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7 Top Fantasy Sports APIs

Fantasy Sport leagues are more popular than ever these days, with an estimated 60 million people participating in league play. Typically the participants create virtual teams based on real players of various sports, and utilize those real player statistics to compute finals scores and compete with other virtual teams. Nearly every real team sport imaginable has a fantasy component played by fans at the present, with many of the leagues requiring dues for players and payoffs for winners.

Several “official” fantasy sports leagues are commissioned by real leagues, including the NFL and Premier League soccer. Other leagues are created by individual organizations, or partner organizations, for a plethora of sports, including basketball, baseball, soccer, college sports, UFC, golf, tennis, auto racing and eSports. Developers looking to create applications to accompany this popular past time can start by finding the best APIs to suit their needs.

What is a Fantasy Sports API?

A Fantasy Sports API is an Application Programming Interface that enables developers to create applications that tap into Fantasy Sports data.

The best place to find these APIs is in the Fantasy Sports category in the ProgrammableWeb directory. In this article we highlight some favorites from our readers.

1. Sportradar Sports Data API

Sportradar provides real-time, accurate sports statistics and sports content. Sportradar’s data coverage includes all major U.S. sports, plus hundreds of leagues throughout the world. Data can be retrieved from Sportsradar via REST APITrack this API. This data includes schedules, standings, statistics, play by play, live images, and more.

2. Yahoo Fantasy Sports API

Yahoo Fantasy Sports allows users to compete against each other using statistics from real-world competitions. The Yahoo Fantasy Sports APITrack this API provides rich data on leagues, teams and player information. Use it to analyze draft results, review free agents, optimize current rosters, or create other applications. The Yahoo Fantasy Sports API utilizes the Yahoo Query Language (YQL) as a mechanism to access Yahoo Fantasy Sports data, returning data in XML and JSON formats.

3. Cric API

CricAPI provides data about the game of Cricket. Use the API to get live cricket match data, a list of matches, latest scores, player batting and bowling stats. The CricAPI Fantasy APITrack this API can be used before the match to help you with choosing players (batsmen / bowlers) for your fantasy game; once this is done you can hit the API at regular intervals and calculate the results of your Fantasy Cricket.

4. ProFootballAPI.com API

The ProFootballAPI NFL APITrack this API provides users with access to a database of current and past NFL football statistics and game information. The database is updated every minute, even while games are being played. Data is available going back to 2009. The NFL API can provide answers to simple queries or return large data sets for more in-depth use.

5. Goalserve MLB API

Goalserve provides live sports data feeds for multiple sports. The Goalserve Sports Data Feeds MLB APITrack this API delivers fixtures, live scores, results, in-game player statistics, profiles, injuries, odds, historical data since 2010, prematch and more.

6. GameScorekeeper API

GameScorekeeper provides feeds of data about eSports including League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Heroes of the Storm, and DOTA 2. The GameScorekeeper REST APITrack this API provides JSON data related to eSports such as upcoming matches, competitions, teams, and results. The GameScorekeeper Live APITrack this API provides real-time data from eSports matches through websockets.

7. Sportmonks Soccer API<

SportMonks is a provider of data feeds for a variety of different professional sports. The SportMonks Soccer APITrack this API provides data feeds for live scores, full season fixtures, video highlights, and in-play odds among other features. Users can access historical data stretching way back to 2005.

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Check out the Fantasy Sports category for more APIs, plus SDKs, Source Code Samples, and other resources.

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New method to design diamond lattices and other crystals from microscopic building blocks

An impressive array of architectural forms can be produced from the popular interlocking building blocks known as LEGOS®. All that is needed is a child’s imagination to construct a virtually infinite variety of complex shapes.

In a new study appearing in the journal Physical Review Letters, researchers describe a technique for using LEGO®-like elements at the scale of a few billionths of a meter. Further, they are able to cajole these design elements to self-assemble, with each LEGO® piece identifying its proper mate and linking up in a precise sequence to complete the desired nanostructure.

