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Issue 1 • January 2014

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  • IEEE Spectrum [Front Cover]

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  • Table of contents

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  • Drone's eye view [Back Story]

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  • Contributors

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  • How we began [Spectral Lines]

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  • Reducing the carbon cost of cloud computing [News]

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  • Compound semiconductors join the race to sustain Moore's law [News]

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  • Spin trick could make oled displays cheaper [News]

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  • British and french swap nuclear energy postures [News]

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  • Odd harmonics: Francois Chambard has revived the Theremin with his bold designs [Resources]

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  • Brew your own conductive ink

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  • The young rocketeers

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  • Should you move into mechatronics?

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  • The rise, fall, and rise of electronics kits

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  • Top tech 2014

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  • Open season on drones?

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    Congress mandated that the Federal Aviation Administration integrate robotic aircraft into national airspace by 2015. The FAA has since taken only baby steps toward that goal, but the topic has already sparked much debate-and worry. Initially, the agency, which has been grappling with this issue for the past decade, was focused on avoiding crashes and collisions. But the emphasis has shifted. View full abstract»

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  • Virtual reality's moment

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    Virtual reality has been hyped as the next big thing for decades-and yet, it never seems to deliver. Despite the potential, particularly in the world of gaming, numerous attempts have left players dizzy with disappointment, and just plain dizzy. So why should you believe us when we say that this is the year? View full abstract»

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  • 4G gets real

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):38 - 62
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    Have you ever called your cellphone carrier to report poor signal strength? Sure you have. And did that carrier do anything significant to fix the problem? Of course it didn't - unless you live in South Korea. LTE-Advanced mobile technologies will bring more network capacity, faster data speeds, and better coverage. View full abstract»

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  • The fast and the formula E

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):43 - 64
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    Imagine 20 stare-of-the-art single-seat racing cars, lined up in front of grandstands and TV cameras. Envision them streaming past some of the world's bestknown urban landmarks: the Brandenburg Gate, Big Ben, Miami's South Beach. Consider the breathtaking acceleration, the heartstopping braking, the daredevil overtaking maneuvers. Think of the scream of engines and the tang of fuel at the back of ... View full abstract»

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  • Big science takes on the brain

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    Sometimes when I think of the human brain, the theme from "Star Trek" starts playing in my own head. It's the music of great unknowns- and in certain ways the human brain, with more connections between its cells than there are galaxies in the observable universe, is as vast and uncharted as that final frontier. View full abstract»

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  • The next space super-power

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    For the opening ceremony of the 64th International Astronautical Congress in Beijing this past September, the Chinese hosts pulled out all the stops. Acrobats bounded against a backdrop of starry skies, dancers in bulky spacesuits lumbered across the stage, and opera singers sang songs of love under a glowing neon moon. View full abstract»

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  • Rescue-robot show-down

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    The paper presents the most ambitious DARPA (U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) robot R&D program yet. Called the DARPA Robotics Challenge, or DRC, it aims to accelerate the development of robots that can help humans, not only with nuclear emergencies but also with fires, floods, earthquakes, chemical spills, and other kinds of natural and man-made disasters. DARPA (some call it t... View full abstract»

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  • Solara takes off

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    If you take the main road east out of Moriarty, N.M., turn south at a sign advertising glider rides, and then swing east again past the sailplanes ornamenting a two-runway airport, you will see hangar No. 76, the headquarters of Titan Aerospace. In this cavernous office-cum-workshop, engineers are developing the Solara-a line of solarpowered robotic airplanes capable of staying aloft for years at ... View full abstract»

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  • To low earth orbit and beyond

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    NASA has found itself curiously earthbound of late. Since it retired the space shuttles in 2011, the U.S. space agency has had to send astronauts to the International Space Station aboard Russian rockets. View full abstract»

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  • Memory in the third dimension

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):60 - 61
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    A 3-D revolution is slowly making its way across the chip industry. Intel set it off in 2011 when it debuted logic chips bearing transistors that pop out of the plane of the chip. This year, memory makers are joining the game with two innovations of their own. View full abstract»

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