The life of journalist is changing just like that of an engineer. Perhaps even more. Just ask me, the journalist.
Consider the mega-package coming from Design News about how Norm Abram, host of the New Yankee Workshop uses the latest materials, fasteners and wood working techniques. Not only did I file about 4,500 words spread across a main story and three sidebars, I produced nine podcasts, a camcorded segment on the hidden secrets in Norm’s workshop and of course, a photo gallery. The package will go online up next week and be part of our cover package in the Sept. 3 issue. And I’ll write a column for that issue the web.
Try outsourcing that to India.
Untill a decade or so ago, you filed your stories, supplied some art in the form of photos and infographics and helped out with the idea for an illustration. Then you proofed your pages and were done. Now, the fun is just starting after you file your stories. Just like Norm, who is also master carpenter on This Old House, leaves very little scrap after a project, there isn’t a scrap of information left in my notebook, audio left on my recorder, video left in the camcorder or photo left in the camera. I asked a colleague six month ago after his marathon video coverage of a trade show if blogs would kill journalism and he responded that blogs and the pace and varied nature of the web would "kill him" first.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
Biomedical engineering is one of the fastest growing engineering fields; from medical devices and pharmaceuticals to more cutting-edge areas like tissue, genetic, and neural engineering, US biomedical engineers (BMEs) boast salaries nearly double the annual mean wage and have faster than average job growth.
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