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Illegal global trade of pangolins — ScienceDaily

Animal traffickers are taking advantage of remote ivory trade routes to smuggle pangolins — one of the world’s most endangered animals — out of Central Africa, a new study has found. The solitary mammals — sought after for their meat and scales — are being transported across remote forest borders in a largely successful attempt to avoid increased law enforcement, according to groundbreaking research led by the University of Stirling. In the first ever study to investigate how criminals are…

Keeping our users safe

To everyone in Cloudflare, account security is one of our most important tasks. We recognize that to every customer on our platform, we are critical infrastructure. We also know that the simplest attacks often lead to the most devastating of outcomes. Most people think that if they are going to get hacked it will be by some clever ”zero day”. The reality couldn’t be farther from the truth. Attackers are smart and they have realized that even in 2018, the…

Professor touts underground pipeline system at international conference

Large metropolitan areas are increasingly running into congestion problems as increased amounts of freight travel into their ports and on their roads. One possible way to alleviate that problem is to create an underground pipeline system that can allow goods to move underground to their final location via an automated system, thus limiting traffic on the roads and in ports. Photo courtesy of Jim Noble. Jim Noble recently traveled halfway around the world to present research results that addresses key…

MU Engineering alums get look at Career Fair from behind the table

Argus Consulting, a fueling systems design company located in Overland Park, Kan., has had plenty of luck with Mizzou Engineering alums of late. Argus sent a trio of recent alumni in search of more Mizzou Engineers, including Claire Stockman (BS CIE ’16). Photos by Brandan Haskell. A total of 756 students worked their way through Mizzou Arena on Feb. 7 in search of a cutting-edge job or internship. And 117 companies were there to greet them at the Spring 2018…

Faculty member builds upon international partnership

Prasad Calyam visited Amrita University, where he gave presentations on technology and innovation with the goal of showcasing Mizzou Engineering’s strengths in these areas to a strong partner institution. Photo courtesy of Prasad Calyam. Prasad Calyam, assistant professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, recently completed a trip to India, where he gave a presentation on cyber defense of distributed denial of service attacks on cloud computing systems at the 19th annual ACM International Conference on Distributed Computing and Networking.…

Turning wrong turns into the right alert system

Jacob Kaltenbronn (pictured), Katy Harlan (pictured), Robert Gallup, Elizabeth Farr and Kaitlin Windsor created a device proposal that would curve wrong way driving for their Transportation Safety course. The assignment requirements happened to meet those of the Traffic Control Device Challenge. Photo courtesy of Carlos Sun. by Megan Schaltegger What began as a class project resulted in a major win for five MU Engineering students at this year’s Transportation Research Board meeting in Washington D.C. Jacob Kaltenbronn, Katy Harlan, Robert Gallup,…

Building Reliable Reprocessing and Dead Letter Queues with Kafka

In distributed systems, retries are inevitable. From network errors to replication issues and even outages in downstream dependencies, services operating at a massive scale must be prepared to encounter, identify, and handle failure as gracefully as possible. Given the scope and pace at which Uber operates, our systems must be fault-tolerant and uncompromising when it comes to failing intelligently. To accomplish this, we leverage Apache Kafka, an open source distributed messaging platform, which has been industry-tested for delivering high performance…

MU researchers identify new genes for autism research

Chi-Ren Shyu (pictured), the Paul K. and Dianne Shumaker Endowed Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and MU Informatics Institute (MUII) director, and MUII graduate student Matt Spencer worked with researchers at MU’s Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and the Departments of Child Health, Statistics in the School of Medicine on “Heritable genotype contrast mining reveals novel gene associations specific to autism subgroups,” recently published in the Journal of Biomedical Informatics. We all carry thousands of genes…

Heat may detect invisible damage in concrete supports

TNDT of reinforced concrete supports. Credit: Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University together with specialists from NTC Tekhnika proposed thermal non-destructive testing to inspect reinforced concrete supports. It enables efficiently and quickly detecting the corrosion of steel reinforcement hidden behind the concrete shell of the supporting structure. Developers have already studied 14 reinforced concrete supports in Tomsk region. The outcomes of the study were published in Applied Sciences. TPU Professor Vladimir Vavilov, the head of R&D Laboratory…

New recyclable resin makes wind turbines much more sustainable

The new composite, Elium, cures without added heat and can be recycled when the turbine needs to be replaced. Credit: National Renewable Energy Laboratory and IACMI-The Composites Institute Fields of spinning wind turbines inspire thoughts of earth-friendly energy, but until now, generating wind power hasn’t been as sustainable as people may have thought. It generally requires a great deal of time and energy to cure the type of resin that makes the 150-foot-wide fiberglass turbines strong and durable. When they…