve been working hard to evangelize contemporary solutions to tricky scalability scenarios, investing thoughtfully in cloud enablement and containerization. With a growing team dedicated to this capacity, as well as fostering relationships via embedded partnerships, we’ve pulled together our learnings to bring together the most authoritative minds in SRE today. We’re…

Production Secret Management at Airbnb – Airbnb Engineering & Data Science – Medium

Our philosophy and approach to production secret management Airbnb is a global community built on trust. The Security team helps to build trust by maintaining security standards to store, manage and access sensitive information assets. These include secrets, such as API keys and database credentials. Applications use secrets to provide everyday site features, and those secrets used to access production resources are particularly important to protect. This is why we built an internal system we call Bagpiper to securely manage…

Mizzou Engineering’s Rahhal named to NAMEPA board

Tojan Rahhal wears many hats at Mizzou Engineering. She serves as the Director of Diversity and Outreach Initiatives, holds a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences, is an adjunct assistant professor in the Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering Department and much more. And, on top of all of that, she’s the new Strategic Direction Chair for the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA). Tojan Rahhal recently was appointed to oversee the achievement of strategic goals for NAMEPA, which is an…

Corporate partners maximize Career Fair experience

“I just came to the realization [Monday] that coming to those events ahead of time, I was able to get early access to students who are leaders of their organizations, who have shown they excel either in prior internships, co-ops, campus organizations or academically,” said Dave Sextro, vice president of Engineering, Process Simulation for Emerson. Photos by Brandan Haskell. For a slideshow of photos from the Fall 2018 Career Fair, visit our Facebook page.  The Mizzou Engineering Fall Career Fair…

Body support device helps people learn to walk again after a stroke, trauma

Purdue University’s Xiumin Diao led a team to create a weight support system to help people suffering from walking disabilities after a stroke. Credit: Purdue University A Purdue University researcher with a passion to use engineering technology to improve health care has created a weight support system to help people suffering from walking disabilities after a stroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year, and it is…