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Updates on the Dropbox Bug Bounty Program

We first launched our bug bounty program in 2014, with initial bounties for critical bugs in the range of $5,000, ramping up to (currently) over $10,000 for critical bugs. Over the past three years, leading security researchers from around the world have participated in our programs with some amazing, often original research. Beyond just the individual bugs, we have learned many a lesson, uncovering unique, interesting threats, exploit vectors, and new research as well as rejigged our priorities based on…

My Site Reliability Engineering Internship Experience with Uber

Mitali Palekar was a summer 2017 intern on Uber’s Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) team. In this article, she discusses her internship experience and shares lessons learned from her time here. Internships can be intimidating, especially when they are at one of the most well-known companies in technology.  Mitali Palekar interned with Uber’s Site Reliability Engineering team in summer 2017. As a rising junior pursuing a degree in computer science, my internship at Uber represented the realization of a long-term goal. Aspiring…

Innovative fuel manufacturing process moves closer to market

First steps toward the additive manufacturing of U3Si2 fuel. Credit: Idaho National Laboratory INL researchers are working with industry partners on an innovative method of producing advanced nuclear fuels that improve the attractiveness of new nuclear plants as reliable, emission-free baseload energy. As part of a DOE accelerated technology commercialization project, INL’s Dr. Isabella Van Rooyen and Dr. Clemente Parga worked with Westinghouse’s Ed Lahoda to develop an innovative process for producing uranium silicide (U3Si2) fuel for advanced reactors. …

A way to help Mexico Earthquake victims

             Photo Credit: United Nations Photo (Flickr) On September 19, 1985 Mexico City was hit with the most damaging earthquake in its history. Yesterday -exactly 32 years later- Mexico's capital and neighboring areas were hit again by a large earthquake that caused significant damage. While the scale of the destruction is still being assessed, countless people passed away and the lives of many have been disrupted. Today, many heroes are on the streets focusing on recovery and relief. We at…

3-D printers—a revolutionary frontier for medicine

Surgeons at the University of Saskatchewan use a 3D printed human brain to plan complex neurosurgical procedures for patients with movement disorders. Mission control on earth receives an urgent communication from Mars that an astronaut has fractured his shinbone. Using a handheld scanning device, the crew takes images of his damaged tibia and transmits them to earth. Orthopedic surgeons then use a 3-D printer to create an exact replica of the astronaut’s leg from medical imaging files obtained before the…

Drones can almost see in the dark

Drone with an eye-inspired camera. Credit: UZH UZH researchers have taught drones how to fly using an eye-inspired camera, opening the door to them performing fast, agile maneuvers and flying in low-light environments. Possible applications could include supporting rescue teams with search missions at dusk or dawn. To fly safely, drones need to know their precise position and orientation in space at all times. While commercial drones solve this problem using GPS, this only works outdoors, and is not very…

Double Up Your E-commerce Sales Through Efficient Implementation of SEO

Many business owners struggle to increase their e-commerce sales online. For many doubling e-commerce sales on the Internet is an unrealistic proposition. However, it is not a distant dream if you are smart, and embrace the following top five SEO practices to double your e-commerce sales online. Make sure that your pages take customers to the right products- When you have an e-commerce website check your pages and ensure that they take the customer to the right product. You can…

Study suggests risks vary widely in drone-human impacts

Researchers collect drone impact data at an athletics facility on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus under the direction of the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership and the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science. Credit: Virginia Tech New Virginia Tech research suggests there’s wide variation in the risk that unmanned aircraft pose to people on the ground. Many of the most promising applications for these aircraft—including package delivery, public safety, and traffic management—entail flights over people and raise the possibility, however…

Researchers working on ways to power the next generation of prosthetic limbs

Dr Robert Kerr and a team from BatTRI-Hub are working on ways to power a unique robotic hand. Credit: Deakin University Scientists from Deakin University’s and CSIRO’s Battery Technology Research and Innovation Hub (BatTRI-Hub) are aiming to develop safe and reliable batteries for a unique robotic hand created by researchers from the University of Wollongong as part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES). Unveiled in February this year, the soft robotic hand prototype combines new, intelligent…