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The Amazing Reality of Genes and The History of Scientific Inquiry » Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog

The Amazing Reality of Genes and The History of Scientific Inquiry Posted on March 4, 2017  Comments (2) The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee is a wonderful book. He does a great job of explaining the history of scientists learning about genes as well as providing understandable explanations for the current scientific understanding of genes and how they impact our lives. As I have mentioned before, I find biology fascinating even though I found biology classes utterly boring and painful. I…

Reducing Slack’s memory footprint – Several People Are Coding

by Johnny Rodgers, Charlie Hess, Raissa Largman, Jamie Scheinblum and Chris Sullivan Our desktop app is the most widely used and most capable Slack client that we offer. For many of our customers, it is one of just a few apps they keep open on their computer throughout the work day. It allows them to communicate and work with all the teams they belong to: reading and writing messages, composing posts, uploading files, taking calls, and responding to notifications. However,…

Always Be Learning – Kickstarter Engineering

One of our core values at Kickstarter is to “always be learning.” Employees here regularly hold teaching sessions — called “ABLs” — to share knowledge about anything from oil painting to functional programming. On the Data team, we’ve incorporated continual learning into our regular routines in a couple of different ways. We have monthly reading groups open to everyone at Kickstarter. These sessions tend to focus on a data-related paper or technique, but we’ve also read about and discussed issues like the ethics of…

Sourcing, hiring, and growing female talent

Here at Coursera, we are proud to have a data science team that is nearly half female. The problems we’re tackling demand creative approaches and, as the literature consistently shows, diversity unlocks innovation. Yet only 16% of technical roles at major tech companies are held by women. What lessons have we learned in building our team? Sourcing diverse talent Diversity — including gender diversity — demands conscious and consistent efforts to source the right mix of talent. Consider the very top of the recruiting…

From the archives: UC Berkeley lab demolished when molten salt bath explodes

More from last week’s trip into the C&EN archives. From Oct. 11, 1982: Molten salt baths cited as lab hazards Caption from 1982: Berkeley lab was demolished when a heated nitrite/thiocyanate mixture exploded A University of California, Berkeley, lab has been rebuilt and is ready for use again after being demolished in late July by the explosion of a molten salt bath. Berkeley chemistry and chemical engineering faculty members are concerned that many researchers are unaware of the potential dangers…

Safety workshops before #ACSSanFran

The American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemical Health & Safety is running workshops on the Friday and Saturday before the society’s National Meeting in San Francisco in April  Friday, March 31: Laboratory Waste Management Lab Safety – Beyond the Fundamentals Saturday, April 1: How to be a More Effective Chemical Hygiene Officer Reactive Chemical Management for Laboratories & Pilot Plants Using ACS Lab Safety Resources in the Classroom Cannabis Chemistry Extraction & Analysis Cost and registration information is here. The…

Is GM Building A Roadblock for Self-Driving Cars?

General Motors is trying to do something about self-driving cars, otherwise known as autonomous vehicles.  Besides their technical R&D efforts, a recent Associated Press report revealed that GM lobbyists have been busy in numerous U. S. states trying to get a particular bill passed that allegedly would protect the public from self-driving-car hazards.  But what it’s really supposed to do is to protect GM from having to compete with other self-driving car makers and experimenters. This is a big deal,…

Female African-American Mathematicians at NASA in 1961 » Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog

Female African-American Mathematicians at NASA in 1961 Posted on February 24, 2017  Comments (0) Hidden Figures is a film based on the experiences of female African-American mathematicians at NASA in 1961 including Katherine Johnson. It is easy to forget our history if we don’t make an effort to remember. Popular movie adaptations are not the best source for completely accurate history but they are a great way to raise awareness when they hold somewhat close to historical events. It is…

An Intro) – Zenefits Engineering

This is the first in a series of posts exploring Bug Bounty Programs (BBPs) in general, and the Program created and managed by Zenefits’ Security Team specifically. Two years ago, the Zenefits security team made the decision to start a private bug bounty program. The purpose was simple: invite the security community to test our products and help us identify weak areas. As the head of our internal Red Team, I inherited the program when I joined in June of…

Tumblr Engineering — Deep Dive Into Networking in Swift Swift has a…

As a platform that prides itself on being a home for artists and creatives alike, it only makes sense that we allow our users to fully customize their Tumblrs to fully express themselves. Here at Tumblr, the world is your oyster not only in terms of looks but also in how you create your theme. I wanted to demonstrate how you too can develop a theme using Redux and React. Since there are plenty of docs and tutorials on how…