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Researchers sharpen predictions of where lost cargo will wash up

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The UNSW team tracking cargo lost from a ship near Port Stephens are now predicting the path of the containers days in advance. More debris lost in the Port Stephens shipping container spill could be brought back to Australia’s coast in the coming days by the eddies of the East Australian Current. A team of UNSW Canberra and Jerusalem College of Technology researchers are tracking the 81 containers that were lost overboard from the YM…

CEOs Leading the World Into the Cloud: Satya Nadella

When Satya Nadella joined Microsoft in 1992, “the cloud” didn’t exist. Neither did the Internet, at least not in the way we know it today. The first mass-market web browser launched in 1993, and it wasn’t until 1994 that Microsoft’s ‘90s nemesis, Netscape Navigator, would become a techie sensation. But Nadella, who rose through Microsoft’s ranks to become its third CEO in 2014, has certainly become one of the tech industry’s leading cloud advocates. In the process, he’s transformed Microsoft…

UTA patents headset that allows persons to point to objects of interest using their eyes

The University of Texas at Arlington has been awarded a patent for a revolutionary new technology that is able to scan a user’s eye movements and enable them to navigate mobile platforms, such as electric wheelchairs, without the use of hands. The technology would also allow users to communicate to a robotic platform when they would like to use an object, such as a glass of water. Credit: UTA People with disabilities such as ALS, spinal injury or Lou Gehrig’s…

3-D printing achieves more accurate and precise physical models from patient imaging data

Credit: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers Prior to performing a medical procedure, physicians are increasingly relying on access to 3-D printed models created using patient-specific medical data. Unfortunately, current 3-D data processing workflows can be extremely time consuming, and frequently, the resulting 3-D-printed models fail to accurately depict the anatomical details of interest. Motivated by these inherent limitations, an international team of researchers describes a rapid method for creating extremely detailed physical models directly from volumetric data stacks in an…

Smarter, safer bridges with Sandia sensors

Sandia National Laboratories mechanical engineer Stephen Neidigk positions a Comparative Vacuum Monitoring sensor on a bridge. In his other hand is the control system that periodically checks the sensor and a wireless transmitting device to autonomously alert the maintenance engineers if it detects a crack. Credit: Randy Montoya Along with flying cars and instantaneous teleportation, smart bridges, roads and subway lines that can send out warnings when they’re damaged are staples of futuristic transportation systems in science fiction. Sandia National…

Synthetic ‘brainy skin’ with sense of touch gets £1.5m funding

Credit: University of Glasgow A robotic hand covered in ‘brainy skin’ that mimics the human sense of touch is being developed by scientists.  University of Glasgow’s Professor Ravinder Dahiya has plans to develop ultra-flexible, synthetic Brainy Skin that ‘thinks for itself’. The super-flexible, hypersensitive skin may one day be used to make more responsive prosthetics for amputees, or to build robots with a sense of touch. Brainy Skin reacts like human skin, which has its own neurons that…

Airbnb Engineering in Seattle – Airbnb Engineering & Data Science – Medium

Airbnb’s tech-focused Seattle team has moved into a new home. The 42,000 square foot office in downtown Seattle is the company’s third engineering hub. Want to know what it’s like to work in Airbnb’s new office? Ari Steinberg, Director of Engineering and Head of the Airbnb Seattle office, shares more on Airbnb’s Seattle presence. Why is Airbnb in Seattle? We wanted to expand our footprint outside of San Francisco to attract some of the best talent and it made sense…

Cloudflare Workers, Lambda and Lambda@Edge

A few months ago we released a new way for people to run serverless Javascript called Cloudflare Workers. We believe Workers is the fastest way to execute serverless functions. If it is truely the fastest, and it is comparable in price, it should be how every team deploys all of their serverless infrastructure. So I set out to see just how fast Worker execution is and prove it. tl;dr Workers is much faster than Lambda and Lambda@Edge: This is a…

Enough with the parts issues already!

I really need to get back to writing about techniques and technology, but today, it’s parts again. Parts pricing, specifically. We have some tariffs coming up on parts imported from China, starting on July 6th. Specifically, a 25% tariff will be levied on certain goods with the country of origin listed as China. Taiwan and Hong Kong are not included.  We won’t know exactly which components are affected until it happens. It’s a pretty complex issue. Many components manufactures have fabs…

Loss of lemurs might endanger many of Madagascar’s largest tree species — ScienceDaily

Widespread logging and hunting have endangered virtually all of Madagascar’s 100-plus species of iconic lemurs, and a new study by Rice University ecologists illustrates how saving the animals may also be key to saving the island’s largest trees. “Forest loss is a huge problem in Madagascar right now, but our study suggests that just saving the trees is not enough,” said Amy Dunham, associate professor of biosciences at Rice and co-author of a paper appearing online today in a special…