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Issue 10 • Date October 2013

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  • IEEE Spectrum [front cover]

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  • Table of contents

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  • Fore! [Back Story]

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  • Contributors

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  • Spectral Lines

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  • News

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):11 - 13
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  • Secret Software [News]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):13 - 14
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  • Colorado river hydropower faces a dry future [News]

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  • Kepler's continuing mission [News]

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  • Resources [Tools]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):19 - 20
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  • Point-and-shoot weather data [Resources Hands on]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):20 - 21
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  • Gon??alo Abecasis [Resources Careers]

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  • Google glass [Resources Tools]

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  • Meet the datasexual [Technically Speaking]

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  • Robocopters to the rescue

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):28 - 33
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    One experimental unmanned helicopter nearly landed on a boulder and had to be saved by the backup pilot. Another recently crashed during the landing phase. To avoid such embarrassments, the K-Max dangles cargo from a rope as a “sling load” so that the helicopter doesn't have to land when making a delivery. Such work-arounds throw away much of the helicopter's inherent advantage. If w... View full abstract»

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  • The Tunneling Transistor

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):35 - 62
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    Our always-on world of PCs, tablets, and smartphones has come about because of one remarkable trend: the relentless miniaturization of the metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor, or MOSFET. View full abstract»

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  • Chop shop electronics

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):41 - 45
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    On 17 August 2011, Boeing warned the U.S. Navy that an ice-detection module in the P-8A Poseidon, a new reconnaissance aircraft, contained a "reworked part that should not have been put on the airplane originally and should be replaced immediately." In a message marked "Priority: Critical," the company blamed the part, a Xilinx field-programmable gate array (FPGA), for the failure of the ice-detec... View full abstract»

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  • Electronic treasures of the sarnoff collection

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    The history of the Radio Corporation of America is in many ways the history of 20th-century American innovation. From the company's founding in 1919 to its sale in 1986, the RCA name was synonymous with products that shaped how Americans lived and worked. Long before the rise of Silicon Valley, RCA Laboratories, in Princeton, N.J., was at the center of the nation's consumer electronics industry, h... View full abstract»

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  • Good-enough computing

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s):54 - 59
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    That's just one of the many ways of saying that perfectionism is not always a virtue. Yet computers today are relentless perfectionists, because even rare flaws in their output can be expensive, if not disastrous. View full abstract»

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  • More viewing, less attention [Data flow]

    Publication Year: 2013, Page(s): 80
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