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Cellular link between high blood sugar and blood vessel constriction — ScienceDaily

A team of UC Davis Health scientists and physicians has identified a cellular connection between diabetes and one of its major complications — blood vessel narrowing that increases risks of several serious health conditions, including heart disease and stroke. The authors hope their work leads to diabetes treatments — beyond blood sugar monitoring and insulin therapy — that target the molecular source of its damaging effects on the vascular system. The same team previously found that high blood glucose, the…

Biologist leads pioneering study on stress — ScienceDaily

A biologist at Louisiana State University conducted a pioneering research study that could help us to better understand the role of dopamine in stress resilience in humans through analyzing wild songbirds. This study could lead to increased prevention and treatment of stress-related disorders. Dopamine is a chemical in the brain that is important for learning and memory. Department of Biological Sciences Assistant Professor Christine Lattin, and colleagues conducted this study of wild songbirds showing that dopamine is important in responding…

Securing infrastructure at scale with Cloudflare Access

I rarely have to deal with the hassle of using a corporate VPN and I hope it remains this way. As a new member of the Cloudflare team, that seems possible. Coworkers who joined a few years ago did not have that same luck. They had to use a VPN to get any work done. What changed? Cloudflare released Access, and now we’re able to do our work without ever needing a VPN again. Access is a way to control…

Strong storms also play big role in Antarctic ice shelf collapse — ScienceDaily

Warming temperatures and changes in ocean circulation and salinity are driving the breakup of ice sheets in Antarctica, but a new study suggests that intense storms may help push the system over the edge. A research team led by U.S. and Korean scientists deployed three moorings with hydrophones attached seaward of the Nansen Ice Shelf in Antarctica’s Ross Sea in December of 2015, and were able to record hundreds of short-duration, broadband signals indicating the fracturing of the ice shelf.…

Mizzou Engineer leads regional research computing effort

A team of seven experts from universities across the region — led by Mizzou Engineering’s Timothy Middelkoop — recently received $1.4 million from the National Science Foundation to both meet regional research computing needs and provide workforce development to fill an emerging need in high-performance research computing. Many colleges and universities across the Midwest need comprehensive assistance with building or improving their cyberinfrastructure, but may not know exactly what they need or where to start. A team of seven experts…

Mizzou Engineering team building cloud computing ‘blueprints’

Having shown how successful cloud template automation can be for the manufacturing industry, Prasad Calyam and his team are already exploring the potential that exists for this template system to be utilized for scientific research that is data-intensive or computation-intensive, particularly in fields of neuroscience, health science and bioinformatics. Photo courtesy of Prasad Calyam. Think of a cloud computing provider as a land developer. In many neighborhoods, the blueprints are fairly similar, save for some minor tweaks and remodels. Many…

Panacea’s Cloud ready for prime time

Panacea’s Cloud is a collaboration between Mizzou Engineering’s Prasad Calyam and the School of Medicine’s Sal Ahmad that utilizes Internet of Things devices such as smart eyewear, edge computing devices, wireless routers and virtual beacons to give first responders the ability to relay real-time information to medical directors. Real-time data and information sharing is critical for first responders, especially in situations that don’t allow for ready-made internet access. And after years of research supported by the Coulter Translational Partnership (TP)…

A Tale of Two (APT) Transports

Securing access to your APT repositories is critical. At Cloudflare, like in most organizations, we used a legacy VPN to lock down who could reach our internal software repositories. However, a network perimeter model lacks a number of features that we consider critical to a team’s security. As a company, we’ve been moving our internal infrastructure to our own zero-trust platform, Cloudflare Access. Access added SaaS-like convenience to the on-premise tools we managed. We started with web applications and then…

Lynx: Identifying Wayfair Customers’ Functional Needs

Introduction One of the core principles of marketing is that messaging customers about what they want or need is much stronger than messaging them about what they don’t. It’s especially important for Wayfair to identify our customers’ needs, since many of our core products are items that are purchased once over a long period of time, such as a bed, sofa, or dining room set. Being able to identify customers’ needs as early as possible allows us to effectively communicate…

Making Apache Spark Effortless for All of Uber

Apache Spark is a foundational piece of Uber’s Big Data infrastructure that powers many critical aspects of our business. We currently run more than one hundred thousand Spark applications per day, across multiple different compute environments. Spark’s versatility, which allows us to build applications and run them everywhere that we need, makes this scale possible. However, our ever-growing infrastructure means that these environments are constantly changing, making it increasingly difficult for both new and existing users to give their applications…