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Better injection systems for diesel engines

Material science researchers are working on making combustion engines cleaner. Credit: Shutterstock One of the elements modern diesel engines require to become energy-efficient and clean are precisely controllable injection nozzles using piezo crystals. How exactly these crystals work has not been fully understood to date. In a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a group of researchers from Leoben has now managed to make this technology more reliable and efficient. Their results are also of interest for medical…

5 Fantastic Things You Can Do at A Lightning Speed on a Mac!

Many people debate on whether they should take a Mac or opt for a PC when it comes to buying a new computer for their needs. Apple Mac users are happy with their choice, and they encourage PC users to switch to Mac for the obvious reasons that it is much better than a PC accordingly to their user experience. Experts say they are right to a great extent as there are many things that you can quickly do on…

Integrating Right Technology With Marketing to Reap The Best Results

Marketing had been a crucial factor to reach success for any entrepreneur from all the spheres of the market. From small to large every business, a person strives to achieve their desired goal of prospect in selling their products in the market, for that their most important tool in marketing. How the consumer will accept a product depends on its quality, get-up, and many other factors but the most important of it is that how uniquely you present your product…

How to add Masterpass support to your site through Square’s eCommerce API

As part of our continuous work to make it easier for our developers to support the growing range of online payment methods, we are happy to announce that now Square’s eCommerce API will support Masterpass for our US sellers. By doing this we guarantee that our sellers will be able to close their sales with every method buyers are interested in paying with. Masterpass is Mastercard’s digital wallet, which lets buyers checkout easily, quickly, and securely from your site using…

Scaling Transportation for India: Meet Uber Bangalore Engineering

The Uber India Engineering team is dedicated to creating more reliable transportation solutions for everyone, everywhere, available at the click of a button. Thanks to our engineering and product teams, we are well on our way to realizing this vision, and in the process, improving rider and driver experiences across India and emerging markets. Located in the city’s Sarjapur area, the nexus of Uber India’s engineering operations is our Bangalore office. Members of our Bangalore-based team are responsible for building…

Migrating Slack’s Desktop App to BrowserView

I Can’t Believe It’s Not BrowserView We host pages using an Electron feature called webview. You can think of the webview as a specialized iframe with concessions made for security: it runs out-of-process and lets you avoid polluting the guest page with Node. Although we (and others in the Electron community) have found it to be a spawn point for bugs, until recently it was the only secure way to embed content. Since it’s implemented in Chromium and imported wholesale…

VR display technique saves the stomach by exploiting the eye’s limits

Foveated rendering as analysed by Mr Roth and colleagues: The centre of the image is sharp, and detail reduces between the inner radius and outer radius. Credit: Journal of Eye Movement Research An investigation into a way to provide a virtual reality experience that appears both visually sharp and quick has uncovered interesting findings, giving promise to the holy grail of non-queasy VR. Thorsten Roth and Dr Yongmin Li of Brunel University London’s Department of Computing, together with Martin Weier…

Gradation-tint smart window

Dimming glass (20 cm x 20 cm) whose darkness can be varied from a completely darkened state (left) to a completely clear state (right). Credit: National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) NIMS, Waseda University and Tama Art University developed together smart glass capable of producing various shades on its surface. Unlike the conventional types, the newly developed tinting smart glass allows users to easily change the shaded area of a window. For example, a user would be able to change…

Getting quicker – more quickly

Onscreen, athletes and trainers can straightaway see the surrounding air currents. Credit: ETH Zürich A new procedure simplifies wind tunnel tests and makes the results visible immediately. Athletes have gone up against the wind at ETH to test the new method. The skier buckles her boots, grabs her poles and snaps her goggles into place. She’s ready to go – but she’s not on the piste. She’s in ETH Zurich’s engineering lab. And there’s a good reason for this peculiar…

Too Many Ways to Talk

If you work in an office and want to get in touch with someone else in your organization, what is the first thing you think of?  Emailing?  Texting?  Phoning?  Walking down the hall?  For some people, the number of choices is getting to be a problem, according to a recent article in the Boston Globe.  There are chat programs like Slack, teamwork coordination programs like Trello, and don’t forget Google Calendar (I usually do).  And there’s the occasional oddball in…