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When the Internet (Officially) Became the Public Square

Souvenir Postcard by unknown Sometimes, well-intended efforts to prevent unacceptable behavior run into the reality of what it means to have an open and free society. That is what happened at the Supreme Court on Monday. The Supreme Court issued an opinion confirming something we at Cloudflare have long believed — that the First Amendment protects access to the Internet. Using sweeping language, Justice Kennedy compared internet access to access to a street or park, “essential venues for public gatherings…

Bug-proof communication with entangled photons

Fraunhofer IOF‘s quantum source. Designed to be fully operational even after extreme stress. Credit: Fraunhofer IOF Due to the rapidly growing processing power of computers, conventional encryption of data is becoming increasingly insecure. One solution is coding with entangled photons. Fraunhofer researchers are developing a quantum coding source that allows the transport of entangled photons from satellites, thereby making an important step in the direction of tap-proof communication. In addition to the quantum source, researchers from various Fraunhofer institutes will…

Top 7 Free Android Apps For Job Seekers

The era of newspapers with job offers is gone away. Today, everyone is looking for new career opportunities using websites or application that can be installed directly on the smartphone. Websites are great, especially if you have direct access to them and have enough time to check them for new vacancies. However, most of us are too busy to do that, thus we need something less time consuming and more effective. Just like the apps. Why Apps are Better If…

Ship autopilot steers during evasive manoeuvres and docking

Demo: control room for an autonomous ship. Credit: Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing safe steering for the remote-monitored and controlled autonomous ships of the future. The new technology has been developed for navigation systems and ship autopilots, which steer ships automatically. The ships of the future will largely be controlled by artificial intelligence. However, these autonomous unmanned vessels must be monitored and controlled on demand by land-based professionals. This trend sets…

How to grow a structure using ‘mushroom sausages’

Credit: Brunel University A Brunel University London student has been exploring how mushrooms can be used to grow robust zero-waste structures as an alternative to conventional building techniques. In collaboration with environmentally-focused architecture firm Astudio, Aleksi Vesaluoma’s Grown Structures, use mycelium (oyster mushroom spawn) mixed with cardboard. The material is then molded into ‘mushroom sausages’ by packing the mixture into a tubular cotton bandage. The mushroom sausages are shaped over a mold of the preferred shape and grown over…

Watching cities grow—New algorithms for evaluating satellite data

Using the new satellite tomography, researchers can map the city of Berlin in 3-D and deformation and subsidence down to the millimeter. Credit: DLR & TUM Three million measurement points in one square kilometer: Prof. Xiaoxiang Zhu and her team have set a world record in information retrieval from satellite data. Thanks to new algorithms, the researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) succeeded in making four-dimensional point clouds of Berlin, Las Vegas, Paris and Washington, D.C. from images…

Emoji in the editor! 🍾 🙌 🎉 – Medium Engineering

Last week I was blocked on product development, so I added an :emoji: typeahead to the Medium editor, because I was tired of ^⌘[space]ing. 🙅🕒 Try it out! Type a colon, followed by the name of your favorite emoji into any Medium post. (Here’s a cheat sheet.) Context We already implicitly allow emoji in the editor. We even gracefully handle multi-character emoji like 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 and 🇦🇺 when you backspace and arrow around. Which… git blame → Nick Santos, obviously. 🙏 The…

Physics — Classic and Quantum

PhysicsClassical and Quantum The laws of nature are butthe mathematical thoughts of God.Euclid Math, science, historyUnraveling the mysteryIt all started with a Big BangThe Barenaked Ladies This article presents the historical development of classical and quantum physics. It is intended for the layman who is interested in New Age topics, metaphysics, and spirituality. This is the first of four intended to provide background information that can serve as a bridge between modern physics and ancient metaphysics. The second article concerns…

New method for 3-D through-wall imaging that utilizes drones and WiFi

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara professor Yasamin Mostofi’s lab have given the first demonstration of three-dimensional imaging of objects through walls using ordinary wireless signal. The technique, which involves two drones working in tandem, could have a variety of applications, such as emergency search-and-rescue, archaeological discovery and structural monitoring. “Our proposed approach has enabled unmanned aerial vehicles to image details through walls in 3D with only WiFi signals,” said Mostofi, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at UCSB. “This…

Join us for @Scale 2017! | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

The 2017 @Scale Conference will take place on August 31 at the San Jose Convention Center. This year’s invite-only event will feature tech talks from leading companies building technology at scale — sharing innovative and scalable approaches to data management, developer tools, site reliability, video, machine learning, and more. Building applications and services that scale to millions or even billions of people presents a complex set of engineering challenges, many of them unprecedented. The @Scale community is focused on bringing…