While the technique described in the new study is simulated on computer, the strategy is applicable to self-assembly methods common to the field of DNA nanotechnology. Here, the equivalent of each LEGO® piece consists of a nanostructures made out of DNA, the famous molecular repository of our genetic code. The four nucleotides making up DNA — commonly labelled A, C, T & G — stick to one another according to a reliable rule: A nucleotides always pair with Ts and C nucleotides with Gs.

Using base-pairing properties allows researchers like Petr Sulc, corresponding author of the new study, to design DNA nanostructures that can take shape in a test tube, as if on autopilot.

“The possible number of ways how to design interactions between the building blocks is enormous, something what is called a ‘combinatorial explosion'” Sulc says. “It is impossible to individually check every possible building block design and see if it can self-assemble into the desired structure. In our work, we provide a new general framework that can efficiently search the space of possible solutions and find the one which self-assembles into the desired shape and avoids other undesired assemblies.”

Sulc is a researcher at the Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics and ASU’s School of Molecular Sciences (SMS). He is joined by his colleague Lukáš Kroc along with international collaborators Flavio Romano and John Russo from Italy.

The new technique marks an important stepping stone in the rapidly-developing field of DNA nanotechnology, where self-assembled forms are finding their way into everything from nanoscale tweezers to cancer-hunting DNA robots.

Despite impressive advances, construction methods relying on molecular self-assembly have had to contend with unintended bondings of building material. The challenges grow with the complexity of the intended design. In many cases, researchers are perplexed as to why certain structures self-assemble from a given set of elementary building blocks, as the theoretical foundations of these processes are still poorly understood.

To confront the problem, Sulc and colleagues have invented a clever color-coding system that manages to restrict the base pairings to only those appearing in the design blueprint for the final structure, with alternate base-pairings forbidden.

The process works through a custom-designed optimization algorithm, where the correct color code for self-assembly of the intended form produces the target structure at an energy minimum, while excluding competing structures.

Next, they put the system to work, using computers to design two crystal forms of great importance to the field of photonics: pyrochlore and cubic diamond. The authors note that this innovative method is applicable to any crystal structure.

To apply their theoretical framework, Sulc has started a new collaboration with professors Hao Yan and Nick Stephanopoulos, his colleagues at Biodesign and SMS. Together, they aim to experimentally realize some of the structures that they were able to design in simulations.

“While the obvious application of our framework is in DNA nanotechnology, our approach is general, and can be also used for example to design self-assembled structures out of proteins,” Sulc says.

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5 Top APIs for Podcasts

Podcasts have never been more popular, and developers wanting take advantage of this hot content trend need to find suitable Application Programming Interfaces, or APIs, to create applications.

What is a Podcast API?

A Podcast API in an interface that developers can use to connect applications to various podcast services.

ProgrammableWeb‘s Podcasts category is the best place to discover these APIs. Here are 5 popular choices.

1. Listen Notes

ListenNotes is a podcast search engine. The ListenNotes APITrack this API allows applications to search the metadata of more than 1.5 million podcasts and 80 million episodes categorized by people, places, or topics. Search (almost) all podcasts & episodes that are found on the Internet via this API.

2. Audioboom API

AudioBoom provides audio content from major sports and media outlets, as well as smaller podcasters. Content hosted on audioBoom can be shared via the website, embeddable players, mobile applications, and social media websites. The audioBoom APITrack this API provides users with access to almost every function the site offers. Full documentation for the API is available on GitHub.

3. Audiogum API

Audiogum provides smart audio visual experiences for businesses and their customers. The platform offers a way to create personalized, voice controlled podcasts, streaming services, internet radio, audio books, and video content. The Audiogum APITrack this API enables audio content aggregation, intelligent personalization, analytics, and natural language understanding in business applications.

