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Introducing Highlights – Several People Are Coding

Since launching in 2013, Slack has helped millions of users across hundreds of thousands of teams communicate more efficiently, effectively, and transparently. But as Slack lowers the barriers to communicating internally, the volume of communication that results can be overwhelming. McKinsey estimates that knowledge workers spend 28% of their time managing digital information; accordingly, proactively helping users combat information overload is one of the top priorities of Slack’s Search, Learning, and Intelligence (SLI) group in New York City. As a…

Printed sensors monitor tire wear in real time

Demonstration of the printed carbon nanotubes on a flexible surface. The prototype tire tread sensor (middle) is flanked by the logos of Duke University and Fetch Automotive Design Group. Credit: Amanda Dixon, Duke University Electrical engineers at Duke University have invented an inexpensive printed sensor that can monitor the tread of car tires in real time, warning drivers when the rubber meeting the road has grown dangerously thin. If adopted, the device will increase safety, improve vehicle performance and reduce…

The Centre Of Subtle Divine Powers – Intellectual Sheath

The Intellectual Sheath is that deep core of the soul consciousness, which is directly connected to the cosmic consciousness. The food, Vital Force and Mental Sheath remain within the periphery of the individual consciousness. The benefits of its advancement can be clearly seen in the individual progress of a human being. People of the contact area benefit greatly. Via a powerful body, radiant talent and high intellectual capabilities, so many important tasks can be executed successfully. The individual personality radiates…

Shape, size of DNA lesions caused by toxic agents affects repair of DNA — ScienceDaily

Every day our bodies come under a barrage of toxic agents — cigarette smoke, the sun, free radicals and other carcinogenic substances — that create damaging lesions in our DNA that can initiate cancer and other human diseases. Fortunately, nature has provided living organisms with repair processes to seek out and remove such dangerous lesions; repair allows the DNA to be restored to its original base sequence so it can carry out its fundamental jobs: to be replicated and to…

Recycled tires create stronger concrete

Obinna Onuaguluchi, UBC civil engineering postdoctoral researcher. Credit: Clare Kiernan / UBC UBC engineers have developed a more resilient type of concrete using recycled tires that could be used for concrete structures like buildings, roads, dams and bridges while reducing landfill waste. The researchers experimented with different proportions of recycled tire fibres and other materials used in concrete—cement, sand and water—before finding the ideal mix, which includes 0.35 per cent tire fibres, according to researcher Obinna Onuaguluchi, a postdoctoral fellow…

Learn How to Build Hovercraft Models for a Science Project

Every year your science class teacher would probably ask you to build something out of the principles being imparted in class. So your school comes up with an annual science project. The objective of science projects is to be able to clearly display the principles of a particular branch in this course. So you came up with an idea to build hovercraft models using the applications of physics. Physics is one the major branches of science that when expanded reveals…

Improving the Netflix Streaming Experience with Experimentation and Data…

by Nirmal Govind Golden Globes for The Crown. An Oscar win for The White Helmets. It’s an exciting time to be a Netflix member, with the power to stream such incredible content on a Smart TV or a mobile phone, from the comfort of one’s home or on a daily commute. With a global launch in January 2016 that brought Netflix to over 130 new countries, Netflix is now a truly global Internet TV network, available in almost every part…

Upgrading Pinterest to HBase 1.2 from 0.94 – Pinterest Engineering – Medium

Tian-Ying Chang | Pinterest tech lead, Storage & Caching HBase is the backbone of several critical services at Pinterest. It serves more than 10 petabytes data at 10M+ QPS. The majority of the traffic is from real-time online requests that require low latency, so it’s critical that clusters are high performing with high availability. In order to get the most out of HBase and ensure the best experience for Pinners, we upgraded our branch from 0.94.26 to version 1.2. However,…

Never Take Pin Numbering For Granted

Our all-things-about-electronics manufacturing standards body, the IPC, specifies the proper numbering order for most components. That’s a pretty nice thing that they do there, but it’s not always enough to prevent layout mishaps. Case in point a line of small PC board mount switches. IPC calls out pin numbering for dual inline components, with pin one on the upper left (at zero degrees rotation), counting down, then over to the bottom right, and counting back up, as in the illustration…

Applications of (pin)trace data – Hacker Noon

Suman Karumuri | Pinterest tech lead, Visibility To ensure we’re providing a fast experience for Pinners, we’re constantly improving the request latency of our backend services. Earlier this year, we open sourced Pintrace collector, and contributed the code to the OpenZipkin community. In a previous post, we explained the architecture of Pintrace and how we trace backend applications. In addition to using Pintrace to understand and improve the latency of our backend, we’ve developed applications of trace data to solve…