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How Square makes its SDKs – Square Corner Blog – Medium

At Square we leverage the OpenAPI standard, Travis CI & Github to build and deliver our client SDKs in a scalable way. The developer platform team at Square is a little different than most. We don’t focus solely on creating the APIs that our developers use, we focus on exposing the internal APIs that our first-party products use to create the best experience for developers. That way, our external developers get to use the same source of truth for all of…

Engineering on a blue streak — ScienceDaily

A pair of engineers at the University of Delaware has developed a process to form interwoven polymer networks more easily, quickly and sustainably than traditional methods allow. Their secret ingredient? Blue light. Abhishek Shete, graduate research assistant in materials science and engineering, and Christopher Kloxin, assistant professor in materials science and engineering and chemical and biomolecular engineering, describe their method in a paper featured on the cover of the 24th issue of Polymer Chemistry. The paper is titled “One-pot blue-light…

Screaming Circuits: Eclipse-o-pocalypse 2017

Save the date: August 21, 2017. I don’t need to tell you what’s happening that day, but I will anyway. It’s total eclipse day here in the USA. I wouldn’t care too much, except a) I think total eclipses are cool, b) the last one I experienced involved watching the rain clouds get dark and then get light again, and c) most important – we, at Screaming Circuits, are sitting right on the edge of totality. Canby, Oregon, where we…

Incorporating AI into a computer-based rendering system — ScienceDaily

Modern films and TV shows are filled with spectacular computer-generated sequences computed by rendering systems that simulate the flow of light in a three-dimensional scene and convert the information into a two-dimensional image. But computing the thousands of light rays (per frame) to achieve accurate color, shadows, reflectivity and other light-based characteristics is a labor-intensive, time-consuming and expensive undertaking. An alternative is to render the images using only a few light rays. That saves time and labor but results in…

Inside the tech that makes ‘near-miss’ air collisions almost impossible

Surely then, it’s not surprising that we hear of “near-misses” between passenger jets, and of “hero pilots” avoiding “mid-air collisions”? Well yes, actually it is, because that can’t happen. These so-called “near-misses” are still a long way off from being a collision. Take the recently reported news of an Emirates Airbus A380 and an Air Seychelles Airbus A330 travelling from Mauritius to the Seychelles, for example. The two planes came closer than the safety margin required by regulations: all…

Construction of massive neutrino experiment kicks off a mile underground — ScienceDaily

A new era in international particle physics research officially began July 21 with a unique groundbreaking held a mile underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota. Dignitaries, scientists and engineers from around the world marked the start of construction of a massive international experiment that could change our understanding of the universe. The Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) will house the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), which will be built and operated by roughly 1,000 scientists and…

Pokemon’s Epic Fail in Chicago

Full disclosure:  I generally don’t play games much anymore, whether video, online, offline, board, ball, table, or hunger.  So anything I write about games is going to be at one remove as an observer, not a participant.  That isn’t necessarily bad, but in case you are an enthusiastic game player, you should know I am an outsider to all that. Nevertheless, I can imagine what it would be like to get involved in Pokemon, the online mobile phone game, to…

Optimization for self-production may explain mysterious features of the ribosome — ScienceDaily

Optimization for self-production may explain key features of ribosomes, the protein production factories of the cell, reported researchers from Harvard Medical School in Nature on July 20. In a new study, a team led by Johan Paulsson, professor of systems biology at Harvard Medical School, mathematically demonstrated that ribosomes are precisely structured to produce additional ribosomes as quickly as possible, in order to support efficient cell growth and division. The study’s theoretical predictions accurately reflect observed large-scale features of ribosomes…

Creating #DataScienceHappiness | LinkedIn Engineering

In a previous post, I gave some advice for those who are interested in a career in data science. One of the suggestions I made was to find a work environment that values and promotes a good data science culture. This is a concept I like to call #DataScienceHappiness, and I believe it’s key for companies that want to get the most out of their data science programs. In order to maximize the return from data science, companies must keep…

Artificial intelligence boosts wine’s bottom line

Credit: Ailytic The Australian wine industry is turning to artificial intelligence to streamline its manufacturing. South Australian tech firm Ailytic has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) program to significantly increase production efficiency by optimising machine use. It uses an AI technique called ‘prescriptive analytics’ to account for all the variables that go into mass-producing wines such temperature, wine changeover and inventory. The program then creates the best possible operation schedule, allowing companies to save considerable time and money.…