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When reporting climate-driven human migration, place matters — ScienceDaily

A quick Google search for “What is driving migration from Central America?” reveals that nearly all of the top hits claim climate change as a major catalyst for the mass movement of people out of their home countries. University of Arizona climate researchers, however, have shown that the reality is much more nuanced. “We were seeing articles in big-name media saying migration from Central America is being driven by climate change and yet, we were looking at these and asking,…

Students Develop Innovative, Artistic Technology in Third Annual TigerHacks Competition

Some 230 hackers contributed more than 8,000 collective hours of programming during TigerHacks, a weekend full of intense concentration, team collaboration and ingenuity. Programmers and techies camped out for 36 hours in Lafferre Hall this weekend racing to complete apps and develop new hardware at the 2019 TigerHacks hackathon. The competition challenges students from across Missouri to create innovative projects using their computer science and information technology skills. With about 230 hackers and over 8,000 collective hours of programming, TigerHacks…

Turning (more) fat and sewage into natural gas — ScienceDaily

North Carolina State University researchers have developed what is, to date, the most efficient means of converting sewage sludge and restaurant grease into methane. After treating sewage, wastewater treatment plants are left with solid sludge, called biosolids. For years, utilities have treated biosolids with microbes that produce methane. In recent years, utilities have been adding grease interceptor waste (GIW) into the mix. Grease interceptors are used to trap fat, oil and grease from food service establishments so that they don’t…

Mizzou NSBE Named Top Chapter, Again

Members of the Mizzou NSBE chapter gathered for a group photo at the Region 5 Fall Conference in St. Louis last month. The Mizzou chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) continued to garner accolades at the Region 5 Fall Conference in St. Louis Oct. 24-27. For the fifth year in a row, the Mizzou NSBE chapter was selected as the ‘Missouri Zone Most Outstanding Chapter,’ encompassing Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and North and South Dakota. “It takes a…

New study finds warming climate could lead to profound changes in the subtropical climate — ScienceDaily

More than a billion people in Asia depend on seasonal monsoons for their water needs. The Asian monsoon is closely linked to a planetary-scale tropical air flow which, according to a new study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), will most likely shift geographically as the climate continues to warm, resulting in less rainfall in certain regions. Berkeley Lab researchers Wenyu Zhou and Da Yang, along with Shang-Ping Xie of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, used…

Army Ants Share Passion for Robotics

The Army Ants helped 22 aspiring engineers in building and programming robots that the campers got to take home with them. The College of Engineering sponsored a full-day robotics camp for underrepresented and economically-disadvantaged youth in central Missouri Oct. 31. Army Ants is made up of local high school students who design robots to complete specific tasks outlined by FIRST Robotics, an organization responsible for putting on regional and national robot competitions in order to build interest in STEM nationwide…

Getting to Know Natasha Michel

LinkedIn wouldn’t be the company it is today without the engineers who built it and the talented individuals in technical roles across the company. They are the ones who create, build, and maintain our platform, tools, and features—as well as write posts for this blog. In this series, we feature some of the people and personalities that make LinkedIn great.   Natasha Michel is a Senior Security Risk and Compliance Program Manager at LinkedIn working on the House Security Governance,…

Understanding product attributes for shoppers

Rui Li, Heath Vinicombe | Software Engineers, Content Knowledge Every day, people come to Pinterest to shop and find ideas in categories like home and fashion, and it’s our responsibility to show them the most relevant and inspiring products. We measure relevance in a few different dimensions, but most importantly, we need to show Pinners results that match their expectations. For example, they wouldn’t want to see boots when they search for sandals. We’ve outlined our work in classifying Pins with…

Conducting Better Business with Uber’s Open Source Orchestration Tool, Cadence

Uber’s platform consists of many microservices, self-contained sub-applications that support all the features that make up our global services.  To help our microservices work in harmony, we built Cadence, our orchestration engine. This tool routes requests, directs data, and mediates communications between various microservices so they can all cooperate seamlessly. Built to support Uber’s global business and deliver our standard of service, it’s scalable and fault-tolerant. Like a computerized conductor, it coordinates a variety of tasks without missing a beat. …

The role of the early childhood teacher — ScienceDaily

As catastrophic bushfires continue to rage across New South Wales and Queensland, thousands of people are reeling from the devastation. It’s a shocking start to Australia’s fire season, but beyond the physical damage, the emotional scars persist, especially for Australia’s youngest citizens. Now, in new research from the University of South Australia, researchers have explored the growing uncertainty faced by children aged 0-8 years in disaster zones, finding that early childhood teachers hold a vital role in supporting children dealing…