Newspapers Are Yesterday’s News

If the advent of television marked the beginning of a long and ugly death for newspapers in America, then the final nail in the coffin is the Internet. How many newspapers were published in your town or the nearest big city when pre-boomers were growing up? Is the major newspaper still in business? What is its current circulation? What’s going on?

In 1940, when the population was only 132 million, there were 1878 daily newspapers published in the United states with the evening papers holding a 4 to 1 advantage over the morning editions. Total circulation for all dailies was just over 41 million. Back then, before WWII, most moms stayed at home and the husbands worked. Reading the evening paper was the way most people got their news. Papers were delivered in the late afternoon in time for dad to read when he got home.

Since then, the population more than doubled while daily newspaper circulation rose less than 30%. As of 2005, the number of daily papers declined by 22.7%, from 1878 to 1452. Evening papers fell to 645, almost 58%, as morning papers increased to 817. The evening papers could not compete with the speed and impact offered by television. Morning editions offered the workforce a view of overnight news and provided up-to-date sports and finance information. But in 1989, circulation began to fall off for the morning papers too. This trend has continued to the present time.

Today, Americans get their news from the following sources: TV 66%, newspapers 41%, radio 34% and Internet 31%. Computers have changed the information landscape more than the numbers might suggest, since the tech world did not begin to compete in the news world until late in the 1990s. An indication of the growing importance of the worldwide web as a serious contender is that younger Americans prefer this method of gathering information. As an example, 55% of those born before 1946 read a paper the previous day while only 27% of those born after 1977 make the same claim.

Of course, advertising revenues are tied to circulation, and a drop in readers means fewer dollars from ads; the result is less money to run the operation. This affects the editorial, because reporter staffs are costly. And a change here drives readers to other information sources as more syndicated articles appear throughout the paper. As the cost of paper increases single copy and subscription prices climb, chasing away more people.

Some papers, like the Los Angeles Times, have reduced the width of the pages. It looks strange, being only the width of a tabloid paper while being as long as a standard one. And it feels strange, because the thickness of the paper has shrunk due to the loss or reduction of sections such as: of employment, real estate, cars, supermarkets, department stores and more. The papers have online versions but have not figured out how to make money with this business model.

Will your favorite newspaper stay alive? That’s hard to say. However, those who want news will find a new ways to get it. That’s why you’re reading this article online. Right?

Risk Management Issues in Manufacturing of Nano Tech – Think Tank Topic

Not a day goes by where you don’t hear something in these scientific news journals about nanotechnology. There are constantly articles in the medical field and industry sector of biosciences, as Nanotech is forging ahead and creating things that we could only dream of in prior years.

Just the other day I saw a great article on the use of titanium foam along with Graphene coatings as bone replacements, though the scaffolding, and artificial knee connectors. Indeed in the future humans won’t have to worry about tennis elbow, broken hips, cracked ribs, or broken femur bones for motorcycle accidents.

The next day, I read about how Airbus was moving into the future with fuselage is which would be invisible, allowing the passengers sitting in their seats to see right through the walls, no need for Windows, imagine that, what an incredible ride that would be. In fact, these are almost science fiction like concepts, things that might have been considered to be magic not more than a decade ago. Soon they will be here, and we will all enjoy this technology.

Nanotech and material science is probably one of the top three most important sciences of our time, partly because we know so little, and the advantages of this technology will be so great for the future of civilization – from the environment to efficiency in transportation, to building, to medicine, to computer processing, to space exploration, to undersea cities of the future. Nanotech is a game changer, it will change everything.

As we move forward we need to be careful of “grey goo” that is nano-tech which self-replicates and gathers from its surroundings to continue to grow out of control when released into the environment or wild, that is it gets out of the manufacturing lab area. Of course, a perhaps more problematic problem would be nano-particles getting into the wild and then into lungs, or environment. Think asbestos, as an example of something problematic and foreign that can cause havoc to the human body.

Even though there appear to be risks in Nanotech manufacturing, and still severe challenges to overcome, it is my belief that not only will we conquered those problems as they come about, but as we learn more there will be even more applications for these innovations, and plenty of entrepreneurs, investment banks, and investors to find the new ideas and concepts.

The future is looking bright, and the efficiency of nanotechnology materials could very well solve all of humankind’s current challenges with things like climate change, dependency on oil, and alternative energies. Please consider all this.

The Difference You Could Make As A Compassionate Vet Tech

There are a remarkable number of ways that you can make a difference not only in the lives of companion animals, but in the lives of their people as well. From the moment of adoption until the last moment many humans consider their pets to be a significant part of the family. Every ounce of care that is offered to them during stressful times helps both species in the family.

Being a vet tech puts you in a hands on position to provide the nurturing care these animals need when they are scared, sick, and often separated from their human families. It means giving to families by being the kind of individual they can trust. Your daily routine will never be the same.

Vet techs often do things like take vitals, gather and dispense medications, and prepare patients for their visits with the doctor. They also gather vital information from the human family members regarding what has been going on with the animal and why they are in for medical care. Physical examinations often require a tech to assist to ease any stress on the animal and prevent any potential biting.

For a family who is on edge and anxious about what might be wrong with their pet, the comfort level they have with the entire staff can make it a better or worse experience. Being given bad news or a terminal diagnosis can be a devastating experience. The people that surround the family at that time can be a source of support, even if it is only briefly.

There are technical aspects to the job as well. Many clinics have their techs perform mild procedures and offer services like weekly treatments and injection medications. The exact responsibilities tend to vary with each clinic. The skills that are required are taught during training. You will not be asked to perform duties that are above skill level.

Assistance during surgery is often part of the list of duties. This can be assisting in monitoring vitals to handing off surgical supplies. You may even be asked to stay with the little ones as they wake from their surgical experience so you can alert the doctor.

Veterinary technician jobs can have a range of various aspects in the right setting. Patients and their families need to have compassionate, caring individuals to help them through the process of sickness, health, and even death. While the primary position is designed to help the vet, the impact the job has goes beyond what you ever know.