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Issue 1 • Date Jan. 2009

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  • [Front cover - IEEE Spectrum]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): c1
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 1 - 3
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  • Breathe deeply [back story]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 4
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  • Contributors

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 6
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  • IEEE spectrum gets greener - [spectral lines]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 9
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 10
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  • The trouble with touch screens - [update]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 11 - 12
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  • Europe replaces old wind farms - [update]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 13
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  • Cryptographers take on quantum computers - [update]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 14
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  • Sound waves for brain waves - [update]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 16 - 17
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  • Tsunami alert system starts up in Indonesia - [update]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 18 - 19
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  • Carbon in bloom - [the big picture]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 20 - 21
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  • To twitter or not to twitter? [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 22
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  • The all-seeing employer - [careers]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 23
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    At first glance, oDesk, a site that helps employers hire, manage, and pay online contractors, looked like just another marketplace to Web developer Jason Cartwright. So when a former colleague booked him to work on a few projects already managed through oDesk, Cartwright agreed. View full abstract»

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  • A self-made machine - [hands on]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 24 - 26
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    More than 50 years ago, computer pioneer John von Neumann conceived of a self-reproducing machine. It would mine its own ore, smelt it into metal ingots, machine the ingots into parts, and assemble the parts into a copy of itself. View full abstract»

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  • The mobile polynomial

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 26
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    You never know when you¿ll be dining out with your friends and have to work out a partial derivative or two. This neat little program puts hundreds of mathematics and graphics functions into such a small package that it fits into Palm, Windows Mobile, and other smart phones, including¿most recently¿the iPhone. Of course, it also runs on regular Windows, Macintosh, and Linux computers. View full abstract»

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  • Winner: poseidon discovery - [tools & toys]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 28 - 29
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    This month, Swedish scuba manufacturer Poseidon Diving Systems plans to introduce an electronically controlled closed¿circuit rebreather (CCR) called Discovery, which promises to change mainstream sport diving the way Microsoft Windows changed computing. Rebreathers, which have been around for decades, greatly increase dive time but at an enormous cost in complexity, training, and setup time. View full abstract»

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  • Loser: eyes wide shut

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 29
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    I could stock a computer-peripheral museum with all the input and output devices I¿ve accumulated over the years. Drawing tablets, three-dimensional mice, dial boxes, rotatable monitors, touch pads¿if it purports to make using software easier or games more enjoyable, I have probably tried it and consigned it to a plastic bin in my basement. View full abstract»

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  • Winners & losers VI

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 31 - 32
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    Our past experiences with this annual special issue suggest that some of you are going to go to your computers in the next day or two and compose a little message to us. We¿re not sure exactly what it will say. But to paraphrase: ¿Just what the heck do you people think you¿re doing by giving a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on the technology projects of good, hardworking, decent folk?¿ We¿re engagi... View full abstract»

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  • Multicore made simple

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 32 - 36
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    C hips base on Intel¿s Larrabee architecture aren¿t on the shelves yet, but the design is already a hot property because it promises to beat the chips that game designers now use to model graphics. View full abstract»

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  • Hot or not?

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 36 - 38
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    Imagine that you could make hydrogen atoms do something that quantum mechanics says they can¿t: slip into an energy state below the ground state, the collapse releasing 100 times as much energy as you¿d get by just burning the hydrogen. If you could harness the heat to produce power, using hydrogen from water as fuel, you¿d consume no oil, create no fumes, and solve the problems of energy and g... View full abstract»

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  • Hot rocks

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 39 - 41
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    Four kilometers down below the orange earth of Australia¿s Cooper Basin lies some of the hottest nonvolcanic rock in the world¿rock that the geothermal industry had never seriously considered using to make electricity. But next month Geodynamics, an eight-year-old company based in Milton, Queensland, will prove otherwise when it turns on its 1¿megawatt pilot plant here. The company has done mor... View full abstract»

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  • Mental block

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 42 - 43
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    Controlling objects with just your thoughts has been a dream of sci-fi from ¿Star Trek¿ to Star Wars, but in the past few years that dream has inched closer to reality. Brain-computer interfaces have allowed wheelchair-bound quadriplegics to move cursors on screens and monkeys to control robot arms. View full abstract»

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  • The revolution will be prosthetized

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 44 - 48
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    It¿s October at Duke University, in Durham, N.C., and Jonathan Kuniholm is playing ¿air guitar hero,¿ a variation on Guitar Hero, the Nintendo Wii game that lets you try to keep up with real musicians using a vaguely guitarlike controller. But the engineer is playing without a guitar. More to the point, he¿s playing without his right hand, having lost it in Iraq in 2005. Instead he works the c... View full abstract»

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  • That sinking feeling

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 49 - 50
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    In 1961, the world¿s first mass-produced aquatic car came to market. The Amphicar, built in West Germany around a state-of-the-art Leyland Motors engine, could go 113 kilometers per hour on land and 7 knots on the water, and it cost a modest 11 200 marks (about US $20 000 today). Yet in seven years it sold a mere 4000 units. View full abstract»

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