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Issue 7 • Date July 2002

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  • Will the U.S. economy get a second wind any time soon?

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):17 - 19
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  • 21 dog years - doing time @amazon.com [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):43 - 44
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  • Putting work in its place: a quiet revolution [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s): 44
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  • "What I did last summer" [internship]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):48 - 49
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    Internships offer engineering students a unique window into the real-world workplace and can help students make better career decisions. In the current employment landscape, that on-the-job experience can also prove invaluable. The National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE, Bethlehem, Pa.) reports a 36.4 percent drop in hiring of recent college grads, who in many cases are competing fo... View full abstract»

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  • What do you do at work? [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s): 56
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  • The largest players rule the media playground

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):32 - 33
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    The top media companies increasingly do a lot more than create content. The 12 companies outlined in this article deliver content via cable systems and the Internet. They also have investments in makers of personal video recorders (PVRs) and set-top boxes and suppliers of video on demand. Consider the former Moxi Digital, builder of a personal entertainment hub that can play DVDs and CDs and can f... View full abstract»

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  • Digital Hubbub

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):26 - 31
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    It records, it archives, it plays video and music. It organizes the family photos. It distributes digital signals around the home. "It" is the digital hub, and it could become the entertainment gateway to the home. More than a half-dozen companies so far are scrambling for the billions of dollars they hope to reap by offering consumers a single machine to handle their home entertainment needs. The... View full abstract»

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  • From squirts to hertz [Lonnie Johnson, inventor]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):46 - 48
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    With more than 100 awarded and pending patents-for everything from hair-drying rollers to soil moisture meters-Lonnie Johnson is among a small group of African-American inventors whose work accounts for 6 percent of all US patent applications. the young Johnson was known around his neighborhood as "the professor," a child prodigy who won a statewide high school science competition for turning junk... View full abstract»

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  • Lost and found: media sales

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s): 45
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    Does file-sharing of copyrighted material harm sales today? The movie, music and book trade associations say it does, but for each form of entertainment, a growing body of evidence suggests otherwise-and not all of the evidence is anecdotal. In a study of about 3,000 individuals, research firm Jupiter Media Metrix Inc. found that "experienced file-sharers are more likely to actually increase the a... View full abstract»

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  • Using unusable frequencies [solid-state terahertz laser]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):22 - 23
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    Semiconductor engineers have an embarrassing secret: a nasty hole in the electromagnetic spectrum that they cannot fill, between about 0.3 THz and 30 THz. The terahertz gap, to give the hole its name, had always eluded them until May 2002, when a consortium of European scientists announced a solid-state terahertz laser that for the first time throws this part of the electromagnetic spectrum open t... View full abstract»

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  • Why ICANN can't [failings of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):15 - 16
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    In 1998 the US Department of Commerce authorized the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to make them. This nonprofit organization establishes the policies that govern the domain name system. It decides what new top level domains to add to the name system, when to add them, and who will be in charge of them. It settles disputes over name assignments and oversees the dozens ... View full abstract»

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  • Little robotic autos that can

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):24 - 25
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    Researchers at the Institute for Mechatronic Systems (IMS, Winterthur, Switzerland), have developed a car that can find a parking space by itself and parallel-park in a single go without bumping into anything. For their test model, Charles Brom, head of IMS, and his team chose a DaimlerChrysler gasoline-powered Smart car on the grounds that it already contained so-called drive-by-wire elements tha... View full abstract»

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  • The sensible superconductor [magnesium diboride]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):34 - 37
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    Cheap to make, simple to cool, easy to shape into wires, magnesium diboride could throw the field of superconducting applications wide open. With a superconducting transition temperature of 39 K, it can be conveniently cooled with commercial cryocoolers or liquid hydrogen (boiling point: 20.2 K). A powder that can be found in any well-stocked chemistry laboratory, it had never been tested for supe... View full abstract»

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  • Identical graphs chart a dubious picture

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):20 - 21
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    For two years now, the nanoelectronics community has wondered at an amazing series of new developments flowing from Lucent Bell Laboratories (Murray Hill, NJ). A flood of papers, 17 of which appeared in the journals Nature and Science alone, reported tantalizing new results in the fast-growing area of nano- and molecular electronics. The lead author of all those papers was Jan Hendrik Schon, sudde... View full abstract»

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  • Money for nothing [Hanford nuclear waste reservation]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):12 - 14
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    In the desert of eastern Washington State, about 350 km from Seattle, rests more than 200000 m3 Of radioactive and chemically hazardous waste. A legacy of over 50 years of nuclear weapons production, the waste is a mix of liquids, solids, sludges, and gases that sits in 177 aging steel tanks. So far more than a third of these tanks, which are buried underground, have leaked or are suspe... View full abstract»

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  • Hollywood ups ante in copy protection fight

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):24 - 25
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    The little analog-to-digital converters found everywhere in computing and consumer electronics might, if the entertainment industry gets its way, become the new front line against illicit copying of movies and music. Not surprisingly, the industry's proposal to hardwire copy protection into all these converters has provoked a storm of indignation among consumer electronics producers and civil libe... View full abstract»

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  • Festo, schmesto! [patent law and the doctrine of equivalents]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):38 - 39
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    Does a recent US Supreme Court decision in the case of Festo Corp. versus Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co., Ltd., expand or limit the rights of patent holders to sue copycats? This article discusses the "doctrine of equivalents," which allows the patent holder to expand a patent beyond its literal terms to cover subject matter it doesn't expressly mention. At its heart are two premises: first,... View full abstract»

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