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Category: Civil Engineering

Road building won’t cut congestion or boost the economy

Credit: Clive Stapleton/Shutterstock British politicians, national and local, tend to like investing in roads. The Treasury believes that the Department for Transport’s approach to economic analysis is sound, and so is willing to award substantial funds. The department is happy to accept them, as are the civil engineering contractors that benefit. The most recent result is a £27.4 billion investment program designed to maintain and enlarge England’s motorways and A-roads over five years. Part of this will involve creating so-called…

Making music from spider webs — ScienceDaily

Spiders are master builders, expertly weaving strands of silk into intricate 3D webs that serve as the spider’s home and hunting ground. If humans could enter the spider’s world, they could learn about web construction, arachnid behavior and more. Today, scientists report that they have translated the structure of a web into music, which could have applications ranging from better 3D printers to cross-species communication and otherworldly musical compositions. The researchers will present their results today at the spring meeting…

Building the Future of Our Desktop Apps : Spotify Engineering

April 7, 2021 Published by Spotify Engineering For the past couple of years, we’ve been on a mission to modernize our Spotify clients by creating one single desktop UI for both the Desktop application and the Web Player. We couldn’t build everything we wanted to for our users with our old setup, so we decided to do something about it. In the beginning, there were two clients Towards the end of 2018, our team was the…

3D city models can serve hundreds of purposes

Credit: Aalto University 3D City models can be used in map applications, urban planning, virtual events and as a starting point for various other applications. At Aalto University, research into the topic has focused on ways to use city models in the Capital Region and on applying new 3D mapping technologies to the modeling of cities. Vast, three-dimensional models of urban environments are already a familiar sight—you might explore one in a video game, for example—but they can also be…

Making cleaner, greener plastics from waste fish parts — ScienceDaily

Polyurethanes, a type of plastic, are nearly everywhere — in shoes, clothes, refrigerators and construction materials. But these highly versatile materials can have a major downside. Derived from crude oil, toxic to synthesize, and slow to break down, conventional polyurethanes are not environmentally friendly. Today, researchers discuss devising what they say should be a safer, biodegradable alternative derived from fish waste — heads, bones, skin and guts — that would otherwise likely be discarded. The researchers will present their results…

Detecting Image Similarity in (Near) Real-time Using Apache Flink | by Pinterest Engineering | Pinterest Engineering Blog | Mar, 2021

Shaji Chennan Kunnummel| Software Engineer, Content QualityIaroslav Tymchenko| Software Engineer, Content Quality Pinterest is a visual platform at its core, so the need to understand and act on images is paramount. A couple of years ago, the Content Quality team designed and implemented our own batch pipeline to detect similar images. The similarity signal is widely used at Pinterest for use cases varying from improving recommendations based on similar images to taking down spam and abusive content. However, it was…

A simple way to turn 2D drawings into 3D objects

Demonstration of an ‘impossible bottle’ construction. Drawing on thin and flexible film enables on site reconfiguration of a 3D architecture inside a narrow space that would be inaccessible to conventional 3D pr inters. Credit: Song et al., Sci. Adv. 2021; 7: eabf3804 A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in South Korea has developed a simple method for converting 2D drawings to 3D objects. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes their technique and…

Digitalized road construction uses no concrete

The robotic arm lays out the “knitting pattern.” Empa researchers are investigating different patterns in a number of test series. Credit: Empa A robotic arm lays out a string in a mandala-like pattern on a bed of gravel. What appears to be a contemporary art performance is basic research that explores new ways in road construction. On the one hand, robot-assisted construction techniques for road building are being tested that have so far only been used in structural engineering. On…

New device security partnerships for Cloudflare One

Last October, we announced Cloudflare One, our comprehensive, cloud-based network-as-a-service solution that is secure, fast, reliable, and defines the future of the corporate network. Cloudflare One consists of two components: network services like Magic WAN and Magic Transit that protect data centers and branch offices and connect them to the Internet, and Cloudflare for Teams, which secures corporate applications, devices, and employees working on the Internet. Today, we are excited to announce new integrations with VMware Carbon Black, CrowdStrike, and…

Steel Bridge Team Prepares for Competition

Members of the 2021 Steel Bridge Team. From left to right: Kenyon Shutt, Edgar Pithua, Corey Valleroy, Olivia Bommelje, Madeline Hartranft, Blake Peters. When he was a first-year student, Corey Valleroy went to the College’s New Student BBQ to learn about the various student organizations within Mizzou Engineering. He wanted to get involved and contribute to a club immediately, and he found that opportunity through the Steel Bridge Team. “They stated they were a smaller club and said ‘We really…