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How we made our page-load optimisations even faster

In 2017 we made two of our web optimisation products – Mirage and Rocket Loader – even faster! Combined, these products speed up around 1.2 billion web-pages a week. The products are both around 5 years old, so there was a big opportunity to update them for the brave new world of highly-tuned browsers, HTTP2 and modern Javascript tooling. We measured a performance boost that, very roughly, will save visitors to sites on our network between 50-700ms. Visitors that see…

Website Color Scheme and its Influence on Audience Psychology

Technology has made life easy for graphic designers as they can now choose color schemes for web designs more conveniently by using various tools. However, it is never easy to create the perfect color combination when you are trying to fit any particular design to the requirement of clients. There would be occasions when web designers stuck up with color schemes that challenge their senses about colors. That is when they turn to technology to make up for the deficiencies…

System identifies music selections via brain scanning

It may sound like science fiction, but mind-reading equipment is much closer to reality than most people realize. A new study carried out at D’Or Institute for Research and Education used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to read participants’ minds and determine what song they were listening to. The study, published today in Scientific Reports, contributes to the improvement of the technique and paves the way to new research on reconstruction of auditory imagination and inner speech. In the clinical domain,…

Coming soon to a university near you

Attention software engineering students: Cloudflare is coming to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and we want to meet you! We will be attending UW–Madison’s Career Connection on Wednesday, February 7 and UIUC’s Startup Career Fair on Thursday, February 8. We’ll also be hosting tech talks at UIUC on Friday, February 2 at 6:00pm in 2405 Siebel Center and at UW–Madison on Tuesday, February 6 (time and location coming soon). Cloudflare staff at YHack 2017.…

Lessons Learned from LinkedIn’s Data Center Journey

I recently had the pleasure of speaking to groups of data center executives and strategists at the DCD Zettastructure conference in Singapore and at the DCD Converged conference in Hong Kong. Putting my thoughts together for these talks gave me a rare chance to step back and reflect on LinkedIn’s amazing infrastructure journey and our accomplishments over the past eight years. Over the last several years at LinkedIn, our steep growth in members, sessions, and engagement has generated an exponential need…

Astronomers find plane of dwarf satellites orbiting Centaurus A — ScienceDaily

An international team of astronomers has determined that Centaurus A, a massive elliptical galaxy 13 million light-years from Earth, is accompanied by a number of dwarf satellite galaxies orbiting the main body in a narrow disk. In a paper published today in Science, the researchers note that this is the first time such a galactic arrangement has been observed outside the Local Group, home to the Milky Way. “The significance of this finding is that it calls into question the…

New radiation detectors developed at Sandia used for New START inspections

Sandia National Laboratories designed new radiation detection equipment for New START Treaty monitoring. This new equipment detects neutron levels to confirm that objects are non-nuclear, consistent with the provisions of the treaty. Credit: Randy Montoya Sandia National Laboratories designed, tested and delivered new radiation detection equipment for monitoring under the New START Treaty. Defense Threat Reduction Agency inspectors recently used this equipment for the first time in Russia for a New START inspection. New START, or the New Strategic Arms…

Cloudflare Workers is now on Open Beta

Cloudflare Workers Beta is now open! Cloudflare Workers lets you run JavaScript on Cloudflare’s edge, deploying globally to over 120+ data centers around the world in less than 30 seconds. Your code can intercept and modify any request made to your website, make outbound requests to any URL on the Internet, and replace much of what you might need to configure your CDN to do today. Even better, it will do this from all our edge locations around the world,…

Machine tools receiving a check-up

The researchers configure the measuring nest. Credit: Fraunhofer IWU Influences like temperature variation, drafts, and air humidity can heavily compromise precision. The Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU is exposing machines to various climate zones around the world without actually shipping them to Southeast Asia, Canada, or Brazil: A newly inaugurated climate chamber is able to test how ambient conditions affect the function of lathes and other machines. Machine tools are thermally sensitive: operational precision can be…