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Issue 1 • January 2018

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  • IEEE Spectrum - Front cover

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  • Table of contents

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  • At the Arcade [Back Story]

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  • Contributors

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  • Ad Astra Diplomacy [Spectral lines]

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  • The Netherlands' carbon dilemma: sequester or recycle? [News]

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  • Italy launches new IoT network [News]

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  • 4 strange new ways to compute [News]

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  • Cargo industry tests seaplane drones [News]

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  • Mechanical maestro [The big picture]

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  • The garage fab [Resources]

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  • The ezPixel lights it up [Resources]

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  • Should We Upgrade [Resources Q&A]

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  • The art of release notes [Resources at work]

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  • January 1958: European economic community

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  • The mind of neural networks

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  • Top Tech 2018

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    A century ago, engineers working on New York's Long Island flew the first controlled heavier-than-air drone aircraft. Given the year-1918-it's not surprising that the craft was designed for warfare. People are now of course doing more interesting things with drones, including ferrying medical supplies in East Africa. Those lifesaving robotic fliers are one of two dozen tech breakthroughs that IEEE... View full abstract»

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  • China promises the moon

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    Last July, when a Chinese Long March 5 rocket lifted off from the country’s newest spaceport, the Wenchang Space Launch Center on the island of Hainan, the vehicle's official mission was to place an experimental communications satellite into orbit. The launch, though, had a secondary purpose: It was to be a final test before the Long March 5, China's newest and largest rocket, was entrusted ... View full abstract»

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  • San Diego's streetlights get smart

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    None of the people walking around San Diego's East Village neighborhood one recent afternoon were looking up at the streetlights (except me). And if they had, they likely wouldn't have noticed that some of these lights were a little thicker around the middle than others, or that some lanterns topping old-style lampposts had a clear glass panel here and there. But unbeknownst to the people below, t... View full abstract»

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  • 5G goes for the gold

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    Welcome to the 5G Olympics, where Nathan Chen, the 18-year-old figure-skating phenom, has just landed another quadruple jump. Can't see him well from your seat in the nosebleed section? No problem. Just slip on your 5G virtual reality headset for a 360-degree rink-side view! Now watch your step-we're boarding the 5G bus to the next attraction. Check out the windows: They're in fact transparent dis... View full abstract»

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  • Medical delivery drones take flight in east africa

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    While Amazon and United Parcel Service pour considerable resources into finding ways of using drones to deliver such things as shoes and dog treats, Zipline has been saving lives in Rwanda since October 2016 with drones that deliver blood. Zipline's autonomous fixedwing drones now form an integral part of Rwanda's medical-supply View full abstract»

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  • Undersea data monster

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    When a new undersea communications cable becomes operational late this year, it will break the record for a key metric: data rate times distance. In a single second, its six fiber-optic pairs, stretching roughly 13,000 kilometers (8,000 miles) between Hong Kong and Los Angeles, will be able to send some 144 terabits in both directions. That's as much data as you’d find in several hundred Blu... View full abstract»

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  • Mind games

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    "Wake up, this is not a test," intones a voice as the virtual reality game Awakening begins. Your game character is a child trapped in a nefarious government lab, and as you scan the room you see a variety of objects lying on the floor, each flashing with light. You focus your mental attention on a block, and it rises up and rotates in the air before you. Then you focus on a mirror on the wall, an... View full abstract»

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  • An oil state's nuclear power gambit

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    The National, an Abu Dhabi–based English‑language daily newspaper, recently likened the domes erected at the United Arab Emirates' first nuclear reactor complex to "an industrialised version of a mosque." The US $30 billion Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, located on the coast some 300 kilometers west of Abu Dhabi, is a source of national pride as well as a strategic investment in energy ... View full abstract»

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  • The curious incident of the robocar in the night-time

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    Actual self-driving cars-with no one behind the wheel-will enter commercial service in 2018. You may now exhale. Yes, it's true, but here's the caveat: The service will be severely circumscribed. At most, we’ll see robocars serving as taxis in certain well-mapped suburbs. At least, we’ll see passenger-free robocars that reposition themselves by night so that commuters can have access t... View full abstract»

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