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Wit and Wisdom of an Engineer: News from the BBC

Wit and Wisdom of an Engineer: News from the BBC News from the BBC “The BBC have already taken some steps towards producing content in virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree video. Now that has been solidified with the creation of BBC Reality Labs, a division of BBC R&D focussed on creating content in VR and augmented reality (AR).BBC Reality Labs will be extending the work the BBC has already done in the VR area and looking into how VR and…

Containerization at Pinterest – Pinterest Engineering – Medium

Lida Li, Rodrigo Menezes & Yongwen Xu | Pinterest Engineers, Cloud Management Platform & SRE Over the last year the cloud management platform and site reliability engineering teams at Pinterest have been focused on moving our workload from EC2 instances to Docker containers. To date, we’ve migrated more than half our stateless services, including 100 percent of our API fleet. This blog post shares our learnings and adventures throughout the process. In recent years, Docker and container orchestration technology like…

NASA air traffic management research tool shows new colors

A pivotal piece of NASA air traffic management (ATM) software is getting fresh attention as the agency and its government, industry and academic partners prepare to test new ideas for more efficiently guiding aircraft through the nation’s skies. The software is called FACET – short for Future Air Traffic Management Concepts Evaluation Tool – and it was such a hit when it was introduced a decade ago that NASA named it the agency’s Software of the Year for 2006. …

Interdisciplinary team uncovers potentially groundbreaking laser application

What Vitaly Gruzdev hopes to prove in the near future is that laser technology can modify molecules in a similar way to current chemically-based methods, but without the need for sterile conditions and specific, often expensive, equipment. Photo by Amy Parris. By their nature, hypotheses are occasionally wrong. Sometimes what a researcher discovers is something entirely different from what he or she expected. In Vitaly Gruzdev’s case, what he uncovered as part of an interdisciplinary team effort to study the…

Engineering brighter smiles | Engineering // Mizzou // University of Missouri

The system uses a clear gel. After application, the user uses the Novashine mouthpiece, which contains 16 individual LED lights that can be powered by plugging the accompanying cord into a phone, computer, USB port or compatible electronic device. Photo courtesy of Nanova, Inc. Nanova, Inc. has done cutting-edge work in the area of dentistry. Now, the company has developed a method to whiten teeth rapidly, affordably and with minimal pain. Novashine is the latest dental product of Nanova, a…

The Story of Two Outages

Over the last two days, Cloudflare observed two events that had effects on global Internet traffic levels. Cloudflare handles approximately 10% of all Internet requests, so we have significant visibility into traffic from countries and networks across the world. On Tuesday, September 5th, the government of Togo decided to restrict Internet access in the country following political protests. The government blocked social networks and rate-limited traffic, which had an impact on Cloudflare. This adds Togo to the list of countries…

Tips and tricks for API pagination – Square Corner Blog – Medium

Sometimes you need more from your API than what you get from the first set of returned results. Welcome to the world of pagination — spreading out results over a number of pages or sections. I’ll provide an overview into some basic pagination concepts, and dive deep into how we do things at Square. Introduction to pagination The concept of pagination originally comes from books, but I think it’s easier to describe in terms of lists. You see pagination all the time on…

Different realms in the Universe

Satyaloka This is the abode of Lord Brahma, the progenitor of this material universe. Here, there are some types of air-planes controlled by mantra, not by any mechanical means. The residents have mind and intelligence, but no material gross bodies. They feel compassion for those suffering in the lower regions, but do not suffer from fear, old age, or death. At the time of final dissolution of the material planets, the residents here transform their subtle bodies into spiritual bodies…

Announcing Yarn 1.0 | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

Today, we are excited to announce the 1.0 release of the Yarn JavaScript package manager, a major step for the project. In the 11 months since its initial release, Yarn has generated a large following. Currently, there are more than 175,000 projects on GitHub with a yarn.lock file in their root directory. In use by many large and small companies, and across the open source community, Yarn is now responsible for nearly 3 billion package downloads per month. Reduced install…

Low-cost wearables manufactured by hybrid 3-D printing

An array of silver-TPU ink sensors printed on a flexible TPU base. Credit: the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering Human skin must flex and stretch to accommodate the body’s every move. Anything worn tight on the body must also be able to flex around muscles and joints, which helps explain why synthetic fabrics like spandex are popular in active wear. Wearable electronic devices that aim to track and measure the body’s movements must possess similar properties, yet integrating rigid…