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Issue 5 • Date Dec. 1997-Jan. 1998

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  • Networking

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):34 - 35
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  • Interviewing and being interviewed

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):37 - 38
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  • What Makes an Engineer Successful

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s): 39
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  • Outstanding Branch Counselors

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):42 - 43
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  • Powerful software to learn by [power systems CAI]

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):6 - 8
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    Many students have trouble understanding the concepts and mastering the analytical skills required in their first power systems course. This becomes apparent in subsequent courses when they falter in applying those concepts and skills. They may lose interest in power systems, and may drop out. Our overall project was aimed at developing educational facilities with an integrated laboratory for a po... View full abstract»

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  • The new-but is it improved?-power system [deregulation issues]

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):9 - 10
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    In this paper, the author examines the effect that deregulation will have on the US power system. The paper details how the electric power industry in the USA is undergoing major changes, both politically and technically, as a result of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Orders 888 and 889 issued in 1996. These orders essentially deregulate the transmission network, allowing producers and ... View full abstract»

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  • DNA computing

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):27 - 28
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    Extensive interest has been expressed in possibly using DNA (or other biological macromolecules) as computing hardware. We will briefly examine the possibilities DNA computing and general molecular computation open up and the problems faced in achieving them. Finally, we will try to put them in a broader perspective View full abstract»

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  • The price of change [electricity supply industry deregulation]

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):14 - 16
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    The electric utilities in the USA are being deregulated by government order. Not all of the details have been worked out at this time, but some of the strengths and weaknesses are beginning to show. Unlike countries where government agencies owned and operated electric power systems and deregulation meant privatization, the US electric systems are predominantly private. They must be reorganized fo... View full abstract»

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  • Envisioning year 2000's digital impact

    Publication Year: 1997
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    The origin of the year 2000 problem is outlined. Its possible forms-data rejection, wrong results, and system failure-are listed. A lack of documentation in early programs is noted. Costs of correction are discussed. The possibility of using assembler code to correct COBOL programs by using spare bits in the year byte is discussed. Insurance against effects of the problem is considered View full abstract»

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  • MDR for law enforcement [motion detector radar]

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):23 - 26
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    The motion detection radar (MDR) adds a new dimension to surveillance. The MDR can be effective even through wooden doors and concrete walls. It requires very little setup and does not have any external wires connected to it. Unlike TV cameras and IR sensors that must be concealed, the MDR can be placed in a “safe location” on the other side of a wall or hidden in a container with non-... View full abstract»

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  • Regulations impact on restructuring [of electricity supply industry]

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):11 - 13
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    From the beginning of the electric utility industry, regulators have played a key role in shaping its structure and how consumers buy and use electricity. As competition enters the picture, regulators play another key role. Many say that the industry in the United States is not being deregulated, but re-regulated. In some cases this is true, but the new form of regulation allows for customer choic... View full abstract»

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  • RPVs. Tiny, microwave powered, remotely piloted vehicles

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):20 - 22
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    As the name implies, a remotely piloted vehicle (RPV) has its motion controlled by an outside source. A commonly encountered example is a radio controlled model airplane. In this case, the pilot always has the aircraft and ground in view. It is a simple process (in principle) to fly and land. For vehicles that move out of the pilot's view, an onboard sensor is needed to determine motion and locati... View full abstract»

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  • Platinum

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):29 - 32
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    Platinum (Pt) is a metallic chemical element with a white-silver luster. It is the most widely used element among the six transition elements in group X of the periodic table. They are also known as the platinum metals (ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, osmium, iridium and platinum). Platinum is a precious metal that is very heavy, but also soft and ductile. It has a high melting point and excellent ... View full abstract»

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  • Long, long-term storage

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):17 - 19
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    Describes a method of data storage that might hold data for thousands of years. High-density ROM (HD-ROM) uses a focussed ion beam operating in an ultra-high vacuum to etch robust materials such as steel or iridium. The ion beam locates the medium by using secondary electrons to produce a contrast image. It then performs ion milling under computer control. 77 nm channels have been achieved; 5 nm m... View full abstract»

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