The more I use facebook, the more powerful it has become professionally. That’s for two reasons:
1) I have over 300 "friends" now in my facebook account, most of them professional colleagues. Some of them are former rivals and there was no love lost when we started at each other over the cannons. Facebook breaks down those barriers. Some of these folks are very influential in our business and industries they cover. facebook also puts you back in touch with colleagues from long ago that I never would have from again. We have doubled the number to 134 in our Design News facebook account. Come join us.
2) If I comment on or post something, all 300 plus "friends" get notified. It’s like my mini-circulation list which I own and control. You have to be careful, though, and not spam them (i.e. over-communicate) and make sure a comment or link to something is meaningful. As for expanding that crowd, I’ve already picked the low-hanging fruit. Now I have to selectively and more slowly grow my list. But expansion is important.
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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