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The new hire’s new normal

When I visited the Pinterest HQ to try out my commute in early March, I didn’t realize the trip would be my first and last in 2020. Cindy Xinyi Zhang | Data Scientist, Experimentation and Metrics Science On March 2nd, exactly one week before my full-time position at Pinterest started, I went to the company’s headquarters to try out my commute. I jotted down the time my bus arrived and noted exactly when I reached the building to calculate my precise commuting…

Contending in the 5G Race Requires the Right Test Equipment

As in other industries, digitalization is transforming electronic test and measurement. Advances in technologies such as 5G, the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0, cloud computing, advanced analytics, and more are driving this accelerating trend. For example, 5G technology plays an important role in virtualization and automation—two long-term trends in test and measurement (T&M). Along with these factors, increased adoption of modular equipment and consumer electronics makes the test and measurement industry more important than ever. As test and…

Reprogrammable shape morphing of magnetic soft machines

September 25, 2020 feature Heat-assisted 3D magnetic programming of magnetic soft machines. (A) A magnetic soft elastomer, composed of magnetic CrO2 particles embedded in PDMS, is locally heated above the Curie temperature of the particles via a laser. Above the Curie temperature, the particles lose their permanent magnetization, and their magnetization direction is reoriented by applying an external magnetic field during cooling. R.T., room temperature. (B) The magnetic soft elastomer is heated above the Curie temperature of the CrO2 particles…

Website Transitions and Email Hell

If you haven’t kept up, you might not know (or care) that our publications are now part of Endeavor Business Media. The transition took place at the beginning of the year. These days I have an Endeavor email address. You can find out the latest contact info on the Contact Us page. I’ve been through a number of transitions with Electronic Design since I started back in 2000. Then it was Penton Media and I had a Penton email address.…

Cheng Receives $1.37M NIH Grant to Predict Protein Structures

Using artificial intelligence technologies, Thompson Professor Jianlin Cheng is devising a way to predict 3-dimensional protein structures. The method translates a protein sequence into a 2-dimensional map to predict the structure. Knowing the three-dimensional structure of proteins—such as the shape of the spike-like protein that injects coronavirus into our cells—can help us treat illnesses. That’s one reason why predicting protein structures remains one of the world’s highest health priorities. Mizzou Engineering Jianlin Cheng has been working on protein prediction methods…

How to bounce back from stretched out stretchable sensors

Schematic of the array. This silicone substrate is made of two different silicone types with different hardness values. Harder silicone, PDMS, in the pressure part can suppress the deformation of the pressure sensing elements during tension. Credit: Hiroki Ota, Yokohama National University Elastic can stretch too far, which could be problematic for wearable sensors. A team of researchers at Yokohama National University has proposed a fix to prevent too much stretching while improving the sensing ability of electronics. This could…

Reflections on the ANZ Security Landscape

It’s been one year since I joined Cloudflare as Head of Australia and New Zealand. While it has been a great year for our ANZ operations, it is hard to stop thinking about the elephant in the room, especially as I’m writing this blog from my home in the middle of Melbourne’s lockdown. The pandemic has not only disrupted our daily lives, but has also caused a massive shift to remote work for many of us. As a result, security…

Anowar Honored with Powe Award

Assistant Professor Sabreena Anowar Sabreena Anowar, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Architectural Studies at MU, won a 2020 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). “It’s a huge honor to be one of the 35 recipients from across the nation,” said Anowar. “It’s a real morale and confidence booster, as well.” “This award is very prestigious and only awarded to a handful of promising…

Lab develops long range fever detector

The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division has licensed its sensor agnostic thermal imaging system to Greene County General Hospital to screen incoming staff and patients for fever, a symptom of COVID-19. Credit: photo courtesy of TechLink A federal research facility in Crane, Indiana, has developed a temperature scanning sensor system and software to help contain the coronavirus. The U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center’s “sensor agnostic thermal imaging system” was licensed to Greene County General Hospital, according to a news…