4. Voicepods API

Voicepod provides automated human-like text-to-speech (TTS) services. The Voicepods APITrack this API returns JSON responses with voice and text-to-speech narrations features. Projects and clips available as resources.

5. Rev API

Rev provides transcription, caption and translation services. Rev’s captioning work is done by humans for accuracy. The Rev Human Transcription APITrack this API enables developers to add human transcription services to applications.

Head over to the Podcasts category for more APIs, plus SDKs and Source Code samples.

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Cytron’s EDU:BIT Kit Unboxing

New from the creators of the MAKER Uno, Cytron’s EDU:BIT kit pulls an incredible amount of functionality out of the popular Micro:bit platform. With seven detachable I2C modules, and support for up to 3 servos and 2 DC motors – as well as audio, LEDs, and tons of inputs – this versatile kit was designed to make teaching a breeze. It even comes with 11 introductory lessons, using Microsoft’s online MakeCode programming interface.

// https://www.cytron.io/p-edubit-training-and-project-kit-for-microbit
// https://makecode.microbit.org/
// Kittenbot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2e3mGTPNk0
// Servo:Lite board: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC7YHq4EacA
// Micro:bot basics for teachers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkWDYTx_mg4

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New science behind algae-based flip-flops

As the world’s most popular shoe, flip-flops account for a troubling percentage of plastic waste that ends up in landfills, on seashores and in our oceans. Scientists at the University of California San Diego have spent years working to resolve this problem, and now they have taken a step farther toward accomplishing this mission.

Sticking with their chemistry, the team of researchers formulated polyurethane foams, made from algae oil, to meet commercial specifications for midsole shoes and the foot-bed of flip-flops. The results of their study are published in Bioresource Technology Reports and describe the team’s successful development of these sustainable, consumer-ready and biodegradable materials.

The research was a collaboration between UC San Diego and startup company Algenesis Materials — a materials science and technology company. The project was co-led by graduate student Natasha Gunawan from the labs of professors Michael Burkart (Division of Physical Sciences) and Stephen Mayfield (Division of Biological Sciences), and by Marissa Tessman from Algenesis. It is the latest in a series of recent research publications that collectively, according to Burkart, offer a complete solution to the plastics problem — at least for polyurethanes.

“The paper shows that we have commercial-quality foams that biodegrade in the natural environment,” said Mayfield. “After hundreds of formulations, we finally achieved one that met commercial specifications. These foams are 52 percent biocontent — eventually we’ll get to 100 percent.”

In addition to devising the right formulation for the commercial-quality foams, the researchers worked with Algenesis to not only make the shoes, but to degrade them as well. Mayfield noted that scientists have shown that commercial products like polyesters, bioplastics (PLA) and fossil-fuel plastics (PET) can biodegrade, but only in the context of lab tests or industrial composting.

“We redeveloped polyurethanes with bio-based monomers from scratch to meet the high material specifications for shoes, while keeping the chemistry suitable, in theory, so the shoes would be able to biodegrade,” Mayfield explained.

Putting their customized foams to the test by immersing them in traditional compost and soil, the team discovered the materials degraded after just 16 weeks. During the decomposition period, to account for any toxicity, the scientists, led by UC San Diego’s Skip Pomeroy, measured every molecule shed from the biodegradable materials. They also identified the organisms that degraded the foams.

“We took the enzymes from the organisms degrading the foams and showed that we could use them to depolymerize these polyurethane products, and then identified the intermediate steps that take place in the process,” said Mayfield, adding, “We then showed that we could isolate the depolymerized products and use those to synthesize new polyurethane monomers, completing a ‘bioloop.'”

This full recyclability of commercial products is the next step in the scientist’s ongoing mission to address the current production and waste management problems we face with plastics — which if not addressed, will result in 96 billion tons of plastic in landfills or the natural environment by 2050. According to Pomeroy, this environmentally unfriendly practice began about 60 years ago with the development of plastics.

