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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft collects significant amount of asteroid — ScienceDaily

Two days after touching down on asteroid Bennu, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission team received on Thursday, Oct. 22, images that confirm the spacecraft has collected more than enough material to meet one of its main mission requirements — acquiring at least 2 ounces (60 grams) of the asteroid’s surface material. The spacecraft captured images of the sample collector head as it moved through several different positions. In reviewing these images, the OSIRIS-REx team noticed both that the head appeared to be…

How a one line change decreased our build times by 99%

Urvashi Reddy | Software Engineer, Engineering Productivity TeamAdam Berry | Tech Lead, Engineering Productivity TeamRui Li | Software Engineer, Engineering Productivity Team The Engineering Productivity team at Pinterest came across a small change that had a large impact in reducing build times across pipelines. We found that setting the refspec option during git fetch reduced our build times by 99%. The Engineering Productivity team at Pinterest is responsible for supporting the engineers who build and deploy software at the company. Our…

Sondrel Says the Secret of Digital Chip Design is All in the NoC

This article appeared in Evaluation Engineering and has been published here with permission. There has been a great deal of disruptive change within the embedded electronics design community, and this has created pressure on developers to create the next generation of advanced digital ICs. The next generation of microcontrollers, ASICs, and FPGAs will all be systems-on-chip (SoCs) to one extent or the other, with multiple cores and advanced functionality. This means that it is critical to ensure that the data…

Boron Nitride Could Be the Next “Thing” in Electronics Insulation

This article appeared in Evaluation Engineering and has been published here with permission. It is a well-known fact that electronic loads are essential in power-supply and battery-testing applications. However, it can be hard to decide which electronic load is best for an application because of the variety of options in the market today. In this article, we explore the key characteristics of electronic loads and what to consider when starting a new application.   When it comes to electronic loads, there…

Students Explore Virtual Reality Applications in VR Lab

About a dozen students from across campus got to experience various applications of virtual reality during a field trip to the VR Lab at Mizzou Engineering yesterday. Fang Wang, an assistant teaching professor in the Information Technology Program, and several of her students demonstrated the technology through projects they’ve worked on over the past couple of years. Visiting students are enrolled in “Introduction to Research, Scholarship and Discovery,” a new course offered this semester. Sarah Humfeld, associate director in the…

Tumblr Engineering — Friday, October 23rd, 2020

When someone likes your post, follows you, reblogs you, etc., we make a record of it in the activity feed for your blog. Over the last several months, we’ve been building a new backend for that activity system. We’re rolling out this new activity backend now, and hopefully, none of you will notice a thing except maybe your activity loading a little faster. Another benefit of this new backend is that we can finally update the activity view to filter…

Measuring IIoT Initiatives in Automotive Manufacturing

What you’ll learn: How simulation and a collaborative platform approach enables EV manufacturers to improve battery design, scale production Potential roadblocks and solutions   There are many good reasons for electric-vehicle (EV) use, chief among them sustainability. As proof, a 2018 paper from J.P. Morgan on global energy trends states that road transportation (i.e., internal combustion engines, or ICE) accounts for 50% of worldwide oil consumption. The best way to reduce this figure, the paper suggests, is widespread adoption of…

Charging electric cars up to 90% in 6 minutes — ScienceDaily

With Telsa in the lead, the electric vehicle market is growing around the world. Unlike conventional cars that use internal combustion engines, electric cars are solely powered by lithium ion batteries, so the battery performance defines the car’s overall performance. However, slow charging times and weak power are still barriers to be overcome. In light of this, a POSTECH research team has recently developed a faster charging and longer lasting battery material for electric cars. The research teams of Professor…

Engineering Scholarship Celebration Highlights Students, Donors

The College of Engineering awarded 638 scholarships totaling $1.6 million for the 2020-2021 academic year, Interim Dean Noah Manring said during his remarks at the virtual Scholarship Celebration event held Thursday, Oct. 22. “Our donors recognize the incredible benefits that scholarships provide for our engineering students,” Manring said. “Most notably, these scholarships and endowments allow our hard-working students to focus on their classwork and extracurricular activities, which teach them the value of teamwork and provide the leadership opportunities necessary to…

Design Summit Focus is on the Future

Engineers are the creative force behind change. It shouldn’t be surprising that in an extraordinary year of change, disruption and uncertainty, engineers remain upbeat about their vocation and about their near-term future. In fact, the one thing engineers say they need is the one thing they cannot design, build or replicate: time. In the year of COVID-19, engineers have adapted and changed on a daily basis. New work rules, new operational guidelines and a global economy that is making halting…