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Academic Test: A guide to careers in science writing: Casw.


Of all the journalism specialties, science writing may well be the most challenging
and rewarding. Science writers cover fields undergoing some of the most rapid
advances in history, from stunning advances in genetics and biotechnology to
exotic discoveries in astrophysics. A science writer's week may include coverage of
new discoveries about viruses, the brain, evolution, artificial intelligence, planets
around other suns, and global climate change and its environmental impact, to
name only a few topics.

The daily challenge of accurately translating the often arcane and complex news of
such discoveries into lay language makes science writing distinctive. But in
addition, science writers must also attempt to put scientific discoveries and
controversies into historical, personal, political, economic, and social context. For
example, while science writers have traditionally been faced with balancing the
conflicting opinions of scientific experts, they must now also explore the business
and financial aspects of science and technology in their reporting equations,
especially on the biotechnology beat.

Science writers play an essential role in advancing the social and political
conversation about science by communicating an independent assessment of
research discoveries. Their reporting can bring exciting news of remarkable
scientific achievements to public attention while informing the public about critical
issues to aid ethics and policy debates. They also provide the scientific background
on breaking news about everything from earthquakes to oil spills and alert the
public to medical and environmental risks and dangers.
Personal Test: Effects of global warming: National Geographic

The signs of global warming are everywhere and more complex than
climbing temperatures.

The planet is warming, from North Pole to South Pole. Since 1906, the global
average surface temperature has increased between 1.1 and 1.6 degrees
Fahrenheit (0.6 to 0.9 degrees Celsius)–even more in sensitive polar regions.
And the effects of rising temperatures aren’t waiting for some far-flung future–
signs of the effects of global warming are appearing right now. The heat is
melting glaciers and sea ice, shifting precipitation patterns, and
setting animals on the move.

The planet is already suffering from some impacts of global warming.

 Ice is melting worldwide, especially at the Earth’s poles. This includes

mountain glaciers, ice sheets covering West Antarctica and Greenland,
and Arctic sea ice.
 Many species have been impacted by rising temperatures. For example,
researcher Bill Fraser has tracked the decline of the Adélie penguins on
Antarctica, where their numbers have fallen from 32,000 breeding pairs to
11,000 in 30 years.
 The sea level has been rising more quickly over the last century.
 Some butterflies, foxes, and alpine plants have moved farther north or to
higher, cooler areas.
 Precipitation (rain and snowfall) has increased across the globe, on
 Some invasive species are thriving. For example, spruce bark beetles have
boomed in Alaska thanks to 20 years of warm summers. The insects have
chewed up 4 million acres of spruce trees.
1) Writing: Nokia's 3310 phone has been relaunched nearly 17 years
after its debut. 26/02/2017.

I think this is a good notice. When the original Nokia 3310 was created, It
was a success product talking in terms of money because it became a best
seller. Now we have this new edition of the Nokia that have different
accessories like a camera, the possibility of 2g internet and the same games
that were available in the old version. ( 4 minutes writing)

2) Writing: Colombia Country Profile. 28/12/2016

This is a good way to make Colombia more known to the entire world,
because exposes all the cultural and historic events that have been
occurred in the history. The idea of the Colombia’s time line that is expose in
the page is good for the people that don’t know nothing about Colombia. This
can call the attention of tourists to visit Colombia (6 minutes writing).