Today's No-Problem Problem concerns the interaction of basic engineering,
economics, baseball, and perhaps any number of other disciplines. As in all our
No-Problem Problems, the trick is to spot the inconsistency, insufficiency of
variables, or violation of physical law that makes it impossible to solve the
problem as stated. The winner will be chosen at random from among the most
correct, most incorrect, and/or most interesting entries, and will receive a Design News MagLite™ flashlight.
Here is the problem: "The Baseball Commissioner has just vetoed, 'for the good of baseball,' a trade between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers in which four design engineers were to be swapped for a purchasing agent and cash. The Commissioner has asked you to determine the proper exchange rate for major league design engineers and major league purchasing agents. What is that rate?
So tell us: why can't this problem be solved? Send your answer to: No-Problem Problem Contest (Major League Swap), Design News, 275 Washington St., Newton, MA 02458 or e-mail email@example.com.
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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