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Coming soon to a smartphone near you: Goggles, lab coat, and fire extinguisher

Posted By Jyllian Kemsley on Feb 13, 2018 in Featured | 0 comments Some time ago, my brilliant C&EN colleague Jessica Morrison hatched a plan to develop emoji for chemists. With the help of Yang Ku and Sam Lemonick, chemoji were born. And later this year, they’ll become part of the standard set–along with a few other science items, redheaded and curly-haired people, superheroes and heroines, and yarn. Credit: Emojipedia Want our original set of images? You…

Reflecting on Wayfair’s Conversion to React and Redux |

Early in 2017, Wayfair made the decision to adopt React as our primary frontend framework of choice. Rather than cover the reasons why we chose React, more interestingly, we’d like to focus on some of the architecture challenges we faced during the conversion. When the project officially commenced in June 2017, we had over 500 software engineers with very little React experience. On top of that, we boasted over 1,500 backbone models built on our Tungsten VDOM rendering framework, and dozens…

Bye Bye Blackbird

Courtesty of PublicDomainPictures.net As we have talked about repeatedly in this blog, we at Cloudflare are not fans of the behavior of patent trolls. They prey upon innovative companies using overly-broad patents in an attempt to bleed settlements out of their targets. When we were first sued by a patent troll called Blackbird Technologies last spring, we decided that we weren’t going along with their game by agreeing to a modest settlement in lieu of going through the considerable effort…

(Binary) Searching for your affordable home – Wealthfront Engineering Blog

It’s an exciting time to be on the Path team. Two months ago, we released some new features for Path, and just two weeks ago, we added home planning. At a high level, our home planning feature aims to answer three questions: What can I afford? How does a home affect my overall finances? Where can I afford to buy? What can I afford? This is a deceptively simple question that often lacks a clear answer. If you have a…

(Binary) Searching for your affordable home – Engineering Blog

It’s an exciting time to be on the Path team. Two months ago, we released some new features for Path, and just two weeks ago, we added home planning. At a high level, our home planning feature aims to answer three questions: What can I afford? How does a home affect my overall finances? Where can I afford to buy? What can I afford? This is a deceptively simple question that often lacks a clear answer. If you have a…

Engineering Ethics Blog: The Latest Amtrak Crash: A Deadly Combination

Many accidents in complex systems happen when two or more failures align like tumbler pins in a lock, opening the way to tragedy.  That is apparently what happened around 2:45 AM on Sunday, Feb. 4, outside the central South Carolina town of Cayce.  Here’s what led up to the crash. For the last several years, U. S. railroads have been under the federal gun to complete installation of Positive Train Control (PTC), a complicated system involving GPS receivers on trains,…

Building Series for web – Medium Engineering

medium haaaaack week 2018 coming in hot this is why they don’t let me design things for production The first week of January this year Engineering was left to its own devices for the time honored tradition of following your own heart, and developing features for Medium that personally interest you — hackweek!. This year Emma Zhou, Herzog and I with our powers combined are so excited to present to you Series for Web We launched Series on the Medium mobile apps last year…

Using technology to detect hidden threats

Post-doctoral fellow Philip Saponaro demonstrates the imaging technology being developed in the VIMS lab, which picks up signals from a person in the camera’s view. Credit: University of Delaware/ Evan Krape Soldiers in combat have to constantly scan their surroundings for improvised explosive devices (IEDs), a signature weapon of modern warfare. These homemade bombs are often hidden—nestled in bushes, buried underground, or sometimes stuffed inside other objects. Now, a research group at the University of Delaware is developing technology to…

Keeping Related Pins fresh – Pinterest Engineering – Medium

Jenny Liu | Software Engineer, Discovery If you’ve ever heard someone mention “the Pinterest Rabbit Hole,” they’re likely referring to Related Pins, the ideas you see below a Pin you’ve tapped. Related Pins is a feed of content relevant to the closeup Pin and accounts for 40 percent of engagement on Pinterest. With such high usage, it’s critical these recommendations are as personal, relevant and useful as possible. We dug a bit further and found an opportunity to make Related…

New brain disease test for Parkinson’s, dementia with Lewy bodies — ScienceDaily

National Institutes of Health scientists developing a rapid, practical test for the early diagnosis of prion diseases have modified the assay to offer the possibility of improving early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies. The group, led by NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), tested 60 cerebral spinal fluid samples, including 12 from people with Parkinson’s disease, 17 from people with dementia with Lewy bodies, and 31 controls, including 16 of whom had Alzheimer’s…