“If you could turn back the clock and re-envision how you could make the petroleum polymer industry, would you do it the same today that we did it years ago? There’s a bunch of plastic floating in every ocean on this planet that suggests we shouldn’t have done it that way,” noted Pomeroy.

While commercially on track for production, doing so economically is a matter of scale that the scientists are working out with their manufacturing partners.

“People are coming around on plastic ocean pollution and starting to demand products that can address what has become an environmental disaster,” said Tom Cooke, president of Algenesis. “We happen to be at the right place at the right time.”

The team’s efforts are also manifested in the establishment of the Center for Renewable Materials at UC San Diego. Begun by Burkart, Mayfield, Pomeroy and their co-founders Brian Palenik (Scripps Institution of Oceanography) and Larissa Podust (Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences), the center focuses on three major goals: the development of renewable and sustainable monomers made from algae and other biological sources; their formulation into polymers for diverse applications, the creation of synthetic biology platforms for the production of monomers and crosslinking components; and the development and understanding of biodegradation of renewable polymers.

“The life of material should be proportional to the life of the product,” said Mayfield. “We don’t need material that sits around for 500 years on a product that you will only use for a year or two.”

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Enjin Launches Crypto SDK for Godot Game Engine

Godot, a popular open-source game engine, has gained an SDK developed by Enjin that will allow game developers to easily integrate with the company’s blockchain technology. The SDK was announced last week via Twitter. 

The announcement of the SDK notes that the two companies have been working together on integration for some time. Enjin chose to work with Godot based on the company’s history of game developer support. Ariel Manzur, Godot Co-founder noted the potential of the partnership:

“The Enjin SDK has transformative potential for the games market. Godot developers are inventive and progressive. I believe they will embrace this technology given the unique opportunities it presents for persistent game design and safe, fair virtual economies.”

Additionally, the Enjin SDK includes a demo game called EnjinRun. More than just a simple game, EnjinRun is meant to highlight the SDKs three core functions:

  • Wallet linking: A secure, private way to connect a user’s blockchain inventory with their game account.
  • Asset distribution: Claiming and receiving in-game items to a user’s blockchain wallet in real time.
  • Asset implementation: Using blockchain inventory in-game.

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How Will Facebook’s Acquisition of Giphy Impact API Integrations?

Last week, Facebook announced its acquisition of Giphy, one of the most popular GIF sites across the internet. In its announcement, Facebook disclosed that the Facebook family of apps already makes for half of Giphy’s traffic, with Instagram making up half of the overall Facebook traffic. Accordingly, the Giphy team will become part of Instagram which has enjoyed API integration with Giphy for quite some time. The question becomes, how will app integrations outside of the Facebook family be impacted by the acquisition?

The Giphy API has long been used by third-party apps like Apple iMessage, TikTok, and Twitter to bring GIFs to integrated apps. With Facebook now fully in control of Giphy, will easy access to GIFs through this service continue? Even if Facebook doesn’t limit API access to Giphy, third party apps may not want to integrate with a Facebook-owned service. Whether it’s competition, privacy issues, or something else; Facebook ownership could dissuade continued use of Giphy for GIFs.

While the future of Giphy integration under Facebook ownership is yet to be seen, Facebook is nothing but positive. Facebook Vice President of Product, Vishal Shah, commented:

“We’ve used GIPHY’s API for years, not just in Instagram, but in the Facebook app, Messenger and WhatsApp. GIPHY will continue to operate its library (including its global content collection), and we’re looking forward to investing further in its technology and relationships with content and API partners. People will still be able to upload GIFs; developers and API partners will continue to have the same access to GIPHY’s APIs; and GIPHY’s creative community will still be able to create great content.”

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Bike lanes provide positive economic impact

Despite longstanding popular belief, bicycle lanes can actually improve business. At worst, the negative impact on sales and employment is minimal, according to a new study from Portland State’s Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC).

