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New brain disease test for Parkinson’s, dementia with Lewy bodies — ScienceDaily

National Institutes of Health scientists developing a rapid, practical test for the early diagnosis of prion diseases have modified the assay to offer the possibility of improving early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies. The group, led by NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), tested 60 cerebral spinal fluid samples, including 12 from people with Parkinson’s disease, 17 from people with dementia with Lewy bodies, and 31 controls, including 16 of whom had Alzheimer’s…

Chicken pox vaccine linked with shingles at the vaccination sight in some children — ScienceDaily

New research in Pediatric Dermatology reports several cases of shingles that developed at the original vaccination site in healthy children after they were immunized against chicken pox.  Most of these cases were initially misdiagnosed as other skin rashes. While some of these patients underwent tests to help make the diagnosis, all of the children recovered without complications.  Infection with the varicella-zoster virus leads to chickenpox, or primary varicella. The virus then lies dormant and can later reactivate as shingles, or herpes zoster.  The varicella-zoster…

Improving drone performance in headwinds

Quad-rotor configuration with outer side tiled rotor. Credit: Hikaru Otsuka The prevalence of multi-rotor drones has increased dramatically in recent years, but in headwinds, they pitch upwards unpredictably. Engineers from Tohoku University, Japan, have shown that angling the rotor blades of a quad-rotor unmanned aerial vehicles by just 20 degrees can reduce pitching by a quarter. Their work is published in the International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles. Multi-rotors have gotten much smaller since the turn of the century, and…

Tumblr Engineering — NYC PHP Reboot

Reviewing code is one of the most important parts of an engineer’s job at Tumblr, even more so than writing code. Our codebases are shared by hundreds of engineers, so it’s critical to make sure we’re not just writing the best code we can, but that the code being written can be understood by others. Taking the time to review someone else’s code is the most critical opportunity to ensure all of that is happening. At Tumblr, every code change…

Mathematics pushes innovation in 4-D printing

Recent advances in digital factory science make it possible to print more compliant objects across a wider range of length-scales than conventional engineering processes. A bottleneck for enabling the next technological progress resides in filling the gap in the comprehension of the unprecedented degree of complexity dominating this novel technology. Mathematics plays a pivotal role in this contemporary industrial revolution: a study recently published by Nature Communications solves a problem of utmost importance for the development of 4-D printing, i.e.…

Wayfair’s First Data Science Immersion Program |

As Data Science has become increasingly important to Wayfair’s success, so has the quest to find great people to join our team – individuals who are intelligently connected to their work and constantly learn, study, experiment, and create. Hiring for and branding our data science initiatives is merely one element of a growing trend within the industry. The PhD world is filled with those who are looking to make the switch from academia to industry, and Wayfair seeks to create…

The Art and Science of Image Discovery at Netflix

Authored by — Madeline, Lauren, Boris, Tim, Parth, Eugene and Apurva Introduction At Netflix, the Content Platform Engineering and Global Product Creative teams know that imagery plays an incredibly important role in how viewers find new shows and movies to watch. We take pride in surfacing the unique elements of a story that connect our audiences to diverse characters and story lines. As our Original content slate continues to expand, our technical experts are tasked with finding new ways to scale our…

NYC Engineering: Making Strides to Encourage More Women in Tech

“Winterns” with LinkedIn’s NYC Engineering department as a part of the WiTNY Winternship program The Winterns worked on a wide range of programming and project-specific tasks. In addition to training in agile development and learning about the developer framework, they participated in panels and group meals to encourage discussion on getting more women in tech. It was great hearing my female colleagues share their stories about how and why they got into the field, as well as seeing the support…

Got a coastal bridge to retrofit? There’s an optimal approach for that

Bridges make great metaphors for connection, as in “bridging our differences” and “building bridges.” That may be because bridges play such a vital role in connecting people in real life. And, in a natural disaster such as a flood, hurricane or tsunami, connecting people via functioning bridges can mean the difference between life and death during the event itself. In the aftermath, bridges are vital for recovery efforts. When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston in the summer of 2017, damage…

Stop Using Servers to Handle Webhooks – Square Corner Blog – Medium

Working Example So this is all good in theory, but it’s better to show an example of how we could implement a webhook handler on a FaaS platform. This example will be on Google Cloud Platform using their Google Cloud Functions, but the majority of what we cover would translate across platforms since we’re using JavaScript. For starters, we want to be sure to service the webhook request as quickly as possible since we don’t want it to timeout. If…