Article: Top 6 Open-Source Networking Projects For a Cloud-Native World

Free, Libre, Open Software, Open Source

Top 6 Open-Source Networking Projects For a Cloud-Native World

With the ever-growing popularity and advantages of cloud and containers, organizations are increasingly adopting cloud-native applications and container-based infrastructure for running their business applications. To efficiently manage cloud infrastructure, networking tools play an important role. Having the right set of networking tools can help the network admin manage and operate the cloud-native apps.  Here are some open-source networking projects network administrators can use for their cloud-native worlds:

  1. Project Calico
  2. Cilium
  3. Envoy
  4. Jaeger
  5. Flannel
  6. Kuma

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Article: NASA’s next lunar rover will run open-source software

Code, Hardware, Open Manufacturing, Open Software, Open Source

NASA’s next lunar rover will run open-source software

In 2023, NASA will launch VIPER (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover), which that will trek across the surface of the moon and hunt for water ice that could one day be used to make rocket fuel. The rover will be armed with the best instruments and tools that NASA can come up with: wheels that can spin properly on lunar soil, a drill that’s able to dig into extraterrestrial geology, hardware that can survive 14 days of a lunar night when temperatures sink to ˗173 °C.

But while much of VIPER is one of a kind, custom-made for the mission, much of the software that it’s running is open-source, meaning it’s available for use, modification, and distribution by anyone for any purpose. If it’s successful, the mission may be about more than just laying the groundwork for a future lunar colony—it may also be an inflection point that causes the space industry to think differently about how it develops and operates robots.

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Article: 3D Geometry Visualization Engine for Industry 4.0 Goes Open Source

Innovation, Materials, Open Manufacturing, Open Source, Open Space

3D Geometry Visualization Engine for Industry 4.0 Goes Open Source

Zea, a company specializing in Web-based 3D geometry visualization for Industry 4.0, has announced that the Zea Engine is now open source. For the Montreal-based company founded in 2015, its business model’s evolution will enable software developers to fully benefit from the advantages of open source in terms of innovation.

Zea is a web solutions company which solves real-time 3D visualization problems in design, manufacturing, and construction. Building on extensive computer graphics and 3D animation experience, Zea reinvents the way users experience 3D models. The developed tools leverage high-performance WebGL, WebXR, cloud computing, and the latest software technologies enabling users to collaborate more effectively and make 3D technical communication fast, easy, and open.

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Article: Initiative for Open Abstracts launches to promote discovery of research

Access, Open Decision-Support, Research

Initiative for Open Abstracts launches to promote discovery of research

The Initiative for Open Abstracts (I4OA) calls on all scholarly publishers to open the abstracts of their publications, and specifically to distribute them through Crossref, in order to facilitate large-scale access and promote discovery of critical research. I4OA–a collaboration between scholarly publishers, academic librarians, researchers, infrastructure providers and other stakeholders–will launch at the online conference of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) on September 24th.

I4OA has been established to advocate and promote the unrestricted availability of the abstracts of scholarly publications, particularly journal articles and book chapters.

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Article: A City Is Not a Computer

Cities, Innovation, Open Space

A City Is Not a Computer

“What should a city optimize for?” Even in the age of peak Silicon Valley, that’s a hard question to take seriously. (Hecklers on Twitter had a few ideas, like “fish tacos” and “pez dispensers.”) 1 Look past the sarcasm, though, and you’ll find an ideology on the rise. The question was posed last summer by Y Combinator — the formidable tech accelerator that has hatched a thousand startups, from AirBnB and Dropbox to robotic greenhouses and wine-by-the-glass delivery — as the entrepreneurs announced a new research agenda: building cities from scratch. Wired’s verdict: “Not Actually Crazy.” 

Which is not to say wise. For every reasonable question Y Combinator asked — “How can cities help more of their residents be happy and reach their potential?” — there was a preposterous one: “How should we measure the effectiveness of a city (what are its KPIs)?”

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Article: Progress in Cell-SELEX compound screening technology reviewed in BioResearch Open Access

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Progress in Cell-SELEX compound screening technology reviewed in BioResearch Open Access

SELEX is a rapid, efficient, and iterative high-throughput method for screening large libraries of molecules to identify those with the potential to be developed as drug compounds or research tools. Advances in SELEX technology that have enabled screening in live cells, called Cell-SELEX, are explored in a comprehensive Review article published in BioResearch Open Access, a bimonthly peer-reviewed open access journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The article is available free on the BioResearch Open Access website.

Cell-SELEX uses live cells as targets for binding of molecules called aptamers, comprised of short chains of nucleic acids. Aptamers share many of the qualities that have made antibodies such successful drugs, but offer additional advantages such as stability, short length, and ease of manufacturing.

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