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A flexible, low-cost technique could lead to the mass production of microelectromechanical systems

Tapered contact opening fabricated by new two-step plasma etching process. Credit: IEEE Making increasingly smaller microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) has proved very challenging, limiting their anticipated potential. Now, researchers at A*STAR have developed a versatile and cost-effective technique for making devices with much greater precision and reliability for use in biotechnology and medical applications. MEMS are used in applications ranging from airbag systems and display screens, to inkjet cartridges. They are tiny devices that combine mechanical and electrical components. Current manufacturing…

Engineering produces quartet of Mizzou ’39 seniors

From left: Enos Inniss, Walta Abraham, Ahmed Abu El-Ela, Haydn Lock, Brandon Splitter, Hani Salim, Nolan Gromacki, Nick Balser. Mizzou ’39 annually recognizes 39 incredible seniors who have excelled academically and gone above and beyond in their service to the University of Missouri. Four Mizzou Engineering seniors were selected for the excellent example of leadership they’ve provided MU in the last four years — Walta Abraham, Nolan Gromacki, Haydn Lock and Brandon Splitter. Walta Abraham Abraham, a Civil and Environmental…

Amazon looks at dropping packages onto your patio from as high as 25 feet

It’s not that drones get tired, it’s just that if they’re delivering your box of cat food and low-rise socks, dropping down to put it on your patio and flying back up for the next delivery takes power that they need to conserve. Better to just hover over your home and drop the box, a new patent from Amazon proposes. And no need to cover your head: the Seattle e-commerce giant has that—and the delivery box full of your…

Screaming Circuits: A Presidential Announcement

Screaming Circuits doesn’t stand alone. Rather, we stand with a whole lot of customers, and with our parent company, Milwaukee Electronics. For those that don’t know, Milwaukee Electronics is one of the longest established full-service contract manufacturers in the United States, having started operations in 1954. One of the biggest milestones occurred in 1985 when Michael Stoehr purchased the company, becoming President and CEO. Screaming Circuits came along as a division in 2003. With that, I’d like to present a…

Ending overfishing would stop the population declines of endangered bycatch species about half the time — ScienceDaily

Healthier fish stocks. Higher catches. Profits from fishing. Is there a way to achieve these holy grails of commercial fisheries without harming endangered species that are caught incidentally? A new UC Santa Barbara-led study has found that may indeed be possible about half the time. According to the research group’s analysis, ending overfishing would also promote population recoveries for many endangered species ensnared accidentally as bycatch — the unwanted fish and other marine creatures caught during commercial fishing for a…

Prelas lands among elite company as American Physical Society fellow

The list of fellows of the American Physical Society reads like a who’s who of the physics world from the 20th Century to the present day. You can add a member of the Mizzou Engineering faculty to that prestigious list. Mark Prelas, professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was elected in the most recent group of fellows of the APS. He was nominated by the Topical Group on Energy Research and Applications and was selected for outstanding and sustained…

The Makeup of Successful Geographically-Distributed SRE Teams: Part 1

Why geographically-distributed SRE teams? In today’s hyper-connected technological world, there is a need for geographically widespread technical teams to facilitate global growth. Businesses that scale to this level need global teams to handle that reach. However, as development teams continue to ramp, it quickly becomes infeasible for them to solve operational problems while also scaling the product. That’s where SREs, whose primary job is to develop software to solve operational problems, come in. Investing in geographically-distributed (GD) SRE teams is…

Making better hair dyes — ScienceDaily

Graphene, a naturally black material, could provide a new strategy for dyeing hair in difficult-to-create dark shades. And because it’s a conductive material, hair dyed with graphene might also be less prone to staticky flyaways. Now, researchers have put it to the test. In an article published March 15 in the journal Chem, they used sheets of graphene to make a dye that adheres to the surface of hair, forming a coating that is resistant to at least 30 washes…

Cloudflare’s 135th Data Center Now Live!

Our newest data center is now live in Tel Aviv, Israel! This expands our global network even further to span 135 cities across 68 countries. High-Tech in Israel Although Israel will only be turning 70 this year, it has a history so rich we’ll leave it to the textbooks. Despite its small size, and young age, Israel is home to one of the largest tech scenes, often referred to as Start-up Nation. Haifa’s Matam technology park houses a few tech…

Out of the Arcade: Designing the Uber Kiosk

Over the past few decades, the advent of online commerce negatively impacted brick-and-mortar stores, but now the pendulum is swinging back. With millennials seeking more real-world experiences, some companies have evolved how they reach out to consumers in public spaces. In her series, The Future of Offline Retail, Addie Lerner, Principal at General Catalyst, points out this shift, and how online-based companies such as Warby Parker and Bonobos set up limited offline showrooms, often called pop-ups, to familiarize real-world consumers…