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Shortly before Jean Kumagai arrived on the Danish island of Bornholm to report on a new smart-grid project [see "The Smartest, Greenest Grid"], one of her contacts e-mailed a proposed itinerary. It was packed solid with interviews, she says, "but a little light on excitement." Interviews are the stuff of journalism, of course, but she didn't relish the idea of flying 6000 kilometers to sit in conference rooms and stare at PowerPoint slides.

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Spectrum, IEEE  (Volume:50 ,  Issue: 5 )