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The Growth of the NYC Engineering Office

NYC Engineering team outing  At a recent engineering show-and-tell in our offices in the Empire State Building, while I watched demos of a new prototype from one of our backend infrastructure teams and learned about the latest creative tools for video, it hit me. We’d done it. We have quietly built, in New York City, a full-capacity R&D organization capable of tackling any challenge across LinkedIn. As the NYC Engineering site director, I also oversee the native video team, which…

Finding better magnets faster with 3-D metal printing prototyping

Credit: US Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute (CMI) used laser 3D metal printing to optimize a permanent magnet material that may make an economical alternative to the more expensive rare-earth neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) magnets in some applications. The magnet alloy is composed of cerium – a less expensive and more plentiful rare earth – cobalt, iron, and copper. The researchers produced a range of compositions in samples that were printed using a 3D…

Paper sensor to speed up sepsis diagnosis wins innovation competition

Credit: Imperial College London A student-founded startup creating paper sensors to monitor breathing rates of hospital patients has won the White City Innovators’ Programme. SpiraSense, founded by Imperial student George Winfield, is developing the low-cost sensors to speed up the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis in hospital patients. Sepsis is a life-threatening condition responsible for 44,000 deaths every year in the UK. It arises when the body overwhelmingly over-reacts in trying to control an infection, injuring its own healthy…

Spotify Million Playlist Dataset and RecSys Challenge

Here at Spotify, we love playlists. Playlists like Today’s Top Hits and RapCaviar have millions of loyal followers, while Discover Weekly and Daily Mix are just a couple of our personalized playlists made especially to match your unique musical tastes. Our users love playlists too. In fact, the Digital Music Alliance, in their 2018 Annual Music Report, state that 54% of consumers say that playlists are replacing albums in their listening habits. But our users don’t love just listening to playlists,…

Building a Multi-Modal Transportation Platform with JUMP Bikes

On February 5, 2018, a subset of Uber users in San Francisco were invited to “push a button, and ride a bike.” This pilot program (enabled by a partnership between Uber and JUMP Bikes), marked the first step of Uber’s evolution into a multi-modal transportation platform. That initial group could locate an electric bike within the Uber app, reserve one, and ride anywhere in the city. JUMP Bikes, a product and technology leader in the growing bikeshare industry, offers bikes…

MU Engineering alum uncovers a GEM

Dominic Romero’s hard work led him to great success both in the classroom and in the lab of Bioengineering Professor Sheila Grant during his time at Mizzou. And that hard work landed the recent MU Engineering alum a prestigious fellowship as he works to further his education. Dominic Romero recently was selected as a GEM Fellow, landing a $8,000 living stipend per semester, up to two paid summer internships with a GEM employer member and full tuition and fees at…

New 3-D printing technique enables faster, better, and cheaper models of patient-specific medical data

This 3D-printed model of Steven Keating’s skull and brain clearly shows his brain tumor and other fine details thanks to the new data processing method pioneered by the study’s authors. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University What if you could hold a physical model of your own brain in your hands, accurate down to its every unique fold? That’s just a normal part of life for Steven Keating, Ph.D., who had a baseball-sized tumor removed from his brain at age…

Medical Robots – The Future of Surgery

Change is often scary and the use of robotics in health care is one big change. It has the capability to impact the world greatly: to bring medical services closer to people especially in regions where there is no health care program, to help people walk again and to lighten the workload of professionals. To reap the benefits of this technological advancement and avoid any possible dangers, we need to be informed about the upcoming innovations so that we can…

New technique for additive manufacturing design

Sandia National Laboratories project lead and mechanical engineer Ted Winrow with the telescope he and his team built using advanced manufacturing techniques. Credit: Randy Montoya A Sandia National Laboratories team built a telescope to demonstrate how to design for additive manufacturing, familiarly known as 3-D printing, to take advantage of the technique’s strengths and weaknesses. Sandia’s three-year Laboratory Directed Research and Development project proved the feasibility of using additive manufacturing as an entirely new design tool, vastly different from the…

Smartphone to help farmers test for poultry infection

Credit: Brunel University Chicken farmers in the Philippines will soon test their birds for deadly pathogens with a new hand-held device and smartphone app they can use on their own farms. It will help farmers act fast before disease can spread and potentially infect people. It also cuts out the need to send samples away for expensive lab tests. A team of scientists lead by Brunel University London will develop a molecular test and a smartphone app that, when…