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Category: Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Ethics Blog: Sorting Souls with fMRI

In the March issue of Scientific American, brain-imaging expert John Gabrieli says that we can now use functional magnetic-resonance-imaging (fMRI) technology to predict whether depressed patients will benefit from certain therapies, whether smokers will be able to quit, and whether criminals will land back in jail soon.  But he leaves unanswered some questions he raises—namely, if we find that we can reliably obtain this kind of information, what should we do with it? First, a brief explanation of what fMRI…

Global connectivity: Working together to bring more people online | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

Connectivity is at the heart of Facebook’s mission to bring the world closer together. High-quality internet access enables richer communications and creates new opportunities to share knowledge and strengthen communities and economies. No single organization can connect the world alone. Today at Mobile World Congress, Facebook is announcing a number of new initiatives with partners to upgrade existing networks for the future, build new networks in under-connected regions, and leverage new technologies, tools, and programs to bring more people online.…

USB Network Gate – Access & Share USB Devices Over Network

Wouldn’t it be great if you can share the plugged in USB device from your computer to other computers over a network? In addition, have you thought of remotely accessing a USB device connected to other computers over the network? Well, Eltima USB Network Gate is one such application that lets one manage and access any USB device plugged into a remote machine or allows you to share your USB data to other computers on the network. This lets you…

Intravenous devices known as PICCs should be reserved for long-term use, but a new study shows 1 in 4 are used for 5 days or less — ScienceDaily

Many hospital patients get medicine or nutrition delivered straight into their bloodstream through a tiny device called a PICC. In just a decade, it’s become the go-to device for intravenous care. But a new study finds that one in every four times a PICC gets inserted, the patient didn’t need it long enough to justify the risks that it can also pose. In fact, in just the five days or less that they had a PICC implanted in their vein,…

Reducing failed deliveries, truck parking time could improve downtown Seattle congestion, new report finds

A truck parks curbside in downtown Seattle. Credit: University of Washington In Amazon’s hometown, people turn to their computers to order everything from groceries to last-minute birthday presents to the odd toothbrush or medication forgotten from the store. If online shopping continues to grow at its current rate, there may be twice as many trucks delivering packages in Seattle’s city center within five years, a new report projects—and double the number of trucks looking for a parking space. In…

Introducing the Uber AI Residency

Uber AI Labs is excited to announce the Uber AI Residency, an intensive one-year research training program slated to begin this summer.   Uber has invested substantially in machine learning and artificial intelligence, with groups around the company working on a variety of techniques—deep learning, reinforcement learning, neuroevolution, probabilistic modeling, and natural language processing, to name just a few—to enable a set of real world applications just as varied. When machine learning works well, Uber can provide improved user experiences across…

Keeping our users safe

To everyone in Cloudflare, account security is one of our most important tasks. We recognize that to every customer on our platform, we are critical infrastructure. We also know that the simplest attacks often lead to the most devastating of outcomes. Most people think that if they are going to get hacked it will be by some clever ”zero day”. The reality couldn’t be farther from the truth. Attackers are smart and they have realized that even in 2018, the…

Brand new REU materializes at Mizzou Engineering

Principal investigator Heather Hunt, associate professor of Bioengineering, will lead the College of Engineering’s latest REU, “REU: Creative Approaches to Materials Design and Processing,” this summer. Mizzou Engineering has been awarded a third prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site, this one with a creative twist. Principal investigator Heather Hunt, associate professor of Bioengineering; co-principal investigator Mahmoud Almasri, associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the materials-focused faculty in MU’s College of Engineering found…

Smart and comfortable new textiles for high-tech clothing

Prof. Dr. Andreas Greiner (left) and Prof. Dr. Seema Agarwal (right) with equipment for electrospinning at the University of Bayreuth. With backlighting, one can see the thin fibres from which nonwoven materials are formed. Credit: Christian Wißler Uncomfortable, rigid, with low air permeability: textile materials capable of conducting electricity can be awkward for day-to-day use. However, researchers at the University of Bayreuth, Donghua University in Shanghai, and Nanjing Forestry University have now developed new nonwoven materials that are electrically conductive…

Merge assistant for trucks takes over from the driver

PhD candidate Jan Loof in the electric Lupo in which he tested his merge assistent. Credit: Bart van Overbeeke Merging on the motorway or changing lanes: this may quite literally become an automatism for truck drivers in the long term. Jan Loof, mechanical engineer at Eindhoven University of Technology, has developed a system that can take over the steering and enable a vehicle to automatically merge in traffic. However, the driver will always exercise control of the steering wheel. First…