The report is part of a larger National Street Improvements Study, conducted by Portland State University, with support from consulting firm Bennett Midland and the cycling-advocacy nonprofit PeopleForBikes. The study was funded by The Summit Foundation and the National Institute for Transportation and Communities.

Researchers studied 14 corridors in 6 cities — Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Memphis, Minneapolis and Indianapolis — and found such improvements had either positive or non-significant impacts on sales and employment. Essentially, adding improvements like bike lanes largely boosted business and employment in the retail and food service sectors.

“I think that it is very significant that we found that positive business outcomes to the food service and retail industries on these corridors are persistent, even when we looked at different data metrics on employment or sales or when different analytical methods are utilized,” said Jenny Liu, associate professor in the Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning.

Past studies examined the effects of street improvement corridors within specific cities, but this study is among the first to apply consistent and robust analytical approaches across multiple corridors and multiple cities.

The findings also provide policymakers and planners with an analytical framework and further evidence to support investment in non-motorized transportation infrastructure.

“The Street Improvement Study supports with data what we have seen in many communities: adding bicycle infrastructure boosts a neighborhood’s economic vitality,” said Zoe Kircos, director of grants and partnerships at PeopleForBikes. “Our collaboration with Portland State University and Bennett Midland on this research gives us more resources to share with cities across the U.S. that are eager to make bicycling safer and easier for everyone.”

Liu added that the partnership between PSU, PeopleForBikes and Bennett Midland contributed significantly to the end products that are directly targeted to planners and policymakers. The study produced in-depth reports for Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Memphis, Minneapolis and Indianapolis.

Nationally, the study found the food service industry benefits most often from the addition of transportation infrastructure.

Even in cases where a motor vehicle travel lane or parking was removed to make room for a bike lane, food sales and employment tended to go up, according to the report.

“There is tremendous potential to expand on what we learned in this research project to additional cities and corridors, and to provide policymakers with the opportunity to evaluate street improvement projects before implementation or to collect additional economic/business metrics before and after implementation,” Liu said.

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ClimaCell Announces Weather API Improvements Following Dark Sky API’s Demise

Last month’s announcement that Apple had purchased the popular Dark Sky weather app, and would be killing the API, left a significant void in the weather API landscape. It appears that ClimaCell is hoping to fill this void with well-timed advancements to its ClimaCell Weather API.

Andrew Orr, a writer for macobserver.com, made the observation earlier today that ClimaCell’s announcement of UI improvements and API enhancements is likely more than a coincidence. The company’s newly designed user interface is aimed at highlighting the way that weather data affects life more broadly. Specifically, the UI highlights Road Risk, Wildfires, and Air Quality. ClimaCell also notes improved customizability in an effort to ensure the best user experience possible in all applications. The API also sees the addition of a new data layer that will provide access to a proprietary index analyzing pollen seasonality. 

The API has a free tier for developers that are looking to test out the platform. Anyone requiring over 30,000 calls/month will need to above to paid tiers. Make sure to check out the API documentation for more detail. 

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Kraken Announces WebSockets API Improvements

Kraken, a popular bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchange, has announced plans to release new functionality for the company’s WebSockets API on February 18th. The new functionality is aimed at providing a faster way for developers to add and cancel orders.

The Kraken WebSockets APITrack this API will gain two new functions: addOrder and cancelOrder. As the names imply these resources are intended to enable faster management of adding and canceling orders. 

The addition of these functions makes sense for a WebSockets API where customers are building tools that need to operate in a real-time setting. Kraken highlighted these benefits in their announcement:

“Kraken’s WebSockets API provides a faster, more efficient interface for clients who build software applications for trading and accessing market data… Clients use the WebSockets API to establish a durable, low-latency connection with Kraken’s servers. The servers then push data incrementally to clients when updates are available.”

The Kraken WebSockets API is private and interested developers need to inquire about partnership for access. 

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