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Cheap 3D printed prosthetics could be game changer for Nepal

Ram’s new hand was manufactured on a 3D printer in Nepal’s capital for just $30, an innovation that could be a game changer for many in the impoverished Himalayan country. Once a farmer, Ram lost his hands and toes within a few years of contracting leprosy, forcing the father-of-three to turn to begging in a desperate bid to feed his family. That’s where he was spotted by US-born Matthew Rockwell, the founder of Disaster Hack, a non-profit technology startup…

Kotlin for grumpy Java developers – Pinterest Engineering – Medium

Sha Sha Chu | Android Platform tech lead, Core Experience So you’re an Android developer. You’ve been writing Java code for years and your code is clean, testable and well-architected. Then Google announces official support for Kotlin at Google I/O and rocks the developer world. Suddenly your team is all about Kotlin and your lunchtime conversations are full of words like “lambdas with receivers,” “nullability” and “extension functions.” You stay heads down and continue writing your great Java code. After…

Artificial intelligence boosts wine’s bottom line

Credit: Ailytic The Australian wine industry is turning to artificial intelligence to streamline its manufacturing. South Australian tech firm Ailytic has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) program to significantly increase production efficiency by optimising machine use. It uses an AI technique called ‘prescriptive analytics’ to account for all the variables that go into mass-producing wines such temperature, wine changeover and inventory. The program then creates the best possible operation schedule, allowing companies to save considerable time and money.…

Drones are Shaping Up Real Estate Markets

In today’s world, marketing is very competitive in every field, but we, as marketers always look for better ways to provide the “value add” to our clients. Business in real estate is also quite competitive, mainly because businesses have gone online. Almost every buyer begins the search from the internet, but nowadays every commercial includes a video taken from a drone of the real estate property. There is much more to drones that just capturing panoramic videos or images. New…

China bets big on subways as cities expand

A worker looks out of a train at the construction site of Line 14 of the Shanghai metro system Deep under Shanghai, workers on a flood-lit construction rig carefully install massive concrete wall sections for a new subway tunnel, adding metre-by-metre to the world’s longest metro system. The Shanghai metro’s future Line 14 is part of plans to extend the already sprawling network another 35 percent by 2020 to 830 kilometres (515 miles)—more than the distance from New York to…

How to use Cloudflare for Service Discovery

Cloudflare runs 3,588 containers, making up 1,264 apps and services that all need to be able to find and discover each other in order to communicate — a problem solved with service discovery. You can use Cloudflare for service discovery. By deploying microservices behind Cloudflare, microservices’ origins are masked, secured from DDoS and L7 exploits and authenticated, and service discovery is natively built in. Cloudflare is also cloud platform agnostic, which means that if you have distributed infrastructure deployed across…

Research is in early-phase drug discovery and finds promising therapeutic leads after targeting vulnerabilities in nervous system tumors, including glioblastoma — ScienceDaily

Virtually all cancer treatments used today also damage normal cells, causing the toxic side effects associated with cancer treatment. A cooperative research team led by researchers at Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center devised a strategy to target cancer cells while sparing normal cells. This strategy capitalizes on the fact that processes that allow a cell to form a tumor, such as loss or mutation of the tumor suppressor NF1, also expose vulnerabilities in the tumor cell that are absent in…

Recurring charges with PHP and Card on File – Square Corner Blog – Medium

Whether you have a subscription service, or regular clients that you want to charge repeatedly, you can use Square’s e-commerce APIs and Card on File. Keeping a customer’s card on file is almost identical to charging it with Square’s e-commerce APIs. The key difference is that instead of submitting a card nonce to a the charge endpoint, you attach it to a customer and then submit that customer’s attached card to be charged. High level diagram of storing a card…

Getting Started – Several People Are Coding

The Individual Contributor path begins with Leading Self Before I became a software engineer, I thought that the most important part of the job would be coding. I was wrong. The most important (and hardest) part of software engineering is working well with other humans. “I’ll never become a manager!” I told myself, “That way, I can focus all my attention on computers!” I thought that I could ignore the difficult human parts of my job if I stayed on the…